WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Dozens of veterans stood in line Friday in the Trumbull County Commissioner’s hearing room to get their pictures taken for their Veteran ID cards.
There are approximately 20,000 veterans in Trumbull County who are eligible to receive the cards.
Ever since Mahoning County launched its veteran identification program in November, veterans in Trumbull County have been clamoring for a similar program. Friday was the first day for the cards to be issued.
Several veterans in line explained why they wanted the card.
“To make it more convenient to prove you are a vet when you go into places,” said Dale Williams of Newton Falls.
“I think it’s wonderful. At least you don’t have to carry around any papers now. It makes it easy for me,” said Art Kijowski of Warren.
Herm Breuer with the Trumbull County Department of Veteran Services said the cards are so sought after because of the potential savings that come with them from businesses. But not every business is participating in the discounts, and they are not required to offer any special pricing.
Most businesses will only accept one of three forms of military identification: An active duty military ID, a retired military ID, or an I.D. card from the Department of Veterans Affairs that reads the veteran is disabled.
The Veterans ID program is one of the services the Trumbull County Recorder’s Office now provides daily. Veterans who did not get one Friday can get one during normal business hours at the county administration building, 160 High St. N.W. in Warren.
A photo ID is required to obtain the cards.