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2017 County Clerk News

Return the FAVOR to Dutchess County Veterans

Published: 5/24/2017

For More Information Contact:

Catherine Durland (845) 486-2133

Are you or do you know a U.S. Veteran, who lives in Dutchess County?

Are you or do you know a local business that would like to thank our Veterans for their service?

The Dutchess County Clerk’s Office and the county Division of Veterans’ Services is pleased to offer the Return the FAVOR (Find and Assist a Veteran of Record) program.  This joint venture between the business community and county government is intended to provide veterans with assistance in obtaining the benefits they deserve.  Today, over 230 businesses have enrolled to participate by providing discounted programs and services to almost 3,900 Dutchess County veterans.

Return the FAVOR is a county-wide and year round program.  Any honorably discharged veteran residing in Dutchess County may obtain their FAVOR card by bringing his or her Military Separation Papers i.e. DD-214, WDO-AGO 53-55, etc., indicating their Full-Time Active Duty service to the Division of Veterans Services Office, located at 85 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 105 in Poughkeepsie.  After processing, veterans obtain their official card from the County Clerk’s Office, 22 Market Street in Poughkeepsie. There is no cost to sign-up for the card.  The card also entities you to one hour of free parking in the lot adjacent to the County Office Building at 22 Market St.

Participating businesses honor the card by providing a discount on purchases, services, or special offers. Each business uniquely decides on the discount they wish to offer.  From auto repairs to meals, haircuts to pet supplies, these are just a few examples of the offers provided.  A list of Return the FAVOR merchants and discounts offered can be found by visiting our website.   Businesses are also provided with a Return the FAVOR decal they can post designating them as a program participantBusinesses and merchants interested in participating can download an application by visiting

Currently, 20,000 U.S. Veterans call Dutchess County home and with Memorial Day around the corner, please consider joining the Return the FAVOR program as either a recipient or participant. Dutchess County Clerk Brad Kendall stated, "I am pleased to assist in the initiative that honors our brave men and women of Dutchess County who have made the greatest sacrifice defending our freedoms and liberties.   Join me in showing our gratitude for their service."