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Monday, February 10, 2014

Special cards created for local veterans thanking them for their service

Erie County, NY- Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs helped lead a Valentines for Veterans project with 5th grade students at Cheektowaga Middle School. Jacobs worked closely with Principal Gretchen Sukdolak to coordinate this event where middle school students created hundredsof hand-made Valentine’s Day cards for veterans both locally and overseas.

“This was an opportunity to share with the students what it means to be a veteran and explain why veterans, both past and present, should be honored for their service and for protecting the freedoms we enjoy in this country,” stated Jacobs. “This is a great community service project.”

County Clerk Jacobs will be delivering these cards, just in time for Valentine’s Day, to area veterans during an upcoming “Thank-A-Vet” Outreach at the Leonard Post in Cheektowaga.

Students also prepared special Valentine’s Day cards for Principal Sukdolak’s husband Todd, who is a Master Sergeant in the 914th Airlift Wing of the Air Force, and is currently deployed with his unit in Afghanistan.

“I can’t thank the students, teachers and staff at Cheektowaga Middle School enough for all their efforts in making Valentines for Veterans a huge success,” said Jacobs. “Receiving a Valentine’s Day greeting from a student will mean the world to our veterans overseas and those attending our 'Thank-A-Vet' outreach event.”

The “Thank-A-Vet” Discount Card Program is a way to recognize the veterans in our community for their service and sacrifice and available to any Erie County veteran who files their ORIGINAL Military discharge papers with the County Clerk's Office. Eligible veterans will receive a photo I.D. card identifying them as an honorably discharged veteran, which can be used towards discounts at over 600 participating businesses throughout Erie County. To learn more visit www.erie.gov/clerk/thankavet.