Hidden discounts for Veterans

A complete list of deductions for all members of the military from food to fun getaways!

What a better way to thank our veterans, then to offer them a discount or perk when purchasing something. It’s a great way to thank them and reward them for their loyalty while supporting your business.

Here’s the ultimate list of discounts for all military members: active or retired

Major Retailers

Next time you buy a big screen TV or computer, consider checking to see if your favorite retailer is offering a military discount. If they don’t offer a discount, they may offer a special perk as a way to thank you for your purchase and more importantly your service. Some popular stores that offer discounts include Old Navy, Aeropostale, and Kohl’s. However, some higher end stores such as New York & Company, Banana Republic, and Stride Rite offer military discounts as well.  For a complete list, 
click here ID.me offers a database full of several online deals that are continuously changing and worth checking out.

Theme Parks

Under the 
Waves of Honor program, active duty, activated or drilling reservist, or National Guardsmen get free admission into any of the Anheuser-Busch theme parks once a year. The program also offers discounts for veterans.

The free admission is good for SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Antonio, SeaWorld San Diego, Busch Gardens Tampa, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Sesame Place Langhorne, and Discovery Cove.

Those who are eligible will get one free single-day admission ticket each year and other possible discounts that vary by park. The program is sponsored by Seaworld Parks and Entertainment.

Museum Admission

The summer time is a great time to see a number of museums for free if you are a member of the military.  Veterans can receive free admission to over 1,500 museums around the country from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  The program is called Blue Star Museums and offers free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel to participating museums.  For more information, click here

Free Food

Veterans Day is typically a very popular day for restaurants to give out meals and discounts to Veterans. However there are some discounts that apply to veterans year round. It’s best to check with your favorite establishment first before assuming there is a given discount.

Here is a list of some of the most popular establishments that offer military discounts throughout the year.  Here is another excellent list that provides many examples and Newsweek also highlighted several chains around the nation recently. 

Make Sure to Ask

If you’re ever unsure about a particular discount, just ask. Many stores won’t include it in the fine print, but if you ask, they might help you out. However, don’t assume that just because a discount is listed on the internet it is always in effect; retailers often change their policies.

Please keep in mind that both online and in-store discounts will require a valid Military ID. For internet purchases, some sites use ID.me to verify your ID, while others have their own built-in checkout process.