A U.S. veteran identification card is given to military veterans who are qualified for Department of Veterans Affairs health care benefits. Its purpose is to serve as an ID and to check in to VA appointments. The card is useful to those who do not have a military ID.
The veteran identification card is not an insurance card and cannot be used at non-VA medical facilities. A veteran needs to enroll in the VA health care system in order to get the card. There are different factors that are considered for eligibility for the card, including types of deployments and active duty service dates.