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Veteran discount program in effect

Several businesses have already returned the FAVOR, county officials say

George Infante, a World War II veteran and former Albany County Legislator, receives his discount card for the Return the FAVOR Program, which was kicked off at Marra's Pharmacy in Cohoes on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

George Infante, a World War II veteran and former Albany County Legislator, receives his discount card for the Return the FAVOR Program, which was kicked off at Marra's Pharmacy in Cohoes on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Photo by Andrew Beam.

— “It’s a win for them but it’s also a win for the businesses that are participating,” he said. “Not just because they get a new customer, that’s a nice thing, but because the reason most businesses said ‘yes’ is to salute our veterans for what you have done and for what you continue to do.”

This also gives the Albany County Veterans Bureau a better idea of how many veterans live in the area, said MaryAnn Jones, director of the Veterans Bureau. She said she is pleased with the participation the chambers had in the program as it made the entire thing possible.

“We want to make sure Albany County veterans are aware of all the benefits and services available to them,” she said in a statement. “By recording their discharge form with the county, the veterans will be able to save money on goods and services and the veterans bureau will be able to reach, interact with and assist more veterans to receive all the benefits to which they are entitled to.”

County Clerk Tom Clingan said the county is now following suit after Rockland County created the first Return the FAVOR Program and that he is proud to honor those that fight for our freedoms.

“Albany County is proud to join this effort to thank our veterans for their service to America because freedom isn’t free,” he said, quoting former Congressman Mike McNulty.

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