‘We Appreciate Our Veterans’ Community Award goes to Monmouth County Clerk’s Office

FREEHOLD, NJ – Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon is pleased to announce that the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office was named the 2021 “We Value our Veterans” Community Award Recipient by the New Jersey Department of Military and Veteran Affairs. The award will be presented on Veterans Day, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Holmdel.

“We are proud to accept this award and thank the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs for this great honor,” Registrar Hanlon said. “Our office takes great pride in serving the residents of Monmouth County and the more than 33,000 veterans who call Monmouth County home.”

Under state law, the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office has the authority to issue Veterans Identification Cards, Veterans Peddler Licenses, and Gold Star Parent Cards. In 2015, when Hanlon took over as Monmouth County Clerk, she launched the “Honoring our Heroes” military appreciation program to encourage local businesses to sign up to provide a special veterans discount or service. County and Gold Star parents.

Veterans who obtain the Monmouth County Clerk’s Veterans Identification Card receive a 50+ page guide that lists Monmouth County stores, restaurants and businesses that offer products and service discounts to veterans. veterans and Gold Star parents. Businesses that participate in Clerk Hanlon’s “Honoring our Heroes” military appreciation program receive specially designed window decals, donated by members of Asbury Park VFW Harold Daley Post 1333, to place in their establishments.

The “Honoring our Heroes” discount guide has grown to include over 200 participating businesses and the County Clerk’s Office is offering this book for free in our office, as well as at veterans fairs and local events to help to inform about our veterans ID card and program. The guide’s business listings are also available to all residents online in a regularly updated spreadsheet online at MonmouthCountyClerk.com.


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Two years ago, Clerk Hanlon designated a veterans parking spot outside the main office of the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office in Freehold Borough. With more than 500 veterans visiting the county clerk’s office each year, the parking space was essential and provides veterans with easier access to the office.

The Monmouth County Clerk’s Office takes great pride in serving our veteran community. Each year, Clerk Hanlon and employees of the County Clerk’s Office attend local veterans’ events and meetings throughout the county to educate about our office’s services and to provide those same services on the go.

The New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs annually recognizes counties, municipalities, businesses and institutions for their efforts to support veterans with the Governor’s prestigious “We Appreciate Our Veterans” Award.

The award is given based on the number of programs and services the city makes available to its veterans, using a point system. This year, five counties, fifteen municipalities, two businesses and five academic institutions will be recognized at the Veterans Day ceremony.

For more information about Monmouth County Clerk’s Veterans Services, please visit our website at MonmouthCountyClerk.com.

If you have any questions, please contact the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office by phone at 732-431-7324 or by email at [email protected].

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