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Queens discounts for veterans and military


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

VFW veterans

BY MICHAEL SHAIN 

Just in time for Veterans Day, a string of Queens businesses are offering discounts for those who served selflessly in the military.

”It’s a way for us, as Queens residents, to say thank you to our veterans who put on the uniform for their country,” said Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz, standing in front of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 885 in College Point.

Nearly 30 merchants and professional service firms have signed up to be the first to offer discounts, according to the Queens Chamber of Commerce, which co-sponsored and organized the project.

The businesses range from restaurants to law firms to real estate offices to martial arts studios located from one side of the borough to the other.

“So many of our members were eager to participate in the Queens VETS program,” said Jack Freidman, the executive director of the Chamber.

Vets can participate in the program by filing out a short form available at Assemblyman Simanowitz’s district office (15906 71st Ave., Flushing, or call 718-969-1508). A valid military ID or service record is required to qualify.

Vets will then get a membership card that can be used at business around the borough for discounts.

“This isn’t just limited to Chamber of Commerce members,” Simanowitz said. “We want every business in the county to join this program.”

The program is modeled on one started in 2011 by the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce and Assemblyman Michael J. Cusick.

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VFW Post celebrates 75 years


| mpantelidis@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of VFW Post 885

Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 885 commemorated the group’s 75th anniversary on November 12 with a celebration at their headquarters, located at 120-19 14th Road in College Point.

During the ceremony, VFW Queens County Commander James McBride recited the 75th anniversary proclamation to VFW Post 885 Commander Jim Reilly.

VFW District Commander Bernard Robinson and Post 2813 Commander Marvin Jeffcoat also attended the celebration.

Among the highlights of the event was a group of six cakes made by Mia Lucash, a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Post 885. Five of the cakes paid homage to the branches of the United States Service, with the sixth being a congratulatory treat for the members of Post 885.