We were having a backyard wedding, and Chris and I were in charge of the alcohol. He was in the Army at the time and his Military ID was the only valid photo ID he had. Being that he was stationed overseas, he was not required to keep an updated license so long as he had both together for the purposes of driving while in the states.
We decided against driving to the closest military base as it was nearly an hour's drive away, figuring that the savings on the booze would probably about equal the extra spent on gas. Instead, we went to a local Meijer's.
We loaded up with all of our goodies, well over $200 worth of alcohol, and get to the register. It comes time for Chris to be carded and he pulls out his military ID. The cashier is all kinds of confused at this ID apparently. She says she won't take it and asks for another form of ID. Being that Chris's DL was expired, and i was doing all the driving anyway, he didn't even have it with him. He also did not have a passport as it is not required for military personnel.
This leads to a bit of an argument with the cashier about it being a FEDERAL ID and therefore outranks a state ID anyway and why won't she accept that. A manager gets pulled in and we are told the same thing. We ended up leaving behind all that liquor and went somewhere else to buy that did not give us a hard time about his military ID.
The next time we came home wasn't until about 7 months after 9/11, and by then everyone knew what a military ID was and what it looked like.