El Paso County Veteran Services has started issuing veteran ID cards for veterans who do not have a military retiree or veteran health care ID card.
“There are so many discounts out there for veterans,” said El Paso County Veteran Services Manager Jim Tackett. “We want to make sure our veterans are able to take advantage of these discounts by showing their veteran ID card. We estimate about 20,000 people in El Paso County could benefit from the cards and each person could possibly save hundreds of dollars a year."
The El Paso County Veteran's Services is responsible for assisting residents of the State of Colorado who served honorably in the United States Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Navy, Marine Corps or any other armed service of the nation.
The El Paso County Veteran's Services office was established by State law to advise and assist veterans, their dependents, and their survivors concerning any VA benefits which such person may be, or may have been, entitled to receive under the laws of the United States or the State of Colorado. The office is not a part of the Department of Veteran Affairs, which is a Federal government agency, but serves as a liaison between the claimant and the VA.
The primary purpose of the office is to provide personalized local service to veterans and other claimants, and to assist them in cutting through the maze of red tape frequently involved in direct dealings with government agencies.
Veterans can receive a card at no cost by calling 719-520-7750 and setting up an appointment.