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County Veterans Discount Program Off To Great Start

Over 900 Montco veterans have received their photo-ID cards, which can be used for discounts at more than 80 different locations across the county.

It's only been a couple of months since Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds Nancy Becker implemented the county's , but already a group of nearly 1,000 former service-members has signed up to take advantage of the discounts made available by more than 80 local businesses.

As a result, Chairman took the liberty to tout the program's early success during Thursday's Montgomery County Commissioners meeting.

"We've handed out photo ID cards to over 900 veterans since we started the program in March of this year, and we've recorded nearly 500 new military discharges," said Shapiro.

In order to participate in the program, are asked to bring their DD-214 Certificate of Release to the Recorder of Deeds office at One Montgomery Plaza in Norristown. Once the discharge paperwork is on file, the veteran will receive a photo ID card, which allows them to take advantage of discounts offered by participating businesses throughout the county.

"On behalf of all the commissioners, thank you [Nancy Becker] for all of your work," said Shapiro, addressing Becker as she sat during the meeting. "On Behalf of veterans, thank you for all of your work."

So far, Becker has amassed a list of more than 80 participating businesses, which supply a variety of products and services ranging from discounted meals to electrical contracting services. For businesses that may be interested in participating in the program, the county requests a one-year enrollment period with an annual automatic renewal, though vendors may withdraw from the program at any point after 12 months by giving 30-days written notice.

"This is a unique opportunity for businesses to advertise their products or services, increase their customers, and most importantly, show their appreciation to our veterans who have served to protect our freedoms," said Becker, in a March press release.

For additional information on the program, as well as a full list of participating businesses, visit the Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds website at http://www.montcopa.org/rod, or contact Nancy Becker directly at 610-278-3294.

Keith Heffintrayer June 22, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Hi Barry, I believe you are referencing Ronald Dzeiwit, who I wrote about last autumn. Here is the link: http://norristown.patch.com/articles/i-wanted-the-american-dream I'm going to attempt to follow up with him in the near future, so while this doesn't address your entire post, at least we can update you on his current status. Keith
Keith Heffintrayer June 22, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Hi Julianne, Unfortunately I believe he would still need his DD-214, but there are avenues that can be used to receive a replacement. Be careful of scam websites, and if you need any help, email me at keith.heffintrayer@patch.com and I can put you in touch with the right people at PERSCOM.
Harry June 23, 2012 at 11:40 AM
My point was if a discharged vet has his/her valid VA card, that should be enough! Why more government BS?? That's right, so the politicians can make themselves look and feel good. Still don't agree with or like it. Our vets deserve much better than a county issued ID card. We need less government, not more.
Michelle June 26, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Any vet can request a copy of their dd214, it's faster on-line, but it does take a few weeks minimum to get the copy. As far as signing benefits over to a girlfriend...can't happen.
Michelle June 26, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Here is my take on this, Montgomery County started this as a means to assist veterans who do not a form of identification, which is generally required to take advantage of the local benefits, such as a free meal at Applebee's on Veteran's day. When I was discharged, I received a temp ID card that served as an inactive ID card until my final end of contracted years. At that point, that card was invalid. I do not have a VA card. I have nothing other than a 214 saying I served, but my name has changed since then so it's not good for verification with my current license. I have a VFW membership card, but that has no picture, and not every veteran who has served has joined a veteran's organization. So, this program does serve it's purpose for those veteran's who want to take advantage of local organizations that would like to offer us a discount. And as far as the county having a copy of the 214 on file, I think that all returning WWII veteran's have their 214's on file with the court house. It's also how veteran's families are given a bronze flag holder after the veteran passes. Other wise, they would have no idea who to issue them to...

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