Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs has begun collecting signatures to petition Lowe's to reform their Military Discount Policy for veterans. Local veterans who shop at Lowe's are now being denied from receiving the 10 percent discount because he or she isn't a "certain classification" of veteran.
Lowe's recently started enforcing a Corporate Policy offering an everyday 10 percent discount only to active duty, retired military veterans or those with a VA Card who receive benefits through the VA. However, the overwhelming majority of honorably discharged veterans are not retired from the military or don't qualify for the VA card, leaving a vast number of our heroes unrecognized.
"For almost three years, Lowe's has accepted our 'Thank-A-Vet' discount card and offered their 10 percent discount. To deny these honorably discharged veterans now is extremely disappointing to the veteran community," said Jacobs.
"I have spoken with countless veterans and my office has fielded hundreds of emails and phone calls on this issue. As the policy currently stands, a veteran that's a 'war hero' would only receive a discount a few days a year, while a retired veteran, would enjoy the benefits of a discount every day. The veteran community is asking to be treated equally by Lowe's," he added.
Anyone who would like Lowe's to reform their Military Discount Policy can sign the online petition at www.erie.gov/clerk/thankavet or call the County Clerk's Office at (716) 858-4737 to have their name placed on the petition.
Jacobs will be urging County Clerks with "Thank-A-Vet" Programs throughout New York state to disseminate the petition. Jacobs added, "New York state's veteran community is one of the largest in the country, we hope their voice will be heard by Lowe's."
Jacobs has become a strong advocate for veterans through his "Thank-A-Vet" Discount Card Program, which in less than three years has signed up over 700 area businesses throughout Erie County to provide discounts for veterans. Through the Clerk's Office, veterans are encouraged to file their original military discharge papers with the County. Eligible veterans then receive a complimentary photo I.D. card which identifies him or her as an honorably discharged veteran.