Houghton County launches vets discount program

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Clerk Jennifer Lorenz poses with a prototype promotional poster for Houghton County’s new Honor Rewards program for veterans in the area.

HOUGHTON — Military veterans in Houghton County will soon be able to get discounts and incentives at some local businesses through a new county program.

Houghton County launched the Honor Rewards program for veterans through its website this week. Clerk Jennifer Lorenz learned about the program, through the county’s computer company, Fidlar Technologies. She learned the county was eligible for the free program, as well as the property fraud alert program.

“Once I did some more digging, I found out that Marquette County had already had it going, and we didn’t,” she said. “To me, it was a no-brainer.”

Veterans can sign up at the clerk’s office or online to receive an Honor Rewards card. Any length of service qualifies. However, veterans must have filed a DD214 military discharge form with the county clerk, which can be done for free, Lorenz said.

No businesses have signed up yet for the program, which began Monday.

“If I don’t start seeing a lot, I’ll start making phone calls, sending out letters, knocking on doors, whatever I need to, to try to get as many businesses as I can,” Lorenz said. “It’s going to take a lot of time and effort.”

A form for veterans to indicate when and in which branch they served is available at honorrewards.com or houghtoncounty.net. Veterans can also fill out the form in person at the clerk’s office from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. They will receive the card in one to two weeks.

Businesses can sign up to participate by contacting Lorenz at 482-1150, or using the business sign-up link at either site. After they sign up, their name will be listed on the Honor Rewards site and given to veterans who become Honor Rewards members.

Businesses will also receive promotional posters and decals to indicate they are in the program.

“It’s a way to say thank you,” Lorenz said. “It’s a great program. At no cost to the county, no cost of the veterans. Then the business gets some advertising and their name is going to show how they support the veterans.”