Cuyahoga County leaders are rolling out a low cost program to help veterans access services and discounts. ideastream’s Michelle Kanu reports.
The new identification card includes a photo and a link to the database that verifies a veteran’s military service.
County Executive Ed FitzGerald says there are 90,000 veterans in the greater Cleveland area, and currently veterans have to present their military discharge papers to access their benefits. The new ID card will make it easier for them to apply for jobs, receive discounts at retailers, and cut the red tape when tapping into government services.
FitzGerald: “It can help with benefits or claims from the VA, including health care benefits, disability claims, VA home loans, life insurance and hospital services. It can demonstrate work experience when applying for positions with private firms in the private sector.”
Cuyahoga County is now the third in the state to offer the permanent ID. Franklin and Stark Counties already offer it.
FitzGerald says the initiative will cost the county $4,000 and it’ll be a month or two before they get the program going. Vets can apply and then pick up their card for a buck at the county administration building.