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Jacobs Brings Thank-A-Vet Discount Program to City of Tonawanda

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs and Edward S. Nowotarski at the Clerk’s “Thank-A-Vet” Outreach
in the City of Tonawanda, hosted by Mayor Ron Pilozzi. Mr. Nowotarski is a World War II Veteran
who also participated in the Nuremburg Trials, a series of military tribunals held by Allied Forces.

Erie County, NY- Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs was on the road in the City of Tonawanda, where Mayor Ron Pilozzi hosted the Clerk’s “Thank-A-Vet” Outreach in City Hall.

The “Thank-A-Vet” Discount Card Program is available to any veteran in Erie County who files their original military discharge papers with the County Clerk’s Office. DD-214’s 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 and Military Honors.

Eligible veterans will receive a photo I.D. card which identifies them as an honorably discharged veteran which can be used at participating businesses throughout Erie County who have agreed to honor the card by providing the holders a discount on purchases or services.

Jacobs has gone out to hundreds of 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 County Clerk Jacobs. “At present we have close to 500 businesses participating and offering a true benefit to our veterans.”

As a free service to veterans, the Erie County Clerk puts 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. “This complimentary program is a way to recognize the over 53,000 veterans throughout Erie County for their service and sacrifice,” added Clerk Jacobs.

For more information on the Clerk’s “Thank-A-Vet” Discount Card Program, view a list of participating businesses or to enroll your business as a contributing merchant, please visit www.erie.gov/thankavet or call the Clerk’s Office directly at (716) 858-6985.