A California county will begin distributing identification cards that allow veterans and military retirees reduced prices on various goods and services, according to a published report.
The Veteran Discount ID cards are available from the Solano County Veterans Services Office and local businesses are expressing gratitude for their military service and drawing their business, according to The Reporter.
But some veterans indicated they encountered challenges acquiring ID cards, particularly after they served short periods of time in the military.
"In the past, the only way veterans could prove their military service was to show their DD Form 214," officer Ted Puntillo with the Solano County Veterans Services told the news source. "That's too precious of a document to carry around in your wallet. The Veteran Discount ID card solves that problem."
The ID cards will be ready for distribution next month. At least 40,000 U.S. veterans reside in the county and the office Puntillo serves is expecting sizable interest.
The military ID cards will be available for pick up from October 9 through October 12.
"This is an innovative way to connect veterans to vet friendly businesses," Puntillo told the news source. "We are also hoping to introduce veterans to the many other benefits they earned by serving their country."
Honorably discharged veterans may acquire the ID card by bringing a copy of their DD Form 214 and cards will be available shortly thereafter.
Members of the community, organizations that serve veterans and local merchants are covering expenses and costs associated with production of the cards.
Solano County is located midway between San Francisco and Sacramento and has been repeatedly recognized as having strong future prospects by the America's Promise Alliance, according to the County website.