Service day, parade planned for area veterans | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | November 4, 2017 5:00 pm
Last Updated: November 1, 2017 at 11:36 am
The Colleton County Veterans Affairs Office and Veterans Council will host a veterans service day, “Serving Those Who Served,” on Thursday Nov. 9 from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. at the National Guard Armory in Walterboro.
Staff from the Columbia VA Regional Office, VA Medical Center, S.C. Dept. of Revenue, S.C. Legal Services and a host of other service providers will be on site to assist veterans with applying for various benefits. Local churches, businesses, organizations and the Colleton County School District have partnered with Colleton County Veterans Affairs/Council in support of veterans. Flu shots, haircuts, basic manicures and other items will also be provided.
Please bring a copy of your DD Form 214 or VA Healthcare ID.
On Sunday Nov. 12 at 2 p.m., the annual Veterans Day Parade will be held. This year’s grand marshals are our First Responders. Come, participate, honor and celebrate our veterans and the men and women who serve and protect our communities. Contact the Veterans Affairs Office for Parade Entry forms. You may also go online at www.walterborosc.org/veterans-day-parade or www.colletoncounty.org/links-81.
In other VA news, the Veterans Administration will begin accepting applications for the new Veterans Identification Cards (VIC) on Nov. 1. The Veterans Identification Card Act of 2015 requires VA to issue an identification card to veterans upon their request. The VIC will not take the place of a healthcare enrollment card, a Choice Card, or any additional identification card. The card will serve as proof of service in the Armed Forces and can be used to obtain discounts on goods and services offered to veterans from retailers.
To obtain a VIC, veterans must log into www.vets.gov to register and apply for the card. Veterans must present a copy of their DD-214 or other official military personnel file that describes their service. If eligible, the veteran will receive the card in the mail within three weeks. There is no fee for the VIC. VA has partnered with Office Depot to cover the cost of printing and shipping the ID Cards directly to veterans.
Q1. ARE RESERVISTS AND NATIONAL GUARDSMEN ELIGIBLE FOR THE VIC?
A1: Individuals that served in the Army Reserve, the Navy Reserve, the Marine Corps Reserve, the Air Force Reserve, the Coast Guard Reserve, the Army National Guard of the United States, or the Air National Guard of the United States may qualify for a VIC.
Q2. IF I DO NOT HAVE A VETS.GOV ACCOUNT, CAN I STILL APPLY FOR THE VIC?
A2: No, you must have a vets.gov account to apply for the VIC. If you do not have a vets.gov account, you can create one by selecting “Register” on https://www.vets.gov/.
Q3. WILL THE VIC ALLOW ME TO ACCESS MILITARY POST OR INSTALLATIONS?
A3: No, the VIC will not grant access to military installations.
For questions regarding VA benefits or the upcoming events, contact the Veterans Affairs Office at 843 549-1412 or visit us at 219 S. Lemacks Street, Ste 124.
(Janet D. Smith is director of Colleton County Veterans Affairs.)