Written by Jaime L. Tomeo Friday, 10 July 2009 00:00
Back in February, the Levittown Chamber of Commerce announced the creation of a Veterans Recognition Program, which provided discounts for veterans at several local businesses. Now, six months later Nassau County is getting on board with a county-wide program for the same purpose.
“As we celebrate Independence Day, what better time to show our appreciation to the men and women of our armed forces who have preserved and protected our freedoms,” said County Clerk Maureen O’Connell.
The program is the brainchild of Levittown Chamber President Ann Torcivia.
“I got the idea when I listened to a Veteran’s Day service speech by Legislator Dennis Dunne,” Torcivia explained. “He said ‘veterans should get something free today.’ This town was built for the veterans. The chamber jumped on it because we want people to come to Levittown.”
Since its inception Torcivia said the program is effective.
“The storeowners are getting people in and I’m proud to say that it works,” she added.
Legislator Dunne, a Vietnam veteran himself, said that he is proud that the Levittown Chamber started this program and that the county has followed suit.
“Hopefully it’ll be nationwide,” he added. “For all those men and women who are prepared to die for this nation, it’s nice to give them something back.”
O’Connell stated that any veteran who files his or her discharge papers, also known as DD214 papers, will receive a discount card that can be used for local businesses that are participating in the program. O’Connell also said that the Office of the Nassau County Clerk will safeguard the DD214 papers free of charge so that they are available when the veterans or members of his or her family need them.
There are currently 75,000 veterans in Nassau County and thousands more who returned or will be returning from service. They can take advantage of discounts available from the following participating Levittown businesses:
ACU Plus Embroidery, 3700 Hempstead Tpke., 520-1039
Amico Auto Sales, 3914 Hemsptead Tpke., 520-0070
Aries Lawn Maintenance, 118 Coach La., 796-1736
Better Miles, Inc., 100 Gardiners Ave., 731-1733
Bob Koenig Music, P.O. Box 143
Demetri’s Valet Corp., 351 Wantagh Ave., 796-6262
Dr. Perry S. Mollick, 1 Center La., 579-5400
E. Village Green Animal Hospital, 4 East Village Green, 579-0909
East Coast Hand Car Wash, 3170 Hempstead Tpke., 520-0267
Fred Form, Accountant, 2950 Hempstead Tpke., 735-0500
Fullstop Printing, 3601 Hempstead Tpke., 579-9333
Kiddie Junction Preschool, 3 N. Village Green, 735-2547
Law Office of Eric S. Rosenblum, 2950 Hempstead Tpke., 731-7600
LevitStyle, Inc., 19 Jerusalem Ave., 579-0045
North and South Levittown Lanes, North Village Green, 731-5700
Rhythms & Soul Dance Studio, 16 Wolcott Rd., 520-2934
Segesta Pizza, 303 Wantagh Ave., 731-4500
Sierra Remodeling Corp., 3210 Hempstead Tpke., 520-4993.
Stein Chiropractic, 2870 Hempstead Tpke., 735-4000
T.G.I. Friday’s, 3535 Hempstead Tpke., 796-1549
Millers Ale House, 3046 Hempstead Tpke., 520-7000
Calda’s Pizza, 2890 Hempstead Tpke., 520-1200
Friends Travel, 19 Wood La., 822-5966
McDonald’s, 3839 Hempstead Tpke., 731-9112
Maraschino Ice Cream, 52 E. Village Green, 735-4237
Lucas Communication, 29 Lilac La., 735-5901
Domenico’s Restaurant, 3270A Hempstead Tpke., 735-5535
Petite II Florist, 3268 Hempstead Tpke., 735-7000
Associated Brokerage Center, Inc., 3105 Hempstead Tpke., 731-3500
Dalton Funeral Homes, Inc., 2786 Hempstead Tpke., 796-0400
Ground Round, 2716 Hempstead Tpke., 796-7900
Division Avenue Deli, 44 Division Ave., 731-9002
Steve Chamoff Accounting, 64 Division Ave., 796-0013
Participating businesses will display a decal indicating that they will offer discounts to veterans.
Veterans interested in filing their discharge papers and businesses who would like to participate in this program can contact the Clerk’s Office at 571-2664 for information. The Levittown/Island Trees Veterans Council is also working with the Chamber in promoting this program. For information on the Levittown Chamber of Commerce’s program, visit www.levittownchamber.com/veteransprogram.htm.