VA Announces 2014 Roll Out of New, More Secure Veteran Health Identification Cards

vhicVA has announced the roll out of newly designed, more secure Veteran Health Identification Cards (VHIC) in 2014.

Similar to a typical health insurance card, the new VHIC will display the veteran’s member ID, a new unique identifier, and a plan ID, reflecting the veteran’s enrollment in VA healthcare.

The new card replaces the Veteran Identification Card (VIC), which was introduced in 2004. The new “phased” rollout began on February 21st, 2014.  For now, the card will only be issued to newly enrolled and other veterans who have not yet been issued a VIC.

In April 2014, VA will begin a three-month effort to automatically issue the new & more secure VHIC to more than 4 million current VIC cardholders. VA recommends Veterans safeguard their VIC as they would a credit card, and cut up or shred the card once it is replaced.

The new VHIC is personalized to display the emblem of the Veteran’s branch of service. It also provides features that make it easier to use, such as the addition of “VA” in Braille to help visually impaired Veterans, and the printing of VA phone numbers and emergency care instructions on the cards.

“VA is committed to providing high quality health care while ensuring the personal security of Veterans,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “These new identification cards are an important step forward in protecting our nation’s heroes from identity theft and other personal crimes.”

Important!!  Veterans who are already enrolled should ensure the address on file is correct to assure they receive their new card in a timely manner. To update or to confirm your current address on file with the VA, please call 1-877-222-VETS (8387).  If the post office cannot deliver your VHIC, the card will be returned to the VA.

Enrolled veterans can get more information about the new VHIC by speaking with their VA medical facility enrollment coordinator, visiting the website www.va.gov/healthbenefits/vhic, or by calling 1-877-222-VETS (8387).

Veterans not enrolled in the VA healthcare system can apply for enrollment at any time by visiting

Hey Veterans! Eat Some Buffalo Wild Wings and Help a Vet

May is Military Appreciation Month, so…Eat Some Wings and Help a Vet!

For the second straight year, Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants across America will partner with the VFW to conduct a fundraising event for U.S. troops and their families. During the entire month of May (Military Appreciation Month), participating Buffalo Wild Wings locations will donate 10% of a guest’s total food purchase to the VFW Foundation when that customer shows their military ID, VFW membership id card or a “Return the Favor” card here:


The Buffalo Wild Wings event is aptly entitled “Salute the Troops” and it seeks to also thank restaurant patrons, as participants will receive a complimentary yellow wristband. Wearing the wristband into a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant anytime in May will facilitate another 10% donation to the VFW Foundation. Wearing the wristband in June entitles guests to 10% off their own food and non-alcoholic beverage purchases. The wristband offer is limited to one per check, while supplies last (500 wristbands at each participating restaurant).

For more information and participating locations, visit troops.buffalowildwings.com.

VA and DoD Electronic Health Partnership: Origins and Registration Information

If you are a veteran discharged prior to 2002, then you may not be aware of the partnership now in existence between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD).  These once separate entities now share health information between their unique Electronic Health Record systems.

The VA’s computerized system is known as the VistA CPRS (Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture/Computerized Patient Record System), and they have been working together with the DoD’s Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application (AHLTA, formerly known as CHCS II) to share information for nearly a decade.

The concept of shared information has improved clinical efficiencies and health care outcomes for both entities.  Veterans and active duty Service members can now receive needed health care without having to endure the unnecessary “duplication” of medical tests.  Thanks to modern technology, both VA and DoD clinicians can quickly review important health data from each other’s facilities.

The VA and DoD now share the following health information:

*Admission, disposition, and transfer data *Allergy data *Clinical theater data *Consults *Deployment Health Assessments *Drug and food allergy data *Laboratory orders and results *Outpatient pharmacy data *Patient demographics *Progress notes *Radiology reports *Vital signs data

Future plans include the development of a Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) to ultimately share benefit, personnel, and health data from the start of a recruit’s military service through their transition to Veteran status and for the remainder of their life.

If you are a veteran who has NOT registered with the new electronic system (My HealtheVet), then please visit the following website to

register TODAY: www.myhealth.va.gov

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VA Personal Health Records Available Online for Veterans Registered with My HealtheVet

Veterans seeking or needing 24/7 anywhere, any time internet access to VA health care and military history information can find the web-based tools empowering them to do so through My Healthevet.

Launched in 2003, My Healthevet is VA’s award-winning online Personal Health Record offering America’s veterans access to trusted, secure, and informed health and benefits information at their convenience.

Veterans can register online to access their VA Personal Health Record including:

*VA Prescription Refills  *Lab & Appointments  *Military Health History

*Vitals Tracking & Graphing  *VA Benefits & Services  *Wellness Reminders

Register for Your VA Personal Health Record by:

<<<Clicking here:

200 Places to Get Your Military Discount

Blockbuster, Chevy’s, Denny’s, Extreme Outfitters, Foot Locker, and many other businesses out there offer 10% to 50% discounts on their products and services.  Some require a coupon code, some only allow the discount if ordering online, but most require a Military ID.

Thanks to the U.S. Veterans Compensation website, a comprehensive list of companies offering Military Discounts is now available.  For the complete list click here:

GET MY MILITARY DISCOUNT

If you are a veteran, you are also eligible to receive many of these discounts with your

GET MY VETERAN ID CARD 

The U.S. Veterans Compensation website is also a great resource for finding information about many other Veterans programs!