Though the summer holidays celebrating America and those who serve the country have passed, one Iowa county has continued honoring its veterans by offering them ID cards to obtain discounts at local businesses.
According to Southwest Iowa News, the new identification cards allow veterans to show proof of their service, which can grant them access to discounts and free meals at many businesses across the state, particularly around Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
Louise Galbraith, a director at the local Veterans Affairs office, told the news source that the documents will make it significantly easier for veterans to identify themselves.
"At a lot of those businesses, you do have to prove that you are a veteran and very few actually carry around their discharge papers," Galbraith explained. "Not a lot of veterans have a form of military ID and a lot of veterans wanted to go to the veterans’ hospital just to receive an ID card."
Local veterans will be able to obtain their new ID card at the Veterans Affairs office in the Crawford County Courthouse on select days throughout July, the news source reports. Fees are not required, but veterans must produce their military discharge papers, which the VA office can help them acquire.
Galbraith noted that the cards themselves are of high quality.
"It’s a really nice card," Galbraith said. "It has the veteran’s picture on it and says ‘Crawford County Veterans ID Card’ with the branch of service and years served. On the back side, it says 'verified by Veterans' Affairs' and has our contact information."
Veterans and military IDs can serve a number of purposes, particularly in light of voter identification laws being debated around the country. Such IDs have been deemed acceptable under legislation that a number of states have attempted to implement.