JEFFERSON-In a first for local veterans, the Ashe County Register of Deeds debuted its new “Thank A Veteran” discount program earlier this week.
The program – essentially a discount card local military veterans can sign up at the Ashe County Courthouse – went live on May 31, the Tuesday following Memorial Day.
Through the first two days of the program, nearly 90 vets signed up for their free card, which allows local them to score discounts and deals at roughly 50 area businesses.
Deaett Roten, Ashe County Register of Deeds, announced the program on April 22.
So how does it work? After filing their their military discharge papers with the Ashe County Register of Deeds office, or proving veteran status, Roten’s staff will print a discount card free of charge that veterans will be able to use at area businesses.
Roten said last month her staff wasn’t the first North Carolina office to dream up the program – but it might be close. Her office is one of just a handful of the state’s 100 county record centers to sign on to the effort, including nearby Watauga County.
“It’s just an easy way to let veterans know, ‘Hey, people appreciate what you’ve done and we’ve not forgotten about you,” Roten said.
Assistant Ashe County Register of Deeds Ann Woodie said a number of local businesses helped make Tuesday’s kickoff event a little sweeter. Ashe County Cheese donated a cheese tray, while Dr. Pepper donated drinks, Food Lion offered up a vegetable tray and Ingles threw in a fruit tray, according to Woodie. Ashe County’s Veterans Service Office Darryl Vaughn contributed the flags used during the event.
“Walmart donated a big flag cake, too, and Village Florist brought us flowers,” Woodie said. “There were a lot of businesses and people that made this a special event, and I’d like them to know how much we – and these veterans – appreciated it.”
If you’re a veteran, it’s not too late to sign up for the program. Simply drop by the Register of Deeds office on the second floor of the Ashe County Courthouse.