Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Call Box Extra: Readers Suggest Ways to Obtain a Card Proving Veteran Status

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Call Box Extra: Readers Suggest Ways to Obtain a Card Proving Veteran Status

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Byline: Mike Clark

Dear Call Box: I have a son who proudly served this great nation during the unpopular Vietnam War.

However, he appears to be just one of the many honorably discharged veterans today who have been shunned by their own government and who, according to a federal law, are not worthy to be identified as veterans.

Recently, he went to the Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa and requested a veteran's ID card and was informed that the only way to receive an ID card was to be "in the system."

He has no service-connected disabilities and was not seeking any VA medical benefits. All he wanted was a veteran's ID card.

If this is true, the law is not only unfair, it is prejudiced against all veterans who have sufficient income and health insurance of their own.

All he asked is that the government acknowledge his status as a honorably discharged veteran with an ID card. We are all veterans, regardless of our income, and we deserve the same right to be identified as such.

T. R., a World War II veteran

Dear T.R.

Luckily for us, we have 337 active and retired military members in our Email Interactive Group.

So we asked for their advice.

Here are some nuggets from your fellow veterans.


Every veteran is issued a DD-214, which is a summary of service, school, awards and duty stations. It clearly defines the discharge of the vet and is acceptable proof of service.

Pat Cassidy, Jacksonville


I was an officer who resigned and was allowed to keep my wallet ID card due to 14 years of creditable service and security clearance.

Having the card allows me to go on any military base after checking through access control points.

Once on base, unless otherwise restricted by gate pass, I can go to the PX and to the Officer's Club. Given today's level of base security, it has become so imposing that I no longer attempt to go on base.

To my knowledge, the military does not issue any such card that says "Former Navy, Army, Air Force or Marine. …

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