Niagara County Clerk Wayne F. Jagow will formally issue the 1000th card from his "Thank a Vet" program to a veteran of the Iraq War today.
While Clerk's Office employees are tight-lipped about the identity of the "1000th Veteran," they would say that he is a decorated Marine who was deployed to Iraq in support of the Global War on Terror who was recently discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps. Jagow plans to personally thank the veteran for his service at an informal gathering Wednesday morning before issuing him his "Thank a Vet" card.
The Thank a Vet card is issued to discharged veterans who record their DD-214, the military's discharge form, with the Niagara County Clerk's Office. The program was Jagow's brainchild, which both entices veterans to record the DD-214s with his office and provides them discounts from a large number of local businesses as a way to thank them for their service to country.