ALBANY Albany County kicked off its Return the FAVOR Program on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at Marra’s Pharmacy in Cohoes, and veterans can now access discounts in participating businesses throughout the county.
The program was developed through a collaborative effort with the Albany County Executive’s Office, the County Clerk’s office and the various chambers of commerce throughout Albany County. County Executive Mike Breslin said the program offers the county and private businesses a chance to show their appreciation for veterans.
“This is an opportunity for us to thank those many veterans — there are nearly 20,000 of them in Albany County — thank them in a way that’s meaningful,” he said. “And allow businesses throughout the county to step up and recognize those veterans and say their thanks as well.”
Various stores, recreational facilities and other services have already enrolled in the program, Breslin said, with the opportunity for more businesses to enroll still available. Veterans are required to bring their DD form 214 and complete a FAVOR application and submit it to the Albany County Veterans Bureau at the Harold L. Joyce County Office Building at 112 State Street. In return, the veteran will receive a photo I.D. to use at participating stores and businesses for a discount. The county will keep the record confidential, record them and mail the DD-214 back to the veteran.
FAVOR stands for “find and assist veterans of record.”
Mark Eagan, president of the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce, said that when the county reached out to the various chambers about the program that many of them came together to get involved. He said the freedoms many Americans are able to enjoy are a result of the many men and women in the military who fight for them daily. He said area businesses community can now provide a new “perk” at home for all they have sacrificed.