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New Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC) to Replace Veteran Identification Card (VIC)

The Mount Vernon Veterans Service agency wants veterans to know that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is implementing a newly redesigned, more secure Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC) to replace the Veteran Identification Card (VIC), which was issued in 2004. 

In 2010, VA initiated a redesign effort to remove the SSN from the barcode and magnetic stripe on the VIC to improve the protection of Veteran’s private information in conformance with the Social Security number reduction and security mandates throughout the Federal Government.   VA is preparing to implement a new Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC). 

The new cards are distinguished by additional security features, which better protect the Veteran’s personal information and have a different look and feel.  In addition to being more secure, the card offers enhanced features — transforming it into a Health Identification Card.  Similar to a typical health insurance card, the VHIC 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. 

As part of a phased rollout, in February 2014, the card will be offered to newly enrolled and other Veterans who have not been issued a VIC.  Then, in early April, VA will begin a three month effort to automatically issue the more secure VHIC to each VIC cardholder.   VA recommends Veterans safeguard their VIC as they would a credit card, and cut up or shred the card once it is replaced. 

While a VHIC is not required to receive VA health care, VA wants all enrolled Veterans to have a card that protects their personal information.

Card Features:

  • Secure – Redesigned card contains new identifiers – a Member ID and Card Number eliminate the need for the Veteran’s  SSN to be on the card
  • Personalized — Displays emblem of Veteran’s branch of service, and identifies if the Veteran was disabled from a service-connected condition, is a former POW or recipient of a Purple Heart or Medal of Honor
  • Accessible – Braille “VA” helps visually impaired Veterans to recognize and use the card
  • Interoperable – Can be used to look up Veteran’s health records at VA and Department of Defense health care facilities when arrangements are in place.
  • Anti-Counterfeiting – Microtext helps prevent card reproductions
  • Compliant — Meets national standard for health identification cards
  • Informative – Displays VA phone numbers and emergency care instructions


  • Enrolled Veterans use the VHIC within VA health care facilities as proof of identity and to facilitate check-in to appointments.
  • The Plan ID displayed on the VHIC is a unique number issued to VA by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and identifies the health plan offered to enrolled Veterans.   Starting in 2016, this number will be used by doctors and hospitals to assist them when they send in health related claims for payment to VA.
  • Veterans can continue to use their VIC until their VHIC is received.  VA health care applications have been enhanced to read both the new VHIC as well as the old card.  VA communications to Veterans will advise them that upon receipt of the VHIC, to destroy their VIC either by cutting up the card or by shredding it.
  • To receive the VHIC, the Veteran must show appropriate identification document(s) and be enrolled in the VA health care system. 
  • Starting February 21, 2014, VA will process VHIC requests for new enrollees and other enrolled Veterans who do not have a VIC.
  • Production of the replacement VHICs will begin in early April 2014 and will be automatically mailed to Veterans who have been issued a VIC.  All cards are expected to be replaced within three months. 
  • Enrolled Veterans can get more information by calling 1-877-222-VETS (8387), by visiting their VA medical facility Enrollment Coordinator or online at

The following documents are acceptable proof of identity. Documents presented as proof must be current (not expired) and original. Photocopies are not acceptable.

Primary   Identification

Secondary   Identification

Present   ONE form of Primary Identification

If   a Primary form of Identification is not available, present TWO forms of   Secondary Identification

State-Issued Driver’s License

Certified Birth Certificate

State issued ID

Original Social Security Card

United States (U.S.) Passport

DD214 or equivalent certificate issued by Department of   Defense or War Department

VA Identification Card (VIC) or VHIC

Marriage License (certified copy)

Military ID Card

State Voter Registration Card

Temporary Resident Card

Student ID Card

Resident Alien Card

Native American Tribal Document

Permanent Resident Card

Certificate of U.S. Citizenship (INS Form N-560 or N-561)

Other Federal or State issued photo ID

Certificate of Naturalization (INS Form N-550 or N-570)


Certificate issued by US Consular Offices documenting the   birth of a child on foreign soil to a US citizen.  (Form FS-545, Form DS-1350, DS Form 240 or   FS Form 240)




Mount Vernon Mayor Ernest D. Davis and Police Commissioner Terrence Raynor will preside over a Promotions Swearing-In Ceremony to officially promote uniformed police personnel on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:30 pm in the City Council Chambers at City Hall.

