Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs is reaching out to area businesses and asking them to consider joining ranks and become a participating merchant in the Clerk's "Thank-A-Vet" Discount Card Program.
Under the "Thank-A-Vet" program, the County Clerk's Office provides a photo identification card, free of charge, certifying that the individual is an honorably discharged veteran and has filed their original discharge paperwork. Jacobs has gone out to area businesses asking them to offer a discount or benefit to the veteran who presents this card. "We have been overwhelmed with the response from the business community throughout Erie County," said Jacobs. "In less than one year we've signed-up over 350 businesses."
To sign-up as a participating merchant, businesses are asked to go to the Clerk's website at www.erie.gov/thankavet to complete the Merchant Application Form. Participating businesses can offer any level of discount or benefit to the veteran and place any restrictions on the benefit as well.
"In addition to honoring our veterans, the 'Thank-A-Vet' program also encourages the sizable veteran community to support local businesses," stated Jacobs. "There are currently over 50,000 veterans residing here in Erie County."
The "Thank-A-Vet" Discount Program and its benefits are available to any veteran in Erie County who files their original discharge papers (DD-214) with the County Clerk's Office. Discharge papers are valuable documents that are proof of one's military service and can be used to establish eligibility for a variety of benefits such as property tax exemptions, civil service credits, military funeral honors and healthcare benefits.
As a complementary service to veterans, the Erie County Clerk keeps a copy of these valuable documents on file for safe-keeping, providing peace of mind to the veteran and loved ones knowing that certified copies are easily accessible when needed.
For complete information on the "Thank-A-Vet" Discount Card Program, visit www.erie.gov/thankavet.