Important Information for Veterans

Organizations and Websites

Important Legislation

Free Online Course for Veteran Career Guidance

T-Mobile and Columbia University have partnered with FourBlock Foundation to make FourBlock Online, an online career transition course, titled Find Your Calling, specifically designed for veterans and the entire military community, available for free starting November 14. Using video lessons and interactive content, FourBlock, Columbia University and Columbia Business School Career Management Center have brought together subject experts to walk through six key career development skills – citizenship, critical thinking, passion, creativity and choice, authenticity, and emotional intelligence, as well as providing participants with practical strategies to help them achieve their goals.

All military and veterans can enroll from anywhere for free, at the following link:

Fact: Nearly 20,000 veterans live right here
in Columbia & Dutchess counties.

Sponsored Honor Flights for Veterans

The Hudson Valley Honor Flight and Patriot Flight are two local hubs in the district that are part of the National Honor Flight Network, a program that provides World War II and terminally ill veterans of other wars with free transportation to visit their memorials in Washington, D.C.

The Hudson Valley Honor Flight includes Dutchess County, while the Patriot Flight program includes Columbia County. Both are non-profits dedicated to honoring our local veterans and are part of over 100 independent non-profit groups that make up the National Honor Flight Network.

For more information about Hudson Valley Honor Flight and how Dutchess County veterans can apply click here.

For more information about Patriot Flight and how Columbia County veterans can apply click here.

Special Drivers Licenses

The option of designating military service on their driver's licenses and taking advantage of the Columbia & Dutchess counties Veterans Discount Program are available to our veterans, so that they can receive the benefits they deserve.

Veterans currently have to carry around their DD-214 forms to prove they have served in the military. Under the new legislation, veterans can apply for a special designation on their driver's licenses through the state DMV.

The special licenses are intended to eliminate the need for veterans to carry separate documentation proving their military service in order to take advantage of discounts or other programs available to vets.

For more information: DMV's information on obtaining a special license

Favor Cards

The Columbia County Department of Veterans Services & the Dutchess County Division of Veterans Services, in conjunction with the county clerk's office and local businesses provide discounts on products and services with their "Return the Favor" card. Under this program, participating businesses and merchants will provide a discount to a veteran who presents his or her FAVOR card.

The discount is established by the participating businesses and/or merchant. Examples of possible discounts could include a percentage off the total bill, a discounted service fee, a limited-time free subscription to a particular service, etc.

The business owner will establish what the discount will be.

For more information please call:

For a list of participating businesses in Columbia County, please click here, and in Dutchess County, please click here.

***Please note: If you have the veterans' designation on your license you do not need a "FAVOR" card. ***