Macon County’s Thank a Veteran program getting under way 


Brittney Lofthouse – Staff Writer

The Macon County Register of Deeds office is offering veterans a Photo ID card that entitles them a discount at participating businesses.  The county provided funds to launch the program this year as a way to offer an opportunity for businesses to show appreciation to veterans for their service. The Veteran Photo ID or applicable military ID would be a requirement to qualify for any discount or incentive.

The new I.D. machine is located at the Macon County Register of Deeds office. The community program is geared toward honoring local veterans, while driving commerce to area businesses.

“Thank a Vet program will be a great benefit to our local veterans who have been honorably discharged from our armed services,” said County Manager Derek Roland. “Funding has been incorporated into the FY ’17-’18 county budget to get this program off the ground. The funding was placed into the Register of Deeds’ budget going towards the purchase of a photo I.D. machine.”

Upon filing their honorable discharge papers with the Register of Deeds, veterans receive a photo identification card. This card can be used at local businesses choosing to participate in the program to receive discounts on goods and services.

“This will be an excellent program and is one more way that Macon County can say thank you to those that have placed their lives on the line to defend our freedom,” said Roland.

The “Thank A Vet” card is a complimentary photo I.D. certified by the county that a veteran has produced their original discharge papers and has been honorably discharged.  The card will be available to any veteran who is a Macon County resident and honorably discharged from any branch of service of the United States Armed Forces.

Enrollment will be for one year with an annual automatic renewal unless businesses elect to cancel within 30 days of the renewal date.

Merchants interested in participating in the new program are encouraged to contact Roland. The participating businesses will be advertised on the county website free of charge and given a sign to display in their business showing customers and veterans that they are a participant.

Discounts may be a specified dollar amount or a percentage of the sale. The program is just getting off the ground and so far, Carolina Junction Power Equipment, Macon Appliance Mart, Old School Knife Works, Fox Mercantile, Appalachian Ace Hardware and Stacey’s Home Repairs have signed up to offer 10 percent discounts to local veterans.

If you have any questions contact Macon County Register of Deeds at (828) 349-2097.