Legacy Chrysler Dodge Jeep of Island City is being saluted for the help it provides to military veterans.

Legacy has been presented with a plaque from the Union County Veteran and Active Military Committee honoring it for its early and strong support of a veterans ID card program started by the committee.

The program started in the winter of 2016. At its heart, it is an identification card available to all veterans and military personnel. Anyone with the card is eligible for discounts when purchasing items from participating Union County businesses.

Legacy Chrysler Dodge Jeep was the first business to sign up to participate in the program. Today it is one of close to 30 Union County businesses participating.

Robert Bates, the general manager of Legacy Chrysler Dodge Jeep, said that this award is particularly meaningful because his company has long supported veterans and offered them discounts.

“We want to recognize them for what they have done. We ask so much of them as a nation,’’ Bates said.

He admires what the Union County Veteran and Active Military Committee is doing.

“It stands for what we believe in,’’ Bates said.

Veterans who do not have an ID card are also eligible for discounts from the program if they have documentation verifying they are veterans.

The cards are free, and all veterans and military personnel are eligible for them regardless of where they live.

Members of La Grande American Legion Post 43, High Valley VFW Post 4060 of Union and La Grande VFW Post 2990 are receiving ID cards from their organizations.

Veterans who are not members of these organizations should contact the Union County Chamber of Commerce or the Union County Veterans Services office for information on obtaining an ID card.

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