Clarification: The eBenefits alternative to the VA ID card & “Veteran proof of service” letter

Late last month, VA announced preliminary details for the forthcoming “VA ID card” as well as four separate alternatives Veterans can use until that card is available. This online posting provided other options to access and print a free Veteran proof of service letter through eBenefits. This letter serves as proof of honorable service in the uniformed services.  However, several Veterans were unable to locate this self-service using the eBenefits web portal and there was also confusion regarding the process to request the upgraded eBenefits premium (free) account access.

The eBenefits premium account unlocks multiple, additional VA benefits and services. Our short, helpful YouTube tutorial above explains how to easily gain premium account access.

After upgrading to an eBenefits premium account, users can download the proof of service (the free Veteran Proof of Service letter) by following the below instructions:

  1. Log into your account on the eBenefits homepage.
  2. At the top of the page under the eBenefits logo, hover your mouse over the “Manage” tab. In the dropdown that appears below it, click on “Documents and Records.”
  3. In the left column on the following page, click on “VA Letters.”
  4. At the bottom of the following page, click on “Veteran Proof of Service.”
  5. Print.