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Veterans Affairs Refreshes Health ID Cards

healthcare systemThe Veterans Affairs Department is set to begin distribution of new health identification cards to nearly four million veterans and family members.

The cards will display a unique electronic identifier number printed on the front and embedded in the magnetic strip as a means of identification, The American Legion said Friday.

VA intends for the new cards to replace Social Security numbers and birth dates contained in the magnetic strips in order to secure the veterans’ personal information.

Veterans who have the old ID card will receive the new VHIC through the mail when the VA’s system upgrades are completed.

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