Reminder of available discount programs for veterans
Assemblyman James Skoufis (D-Woodbury) announced that military veterans can now apply for a special designation on their New York State driver’s license at no additional charge, rather than carrying separate documentation in order to prove military service.
“This sensible update makes it easier for veterans to receive benefits and discounts that they are entitled to, as well as being a lot more convenient than carrying their DD-214 forms with them everywhere they go,” Assemblyman Skoufis said.
According to the NYS DMV website, veterans must provide proof of an honorable discharge, either by mail or in person at a DMV office. Acceptable proofs are:
· U.S. Department of Defense Form DD-214 that indicates an honorable discharge, or
· Form DD-215 that indicates an honorable discharge, or
· Honorable Discharge form WD AGO 53, WD AGO 55, WD AGO 53-55, NAVPERS 553, NAVMC 78PD or NAVCG 553, or
· “Enlisted Separation Paper”
“The new licenses will make it easier for veterans to take part in hundreds of everyday discount programs,” Skoufis said.
Skoufis encourages all veterans to look into the “Return the Favor” Orange County Veterans discount program. This program enables Orange County Veterans to receive a discount from Orange County business owners. Under this great program, honorable discharged Veterans and qualifying spouses will receive a picture I.D. card to present to participating merchants who will then honor the cardholders by providing a discount on purchases and services.
To learn more about the “Return the Favor” program, or to find out which businesses are participating, visit: http://www.orangecountygov.com/content/124/898/2485/default.aspx. For a list of Rockland County veteran discounts, visit here: http://www.rockvets.com
Hiring our Heroes
“Unfortunately too many of our veterans are also unemployed – this is unacceptable,” Skoufis said. As part of this year budget, Assemblyman Skoufis fought to establish a tax credit to businesses that hire veterans. In addition Skoufis voted for the Veterans Employment Act which would allow veterans to fill temporary employment in state agencies rather than using temporary employment service companies.
Questions or concerns regarding obtaining benefits, government forms and applications, or help replacing lost veterans’ medals and awards can be directed to Assemblyman James Skoufis’ office at 845-469-6929 or by email at SkoufisJ@assembly.state.ny.us.