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Veterans Identification Card Act signed into law

In 2017, U.S. military service veterans will have the option to request identification cards to prove that they are eligible for veteran benefits.

The Veterans Identification Card Act of 2015 was signed into law this summer by President Barack Obama after Congress approved it. The law directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to issue an identification card to a requesting veteran who is neither entitled to military retired pay nor enrolled in the VA system of patient enrollment.

Right now, only current service members, retirees and certain veterans with a disability rating of 100 percent are issued identification cards. Others rely on their “Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty” (DD-214), which contains sensitive information—prompting concerns over security risks.

The new cards will only be valid for proving military service and cannot be used to access benefits through the VA or military installations, nor can they be used to receive other military or veterans benefits.

It had been hoped that the identification cards would become available within 60 days of the act’s being signed into law; however, the VA now expects the program to be ready in 2017.

Hundreds of retailers offer discounts to veterans who show a valid ID. Thanks to the Veterans Identification Card Act of 2015, veterans will be able to simply show this new identification card instead of their DD-214.

Some of the available discounts (as of Dec. 15, 2015) are listed below. Click here to view a list of discounts.



Old Navy

10% off total purchase

Gold’s Gym

20% off monthly dues; discounted enrollment


20% off regular priced tools; extra 5% off sale-priced tools


15% discount on qualified monthly wireless plans

Under Armour

10% online military discount

Sports Clips

Special pricing on haircuts


10% discount


10% discount

Audio Geek

15% discount