If You Need a Veterans ID Card, Here’s How to Get One

There are now three ways to get a veterans identification card.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs started issuing new veterans ID cards on Nov 29. The ID card is intended to provide a more portable and secure alternative for those who served the minimum obligated time in service but did not meet the retirement or medical discharge threshold.

Veterans ID Card

The Veterans Affairs ID card is free. You can apply online at the vets.gov website.

When you sign in the first time, you will be prompted to register on the id.mewebsite. Once you are authenticated by id.me, go back to vets.gov and sign in. I had to type vets.gov in the browser to get back to a page that had the sign-in link. Follow the additional authentication procedures and select the printed veterans ID card link in the footer at the bottom of the page. You will be prompted for a picture of your driver’s license and a picture of yourself for the ID card application.

If you have difficulties, which I did on more than one occasion, call me and I will help you navigate the process. The ID card will be mailed to you in about 60 days.

If you are eligible for VA health care, you can get an ID card at your nearest VA health care clinic. Call 877-222-8387 for assistance with the application.

The third way to get a veterans ID, if you live in the state of California, is to go to your county’s Veterans Service Office (VSO) with your DD-214 and get a driver’s license form and the certification required by their representatives. You will need to take the certified form to the Department of Motor Vehicles and pay an additional $5 over the cost of a new driver’s license for a license with the word “veteran” printed on it. Ventura County VSOs are in high demand, so plan 30 to 60 days ahead if you are renewing your driver’s license.

For veterans who are military retirees, on Jan. 1, there are a number of changes coming to your TRICARE benefit. There will be new regional contractors for the new East and West regions. Humana Military will manage the East Region and Health Net Federal Services LLC will manage the West Region. In preparation for this change, enrollments in TRICARE health plans will be delayed while beneficiary files are transferred. The delay period, or an enrollment freeze, began Friday and will last about three weeks, or until the data transfer is complete. You’ll still have access to care during the enrollment freeze.

You don’t have to enroll in TRICARE Select if you were a TRICARE Standard beneficiary as of Nov. 30. You’ll be automatically converted to TRICARE Select on Jan. 1 as long as you’re registered in DEERS and are eligible for TRICARE. Learn more about TRICARE Select, which replaces TRICARE Standard and TRICARE Extra, at TRICARE.mil/changes. This information is reprinted from TRICARE’s website https://tricare.mil/Resources/MediaCenter/Podcasts.

Two Men and a Truck

Two Men and a Truck is recognized for its annual Movers for Military campaign last month. The company collects donations from businesses to give back to veterans. On Nov. 11, the Simi Valley and Ventura Two Men and a Truck locations partnered with First Bank, Yolanda’s Mexican Grills, Sharky’s, Montecito Bank and the American Legion Post No. 741 in Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura and Simi Valley by setting up donation stations to collect personal care items, household goods and other donations. Two Men and a Truck picked up the items and delivered them to Turning Point Foundation, a local nonprofit that offers transitional housing and support programs.

Dozens of veterans received goods from more than 12 boxes filled with a variety of toiletries, clothing items, blankets, movie tickets and other gifts. We would like to thank Two Men and a Truck’s and its partner businesses for making Ventura County a veteran-friendly community. For more information on Two Men and a Truck, call 805-203-9025. For more information on Turning Point’s programs, email info@turningpointfoundation.org or visit turningpointfoundation.org.


Dec 4-15: Military Tribute Days, Knott’s Berry Farm is offering free admission to active, retired and veteran U.S. military personnel during its event. Military personnel can receive free admission for themselves plus one guest. You must show your military ID card or DD-214 at the main gate. To learn more, visit www.knotts.com/tickets-passes/promotions.

Dec 4-31: A Christmas Gift for Our Veterans. California Pizza Kitchen at The Lakes in Thousand Oaks, 2200 Thousand Oaks Blvd., No. 10, has selected Gold Coast Veterans Foundation as the beneficiary of a holiday gift tree during December. Diners will be asked to purchase California Pizza Kitchen gift cards for veterans. At the end of December, CPK will deliver the cards to Gold Coast Veterans Foundation for distribution. Call Megan at 805-777-1778 for more information.

Dec. 7: 6 p.m., 76th anniversary Pearl Harbor commemoration ceremony and Toys for Tots collection, VFW Museum of Military History, Simi Valley Town Center, 1555 Town Center Way, Suite 220. VFW Post 10049 Simi Valley will host a program featuring original poster art and memorabilia from World War II that chronicles the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Military ritual and ceremony will be conducted by Simi Valley veterans groups and our armed forces. World War II veterans will share memories of their service. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free. The VFW Museum will also support a Toys for Tots Program. VFW Post 10049 welcome’s Marines of the Marine Corps Reserve 2nd Battalion-23rd Regiment. They are sponsoring their annual Toys for Tots program, which collects and distributes new toys to children in need. Bring new unwrapped toys to the museum on Dec.  7. Contact Tony Boucher at 805-377-7926 or Matt Valenzuela at mattval@aol.com for additional information.

Dec. 7: 7-8 p.m. Cinema Night, U.S. Navy Seabee Museum, between Channel Islands Boulevard, and Pleasant Valley Road on Ventura Road at Sunkist Street. The bombing of Pearl Harbor created the need for the military bases at Port Hueneme and Point Mugu in Ventura County. Commemorate the 76th anniversary of Pearl Harbor by watching two recently digitized official U.S. Navy productions from the museum’s collection: “Home for the Seabees” and “Where’s Mugu?” “Home for the Seabees” is about Port Hueneme and is narrated by John Wayne; it was his last film. “Where’s Mugu?” is a partially animated kitschy informational film about Point Mugu. The movies will be introduced with a brief historical overview of the bases by Lara Godbille, the museum director. The museum is free to the public and is off base, allowing easy access.

Dec 16: 9 a.m. Wreaths Across America. Moorpark American Legion Post 502 is organizing the annual laying of wreaths in Ventura County cemeteries as part of the national Wreaths Across America. The event is open to the public. People walk the graves silently saluting and tearfully placing wreaths on the headstones and markers. Event locations are:

  • Nordhoff Cemetery: Ojai, corner of Del Norte and Cuyama Roads. Ceremony participants include the Navy Seabees Color Guard and keynote speaker Capt. Mike Saum, Naval Construction Group ONE, U.S. Navy.
  • Simi Valley Public Cemetery: 1461 Thompson Lane, Simi Valley.
  • Conejo Mountain Cemetery: 2052 Howard Road, Camarillo. Ceremony participants include CAP Composite Squadron 61 Color Guard, Vietnam Veterans Rolling Thunder Motors, Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin, Councilman Tony Trembley, Mini Horse from Reins of H.O.P.E., Holiday Serenade by the Acappella Belles, Disc Jockey Rick Jarrett.

All events will begin at 9 am. For more information, call Denis at 659-2199.

If you would like to learn about veteran services and programs or are in need of assistance please contact JC Oberst at 805-482-6550 or jc.oberst@gcvf.org.

Source: VC Star article from December 3, 2017