Mayor de Blasio today announced the introduction of a veteran designation to the IDNYC card along with a series of exclusive benefits for veteran cardholders. The City also announced the opening of three pop-up enrollment centers at veterans service locations in the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens to ease access and expand awareness of the card and its benefits to those who have served our country in the armed forces. In addition, the City will open temporary enrollment centers in Brooklyn and Staten Island.
At the launch of the IDNYC program in January 2015, Mayor de Blasio committed to including a veteran designation on the card within the calendar year. With the introduction of the IDNYC veteran designation, the New Yorkers who have served in the U.S. military will be better able to access to the services and discounts that they deserve. The de Blasio administration continues to enhance IDNYC’s dynamic functionality by integrating access to services, offering new benefit opportunities and supporting special populations such as veterans.
“We’re committed to providing the best services and support to our city’s veterans, and that includes IDNYC,” said Mayor de Blasio. “By taking advantage of this card, New York’s veterans can gain access to a host of benefits that are available to all city residents, as well as a number of services designed specifically for our veteran cardholders. I’m proud to expand this historic program to those who have done so much to make our county – and our city – a land of equality, acceptance and opportunity for all.”
“IDNYC is about giving a voice and identity to everyone in New York City,” said Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. “With this added feature, veterans will be able to more easily access the many benefits and services that New York City offers them. I thank the administration for their continued partnership in making our municipal ID program one that works for all New Yorkers.”
“The men and women who have made sacrifices for our nation have called for a practical way to identify themselves as veterans to receive access to their deserved benefits. With the Mayor’s announcement of a veteran designation on the IDNYC card and exclusive benefits that go along with it, we have taken a big step towards providing for our veterans,” said Council Member Paul Vallone. “I am proud to have fought for this issue and applaud Mayor de Blasio’s announcement which honors the commitment we have made to our brave men and women in uniform.”