Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs will bring a "Thank-A-Vet" outreach event to the Nike Base Community Center, located at 3278 Grand Island Blvd., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, to issue discount cards to honorably discharged veterans who file their original DD-214 (discharge papers) with the clerk's office. Grand Island Town Supervisor Nathan McMurray hosts the event.
Veterans can use the clerk's "Thank-A-Vet" discount card at over 1,250 participating local businesses that have agreed to honor it with a discount on purchases or services.
"My office continues our effort to recognize the service and sacrifice made by Erie County veterans through this important program," stated Jacobs. "We are pleased to work with Town Supervisor McMurray to provide a convenient location for veterans on Grand Island to place their DD-214's on file with (the) county clerk's office."
For the veteran, filing discharge papers is free of charge. Certified complimentary copies of recorded discharges are made for veterans or their immediate families whenever needed. Original discharge papers are proof of military service and can be used to establish eligibility for a variety of benefits, including property tax exemptions and civil service credits.
For complete information on the "Thank-A-Vet" discount card program or to enroll as a participating merchant, visit www.erie.gov/clerk/thankavet or call 716-858-4737.