The Veterans Identification Card program office is scheduled to attend the Association of the United States Army’s annual meeting and exposition Oct. 8-10 in Washington, D.C. This will be their second time attending the AUSA meeting and the third outreach event for the team this year.
In July, staff attended the 119th VFW Convention in Kansas City, Missouri to not only help Veterans complete their card applications but also approve those qualified on site. Veterans that served in the Vietnam War, the Korean War, World War II, and Desert Storm were excited to have onsite support available during the convention and were enthusiastic about sharing the information with others.
“Thank you for finally allowing me to have a card to show that I am a Veteran, so I don’t have to carry around a DD214,” said one Veteran.
The Veterans Identification Card can be used in lieu of a DD-214 to obtain discounted goods and services offered to Veterans. Since the program was implemented in November 2017, over 41,000 Veterans have received their cards.
Shimiki N. Ross currently serves as the program manager for the Veterans Identification Card . She oversees, manages and coordinates all aspects of program management and business development activities for the card. Ross began her career at VA in 2005 as a Veterans claims examiner with the Veterans Benefits Administration in Atlanta, Georgia. Since 2008, she has worked on large scale business development and transformation projects such as the Post-9/11 GI Bill and the Veterans Benefits Management System.