Nueces County is supporting local veterans through a program launched by the County Clerk’s Office. The program is called, ‘Thank-a-Vet.’
The program offers discounts and special offers for all veterans in Nueces County. Kara Sands, the Nueces County Clerk introduced the program in August 2015. With a high veteran population, Sands describes the program as the county’s way of showing their appreciation for veterans.
"That truly is what it’s about, is a way to say ‘thank you,’" Sands said.
Vets can score deals on things like food, car services, entertainment and more. But to be able to get all the savings, veterans must get what’s called a ‘Thank-A-Vet’ honor card. Vets who stop by the County Clerk’s office and show proper paperwork can get their card free-of-charge.
To date, nearly 3,000 veterans have benefited from the program, meanwhile a total of about 120 businesses participate in the program.
LaLa’s Crepes, a veteran-owned business has been participating in the ‘Thank-a-Vet’ program for about a year. Michelle McCollum owns the business. Her husband, Alan McCollum also works for LaLa’s Crepes too.
"I think it’s very important to honor our veterans any way that we can," Alan said.
Alan and Michelle are both army veterans. Alan served for 21 years, and Michelle served for 12. Additionally, both say, it’s important for the community to show their support for those who fought for our country.
"If you don’t have that tie or that bond with the veterans in the community, then we feel like outsiders," Michelle said.
That’s why a program like ‘Thank-A-Vet’ does more than just provide savings.
"It brings and ties together the community to our veterans," Michelle said.
To see a full list of participating merchants, visit the county clerk’s web page here.
For more information contact the program’s coordinator at 361-888-0862 or ThankAVet@nuecesco.com
More information can also be found on the FaceBook page, ‘Thank A Veteran – Nueces County Clerk.’