Return the FAVOR: Discounts for Veterans

RETURN THE FAVOR: Discounts for Veterans Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy
Albany County Clerk Bruce A. Hidley
In partnership with
The Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce
Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce
Colonie Chamber of Commerce
Guilderland Chamber of Commerce

"Return the FAVOR" (Find & Assist Vets of Record) is a merchant discount program for eligible Albany County veterans. The program provides veterans with a discount on purchases or services at participating merchants. Veterans can enroll by bringing their DD Form 214 to the Albany County Veterans Bureau on the 7th Floor, 162 Washington Ave, Albany, New York 12210 Monday through Friday 9am to noon.

Veterans ID application forms can be downloaded here or are available at the time of application.


Merchants List

If you are a merchant who would like to Return the FAVOR, please submit an application to the Albany County Veterans Bureau:

If you choose to complete the application using your keyboard, your typed name will act as your authorized signature. We will contact you to verify the information provided. You will not be able to participate in the program or be listed on the FAVOR website as a participating vendor until verification is completed.

Qualifying veterans will receive a photo ID card provided by the County, identifying them as honorably discharged veterans. Participating merchants agree to honor the card by providing the cardholder with a discount on goods or services. Military active duty ID cards and retiree ID cards will also be honored.

To qualify, a veteran must come to the Veterans Bureau office to file their DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), which will then be recorded at the County Clerk's Office. The discharge must be honorable to participate in the program. At that time, a Veterans Service Bureau employee can answer questions and provide information regarding a large range of veterans program and services.

The program is a joint project of the Albany County Clerk's Office and the Albany County Veterans Bureau as a way to recognize and say thank you to Albany County's nearly 20,000 veterans.