AUSTRALIAN Defence Force veterans will be offered thousands of special discounts thanks to a new veterans card launched by the Federal Government today.
The new card gives Aussie war heroes access to more than 10,000 offers from around 500 businesses, both over the counter and online.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison say’s its an easy way for Australian business owners to say thank you to those who have served.
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“Much like the lapel pin gives every day Australians the opportunity to recognise veterans and thank them for their service, the offers available through the veteran card allow the business community to show its thanks,” the Prime Minister said.
“The broader recognition package we’ve developed which includes the Veterans Covenant, the lapel pin and card is a way each and every one of us, including the business community, can say to our veterans ‘thank you for your service’.”
So far, businesses that have taken up the scheme include retailers, travel and tourism operators, accommodation and car hire, entertainment, hospitality, restaurants, as well as service and trade industries such as gyms and automotive mechanics.
“There are a wide range of businesses already participating, from retailers with hundreds of outlets Australia-wide through to veteran-owned and operated small businesses,” Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester said.
“There is no set criteria for how businesses choose to show that respect and recognition, but I have no doubt we will see the numbers grow with more businesses supporting the covenant and veterans and their families have made.
“I encourage all businesses to get on board with the Australian Defence Veterans’ Covenant and show their respect and recognition for those who have served to defend our nation.”
It’s understood the discounts range from 2.5 per cent to 40 per cent off.
More than 33,000 veterans and reservists have already applied for the card and will begin receiving their covenant packs in the coming days.
For more information on how to apply for and support the Covenant, click here.