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New secure Veteran Health Identification Cards issued

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) begin issuing a newly redesigned, more secure Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC) to replace the Veteran Identification Card (VIC) on February 21st. The VHIC replaces the less secure VIC which was implemented in 2004. VA recommends Veterans safeguard their VIC as they would a credit card, and cut up or shred the card once it is replaced.

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The new VHICs are distinguished by additional security features that better protect the Veteran's personal information and have a different look and feel. In addition to being more secure, the card offers enhanced features that transform it into a health identification card. Similar to a typical health insurance card, the VHIC displays the Veteran's Member ID (a new, unique identifier) and a Plan ID that reflects the Veteran's enrollment in VA health care.

February 21, VA begin producing the VHIC for newly enrolled and enrolled Veterans who have not previously been issued a Veteran Identification Card (VIC) this includes producing the VHICs that are on hold. Then, in April, VA will begin its effort to automatically issue the more secure VHIC to each VIC cardholder. By July 2014, each VIC cardholder will be automatically mailed a VHIC, ensuring enrolled Veterans have identification that is safe, authentic, secure and accurate.

Enrolled Veterans can get more information by visiting their VA medical facility enrollment coordinator or the website www.va.gov/healthbenefits/vhic. Veterans who are not enrolled in the VA health care system can apply for enrollment at any time by visiting www.va.gov/healthbenefits/enroll, calling 1-877-222-VETS (8387) or by visiting their local VA health care facility.

As always please see your local County Veterans Service Officer if you have any questions. You can contact your local VSO at (218) 631-7617 or by email at david.anderson@co.wadena.mn.us and as always have a great week.

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