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Veterans program offers discounts

The following is a guest column by Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs.

To each and every American who has worn the uniform of the United States, I simply say, “Thank you for your service.” On Veterans Day, we honor the men and women who have served our nation, both in war and in peace; the men and women who answered the call to defend our nation.

The United States rose to greatness on the strength of their service and their stories are woven into the fabric of our nation’s history.

More than 26 million veterans are alive today, one million of which have been wounded and many of whom receive treatment for battlefield injuries and mental trauma suffered in battles few of us remember, but they will never forget.

Since 1776, nearly two million have made the ultimate sacrifice in combat or combat-related events. We know them as our fathers and mothers, our uncles, aunts or perhaps our next-door neighbors. Whether they served in times of war or peace, all veterans share a common bond – their belief in the cause of freedom, a belief so strong they are willing to give their lives, if need be, in its defense.

Here in Erie County, there are now more than 80,000 veterans who have risked their lives to protect us. It is essential we all take time to honor and thank them for their service.

At the Erie County Clerk’s Office, we pay tribute to our veterans 365 days a year, through our “Thank-A-Vet” discount program.

I would like to remind veterans if they haven’t already filed their discharge papers with the Erie County Clerk’s Office and received the “Thank-A-Vet” discount card, to come in and do so, to be able to take advantage of the more than 550 Erie County businesses signed up in the program, to give valuable discounts on goods and services.

When honorably discharged veterans put their discharge papers on file with the Erie County Clerk’s Office, it ensures their safety and makes attaining certified copies, free of charge, hassle- and worry-free for the veteran and their loved ones. The “Thank-A-Vet” photo ID card is issued on the spot and our heroes walk away with potentially thousands of dollars in savings in their pockets.

Veterans are encouraged to come to the Erie County Clerk’s Office, located at 92 Franklin St., Buffalo, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information on the clerk’s “Thank-A-Vet” discount card program, or if you have a business and would like to participate, please visit www.erie.gov/clerk/thankavet or call 858-6985.
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