"Return the F.A.V.O.R." Discount Program

A program to provide veterans of Schuyler & Chemung Counties with discount benefits at local merchants is underway. Please click here to learn more and to apply for the ID card.

Veterans Day at the County Building - 2011


Tony Specchio's Service to Veterans is Recognized

Frank Steber recently recognized Tony Specchio for his years of service honoring veterans in an article in The Watkins Review & Express. Click here to view the article.
Phil Smith Receives a Special Tribute

Phil Smith was inducted into the Senate Veterans Hall of Fame on Flag Day, Tuesday, June 14 in Albany. At right, Phil is presented an American flag by Don Kosty representing the County American Legion to commemorate Phil's special recognition. The flag was donated by Wayne Post 1208.



Memorial Day Service at Reading Center 2011


Veterans Exemptions and Discounts

The Towns of Hector, Dix, Reading, and Tyrone have passed Veterans Exemptions 458a & b, enabling veterans to receive exemption benefits pertaining to town taxes commencing in 2010. Alternative Veterans Exemption 458a covers veterans that served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Persian Gulf conflict (commencing August 2, 1990), the Vietnam War (February 28, 1961-May 7, 1975); Korean War (June 27, 1950-January 31,1955); World War II (December 7, 1941-December 31, 1946); World War I (April 6, 1917- November 11, 1918); the Mexican Border Period (May 9, 1916-April 5, 1917), or the Spanish-American War (April 21, 1898-July 4, 1902), and have been honorably discharged or released from service. For the Cold War Veterans Exemption 458b, the veteran must have served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces between September 2, 1945 and December 26, 1991 and been honorably discharged or released from service. As proof of the dates and character of service, a copy of Form DD 214 or other appropriate evidence should be attached to the application. Also necessary are a copy of the most recent town and county tax invoices, the first page of the property deed, and in the case of a disability the letter from the Veterans Administration stating the degree of the disability. Applications are available at the Veterans' Service Agency at the Human Services Complex in Montour Falls.

For you do-it-yourselfers, Lowes gives a 10% discount at checkout when you present your VA card or other proof of military service. Home Depot does the same but only on Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Click here for information on American Legion discount programs.

Clear Path for Veterans Helps Vets and Their Families

Clear Path for Veterans describes their mission as: " Recognizing the responsibility of communities to help those who serve, Clear Path for Veterans empowers service members, veterans, and their families through supportive programs and services in a safe, respectful environment." They serve New York through their facility located at 1223 Salt Springs Road, Chittenango, NY 13037. For information, call 315-687-3300.

Honor Flight Network Helps Vets Visit Memorials

The Honor Flight Network is an organization honoring veterans with limited funds or physical capability by providing them with a free trip to Washington, D.C. to visit their memorial. Top priority is given to the senior veterans – World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill. In the future, Honor Flight Network will also pay tribute to America's other heroes who served during the Korean and Vietnam Wars, followed by veterans of more current wars. To obtain an application, click here.

COLA Tied to Social Security and Consumer Price Index (Press Release)

WASHINGTON – The Social Security Administration has announced that no cost-of-living adjustments will be made to Social Security benefits in 2011 because the consumer price index has not risen since 2008 when the last Social Security increase occurred.

Like recipients of Social Security and other federal benefits, Veterans, their families and survivors will also not see a cost-of-living adjustment in 2011 to their compensation and pension benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Under federal law, the cost-of-living adjustments to VA’s compensation and pension rates are the same percentage as for Social Security benefits.

VA provides compensation and pension benefits to about four million Veterans and beneficiaries.  For more information about VA benefits, go to or call 1-800-827-1000.

Home, Auto & Life Insurance for Veterans

The American Legion has entered into an agreement with USAA, making it our preferred provider of insurance and financial services. Not only does USAA (United Services Automobile Association) provide a full line of insurance coverages, but also banking and investment management services. Please call 877-699-2654 or visit to learn more. For experience using USAA, contact the webmaster who has been a USAA member for over 40 years.


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