VA Announces Rollout and Application Process for New Veterans ID Card



Nov. 29, 2017

WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that the application process for the national Veterans Identification Card (VIC) is now available for Veterans — yet another action honoring their service.

This has been mandated through legislation since 2015 to honor Veterans, and today’s rollout of the ID card fulfills that overdue promise.

Only those Veterans with honorable service will be able to apply for the ID card, which will provide proof of military service, and may be accepted by retailers in lieu of the standard DD-214 form to obtain promotional discounts and other services where offered to Veterans.

“The new Veterans Identification Card provides a safer and more convenient and efficient way for most Veterans to show proof of service,” said VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “With the card, Veterans with honorable service to our nation will no longer need to carry around their paper DD-214s to obtain Veteran discounts and other services.”

The VIC provides a more portable and secure alternative for those who served the minimum obligated time in service, but did not meet the retirement or medical discharge threshold. Veterans who served in the armed forces, including the reserve components, and who have a discharge of honorable or general (under honorable conditions) can request a VIC.

To request a VIC, Veterans must visit, click on “Apply for Printed Veteran ID Card” on the bottom left of the page and sign in or create an account.
Veterans who apply for a card should receive it within 60 days and can check delivery status of their cards at A digital version of the VIC will be available online by mid-December.

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Next CVO Meeting November 15, 2017

The next meeting of CVO will be from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on this Wednesday, November 15th, at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. We meet in the 2nd floor Prescription Room (far north section of the building). Parking in the garage may be validated.

The agenda will include a scheduled presentation entitled “Mexican Americans in America’s Defense”, reports from selected committees: (Executive, Homelessness, Newsletter, Veterans Affairs, Legal Support), and helpful information. Bring your ideas to strengthen CVO and all veterans. You may renew your 2018 membership online ( ) or at this meeting. CVO brochures are available and refreshments will be served! The following meeting is scheduled for January 17, 2018.

Come ready to network and fellowship with active veterans.

Willie Mack
CVO Chair

Veterans Day Deals 2017

Please Note, that not every offer is for Nov. 11.

This is a national listing, so many of the offers are for places that are not in your area.

For those near a Turtle Wax Car Wash, in the past, they have offered free car washes on Veterans Day, so they will probably do it again this year, but call just to verify. Their car washes are the best.

2017 Veterans Day Free Meals and Discounts

Updated for 2017: Veterans Day Deals including free food, meals and other freebies. Military discounts and savings for active duty, retirees, and veterans.


veterans day freebiesVeterans Day: Discounts and Freebies

Businesses are saluting Veterans Day this year with a host of discounts and freebies for veterans, service members and their families.


veterans day free car washTurtle Wax Car Wash Location Services

In addition, Turtle Wax (Chicago area) has been giving free car washes (and a lapel pin) to vets on Veterans Day, so they will probably to so again this year. Their car washes are definitely second to none.

Illinois Dentists Salute Veterans Day event 2017

On Friday, November 10, and Saturday, November 11, 2017, the dentists of the Illinois
State Dental Society want to show Illinois Veterans that they care!

Illinois Veterans are eligible to receive a complimentary dental exam at one of the
participating dental offices in their area. Treatments will be provided free of charge.
Please visit to register between October 1 and November 1.

Veterans will be required to enter their name, address, contact information, any medical concerns, and medications they are taking. The veteran will be able to choose one treatment they wish to receive free of charge: cleaning, filling, or extraction, with the dentist determining priority treatment.

The website will then match the Veteran to the closest dental providers in their area using the zip code entered by the Veteran. The Veteran will be able to choose a location and time of appointment that best suits their needs. Both the Veteran and the participating dentist will receive e-mail confirmations of the scheduled appointment.

If Veterans have any questions, they may call 708/222-7141 between 10:00 am -3:00 pm, Monday through Thursday. If they are unable to call during these times, they may leave a voicemail message and someone will return their call.

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VA Selects Providers for Dental Insurance Program


September 28, 2017



WASHINGTON — Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has selected Delta Dental of California and MetLife to once again offer private dental insurance plans as part of the VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP).

The program was extended until Dec. 31, 2021, by the VA Dental Insurance Reauthorization Act of 2016.

“It is important to provide this care to eligible Veterans, especially those who need lower-cost insurance,” said VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “VADIP underscores our commitment to support America’s Veterans and their family members.”

Veterans enrolled in the VA health-care system and beneficiaries of the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the VA (CHAMPVA) can enroll in the program beginning Nov. 15, 2017, for coverage to start Dec. 1, 2017.

VADIP offers eligible individuals the opportunity to purchase discounted dental insurance coverage, including diagnostic services, preventive services, endodontic and other restorative services, surgical services and emergency services.

Individuals who enroll in one of the dental insurance plans will pay the entire premium in addition to the full cost of any copayments. Enrollment is voluntary and does not affect eligibility for VA outpatient dental services and treatment.

The plans are available to eligible individuals in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Delta Dental and MetLife previously offered insurance plans as part of the three-year VADIP pilot program. Coverage under the VADIP pilot began Jan. 1, 2013, and more than 115,000 Veterans and CHAMPVA beneficiaries enrolled in the program before it expired in January 2017. Individuals who enrolled in a plan during the pilot period must select and enroll in one of the new plans offered by Delta Dental or MetLife. While the insurance providers will remain the same, plan options, fees and other factors may have changed from those offered during the pilot.

For more information, visit or call 877-222-VETS (8387).

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The Wall that Heals: A Vietnam Memorial Replica in Des Plaines, Illinois

Veterans of Des Plaines are pleased to announce the arrival of “The Wall That Heals”, a traveling half size replica of Vietnam Wall in Washington D.C. at Des Plaines Park District’s Lake Park Pavilion on Lee Street between Touhy and Howard Avenues in Des Plaines. It will be open to the public 24 hrs./day, from evening of September 27th to October 1, 2017.

Opening Ceremony – September 28th at 5:00p.m.

Participants Include:

The Emerald Society Chicago Police Department Pipes & Drums Corps.,

Color Guard – St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy, Singer – Jeff Blume,

Deacon James Ernst, Guest Speaker – General James Mukoyama,

Buglers Across America and other remembrances.

Friday, September 29th at 5:00p.m.

Ceremony presenting an opportunity for organizations/groups/families/individuals to present flower or wreaths in memory of individuals or on behalf of all Vietnam Veterans. Contact Tony Arredia 847-774-4622.

Saturday, September 30th at 7:00p.m.

Candle Light Ceremony (Glow Sticks) Color Guards, Singer TBD, U.S. Army Chaplin Captain Father Matt Foley, Guest Speaker – TBD,

Huey helicopter flyover and Reading of local names from Lake Park Memorial Pavilion Wall and Closing with Taps.

Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 2:00pm.

Closing Ceremony remembering Vietnam Veterans that died because of the War, but not in Vietnam. To remember a family member during the event Contact Mike at 224-425-8124.

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Next CVO Meeting October 18, 2017

The next meeting of CVO will be this Wednesday, October 18th at 7 PM in the Prescription Conference Room on the 2nd Floor of the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center at 820 S Damen Ave in Chicago. Parking will be validated.

The agenda will include a presentation, a welcome for new members and a discussion of all the events and special deals for Veterans Day, November 11th.

As usual, there will be refreshments.

See you at the meeting!

We’re cancelling the September CVO meeting

Unfortunately, we’e going to have to cancel the September CVO meeting due to a number of complicating factors.

The next CVO meeting will be on Wednesday, October 18th at 7 PM in the conference room on the 2nd floor of the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago. We’ll send out our usual reminders, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, autumn is starting; Enjoy!