As of July 2015, NYC government now offers IDNYC cards with veteran designation. It defines veterans consistent with the City Charter, which includes all veterans who have served on active duty and have a discharge status other than dishonorable. Our recommendations helped to make IDNYC's veteran designation an inclusive one.
IDNYC cards with veteran designation is a great way for each of us to show NYC government that we want to stand up and be counted as proud NYC veterans. We encourage all NYC veterans to make an appointment and get an IDNYC card as soon as possible to take advantage of its many benefits.
In addition to the many benefits available to all New Yorkers who get an IDNYC card--including entertainment discounts, one-year memberships to museums and cultural institutions, NYC Parks and YMCA discounts, and many other useful programs--the veteran designation offers veterans a free one-year membership to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, access to NYC Small Business Services veterans employment and entrepreneurship programs, discounts through the Queens Chamber of Commerce VETS program, and a one-year digital membership to the Veterans Advantage program offering discounts with major retailers.
To sign up for the IDNYC with veterans designation, do these three things:
- Make an appointment at an IDNYC enrollment center convenient for you by clicking HERE or calling 311.
- Show proof of your identity & NYC residency. Examples of acceptable proof are HERE.
- Show proof of your veteran status. Examples of acceptable documents are HERE.
Below are the most recent posts, statements, and recommendations the NYC Veterans Alliance has made on this issue: