The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will soon start issuing ID cards that will allow veterans to prove their military service without providing a copy of their discharge papers. Vets who want one of the new wallet-size cards must first register online at vets.gov, a website that authenticates users through the ID.me system. The VA will start accepting applications in November, but government officials say there is no timeline in place for how long it will take vets to receive the cards. The cards will not be considered government-issued IDs, so they cannot be used for proof of age or for identification for air travel. To apply for the ID card, go to www.vets.gov.