Those who have served in the military are some of the most honored professionals in the United States. Whether Army, Navy, Marine, Coast Guard, or Air Force, whether active duty or reserve, there are many folks out there who wish to celebrate you for your commitment and service.
That means that for the 21.8 million veterans living in the United States, there are many opportunities to save money and to receive rewards, discounts, and reduced rates in honor of your military service.
Of course, we can all stand to save a little money here and there, and it’s especially important that veterans know about the many businesses that offer discounts on their products and services. This handy guide will show you some of the benefits, discounts, and deals available to those who have served in the United States military, and how you can get them yourself.
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Many businesses, though not all, that offer discounts to veterans will require you to show proof of service. Let’s talk about a few different ways that you can obtain a military ID card or other proof of service and get started collecting your discounts and benefits:
Apply for a Veteran’s ID Card from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA): As of 2015, all veterans who served in the armed forces and/or the military reserve and were discharged honorably can apply to receive a Veteran’s ID Card (VIC) from the VA as a simple way to demonstrate proof of service. To start your application, click here.
Or, apply for VA health care: Those who receive health care benefits through the VA will receive an identification that can also be used as proof of service.
Find out if your state offers special driver’s licenses or photo IDs for veterans: Many states have developed licenses and photo IDs that act as proof of service for veterans. Check out this handy resource to find out whether your state provides these IDs and what the requirements are to obtain one.
See if your service organization offers ID cards: If you’re a member of a service organization such as Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) or the American Legion, your organization may offer you an ID card as part of your membership. While this doesn’t stand in for a government-issued ID, many businesses will accept this as proof of your service.
Show your DD12 Form 214 and a photo ID: The DD12 Form 214 is the paperwork you receive when you’re discharged from service and can be used as proof of service. If your forms have been lost, stolen or damaged, you can request new forms either online, by mail, or by fax from the National Archives.