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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
A year ago, the Kern County Veterans Service Department began creating identification cards for veterans to carry and use at any business that offers military discounts.
Today, there are more than 2,000 such IDs in the wallets of local veterans.
"A year ago, we were approached by veterans about their concern of not having a way to identify as a veteran when going to local businesses," department director Dick Taylor said Monday on "First Look with Scott Cox."
With the IDs, veterans no longer need to carry a copy of thier military discharge papers to show proof of service. Businesses such as Lowe's, Home Depot, Denny's, and Marie Callender's give veterans a discount, Taylor said.
To receive the free card, veterans must go to the Veterans Service office at 1120 Golden State Ave. and provide a copy of their DD-214 and a photo ID. They will complete a short application and in about 40 seconds, an ID right off the printer will be handed to them.
The material used to make the IDs is hard, heavy plastic and the colors will not fade, Taylor said.
"I encourage all veterans to get the ID card," he said.
No appointment is necessary to get an ID.