BY MICHAEL SHAIN
Just in time for Veterans Day, a string of Queens businesses are offering discounts for those who served selflessly in the military.
”It’s a way for us, as Queens residents, to say thank you to our veterans who put on the uniform for their country,” said Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz, standing in front of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 885 in College Point.
Nearly 30 merchants and professional service firms have signed up to be the first to offer discounts, according to the Queens Chamber of Commerce, which co-sponsored and organized the project.
The businesses range from restaurants to law firms to real estate offices to martial arts studios located from one side of the borough to the other.
“So many of our members were eager to participate in the Queens VETS program,” said Jack Freidman, the executive director of the Chamber.
Vets can participate in the program by filing out a short form available at Assemblyman Simanowitz’s district office (15906 71st Ave., Flushing, or call 718-969-1508). A valid military ID or service record is required to qualify.
Vets will then get a membership card that can be used at business around the borough for discounts.
“This isn’t just limited to Chamber of Commerce members,” Simanowitz said. “We want every business in the county to join this program.”
The program is modeled on one started in 2011 by the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce and Assemblyman Michael J. Cusick.