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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Asks them to consider joining Clerk’s “Thank-A-Vet” Discount Card Program

Erie County, NY – In an effort to make a round of golf a bit more affordable for Erie County’s Veterans, Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs sent a letter to all the area golf courses, including the two owned and operated by Erie County, asking that they consider participating in the Clerks’ “Thank-A-Vet” Discount Card Program by offering a discount to County veterans.

“Many of the over 60,000 veterans in Erie County are avid golfers,” said Clerk Jacobs. “With the tough financial times and many vets on fixed incomes, even a small discount for veterans could go a long way to allow our vets to keep swinging their clubs.”

The Clerk’s “Thank-A-Vet” Program provides a free picture ID to any Erie County Veteran who places their original Discharge Papers on record at the Clerk’s Office for safe keeping. Over the last year the Clerk’s Office has signed-up over 450 area businesses to provide discounts to veterans when they present their “Thank-A-Vet” Discount Card.

“The question about golf course discounts was brought to our attention by several veterans at a recent outreach we hosted,” said Jacobs. “The veterans were particularly interested in discounts on golf cart rentals since many are elderly and can no longer walk the course,” stated Jacobs.

Clerk Jacobs added that his office has already received their first golf course participant and hopes that more choose to enroll. Dale Schaefer, owner of Bob-O-Links Golf Club in Orchard Park said that participating in the Clerk’s “Thank-A-Vet” coincides with his club’s current discount to active military service men and women.

“I am pleased to participate in the Clerk’s ‘Thank-A-Vet’ Discount Program and extend our appreciation to the veterans who served our country,” said Schaeffer.

For more information on the Clerk’s “Thank-A-Vet” Discount Card Program or for any business interested in becoming a participating merchant, please call 716-858-4737 or visit www.erie.gov/clerk/thankavet.