DRACUT — An initiative in Dracut aiming to spur the local economy and foster closeness between veterans of all ages in the town is up and running.

Beginning on Oct. 2, Veterans Service Officer Lynette Gabrila, who works for the town of Dracut, will begin taking appointments with veterans who are Dracut residents to issue them identification cards.

With these ID cards, Dracut veterans will be able to benefit from discounts at participating local establishments, in turn helping to spur the local economy, according to Gabrila. Participating businesses will be added to a “Proud Supporting Business of Dracut Veterans” list that she will have dispersed with each new ID card issuance.

“I am so excited. It’s just been a long time coming,” Gabrila said. “We’ve been working on it for almost a year and I’m just ecstatic that it’s going to be happening. It’s almost too good to be true.”

So far, ten Dracut businesses have signed up to participate in the initiative. They include M.L. Shaw’s at 14 Loon Hill Road, Advance Auto Parts at 15 Victory Lane, and Primo Pizzeria at 149 Parker Avenue.

“I’m a big supporter in local economy, so I want to be able to have veterans try to steer away from so much of the big box stores and just help out the more family-owned businesses in town,” Gabrila said in a previous interview with The Sun.

As of this week, Gabrila said she’s received close to 50 calls from veterans interested in obtaining an ID card. She stressed that the cards are open to active duty veterans, National Guard, and those in the reserves.

In addition to helping to spur the local economy, the initiative is meant to also encourage veterans to volunteer in the community and help other Dracut veterans. Gabrila said she would also be able to keep them abreast of events and benefits they’re eligible to receive.

The appointment slot times are Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:30-3:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Gabrila at

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