LISBON - A new veterans identification card program is being implemented by the Columbiana County Veterans Service Commission, Senior County Veterans Service Officer Charles T.Smith, said Tuesday.
The sole purpose is to honor and verify veterans who have been honorably discharged from service in the United States military, Smith said.
He explained that veterans need to call (330-424-7214) for an appointment (no walk ins) and bring a copy of their DD-214 and one other form of photo identification.
The DD-214 doesn't have to be a certified copy, Smith said, adding that the process takes about 10 minutes for a photograph while veterans will be given information on services offered by the Veterans Administration.
He said the program began on March 17 and the Columbiana County Veterans Service Commission has already issued 35 of the cards.
"It's a testament to their service," Smith said, explaining that it also gives the VSC a chance to meet veterans they haven't see before.
There are 88 county veteran service commission offices in Ohio, Smith said and some are issuing the veterans' ID cards through the county recorders offices and charging for the cards.
"This is strictly out of the Veterans Services," he said, adding that veterans may get a discount with some businesses, "but that's not the main purpose" of the cards or guaranteed in any way.
The Columbiana County Veterans Service Commission is located on Dickey Drive (off Saltwell Road) in the new Government Services Building, 7989 Dickey Dr., Suite 1.