A Message from Dart Safety Lane's Mike Roth, U.S. Army, Retired
10 Nov 2017
Greetings to all Dart Network Military Veterans,
I would like to share with you some news with all our Dart Veterans some news that I recently received. The first piece of news is the Department of Defense will soon grant online exchange shopping privileges to Veterans of all United States Armed Forces. This does not grant on-installation access. This benefit allows Veterans of all United States Armed Forces to shop online at shopmyexchange.com, as well as the other online military exchanges. Veterans will be able to enjoy tax-free shopping, exclusive military pricing on name brand products and more at shopmyexchange.com. The benefit launches on November 11, 2017. Go to vetverify.org and submit a verification form to check your eligibility. The process usually takes about two minutes. Most Veterans only need to provide a name, date of birth, the last four digits of their social security number and a valid email address. Vetverify.org is a shared verification service that relies exclusively on secure data supplied by the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) to determine eligibility. Visit vetverify.org/faq for more details.
The second is the Veteran Identification Card.
What is a Veteran Identification Card (VIC) and how do I get one?
Published 04/27/2006 02:52 PM on the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Website | Updated 10/11/2017 09:43 AM
What is a Veterans Identification Card or Proof of Service Card and how do you get one?
The “Veterans Identification Card Act 2015" (Public Law 114-31) was enacted on July 20, 2015. The purpose of the Veteran Identification Card (VIC) is to serve as proof of service in the Armed Forces which can be used to obtain discounts on goods and services offered to Veterans. The VIC does not qualify Veterans for additional benefits administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and does not serve as proof for any benefits to which you may be entitled. Also, the VIC will not grant access to military post or installations. VA began accepting applications for the VIC November 1, 2017. For those who wish to obtain a VIC, Veterans should log into Vets.gov to apply. If eligible, you will receive your ID card (at no cost to you) in the mail within 3 weeks. For more information please go to: https://www.vets.gov/#. This is the only way to apply for the VIC – your medical center or regional office will not be able to assist you. Questions regarding the new VIC can be directed to the Vets.gov Help Desk 1-855-574-7286 TTY: 1-800-877-8339 Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (ET)
Meanwhile, the Department of Veterans Affairs continue to provide a Veterans Health Identification Card (VHIC) for Veterans to use at VA medical facilities. The VHIC will be issued only to Veterans who are eligible for VA medical benefits and only for the purpose of identification and check-in for VA medical appointments. The new card protects personal privacy by not showing Social Security Numbers or dates of birth on the front of the cards. For more information on VHIC, go to www.va.gov/healthbenefits/vhic/index.asp.
VA has Service Connected, POW and Purple Heart (PH) indicators on the new VIC. Veterans who have been awarded service-connected status after their VIC has been issued or SC status is not properly documented on their card, will need to present their letter showing their SC rating to the eligibility clerk at the local VA Medical Center where they obtain treatment. After verification, the eligibility clerk will submit a request to National Card Management Directory (NCMD) System for a new card to be issued to the Veteran. Once a Veteran has his/her picture taken for the new card at the VA medical facility, the card will be mailed to the Veteran at the address that has been provided. To ensure that a Veteran receives the new VIC card, the Veteran should please verify that VA has the correct address on file. If the U.S. Postal Service cannot deliver the card, it will be returned to the facility at which the card was requested. The card will then be held in a secure location at the facility for 90 days. If the card is not picked up within the 90-day period, the card will be destroyed.
If you are company driver or an owner operator with the Dart Network, please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions.
Senior Shop Service Assistant
Dart Safety Lane
The Dart Network
U.S Army, Retired