The Veterans Affairs office of the applicant's county may issue veteran's identification cards. Some states, such as Virginia, offer state-issued veterans identification cards. Other states that do not issue specific veterans identification cards may provide a veterans endorsement on their state issued license or identification.
The Office of Veterans Affairs offers veterans identification cards to those who previously served and are eligible for Veterans Affairs health care benefits. The veterans identification cards issued by the Veterans Affairs office are predominately used to serve as an identification for veterans who are coming into the Veterans Affairs office to check into the office or receive health care or medicine. It is possible for any civilian who was in any branch of the U.S. military including Army, Marines and Coast Guard, as well as Navy and Air Force, to receive a veterans identification card a long as they do not have a dishonorable discharge from their branch of service.
Although the Veterans Affairs office issues these cards, there is no official Department of Defense identification for civilians who previously served in the armed forces. Many veterans claim that these identification cards do not hold up as proof of service when given to some state officials.