Attention all veterans in Chatham County! Starting Nov. 1, 2016, you can now register your Military Discharge Papers (DD Form 214) at no cost in the county Register of Deeds Office and earn discounts offered by local businesses. The new Thank a Vet Program is a collaboration of the Register of Deeds Office, County Administration and local businesses.
“We hope that the discounts at local businesses will encourage more veterans to file their discharge papers with our office,” said Register of Deeds Lunday A. Riggsbee. “If veterans misplace their papers, it is a difficult and slow process to obtain replacement copies.”
The Register of Deeds offices across the state have been recording the DD Form 214 military discharge papers since the early 1940s. However, many veterans never take advantage of this service. “These records are secure. By law, only the veterans, widows, widowers, or VA officer can obtain copies of the recorded papers.
The Thank a Vet Program will provide a special photo ID card to any veteran who has filed their DD Form 214 in the Chatham County Register of Deeds Office. The ID card can be presented at specified local businesses to earn a discount.
“We believe that doing this is a great way for our county government and local businesses to honor and celebrate our veterans,” Riggsbee said.
Many Chatham County businesses are participating by offering discounts to those veterans who present their “Thank You for Your Service” Veterans Photo ID card. All participating businesses can be found at this link. The Veterans’ Discount Program is totally free to veterans and to our business partners.
LINK TO LOCAL PARTICIPATING BUSINESSES: More than 50 businesses in Chatham County have signed up to offer discounts to veterans with a Thank a Vet Photo ID Card. The card isn’t an official government-issued identification, but it will secure the discounts at participating businesses. Businesses interested in participating should call 919-542-8235. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE CURRENT LIST.
Beginning Nov. 1, 2016, the county will provide the needed photo ID for all veterans who record their military discharge papers in the county’s Register of Deeds office. .
Three major kickoff dates are slated for Nov. 1-4, Nov. 7 and Nov. 10, 2016. Be sure to arrive between 9 am and 4 pm. If you have already recorded your DD Form 214 in Chatham County, please come visit and ask to have your photo ID made.
After the kickoff dates, veterans can visit every Monday to Friday from 8 am to 4 pm to record papers and obtain their photo IDs. There may be busy periods, so there may be times that an appointment will be needed.