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August 21st, 2013

Benson announces regional FAVOR cards to assist veterans

Orange County Clerk Donna L. Benson

GOSHEN - Orange County Clerk Donna L. Benson announced recently that at a recent meeting of the Hudson Valley Region of County Clerks in Hudson, NY, the clerks in the region have voted to have regional "return the FAVOR cards", which means that businesses that accept a specific county card would now accept County Clerk issued FAVOR cards from other counties in the region. The FAVOR card stands for "Find and Assist Vets On Record" and is meant as a program to encourage vets to file their separation papers (commonly referred to as DD214) with the county clerk office where they live.

"We initiated this program as another way to thank our veterans," said County Executive Diana. "County Clerk Benson has been instrumental in ensuring that no matter where our veterans go in the Hudson Valley, their FAVOR cards will be recognized."

The FAVOR program was started five years ago. Over forty counties in New York State offer it to their veterans. When an honorably discharged veteran files his or her DD214 in their county clerk’s office, they are issued a "membership" card with their photo on it, which can then be used at participating businesses for discounts.

Clerk Benson said, "We felt that this made sense for not only the veteran holding the card who might travel sightseeing or for other reasons into neighboring counties, but also to those businesses who participate now in the program by increasing the foot traffic in their business."

Counties in the Hudson Valley region of the County Clerk Association include Albany, Rensselaer, Columbia, Dutchess, Schoharie, Greene, Ulster, Sullivan, Orange, Putnam and Rockland. For more information about the FAVOR Program, or other services the County Clerk’s Office provides visit or call 845-291-2690.

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