At American Medical ID, we value the fact that our country is built thanks to the help of the selfless courage of those who serve in the armed forces.
We want to do our best to make sure that U.S. veterans receive the tools they need to retain their personal independence that they have fought so hard to give everyone.
That’s why we work with the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide veteran medical ID bracelets and necklaces available free of charge to any veteran who needs one.
We’ve written about the number of veterans living with diabetes, one in four in the VA’s care, and the importance of all people who have diabetes to wear a medical ID. There are also a number of other conditions prevalent among veterans that require a medical ID.
People with mental illnesses like post-traumatic stress disorder may want a medical ID listing their condition to prevent hostile or aggressive interactions with medical professionals. Symptoms of PTSD can include anger or self-destructive emotional reactions to certain situations.
There are also more veteran-specific conditions that a person might need a medical ID for, such as having embedded metal fragments.
How to get your free ID
Because we work directly with the VA to provide medical IDs at no charge to veterans, there’s a very specific process that needs to be followed. If you’re a veteran, first, download this informational sheet that you can bring to your clinician. Next, visit a clinician at your local VA Clinic. The clinician you visit will put in a request for a purchasing agent in the Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service to process. Your ID will be shipped to your home office once the order is complete.
Be sure to take a look at the styles we offer as part of this program so you can let your clinician know which you prefer. Most of the eligible styles are made of durable stainless steel.
Veterans looking for more of a broad selection of ID styles can always browse our complete collection of medical ID bracelets and necklaces and purchase an ID without going through the VA process. However, these IDs will not be reimbursed by the VA.