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VA veterans identification card issued with VA benefits enrollment

Many veterans do not realize that to become eligible for the VA's comprehensive medical benefits package, they must first enroll. After they enroll, they are pleasantly surprised by the VA's swift check-in process. Once enrolled, they receive their VIC (Veteran Identification Card), which can be used at any VA health facility.

This card is proof of identity for lab work, diagnostic tests, prescriptions and other services. Their sensitive information such as their Social Security number and date of birth are not on the face of this card. That information is coded into the magnetic stripe and barcode. Thus, when they enter any VA health facility, they put their VIC into a kiosk that automatically checks them into the facility. The kiosk will display, upon its touchscreen, their check-in time for their appointment, update personal information such as address, phone number, email, next-of-kin and health insurance information. Once checked in, they simply wait to be seen by their health provider. Can it be any simpler? For more information, please refer to the VA's homepage at www.va.gov/healthbenefits or call (877) 222-8387 (VETS) Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. [Source: MilitaryTimes, Leo Shane, III, March 7, 2017]

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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