Montgomery County’s free veteran ID card an ‘access point to benefits’ 

Lots of military veterans already have identification cards.

But Montgomery County Recorder Brandon McClain said they should still get a Montgomery County Veteran’s ID card, which he called an “access point to benefits.”

“This is going to be a stabilizing point for our veterans. This is going to be a program that will break down barriers,” the recorder said.

“We’re talking about not giving a handout but giving our veterans something they’ve already earned,” McClain said.

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Navy veteran Scott Didier said he has tried and failed to receive veteran discounts at some businesses.

“When I went in there, they were ‘Oh, you need to bring in your DD 214 and duh duh duh,’ and I thought well, you’re adding a lot of stuff to this that I have to do just to get a 10 percent discount,” he said.

After today, all Didier will have to do is show his new Montgomery County Veteran’s ID card, good at more than 200 businesses in Montgomery County.

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Tuesday is the first day of the new program, and most seats were taken in the waiting area of the recorder’s office, where more than 100 veterans have shown up to get the free ID card already.

To receive a Montgomery County Veteran’s ID card, veterans will need to bring their DD Form 214 and two other forms of identification between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the recorder’s office, 451 W. Third St.

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