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  • 2018 is The Year of the Veteran

    County Executive Marcus Molinaro, in conjunction with the Dutchess County Historical Society, has declared 2018 the Year of the Veteran in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I on November 11, 1918. In addition to the many celebrations they have planned for the coming year, The Chamber is proud to join this effort and offer special promotional opportunities for our veteran-owned member businesses.

    If you are, or know of a veteran-owned business, complete the form below and we will:

    • Add your business to the Veteran-Owned Business Category in our online business directory, which will make it easier for potential customers to find you.
    • Include a special symbol next to your company name in our biannual print directory.
    • Highlight a Veteran Business of the Month in our monthly Bottom Line newsletter and on our website throughout 2018.
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  • Veteran-Owned Business of the Month Veteran-Owned Business of the Month

    XTRA CHANGE

    XTRA CHANGE is a professional buy, sell, and trade business run by co-owners Jason Varian and Louie Maiello. They offer a place and opportunity for people to bring their unwanted personal belongings and leave with cash on the spot. XTRA CHANGE purchases items at a very fair and competitive market value. Their stores take in and sell a large variety of goods from new and pre-owned to antique and modern. If you need it there is a very good chance XTRA CHANGE has it! XTRA CHANGE has locations in Mahopac, Hopewell, Poughkeepsie & Wappingers Falls.

    For more information call (845) 621-0906, or visit www.thextrachange.com

    Jason Varian enlisted in the United States Army when he was just 20 years old for a three-year term as a Combat Engineer. Varian was then stationed in Bamberg, Germany with the 82nd Engineer Battalion 1st Infantry Division where they spent six months doing peacekeeping operations in Kosovo from November 2002 until April 2003. The following year Varian was sent to Kuwait where he prepared for a yearlong deployment in Iraq. In Iraq he was stationed at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Gabe, just 30-Miles North-East of Baghdad in Baquba. In 2005 Varian returned home to Germany and was later honorably discharged from the Military.


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  • Dutchess County’s part in the World War 1917-1919: Stories remain to be told Dutchess County’s part in the World War 1917-1919: Stories remain to be told

    The Dutchess County Historical Society presents the below video, which outlines their intention for 2018 to align city, town and village efforts with state and even national efforts to identify, preserve and share the stories of all our veterans.

    CLICK HERE for more info, art exhibits, or to submit your story.

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  • Resources Resources

    Can you provide a job for a veteran?

    The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with Hudson River Housing's Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program to help create a database of employers willing to help out of work veterans. Participating employers will be connected with SSVF case managers for more information. 

    For complete information, see the official SSVF program brochure: Supportive Services For Veteran Families

    CLICK HERE & help hire a hero – fill out the form and a representative of the SSVF program will be in touch.


    Want to do business with veteran-owned companies?

    CLICK HERE & view our list of veteran-owned member businesses.


    Have a discount to share with Veterans?

    CLICK HERE to login and add a Hot Deal for local Veterans.


    Dutchess County Division of Veterans Services

    CLICK HERE for more information

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