DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – There are many benefits and discount programs available to veterans throughout the state, but it’s not always easy for our veterans to access them.
A new veteran identification card program is hoping to change that.
“I received my card on the 12th of September,” says U.S. Navy veteran Angela Woods Swartz.
Montgomery County’s new Veteran ID Card program offers veterans a more convenient way to prove their status.
“A buddy of mine said he had done this, and he got this card and said it’s helpful for discounts and things of that nature,” says Air Force veteran Richard Farmer.
A veteran himself, Montgomery County Recorder Brandon McClain started the program earlier this year around Labor Day.
“When we look at one of the barriers that unfortunately exists that have separated our veterans from community resources that they have earned, we’re talking about actually proving that you are a veteran. Actually proving your service to our great nation,” McClain said.
He says veterans often miss out on benefits, but with this card, it will be easier for them to take advantage of community resources, whether it means accessing healthcare, loans at the VA, or discounts at local restaurants and businesses.
And with the midterm elections less than a week away, the card can also be used to vote.
“Sometimes if it’s just a VA card, it doesn’t have all the info on there, so this is why this is great for veterans. It’s another form of a state ID,” said Swartz.
Best of all, the card is completely free for veterans. So far, McClain says he has issued around 600 cards.