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DD214 for Vets

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Ulster County Legislature

Congressman Chris Gibson
United States House of Representatives
2120 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
May 17, 2011
Dear Congressman Gibson,

I hope you are well. I am sure you are busy. I met you in Albany New York at the New York State Conservative Party Political Action Conference earlier this year. I had spoken to you regarding possibly creating a new DD 214 , Report of Separation, format. I suggest we give our service members a DD 214 in the form of a credit card complete with photo identification. The DD 214 is such an important document. It is used to facilitate all veterans benefits. A paper copy could be issued as well but the credit card would be more durable. Our young men and women are accustomed to the credit card format and I believe they would understand the value of keeping it secure.
Many businesses are offering military personnel special pricing contingent on proof of their military service. It is difficult for veterans to carry a paper copy of their DD 214 with them at all times and thus the lack of proper identification can cause them delays in obtaining benefits.
I also think there may be less loss of DD 214’s in a plastic format and hence less time consuming (and expensive) duplicating activities.
I would appreciate anything you may be able to do to move this forward. I realize it is a small matter but everyone (mainly Vets) I have spoken to about the concept was very interested. I thank you in advance for your efforts.


Jack Hayes

Cc file, McKeon

Categories: Business, VETERANS
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