Sunday, March 02, 2014

VA to issue new Veterans ID Cards

Our thanks to the weekly newsletter from the good folks at the National Association of Uniformed Services:

New VA ID Cards
The VA has begun a phased rollout of a more secure Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC).

The cards, first introduced in 2004, are getting improved security features and will be personalized to display the emblem of the veteran’s service branch. They will include VA phone numbers, emergency care instructions and the “VA” in Braille to help visually impaired veterans.

The rollout begins this month, starting with newly enrolled veterans and those without the current VIC cards. In early April, the VA will begin a three-month effort to get replacements to current VIC cardholders, who will be asked to cut up or shred their old cards to safeguard their personal information.

“VA is committed to providing high-quality health care while ensuring the personal security of Veterans,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki. “These new identification cards are an important step forward in protecting our nation’s heroes from identity theft and other personal crimes.”

The new cards will function like a typical health insurance card. They will include the veteran’s member ID, a new unique identifier, as well as a plan ID, reflecting the veteran’senrollment in VA health care, the statement said. The cards are not required to receive VA health care but are recommended.

For more information, enrolled veterans can visit their VA medical facility enrollment coordinator, call 1-877-222-VETS (8387) or visit this website.


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