Damascus American Legion Post 171

Veteran Solutions

Veteran Identification (ID) Cards

In addition to DoD issued ID cards for Active Duty, Reserve and Retired personnel there are three other ID cards with varying eligibility requirements and privileges.

 Veteran Health Identication Card (VHIC)

When you’re enrolled in VA health care, you’ll use your Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC) to check in to your appointments at VA medical centers. You may also use this card to get discounts offered to Veterans at many stores, businesses, and restaurants.

 

Eligibility Requirements:

--- First, you’ll need to be enrolled in VA health care. If you’re not already enrolled, find out how to apply for VA health care.
--- At least one of these must be true. You:

  • Receive financial compensation (payments) from VA for a service-connected disability
  • Were discharged for a disability resulting from something that happened to you in the line of duty
  • Were discharged for a disability that got worse in the line of duty
  • Are a recently discharged combat Veteran
  • Get a VA pension
  • Are a former prisoner of war (POW)
  • Have received a Purple Heart
  • Have received a Medal of Honor
  • Get (or qualify for) Medicaid benefits
  • Served in Vietnam between January 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975
  • Served in Southwest Asia during the Gulf War between August 2, 1990, and November 11, 1998 
  • Served at least 30 days at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987

Select the ID above for more information.

  Veteran Identication Card
(VIC)

A Veteran ID Card (VIC) is a form of photo ID you can use to get discounts offered to Veterans at many restaurants, hotels, stores, and other businesses. 

 

 

Eligibility Requirements:
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Served on active duty, the Reserves, or in the National Guard (including the Coast Guard, and
--- Received and Honorable or General Discharge (under honorable conditions)

Select the ID above for more information.

 Maryland State Drivers
License


The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) now offers a veteran designation on a driver’s license or identification (ID) card for qualifying veterans.  The designation indicates that you are eligible for state veteran benefits. 

Eligibility Requirements:
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You are eligible if your discharge is Honorable or General under Honorable Conditions

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Local Veteran Support Services Provided

Organization  POC/Office  Phone  Email
  Damascus Post 171  Keith Midberry 301-916-7929  Service@legionpost171.org
       
       
       
       
       
       

 

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Overview

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder can occur following a life-threatening event like military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or violent personal assaults like rape. Most survivors of trauma return to normal given a little time. However, some people have stress reactions that don't go away on their own, or may even get worse over time. These individuals may develop PTSD.

People who suffer from PTSD often suffer from nightmares, flashbacks, difficulty sleeping, and feeling emotionally numb. These symptoms can significantly impair a person's daily life.

 PTSD is marked by clear physical and psychological symptoms. It often has symptoms like depression, substance abuse, problems of memory and cognition, and other physical and mental health problems. The disorder is also associated with difficulties in social or family life, including occupational instability, marital problems, family discord, and difficulties in parenting.If you are suffering from PTSD, or know someone who is, the following list of resources and information will help you find help in dealing with PTSD and related conditions.  

Featured PTSD News

Center for Psychological Health and TBI Opens

The Department of Defense today announced the opening of a 24-hour outreach center to provide information and referrals to military service members, veterans, their families and others with questions about psychological health and traumatic brain injury. More

NURSING HOMES UPDATE

All states have a Nursing Facility Medicaid program that provides general health coverage plus coverage for nursing home services. These services include room and board, nursing care, personal care and therapy services.

 Nursing Facility Medicaid may pay for a stay in a nursing home if you need a “nursing-home level of care” or meet nursing home “functional eligibility criteria; and have income and assets below certain guidelines.

More information Click Here

RESOURCES

Below are web-sites that provide information on Veterans benefits and how to file/ask for them.

VIETNAM WOMEN VETERANS

Almost ten thousand women were there.

For a list of not only the women who gaves their lives in Vietnam but the start of a complete women's casualty list see: They Gave Their Lives

Salon.com has featured an interesting story about female Vietnam Veterans, entitled "Unarmed and Under Fire: An Oral History of Female Vietnam Vets."
Women in Vietnam

The Vietnam Womens Memorial Project's new website is at:
VWMP