An Eastern Pennsylvania county is honoring its veterans with reduced charges for various services after they bear an identification card, according to a published report.
Chester County kicked off the Veterans ID and Discount program late last week during a breakfast in West Chester, The Pottsdown Mercury reports. For the Friday morning event at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 106, county recorder Rick Loughery invited local businesses to offer discounts to veterans who use the photo identification badges.
The identification cards are available at no charge to veterans who present discharge paperwork with the recorder's office, Loughery told the news source.
"This program honors the sacrifice of our veterans in a very special way," the county recorder told the publication. "The photo ID card is a meaningful and unique recognition of their service to our country. I am thankful to the local businesses that have signed up to give so generously in support of our veterans."
Nearby Bucks and Montgomery counties preceded Chester's program by bestowing the ID cards to thousands of veterans.
More than 40 businesses countywide are involved in the effort. Additional companies are likely to come aboard and demonstrate deference for the veterans' service to the nation.
Veterans who attended the breakfast brought the discharge documents, which were submitted to staff with the recorder of deeds. Their pictures were taken for the identification card, which later will be mailed to the veterans.
Pennsylvania State Representative Dan Truitt, 156th District Republican, hosted the continental breakfast and delivered a speech about state programs available for the veterans. Commissioners Terence Farrell and Ryan Costello with Chester County also spoke and director Paul Andriole with Veterans Affairs was in attendance.
The Unionville Times reports the discounts are available for dining, dentists, automotive services and chiropractic care, among other services.