Business owners can show their support of our veterans by offering discounts on goods and services

Thousands of offers are now available to Veteran Card holders from businesses across Australia as part of the Australian Defence Veterans' Covenant which passed Parliament recently.

The Veteran Card provides the opportunity for businesses and organisations to show their support and recognition of veterans and say, 'thank you for your service'.

So far about 500 businesses are on board, making more than 10,000 offers available over the counter and online.

These range from small family businesses through to large national chains.

Our government is committed to putting veterans and their families first and we provide more than $11 billion annually in their support.

We are proud to be partnering with APOD - an organisation founded and run by veteran families for veteran families - to ensure veterans can easily find local businesses that show respect and recognition of their service.

Veterans and reservists who have not already registered for the Australian Defence Veterans' Covenant, which includes the Lapel Pin and Oath, are encouraged to do so through the Department of Veterans' Affairs online portal MyService: dva.gov.au/myservice.

Businesses and communities are encouraged to show their support for the Covenant by offering benefits or concessions for Veteran Card holders.

If you're a local business, get on board and support the Australian Defence Veterans' Covenant. Businesses can sign up to support the Covenant at apod.com.au/about/advertise while community organisations can register with DVA through recognition.dva.gov.au.

The service and sacrifice of our veterans and their families to our nation is profound, and supporting our veterans through this program is a positive and tangible way to recognise that.

Once card holders are registered with apod.com.au, they can gain access to offers from businesses in Lyne by searching online and using a unique offer code.

Existing DVA Health Card holders can register directly through APOD or when they apply for the Covenant through MyService.

Businesses honouring the Veteran Card include retailers, travel and tourism operators, accommodation and car hire, entertainment, hospitality, restaurants, as well as service and trade industries such as gyms to automotive mechanics.

Offers are generally discounts on goods, gift cards and services, and range from 2.5 per cent to 40 per cent off.

The Covenant encourages better recognition of the unique nature of military service and helps Australia's veterans connect with the broader community.

Covenant packs - which include the lapel pin and oath - for those who have already registered are being sent out by mail.

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