VAN WERT — The Van Wert County Veterans Office and Van Wert County Recorders Office will be issuing Veteran ID Cards to Van Wert County veterans. Veteran Service Officer Barry Johns and County Recorder Kim Hughes issued a statement that the cards will be issued beginning August 4. Cards will be issued by appointment only on Mondays from 8:30 a.m. until noon, Wednesdays from 1-3:30 p.m., and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Appointments can be made at (419) 238-9592.

To obtain a Veteran ID, the person applying must be a current Van Wert County resident, must have a DD-214 recorded at the Van Wert County Recorder’s Office, must have been on active duty for other reasons than training, must have served in one of the five branches of the U.S. Military, (Merchant Marines qualify with a valid DD-214), must have an original or certified copy of military discharge for honorable, general, (or under honorable) conditions. Absolutely no other character of service will be accepted for the ID card, but any type character of service can be recorded with the Recorders Office.

In the event that an original discharge or certificate is not available, it will be ordered and the ID card will not be issued until the discharge is received and an appointment is made.

Honorable service with minimum time is (prior to Sept. 1, 1980) is 90 days of service of which one day must be during a recognized period of war; if not during a recognized period of war time, 180 days of minimum time is required. (After Sept. 1, 1980, 24 months or period for which called to active duty.

Exceptions to length of service may be for those discharged for the convenience of the government, pregnancy, hardship, and other situations beyond the control of the individual. Entry level discharges, regardless of character of discharge, do not qualify. Any questionable discharges outside of the policy must be approved by the Veterans Commission to receive an ID Card. There is a one dollar charge for the ID card.

If you wish to have your DD-214 recorded, you must see the County Recorder’s prior to your appointment.

Many local businesses are offering discounts to Van Wert County veterans who receive the ID card. Those businesses include: Ace Hardware, Angela’s Grooming & Doggie Spa, Black Angus Catering, Black Swamp Bistro, Crescent Laundry, Dilly Door, Greve Chrysler, Hall’s Custom Meats, Hickory Sticks Golf Course, Jackie’s Furry Friend Pet Grooming, Dr. Kevin Laing, DDS, MI Ranchito, DR. Roger Okuley DDS, Olympic Lanes, Once I Was, O’Reilly Auto Parts, P&R Medical Connection, Peebles, Quick Change Oil & Lube, Rainey Chiropractic, Remedy Sports Bar & Grille, Scott Variety Store, Secret Garden, Simply Irresistible, Sophisti-Cut Styling Salon, The Tavern, Van Wert Massotherapy, Van Wert Memorials, Wilkinsons Printing.

When an ID Card is issued each veteran will receive a brochure showing who and what the discount will be at each establishment. If any other businesses wish to join the program please call (419) 238-9592 by July 18, 2014 to get on the brochure