Congress passed the Veterans Identification Card Act, a new bill that would create a government issued Veterans ID card, something many veterans have been requesting for years. The bill was unanimously passed by both the House and the Senate. President Obama signed the bill into law on July 20, 2015.
Update: The VA has announced that the Veterans Identification Cards may not be released until sometime in 2017. The cost for the Veterans ID card has not yet been determined. In the mean time, we have updated this article to include instructions for printing a VA Proof of Service Letter so you can show an official letter from the VA proving your military service.
This is one of those weird things that seemed like it would have been dealt with decades ago.
Like making postage stamps on sticker material.
Since what, the 1940's? 1950's we had postage stamps we had to lick, and self adhesive stickers for stuff like department store price tags. It took DECADES before someone finally decided "hey, lets print postage stamps on self adhesive paper instead of licking them like idiots." What the heck took so long?
To prove prior service and get VA benefits veterans have had to carry around their discharge paper, the DD 214 as an 8.5" x 11" sheet of delicate carbon paper. For at least 25+ years the technology existed to capture images and laser print ID cards on demand. No need to go a photographer, get photos made, bring those photos to an ID office..etc...etc...
Now, after all this time, a "veteran" ID exists at least in concept. What the heck took so long?