Delaware County veterans can now obtain a free veterans’ photo identification card at the Government Center in Media, enabling them to access discounts offered to veterans by various businesses, restaurants and services.
The new Veterans’ ID program was launched last Wednesday by Delaware County Council, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the recorder of deeds in a program also attended by several veterans.
The veterans’ ID card will be issued at no charge to all honorably discharged veterans from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday at the recorder of deeds office, located in Room 108 at the Government Center.
The program enables veterans to register their DD-214 or equivalent military discharge document at the Office of the Recorder of Deeds, thereby providing a safe backup copy of this important document.
The veterans’ ID card will certify that veterans have provided the necessary documentation to support their military service. The ID card then enables veterans to access discounts offered by local businesses as a way of showing their appreciation to veterans for their service to the country.
However, to receive a photo ID card, the veteran must present a DD-214 or equivalent military discharge issued under honorable conditions and a current photo ID card such as a driver’s license.
“This is just one way that we can show our appreciation to veterans of all ages who bravely served our country in all branches of the military,” said County Council Vice Chairman Mario J. Civera Jr., a U.S. Air Force veteran.
“We have heard from our veterans that a photo ID card would be helpful to them, and we
recognized that this was a service we could provide at the county level,” Civera said.
At the same time, the county is conducting outreach to businesses who offer veterans discounts in order to list them on the county website for Veterans Affairs.
Businesses interested in participating in the veterans discount program can contact the County Veterans Affairs office at (610) 891-4539.
The discounts are at the discretion of the business and will be posted on the Veterans Affairs website for an initial time period of one year. The site will be updated on a regular basis, so new businesses can be added at any time.
Each business will also receive a certificate of participation to display at their location.
“This is a great example of how county government can partner with members of our business community to provide a benefit for our veterans, and it gives businesses another way to advertise and reach customers,” Civera said. “Whether they served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, other deployments or here in the United States, we owe a debt of gratitude to our veterans, and this is one way of showing our appreciation.”
Civera was the first veteran to be issued a Veterans ID card at the county office. He also listed his business, Civera’s Deli in Upper Darby, on the discount site.
He explained that veterans who cannot locate their DD-214 or military discharge documents can apply for a copy through the Veterans Affairs office, located on the ground floor of the Government Center. This process can take several weeks.
For more information about the Delaware County Veterans ID Program, or any other veteran’s services, contact the Department of Veterans Affairs at 610-891-4645 or visit the website at www.co.delaware.pa.us.