Veteran's Day is this week on Friday, 11-11-11. You may not be aware of it, but each year, different businesses and organizations offer their thanks to our nation's veterans by providing free services. These services range from a free meal to discounts at big box stores to entertainment. You have to check with each location for participation and to see what is needed to prove you are a veteran, but it is a way for our country to honor those who have sacrificed for us all. Most companies require a Military ID, which includes: a U.S. Uniform Services ID Card (active/reserve/retired), Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), Photograph in uniform, be wearing uniform (if your service permits), Veterans Organization Card (e.g., American Legion and VFW), DD214, discharge paperwork, or other form of identification. Other restaurants and companies may only require a photo of you in uniform, or go by the honor system. The best way is to check with the location before showing up. Here are five things Vets Get Free For Veteran's Day.
By far, the most numerous of businesses that are providing services. All types of restaurants - from national chains to regional locations - are offering free meals and other services. Whether you are interested in breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a late night snack, you can find something to eat this Veteran's Day. Some of the restaurants giving a free meal or discounted meal include: Applebee's, Bar Louie, BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse, Champp's Americana, Chili's, Denny's, Fox & Hound and Bailey's Sports Bar, Golden Corral, Famous Dave's, Hooters, Sizzler, Outback Steakhouse, Krispy Creme, Subway, Little Caesars, TGI Fridays, and many more. Not all restaurants are on this list, so it is best to check for availability and if they are making the offer on Friday, November 11 or Monday, November 14.
Anyone that owns a home knows that there is always a need to fix something or buy a new tool to complete work. Home Depot offers a 10% discount all active duty personnel, reservists, retired military, veterans and their families on Veteran's Day on purchases of up to $2,000. The 10% discount is available every day for active duty and retirees, but not all veterans. Home Depot makes this offer available to all veterans on most military holidays. Not to be left out, Lowes offers all active, reserve, honorably discharged, retired military personnel and their immediate family members a 10 percent discount on in-store U.S. purchases made between November 7-11 on purchases up to $5000. To qualify, individuals must present a valid military ID or other proof of service. Excluded from the discount are sales via Lowes.com, previous sales, and purchases of services or gift cards. Like Home Depot, Lowes offers this discount daily to active duty military members, but not to veterans. However, they extend the offer to military veterans on military holidays.
Many of the nation's amusement parks and entertainment sites have Military Appreciation Day this Veteran's Day. All national parks have free admission to the parks and the exhibits for veterans for the entire weekend. Other free admissions include: Anheuser-Busch parks, Colonial Williamsburg, Historic Jamestown, Knott's Berry Farm, The Football Hall of Fame, and San Jacinto Monument and Museum in Texas.
In the third year of the program, B&Bs for Vets has organized over 485 (and counting) participating Bed and Breakfasts and Inns across the US and Canada which will be offering veterans a free night’s stay on November 10th, the night before Veterans Day. This offer is available to both active duty military members and veterans with ID, but space is limited. Each Inn and B&B has at least one room available for this promotion and reservations must be made directly through the participating Inns. Check to see if a Bed & Breakfast near you makes this offer.
So many retail giants and other stores are offering discounts this Veteran's Day, as well. Among the stores giving a discount are: Amazon.com, Big Lots, Cabela's, Dollar General, Jos. A. Banks, K-Mart, Netflix, Sports Authority, and many more. You can find these and all of the discounts available for Veteran's Day at: http://themilitarywallet.com/veterans-day-free-meals-and-discounts/#axzz1dJjblfur
Have you ever wondered how you can do your part to help the U.S. economy? I'm not talking about the multi-millionaires who have helped to ruin our economy, but your local businesses and neighbors. If you are a typical American, each holiday season is spent buying large quantities of cheap, foreign goods, wrapping them in dollar store, foreign made wrapping paper, and giving them to people who may return the items for more foreign made products. Is it any wonder that our economy is in so much trouble? Nothing can be purchased that was made by American hands! Or is there? Why not make a difference this year and support your neighbors and local businesses this Black Friday? A gift does not need to fit in a shirt box. Think outside of that box and give the people on your gift list something they can use and something that will help our struggling economy. If everyone would do this during the holiday season, just imagine the impact we could make on our lives? Here are five gift ideas Ways To Help The 99% this Holiday Season. Read more...