County kicks off 'Return the Favor' program for Veterans | Business
Albany County Executive Mike Breslin and County Clerk Tom Clingan joined by area chambers of commerce and local veterans kicked off the Return the FAVOR (Find & Assist Veterans of Record) program today.
The program provides veterans with a discount on purchases or services at participating merchants.
“We are proud to implement this program to acknowledge and thank Albany County’s nearly 20,000 veterans for the sacrifices they have made for our country,” said Breslin in a statement. “We continue to encourage local businesses to participate in this exciting program that will help the County to assist more veterans and will also increase traffic for businesses.”
Any honorably discharged veteran residing in Albany County can participate by bringing their DD form 214 and completing a FAVOR application at the Albany County Veterans Bureau in the Harold L. Joyce County Office Building, 112 State Street, Albany. Free parking will be available at the Crowne Plaza, directly across the street, until October 8. The veteran will receive a Return the FAVOR photo ID to use at participating merchants for a discount. The County Clerk’s office will confidentially record the DD-214 and mail it back to the veteran.
Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce, Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce, Guilderland Chamber of Commerce and Colonie Chamber of Commerce have been reaching out to their members to encourage participation in the program.
“This program is a win-win. Deserving veterans will benefit from the discount and participating businesses will get exposure to potential new customers,” said Mark Eagan, president and CEO of the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce in a statement.
Participating businesses will display a window decal identifying them as a participant. The business’ name, address and discount will also be listed on the Albany County Return the FAVOR website. The type and level of discount is established by the business. There are currently over 40 businesses participating.
The County will begin to issue cards to eligible veterans on Wednesday, September 21.