Veterans will no longer have to produce a military service record or other documentation to prove their military service thanks to Congress’s approval of the creation of a new veterans’ identification card. Veterans have had to carry around forms, such as the “DD-214”, which contain sensitive personal information such as Social Security numbers. Carrying such documentation puts veterans at an increased risk of identity theft.
Both the House and Senate votes were unanimous, proving that this will be a great benefit to our veterans. President Obama is also expected to sign the bill. Currently, the VA does offer some veterans ID cards, such as those in the VA health system. However, there is a large population of veterans who have no easy way of proving their military service.
Not only will this bill allow veterans to take advantage of several discounts and services offered by businesses, it will also make it more convenient – with less risk to their personal information – to prove their veteran status.