Randi Reisinger believes that people in York County are supportive of veterans. All that's missing is the evidence.
Only four York businesses have agreed to participate in the county's new discount program for veterans since the initiative was announced in September, said Reisinger, the county's Recorder of Deeds.
Her office will on Monday launch the "Hometown Heroes" program, through which the county will issue photo IDs to veterans.
They can show the cards for a discount at area merchants. But so far, all the county can offer is discounts at one diner, one lawyer, a financial advisor and a physician's supply company.
"I'm looking for a lot more," she said. "I'm hoping it spreads by word-of-mouth. I don't have an advertising budget."
She said businesses participating in the program are likely to attract more customers, and she's hoping establishments such as grocery stores, building supply stores, convenience stores, hair stylists, pizza shops and franchise restaurants catch on.
"We have a lot of places here in York, but we really didn't get any businesses (after announcing in September)," she said. "I do know that, just taking a poll from talking to people, most have had a vet in the family or know of someone who is a veteran. I think most of us here in York County are really supportive of our veterans. I'm hoping we all think about that."
How it works: The county is asking for a minimum 10 percent discount, but a business may opt out at any time, she said. Veterans will be given a list of participating businesses, which will also be listed on the county's website.
Veterans interested in signing up for the program must file their original discharge (DD-214) papers with the Recorder of Deeds' office, located on the first floor of the York County Administrative Center, 28 E. Market St.
IDs will be issued weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Businesses interested in participating in the program should call 771-9295. More information and a list of the four participating businesses is available at http://yorkcountypa.gov/property-taxes/recorder-of-deeds.html.
County commissioners in September approved spending more than $20,700 to buy software and hardware and to maintain a system under which the IDs could be issued.
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