Nearly 1.5 million Americans actively serve in our military and armed forces, whether in the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force or Coast Guard. Another 850,000-plus serve in the Reserves. With so many men and women defending and aiding our country under difficult conditions, it’s not surprising retailers, restaurants, service providers, and travel and entertainment companies offer a wide variety of discounts in grateful thanks.
As our way of thanking those who serve, we’ve compiled a detailed list of ways to save for veterans, all active branches and, in some instance, the families who stand behind them.
Location Based Discounts:
With many restaurants and retailers being franchised based, the decision about whether or not to offer discounts is left up to individual locations. Any discount in this list marked with the "Location Based" tag means that customers have reported receiving a military discount, but only at select locations. When in doubt, call your local store or restaurant for more information.
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- AC Moore - Location Based
Receive a 10% discount when shopping in-store with a valid Military ID.
The Apple Store for Government allows military personnel and their family members to receive special pricing on products for personal use. Discounts vary by product.
- Best Buy - Location Based
Many Best Buy stores located near military bases have been known to offer a 10% discount. Check with your local store for more details.
Dell seems to offer a number of different discounts for military personnel, however it’s tough to pin down exactly what they are. For more information, check out the Military Purchase page at Dell.com.
- Dick's Sporting Goods - Location Based
According to the Dick’s Sporting Goods Facebook page, certain locations do offer a military discount for in-store purchases. Check with your local store for more details.
- Express - Location Based
Select stores offer 10% off purchases with a Military ID. Offer may be valid with additional coupons. Check with store associate for details.
- Finish Line - Location Based
Military personnel with a valid ID can receive a discount at participating locations. Ask a store associate for details.
Save 20% when you can show proof of military service. Your spouse and eligible dependents can use the discount, too.
Veterans, military members and their families receive a discount at participating locations, such as 60-percent off frames and free basic lenses.
- GNC - Location Based
Military personnel may receive a discount on all purchases at stores located on military installations.
Bring military identification to receive 15% off your purchase. Applies to all active, inactive and retired military personnel.
- Hickory Farms
Shop the military gifts section at HickoryFarms.com to receive free shipping to APO/FPO addresses.
- Home Depot
Home Depot offers a 10% discount to active and retired military for in-store purchases. Contact your local store to see what type of ID is required to receive the discount.
- Hot Topic
Receive a 10% military discount by calling Hot Topic’s customer service number to place your order.
Lowe’s extends a 10% to active military, retired veterans, VA recipients and their immediate family who shop in-store.
- MAXX HD Sunglasses
All members of the military, including veterans and their families, are eligible for a 20-percent discount and free shipping on up to four sets of sunglasses per order, pending status verification.
Show your military ID at the register and get 10% off your entire purchase. Some exclusions apply, so chat with a store associate for more information.
- Nautica - Location Based
Save 10% when you bring in a valid Military ID.
All active, reservist and retired military personnel and their families can save 10% on purchases with a valid military ID. Available in-store only.
- O'Reilly Auto Parts
According to their website, all O’Reilly Auto Parts stores offer discounts to active and retired military with valid ID.
Active military, retirees, veterans and reservists are eligible to receive a free one-year Club O membership. Benefits include 5% in rewards and free shipping on every purchase.
- Sally Beauty Supply
Present your active military ID to waive the $5 Sally Beauty Club membership fee. Club membership includes storewide discounts, free products and monthly rewards.
- Sam's Club
Active and former miliatry can join or renew as a Sam's Plus Member and receive a $25 gift card or join or renew as a Sam's Savings or Sam's Business Member and get a $15 gift card. Proof of service is required. Offer valid until July 31, 2016.
- Spencer's - Location Based
Load up on gag gifts and save 10% on your total purchase at participating locations.
- The Buckle
All active duty and veteran members of the military, including National Guard and Reserves, and their spouses and dependents are eligible for a 10% discount on all purchases after an online verification process is completed.
Active and veteran military members can get TiVo Roamio DVRs, starting at $0 money down and $19.99 per month, after completing an online verification.
- Under Armour
Under Armour offers a 10% discount for military and first responders with a valid ID.
- Walgreens - Location Based
Receive an in-store discount at participating locations with military ID.
- Wilsons Leather
Active, inactive and retired military personnel can receive a discount in-store or online with a valid military ID. To redeem online, contact their customer service.
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- 99 Restaurants
Retired or active military receive a 10% discount with valid military ID.
- Brigs Restaurants
Active military, veterans and even spouses save 20% at the North Carolina restaurant chain.
