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Ed Wilkinson: Veteran identification cards are easy, secure

Ed Wilkinson

Ed Wilkinson

The Department of Veterans Affairs has new and more secure Veteran Health Identification cards, according to the department. The cards have a different look along with new security features.

In addition to being more secured, the card has been now a Veterans Health Identification Card (VHIC), according to the department. The card is similar to a typical health insurance card, and it displays the Veterans Member ID, a new identifier, as well as a plan ID, which shows the veterans enrollment in VA health care.

The new cards are an important step forward in protecting the nation's heroes from identity theft and other personal crimes, according to the department.

The cards replace the Veteran Identification Card (VIC). The card will only be offered to newly enrolled and other veterans who have not been issued a VIC, the department said. The card will have VA Braille (for those who are visually impaired), phone numbers and emergency care instructions on the actual card, the department said.

For more information about the card, call 877-222-8387 or online at http://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/vhic.

If you register your DD214 with the county clerk's office, it will be a permanent record in case you lose your copy or it gets destroyed. If something happens to you, your relatives can get a copy and this service is free.