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2018 Veterans Discounts and Deals Week 4

By Beth Vought

2018 Veterans Discounts & Deals We caution you to pay attention to expiration dates since many of the following are short time offers.

A good site for finding free meals is: It also offers other information on discounts around the US and your local area. Not all franchise locations participate in their national chain’s Veterans Day programs — be sure to contact your nearest establishment to make sure they are participating.


Another site is a blog site which offers some exclusive deals for military members. Find it here: .

For updated general discounts and promotions visit this site:  Scroll down to the middle of the page, light blue header: Veterans Day Guide to Offers. Click on your area of interest.  It is always suggested that you call ahead to be sure that the vendor you plan to visit offers the promotional veteran’s discount you are interested in.

While looking through the listing of discounts and special promotions for our veterans and military personnel the following offers were noted that are available/accessible in our local Blue Water area. For you to log into the above websites for more deals, just follow the instructions. These sites state that they update their listings regularly, so checking with them should give you the most updated information available. However, you can call a business you wish to visit and ask if they offer any deals or discounts for veterans or active military.

Special Highlights for this special month.

This week we will highlight sporting goods stores. This is a good area for gifts or for outfitting yourself for your preferred activities.  You could even go online and put desired items on your Santa list.

Bass Pro Shops: 5% everyday military discount.

Cabela’s: 10% military discount on everything but firearms for active military, veterans and retirees, national guard and reserve every day at all store locations. Current offers-

Dick’s Sporting Goods: 10% military discount on in-store purchases, but varies depending on location, so some stores do not honor the discount.

Veterans Day Deals from Amazon

Free Book: Operation Money: A Financial Guide for Military Service Members and Families.

Written by Jean Chatzky, best-selling author and financial editor at NBC Today. Download Kindle version.  Amazon – More Veterans Day Offers on Amazon.

Advanced Auto Parts: 10% military discount on regular price items when you show proof of military status for in-store purchases.

Abercrombie & Fitch: 10-15% military discount in-store clothing and accessories purchases with a military ID, in-store only, during the non-holiday season only.

Adidas: 10% military discount in-store – shoes only.

Aeropostale: 20% discount on guys and girls’ hoodies, graphic tees, jeans, dresses, tops, and more.

American Eagle Outfitters: 10 -15% military discount on in-store clothing and accessories purchases at manager’s discretion.

Applebee’s: Veterans and Active Duty Military can select a free meal from a limited menu on Veteran’s Day. Proof of military status required.

Army & Air Force Exchange Service: Get Veterans Day deals on many items, including gift items from Nov. 10 to Nov. 16. Plus, starting on Veterans Day veterans can shop the exchanges online. Sign up now! Go here to verify your benefit:

Army Corp of Engineers Recreation Areas: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is waiving all day use fees at more than 2,800 recreation areas nationwide this Veterans Day. This waiver is available to all veterans, active and reserve component service members, and their families. Only verbal confirmation of service is required. Find your next adventure here:

AT&T: Qualified active-duty military, reserves, National Guard, veterans, and spouses of active-duty and deceased service personnel can get 15% off monthly service charges on eligible plans.

AutoZone: 10% military discount on regular price items when you ask at checkout at over 4,600 stores in the U.S.

Bass Pro Shops: 5% everyday military discount.

Bed Bath and Beyond: 25% off November 9 through 12 for Veterans, active duty, Reserves, Guard and Spouses.

Bob Evans:10% military discount.

Boston Market: Select military offers that vary such as 10% military discount in celebration of National Military Appreciation Month or one free brownie or cookie with any purchase on Veterans Day.

Brann’s Steakhouse & Grille: Bay City, Caledonia, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Holland, Muskegon, Portage, Northville, Wyoming, MI. Free 6oz sirloin with 2 side choices for all veterans and active duty military on Saturday, Nov. 11.

Brides Across America Free Wedding Gown Events: During the month of November Brides Across America is partnering with bridal salons across the nation to giveaway wedding dresses to qualified military brides. All military brides must pre-register online. For more information go to this site:

Buckle 10 percent off, Free Shipping on all military orders.

