Martha’s Vineyard Community Services announce Veterans Discount Card

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Martha’s Vineyard Community Services is announcing the All Island Veterans Discount Card program. This program is an initiative between Martha’s Vineyard Community Services Veterans Outreach Program, Dukes County Veterans Services, and local Island businesses to recognize and thank the Island’s more than 500 veterans, reservists, and individuals serving on active duty.

According to a press release, under the All Island Veterans Discount Card Program, veterans will be issued an identification card (after verification of veteran status by the Dukes County director of veterans services, Jo Ann Murphy) that identifies him or her as a veteran.

Participating Island merchants will agree to honor this card by providing these individuals with discounts on purchases or services (a 10 percent discount is recommended), or some other special offer. Individuals will be able to present their identification cards to participating merchants and will receive these discounts on a year-round basis.

“Although this program could never fully acknowledge or thank these individuals for their service and sacrifices made to protect our country, in some small measure it is a way we can demonstrate our appreciation,” said Tom Bennett, associate executive director at Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, a mental health counselor.

Island veterans who are interested in signing up for a card can visit Martha’s Vineyard Community Services Administration (Building B) between the hours of 10 am and 1 pm Monday through Friday, or make an appointment by calling 508-693-2900, ext. 223. Veterans are asked to bring their driver’s license and DD-214 form to verify veteran status. Island businesses interested in participating in the program can fill out a form at mvcommunityservices.com/veterans/idcard.