- Chevy's Fresh Mex
All military, police and fire personnel carrying a valid ID or wearing their uniform will receive a 20% discount.
Head to one of their Arizona locations and get 20% off a single entree with valid ID. Applies to active duty, retired and veterans.
- CiCi's Pizza
According to their website FAQ, many CiCi’s locations offer a military discount. As a franchise restaurant, the decision is left to individual store management.
- Cinnabon - Location Based
Select locations offer a 15% discount with valid military ID. Call your local store to confirm.
- Dairy Queen - Location Based
Select locations offer a 10% discount to military personnel with a valid ID. Some extend the discount during certain times of the week, so ask a store associate for details.
- Fuddruckers - Location Based
Select locations of Fuddruckers offers discounts of 15% off to military with valid ID. Discounts may vary by location.
- Golden Corral - Location Based
Many locations offer a military discount when you bring in a valid Military ID. Call ahead to check for participation.
- Hard Rock Cafe - Location Based
Save 15% when you ask for the military discount.
- Lone Star Steakhouse
Active military, firefighters and police officers get 15% off every Monday with valid ID. The discount is valid for the entire table but excludes alcohol.
- Texas Roadhouse
Select locations offer a military discount to active and retired military personnel. Discounts range from 10% to 20% off your total bill. Check with your location for details and eligible days.
Participating locations offer a 15% discount to military, police, fire department and EMTs.
- Texas de Brazil
Save 15% on regular or light dinners with valid or military ID.
- Texas Steakhouse & Saloon
Visit one of their 17 locations for a 10% discount on the meal for up to 5 friends or family members.
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AT&T provides qualifying military members and veterans with a 15% discount on monthly wireless plans. To qualify, visit one of their stores with your DD form 214 or veteran’s ID card.
- BrakeMasters - Location Based
Most locations offer a 10% military discount with valid ID.
- CertaPro Painters
CertaPro Painters of Madison County, IL and North County, MO offers 10% off any painting project for both current and retired members of the military. Thank you for your service.
All active military personnel receive a 10% discount on self-storage, on top of any specials or promotions available at their local provider.
- DIRECTV by Direct-deals.com
Military personnel are eligible for a $150 Visa Reward Card with qualifying DIRECTV orders. Package offers starting as low as $19.99/month for 12 months with 24 month agreement.
Active and retired military, National Guard and Reserves members are eligible for up to 15 percent off premiums. Additional discounts are available for vehicles stored during deployment.
- JCPenney Portrait Studio
Military personnel with a valid ID receive a free sitting, 8x10 print, and 50% off their entire purchase.
Active and retired military personnel and their family members can take 15% off identity theft prevention memberships from LifeLock, plus get a 30-day free trial.
- Meineke - Location Based
Select locations offer a military discount. Speak to an associate for details.
Active military personnel can receive $20.00 off their SMARTBOX order with the promo code MILOFF20. SMART BOX is a full service, portable moving and storage company.
- Sport Clips
Military personnel with a valid ID or VFW membership card receive special pricing.
Active and veteran military are eligible for monthly service discounts after completing the online verification process. Deployed military personnel can also apply for the Deployed Military Program to keep their phones and plans on hold at no charge until they return from duty.
- Transfer My Car
Many auto transporters offer a discount to military personnel on the transfer of your car. Ask specific providers about their offerings and requirements.
- Verizon Wireless
As a valued active service member or veteran, we offer to you a 15% discount off your monthly Verizon Wireless service and 25% discount off select accessories.
TRAVEL & LEISURE
Military personnel with a valid ID receive waived fees and free insurance for members traveling on official business or tour-of-duty orders. Military members and their dependents traveling without official orders are eligible for discounted rates.
- AMC Theatres
Participating locations of AMC Theatres offer military pricing after 4pm with valid ID.
Receive 10% off most train tickets for active military and family members.
- Best Western
Military personnel and civilian military personnel can receive discount hotel rates with valid ID. Present ID at check-in for the discount.
- Busch Gardens
Active military personnel and up to three direct dependents can receive one complimentary park admission per year to Busch Gardens when they register for the Waves of Honor program.
- Good Sam Club
Active military will receive a free club membership which includes discounts on fuel, camp sites and other travel-related expenses.
- Busch Gardens
Receive a military discount under Busch Gardens’ “Here’s to the Heroes” program. All U.S. military and NATO personnel will receive the discount.
