Veterans’ Day is more than great sales at the mall but an opportunity to honor those who make great personal sacrifice to serve our nation and the families that support them. Here is a small sampling of the special offering available to veterans and families. Please note that proof of service is required and there may be restrictions upon family members benefits provided by businesses that desire to honor our heroes on Veteran’s Day. Despite confirming with corporate headquarters with some organizations these offers may not be honored at all franchises pending legal contract obligations and legal strictures pending states on various franchise laws. I do recommend calling the stores or restaurants in your local area first.
Hero’s at the Table:
November 7, 2010
McCormick & Schmick’s Restaurants
Pay tribute to veterans with a complimentary Entrée form a special menu on Sunday, reservations are recommended.
November 11, 2010
Outback Steak House are honoring military heroes with free ‘˜Blooming Onion and a Beverage”
Hooter’s veterans eat free all day Thursday at participating restaurants.
Applebee’s thanks all veterans and active duty military with free entrée from a special menu.
Chili’s salutes our veterans and those on active duty with your free choice of one of six great entrees.
November 15, 2010
Golden Corral military appreciation Monday a free thank you dinner served from 5 pm to 9 pm.
Soldiers Lighter Pay Load:
November 11, 2010 Thursday
Dollar General Stores will discount 10% on entire purchases on Veterans’ Day, and offer is good for all active-duty, retirees, veterans, reserves and immediate family members.
Lowe’s offers a 10% discount November 11 ‘”November 15 for: Active, Reserve, Honorably Discharged and Retired Military Personnel and their immediate family members.
NOTE: Discount wars since Lowe’s posting on November 2, Home Depot has offered the a discount to all Veterans and Active Duty personnel without date restrictions in response Lowe’s has also extend the same without date restriction to the 10% discount. Please check with stores as this may be at the discretion of store management approval with both Lowe’s and Home Depot to see if this is honored.
National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior visit one of your national parks on Veterans’ Day and you won’t be charged for entrance fees.
Anheuser-Busch Parks offers Active Duty service members free admission and up to 3 dependents to any of their parks the offer expires this year.
Bed and Breakfast for Vets, B&B for vets has organized over 800 participating bed and breakfast inns across the U.S. and Canada offering veterans a free night stay on November 10th for more information visit: bnbforvets.org
MilitaryOneSource.com offers ten free paperback/ audio books per year to those in the military and their immediate family members.
Hugo Canes, Sam’s Club is giving away 36,000 free Hugo Canes to U.S. Military Veterans in need of mobility assistance. Quantities are limited per club available while supplies last and Sam’s Club membership not required.
Wedding Gowns for military brides, bridesacrossamerica.com offers free wedding dresses to qualified military brides. Visit there website and check if qualified, then check locations and dates to pick out a dress.
Sleep Number offers sleep relief to military personnel a free travel pillow and exclusive discounts from October 31, 2010 to November 14, 2010 visit sleepnumber.com/military or call 1-888-411-2270
On the Home Front:
Military Family Project Coupon, send your expired or soon to be expired coupons to military families overseas. They are able to use them up to six months past expiration on bases abroad. For a list of service branches and addresses visit grocerysavingtips.com/expiredcoupons.htm
For those who desire to support the efforts of Active Duty Personnel serving overseas this is an ideal time to send care packages and letters of support in time for the holiday season. This is a great way to boost morale and provide a vital link to life back home in the states. Please note the charities listed have premier ranking with various charity watchdogs or those I have seen great results from personally. In most cases you can’t address a package as any soldier but register for approval, adopt and commit in some cases to correspond and send at least one care package per month if able.
I started doing this not only cause of operation dear Abby no longer in operation but the fact that many kids that age out of foster care system go into the military. Many need adopting offering a surrogate for most the only home ties or an emotion anchor to acknowledge them on birthdays and even holidays. I’ve also, listed organizations that provide services for their family members struggling with strains of deployment.
operationhomefront.net (offer 20,000 care packages abroad and over 2,500 for families of in crisis).
specialops.org (providing assistance and support to have loved ones at their bedside during recovery).
cellphonesforsoldiers.com (distributes more that 500,000 prepaid calling cards for soldier abroad and recycles old cell phones to 12 million minutes or prepaid calls home).
asymca.org (Armed Services YMCA offers child care, spouse support, food assistance, education and holiday meals among other services. The primary focus is upon the most junior-enlisted service men and women).
aerhq.org (Army Emergency Relief helps the army take care of their own in financial distress soldier, retirees, spouses, widows and children).
taps.org (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors offers 24hour 7days a week support in grief, trauma and crisis intervention).
****nmfa.gor (National Military Family Association identify and work with family issues to build better lives for their families of returning combat weary soldiers).