How Montgomery County vets can get ID cards starting Tuesday

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Veterans living in Montgomery County can get new identification cards starting Tuesday that could make it easier to get benefits.

The first ID cards will be handed out 8 a.m. Sept. 4, the county said in a statement.

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About 40,000 veterans living in Montgomery County and the new program is intended to have the needed identification to get health care benefits, burial benefits, VA home loans, VA loans, store discounts, and more.

The Veteran ID Card replaces the pocket DD-214, or discharge documents. The cards are free to all honorably discharged veterans.

“Many of my fellow veterans have encountered barriers that have prevented them from receiving benefits they have already earned through their military service,” stated Recorder Brandon McClain. “This should never happen. We must always stand up for and with those who were prepared to give everything to protect our freedoms. This program serves that purpose.”

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Veterans can get their ID card at the Montgomery County Recorder’s Office on the fifth floor of the Montgomery County Administration Building, 451 W. Third St., Dayton.

A variety of counties in Ohio issue veteran ID cards, including Greene County, home to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Ohio's largest counties also issue cards to veterans.