New discount card for Sedgwick County veterans, military

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

The Sedgwick County Register of Deeds began a new discount card program today.

The Sedgwick County Military & Veterans Discount Program provides a free county-issued ID card to help participating businesses identify eligible residents.

"I didn't really realize how big this would be. Close to 30 people have already been here and it has been a constant stream all day long," said Tonya Buckingham, Sedgwick County Register of Deeds.

While at the office, Buckingham is encouraging veterans to record their military discharge or DD-214.

Last year, there were 13 people who filed their DD214, compared to 34 in 2017 and 10 in 2016.

"This is a very important piece of paper. This is a service that we offer for free," said Buckingham. 

She said the program was inspired by one created in Chicago. 

"The Register of Deeds there started this program, of offering a discount card, to encourage and incentivize the vets to come in and file their DD214," she said.

The DD214 has information to verify military service for benefits, including for employment and veterans' organizations.

Participants are not required to register their DD214, and can still register for the discount program.

For more information about the Sedgwick County Military & Veterans Discount Program, click here.

For a list of participating businesses offering discounts for veterans and military, click here.

To request military service records through the US Department of Veterans Affairs, click here.


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