Ohio town to issue veteran ID cards
The Portsmouth Daily Times, Ohio (MCT)
Recently the Scioto County Commissioners passed a measure allowing Scioto County Recorder Gail Alley to purchase equipment to issue veteran identification cards.
“There are 16 other recorders throughout the state that offer a similar service. It’s just a photo ID that will tell when they were discharged, their name, their branch of service and a number of other details,” Alley said.
According to the Franklin County Recorders office on the procedures they use to issue similar IDs, “This card will display a photograph of the veteran, military service dates, and other pertinent information regarding the veteran’s service to our country. This card contains their specific document number, so the discharge record can be rapidly located by his office when needed. The cost to obtain the card is $1. In order to receive a United States Veteran Document Identification Card, veterans must record their military discharge with the Franklin County Recorder’s Office and show two forms of current and valid identification.”
According to Alley, some businesses offer a discount to veterans who have a military ID. She said this will allow veterans who have not been able to take advantage of this to do so.
Alley said this would be a new function of the Recorder’s office and will take a while to implement. Once the equipment is in place, Alley said the IDs could be offered to any military member in the state.
Alley said to be issued a military ID one would have to bring their discharge papers to the Recorder’s office located inside the Scioto County Courthouse. A file will be made to keep record and pay a small fee.
“By law I’m allowed to charge a dollar and that will cover the cost of the cards and ink,” Alley said.
When asked why she wanted to take on such a task, Alley said, “We are doing this to give something back to the veterans.”
She said other recorders from around the state have seen success with this program.
Alley said in conversation with the Franklin County Recorder they issued around 300 IDs on the first day offered.
“This will not take the place of any IDs a veteran may have. This is just an additional ID they would have,” Alley said.
She said this would be helpful for those veterans who were not issued an ID from the Veterans Administration.