The Department of Veterans Affairs announced last week the phased rollout of newly designed, more secure Veteran Health Identification Cards. The new cards are distinguished by additional security features and will have a different look and feel.

Similar to a typical health insurance card, it displays the veteran’s member ID, a new unique identifier, as well as a plan ID, reflecting the veteran’s enrollment in VA health care. The card is personalized to display the emblem of the veteran’s branch of service.

The card replaces the Veteran Identification Card, which was introduced in 2004. Enrolled veterans can get more information about the new card at www.va.gov/healthbenefits/vhic, calling 1-877-222-8387 or visiting their local VA health care facility.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here. You can contact Rose L. Thayer at rthayer@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here.

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