FAVOR - "Find and Assist Veterans of Record" - is a newly created program where local businesses will offer discounts on their goods or services to men and women who have proudly served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Similar programs have already been successfully launched in neighboring Hudson Valley counties.
The county sees this as an opportunity for local businesses to stand up and show their support for U.S. troops while benefitting from a little economic boost of their own. The FAVOR program will also bring in new customers and help cultivate the personal relationships that are so important in making small businesses thrive and grow.
Merchants throughout Westchester have been asked to participate in the FAVOR program by providing a discount of their choosing to honorably discharged veterans who shop or use their facility or business. The Veterans Services Agency hopes to engage large chain stores in the area to participate as well. Currently, over 100 area merchants have signed up.
Participating county merchants agree to honor these cards when veterans purchase the discounted goods and services.
The size and nature of discounts are completely at the discretion of the individual businesses, but all levels of participation are a wonderful way to indicate strong support for local veterans.
Participating merchants’ names, addresses and discount specifics are listed on the our Web site and will be included in a pamphlet to be distributed annually to Westchester’s returning veterans. Merchants will also get posters and decals to place on their windows if so desired.
Merchants may open, complete and print the application form to return by mail, fax or e-mail in order to register their participation in the program. The mailing and e-mail addresses and the fax number information are included on the application form.
Under the FAVOR program, veterans will be issued a picture I.D. card certifying their eligibility. They will need to show their discharge papers (DD- 214), VA Card or Military ID Cards for Active, Reservist or Retired vets in order to receive the discount card.
FAVOR Card distribution
FAVOR cards may be obtained anywhere county parks passes are issued:
- the County Center in White Plains
- the Parks administration offices located at 450 Saw Mill River Road in Ardsley; Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River; Croton Point Park in Croton; and Playland Park
- any of the six county golf courses (through December).