“This is a big day for the officers being promoted. They worked hard and have shown their commitment to the community of Mount Vernon,” said Mayor Ernest D. Davis. “We’ve got a team that is working hard to improve the quality of life in Mount Vernon.” 

The following individuals will be promoted to their new positions:

  • Captain Michael Goldman
  • Lieutenant Daniel Godshall
  • Lieutenant Vincent Dellamura
  • Sergeant Robert Wuttke
  • Sergeant Martin Bailey
  • Sergeant Thomas Gallagher
  • Sergeant Krista Mann

“These men and women of the Mount Vernon Police Department exemplify the type of leadership we are building,” said Commissioner Terrance Raynor. “As they take their posts, it will be their job to project the most of what they have to offer not only in proficiency but professionalism as they deal with the community and those under their command.”

Message from City Council President Roberta L. Apuzzo

A Message from the City Council President


As a reminder, the Fulton Avenue drawbridge between Secor Lane and Edison Avenue (linking Route 1 in Pelham Manor with South Columbus Avenue in Mount Vernon) will be closed to all motorists due to emergency bridge repairs.  The bridge will be closed from Friday, January 31, 2014 until Friday, March 28, 2014.  


The detour designated  for this closure is to use Pelham Parkway to Boston Post Road to Provost Avenue to South Third Avenue to South Columbus Avenue to South Fulton Avenue (reverse for counter direction). 



Firefighter Exam Prep Classes will NOT be held this Thursday February 20.

Classes will reconvene next weekon Monday Feb. 24 and will also be conducted on Tuesday February 24 and Wednesday February 25.

Classes will then be held on Monday, March 3 ,Tues. March 4, and Wednesday, March 5.

Special Board of Estimate and Contract Meeting

A special Board of Estimate and Contract meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. in the Mayor’s Conference Room to open all bids submitted for the Emergency Operations Center to be located at the Third Street Firehouse, and any other business as may be presented at said meeting. 

City Council Radio Show-DPW Commissioner Just Added

The City Council will host its monthly radio show on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 7:00 p.m where Nkechi Nwachukwu, Legislative Assistant to the City Council will be a special guest.  

Just Added: Curtis Woods, Commissioner of the Department of Public Works, will also be a featured guest from 7:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Tune your radios to WVOX- 1460 AM to hear from Mrs. Nwachukwu, Commissioner Woods, and to stay informed on the latest City Council news!

Special Board of Estimate and Contract Meeting

A special Board of Estimate and Contract meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. in the Mayor’s Conference Room for the purpose of rejecting all bids for construction of the Emergency Operation Center’s Room located at the Third Street Firehouse in the City of Mount Vernon, New York and re-advertising for same.





Citywide Alternate Side of Street Parking in Effect for Thursday, February 13

With the latest winter storm expected to move into our area early Thursday morning, alternate side of the street parking will be in effect for all streets in Mount Vernon.  This will enable public works crews to plow streets to the curb on one side through the duration of the storm. After the storm motorists will be alowed to park on the opposite side of the street. Police and public works crews are prepared to  strictly enforce this and other snow rules.

NORTHSIDE – Thursday Rules In Effect

SOUTHSIDE – Tuesday Rules In Effect

Residents are reminded not to blow or throw snow into the street when clearing  property or cars. Please use the tree lawn, the area between the curb and sidewalk, to place snow. Put off shoveling the end of driveways until plows have passed your area. In addition, property owners on corner plots are reminded that it is their responsibility to open sidewalks to the street.

Consider clearing hydrants that may be in front of your property. Should an emergency occur, firefighting personned will have immediate access to save lives and property. 

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