Saratoga County Clerk Craig A. Hayner and members of the Board of Supervisors today announced the launch of a newly redesigned Saratoga County veterans F.A.V.O.R. card (Finding and Assisting Veterans of Record) and formally opened an exhibit that showcases a collection of military memorabilia from local veterans.
Eligible County veterans are encouraged to file their military discharged papers with the County Clerk in order to receive their copy of the FAVOR Card. The card allows veterans to display their branch of service and, if eligible, their Purple Heart Medal designation.
The FAVOR Card program provides discounts to eligible veterans at more than 325 participating businesses throughout the county. A list of those business, and more information on program eligibility can be found on the County’s FAVOR program webpage.
The new exhibit will showcase items from current and past wars and conflicts and will tie generations of local family’s service together, dating back to the first World War. It is meant to highlight the service of our local veterans and offer the community an opportunity to learn about their service and to say ‘thank you.’
“Our office is very thankful for the service of our nation’s veterans,” said County Clerk Craig A. Hayner. “The FAVOR program is a small way we can show our appreciation for their sacrifices. We encourage veterans to contact our office to request the new card, whether they have one already or are new to the program. We are also encouraging them to file their discharge papers with our office so that if they were ever lost, the veterans or their families can recover necessary paperwork in a short amount of time.”
“Today’s announcement of a redesigned F.A.V.O.R. card represents a wonderful enhancement and expansion of this terrific program that helps and honors our local veterans. I strongly support the F.A.V.O.R. Program and it is terrific that my friend Saratoga County Clerk Craig Hayner, the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors, and the Saratoga County Veterans Service Agency are strengthening this important and successful initiative, in addition to celebrating and showcasing the special history of area veterans dating back to World War I. As a nation, state and community, we are forever grateful for the service and sacrifice of our veterans,” said New York State Senator Kathy Marchione (R,C,I,Reform-Halfmoon).
“The Saratoga County Veterans Service Agency stands ready to serve the more than 18,000 veterans who reside here,” said Frank McClement, Director of the Saratoga County Veteran Service Agency. “The FAVOR program, administered by the County Clerk, is just one of the many programs available to former service members in Saratoga County. Additionally, we offer a strong peer-to-peer program and benefits counseling for these brave men and women who served so selflessly.”
“Our county is continuously looking for new ways to better serve our veteran community,” said Hadley Town Supervisor Mo Wright, Chairman of the Veterans Committee. “The FAVOR program is a small way we say ‘thanks’ to those who have sacrificed on our behalf.”
“I encourage my fellow veterans to file their discharge papers with the County Clerk in order to receive this new FAVOR card,” said Capt. Dave Wallingford, USMC (ret.) and Saratoga County resident. “By having military discharge papers on file, veterans and their families can recover them if they are lost or misplaced. I’m grateful for the many resources available to veterans in Saratoga County.”
Veterans are encouraged to file their discharge papers with the County Clerk in order to enroll in the FAVOR program and have access to discounts at more than 325 businesses in Saratoga County. Veterans can file the paperwork at the County Clerk’s office in Ballston Spa.