- Camp Jellystone
Active and retired military can receive between 10% and 20% off campsites and cabins at dozens of locations across the country. Discounts, eligibility and timeframes vary by location.
- Cedar Point
Active, retired and honorably discharged military members receive the discounted price of $21 for all-day admission. Just show a valid ID at the ticket window.
- Choice Hotels
Special discounted rates for military personnel and their dependents are available across more than 2,700 different Choice Hotels locations including Comfort Inn, Cambria Suites, EconoLodge and more.
Active military receive a special discount with valid ID at participating locations of Cinemark.
- Daytona International Speedway
Daytona regularly offers special ticket prices for select events. Call 1-800-PIT-SHOP for more details or to purchase tickets.
Active and retired military will enjoy benefits like discounted room rates at select hotels and special pricing of $129 for 3-Day Park Hopper Tickets.
The discount for Dollywood is somewhat peculiar. While they offer 30% off one-day admission to active military, veterans and dependents, it’s only available at times of war.
- DoubleTree by Hilton
The offer from DoubleTree includes 15% off Bed & Breakfast rates at any of their locations worldwide. Booking deadlines may apply.
- Great Wolf Lodge
Throughout the year, typically around Memorial Day, some Great Wolf locations provide discounted rates up to 30% for military families.
Active duty and retired military members and dependents receive 10% off walk-up fares, or a maximum fare of $259 for round-trip travel anywhere in the continental US.
At Hertz, military travelers can upgrade their car class at no extra cost. Additional discounts may be available for rentals used for official military travel.
- Hidden Valley Ski Area
Skiing in the St. Louis suburbs? At Hidden Valley active duty military receive a $5 lift ticket and $5 rental with valid ID. Veterans and retired military also get 50% off ticket prices.
- Knott's Berry Farm
Special pricing is available on regular admission tickets with valid ID, and the amusement park also offers free admission to military members during Memorial Day weekend.
Active military personnel will get a 10% discount on tickets for one-day admission with valid ID at the California location. The Florida location also offers a number of military appreciation days with free admission and discounts for family members.
Special pricing at the Marriott family of hotels is available for military members. For more details on the qualifications and booking information, click here.
- National Car Rental
Military personnel on official business with authorized travel orders receive extra benefits such as a full loss damage waiver and no fees for additional drivers. Special rates are also available for off-duty travel.
- National Baseball Hall of Fame
Active and retired military will receive free admission year-round. Members of veterans organizations also receive discounted admission.
- National Park Service
Visit more than 2,000 sites across the country with the free annual pass for US Military. It’s offered to military members and dependents.
- Norwegian Cruise Line
Military members, veterans and their families will receive 10% off select cruises.
- Regal Cinemas
Military discounts from Regal Cinemas vary by theatre. Find out if your location has discounted admission available by following the steps listed in their FAQ.
- San Diego Zoo
Active duty military, cadets and reserves with active orders get a free one-day pass to the Zoo and Safari Park with valid ID.
Through the Waves of Honor program, active duty military members and up to three direct dependents will receive free admission once per year at any of the three SeaWorld locations.
- Ski Resort & Park Passes
Active and retired military and their dependents can receive 25 to 35-percent off winter passes to select Colorado ski destinations, including Copper Mountain and Winter Park. Military discounts also extend to select resorts in Winter Park, as well as summer passes and lift tickets.
- Six Flags
Discounted tickets to Six Flags are often available through MWR/ITR offices at the local base. No discounts are offered at the park box office.
- Snowshoe Mountain
Qualifying military members can save 50% on mid-week tickets and 25% on weekend and holiday tickets. Additionally, the Patriot Pass season pass is available for $199 instead of the regular price of $329.
- Universal Studios
Discounted tickets to Universal Studios are available when you order through the MWR/ITT ticket office at your local base or place an order over the phone.
- US Airways
Airfare discounts are available for those traveling on excused absence or discharged in the past seven days.
- Wild Mountain Waterpark
During summer months, Wild Mountain offers $10 off passes with a valid military ID. The discount extends to all service personnel and their immediate family.
Chrysler offers $500 in bonus cash for new vehicle purchases and leases. This applies to active and retired military, as well as honorably discharged veterans within 12 months of discharge date.
- General Motors
GM provides special pricing on new models from Chevy, Buick, GMC and occasionally Cadillac. Eligible recipients include active duty, reserves and retirees. For more pricing details, visit their website.
Active duty and inactive reserve will receive a $500 rebate on any new vehicle when financed through Toyota.
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