Cabela’s: 10% military discount on everything but firearms for active military, veterans and retirees, national guard and reserve every day at all store locations. Current offers-

Capital Area Transportation Authority: Lansing, MI All veterans will ride free Nov. 11 on all CATA services. Show your military ID card when boarding.

Champs: They offer 20% off all purchases with a valid military ID.

Chevy: Chevrolet offers the industry’s most comprehensive automotive military discount program. For info go here-                  

Chili’s: 10% military discount with a valid military ID.

Cracker Barrel: 20-30 percent off with your military ID. This includes any of the items in the store as well as dining. On Veterans Day, Cracker Barrel is giving veterans a Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake dessert…for free! You can pick the cake or have a Crafted Coffee, like the Goo Goo Latte or Vanilla Latte.

Dick’s Sporting Goods: 10% military discount on in-store purchases, but varies depending on location, so some stores do not honor the discount.

Detroit Style Pizza Co: Saint Clair Shores, Clinton Township, Roseville, MI. 20 % discount on pickup and dine-in orders to military members, law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMTs and other public safety personnel. To receive the discount, military and public safety service members must be in uniform or simply show their public service or military ID.

DSW Shoes: 10% military discount for in-store purchases.

Eddie Bauer: 15% military discount on in-store purchases. Online promo code cannot be combined with any other coupons or storewide offers. Not valid on Featured Brands, sale items or previous purchases.

Enterprise Car Sales: Good for the month of November- all active U.S. military, veterans and dependents, will have included in their used vehicle purchase from Enterprise Car Sales, a Firestone prepaid maintenance package valued at $300. Here’s the link for more info:

Ford Motors: Offers a $500. bonus cash.

Foot Locker: Save 20% on most online purchases after verifying military service.

General Motors: Learn more about the GM Military Discount program at

Golden Corral: On Monday, November 12th, 2018 from 5 PM to 9 PM, Golden Corral offers a free sit-in “thank you” dinner for Military veterans, retirees, and active duty members.

Great Clips: Free Haircut –On Veterans Day, customers who come in for a haircut at any U.S. Great Clips salon will receive a free haircut card to give to an active/inactive/retired military member of any branch, including the National Guard. Veterans can also visit any U.S. Great Clips salon on November 11 to get either a free haircut that day or to pick up a free haircut card to use later. Haircuts are redeemable until Dec. 31.

Great Wolf Lodge & Indoor Water Park: Traverse City, MI Great Wolf Lodge, with suites and an indoor water park offers up to 20% off for Armed Forces personnel. Book online using the offer code HEROES. A valid ID or badge is required at check in. Police, Fire and EMS workers can also take advantage of this discount.

Home DepotA year-round 10% discount up to a maximum $500 at all U.S. locations to active duty personnel, reservists, retired or disabled veterans and their immediate families. Must present a valid military ID. A 10% discount is also offered to all other military veterans on Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and Veterans Day.

Hot Topic: 10% – 20% military discount when you present your military ID at Hot Topic stores.

Hyundai: Hyundai is doubling its military incentive and offering a stackable $1,000 discount on all new vehicles. This deal will be available to any active, veteran, or retired military personnel and applies June 1, 2018 through January 2, 2019. Here’s your link:

Jo-Ann Fabric: 10% discount for military service members and their families year-round.

Lowes Home Improvement: Lowes offers 10% off to all veterans and active duty service members every day by signing up for a MyLowes card (not a credit card). This is a recent change. Sign up here:

Maurice’s: 10% military discount on clothing and apparel.count for military families every day.

Michigan Science Center: Detroit, MI Free admission on Friday, Nov. 10th.

Midas: 10% military discount on brake repair and service.

National Coney Island: Roseville, MI On Veterans Day, free coneys for those who serve and have served. Limit 2 coneys per person per visit.

Napa Auto Parts: 10% military discount on auto parts and service at select NAPA locations.

Old Navy: The company offers 10% off clothing for service members at all times. But what you should really watch for is “Military Monday,” which is every Monday and the deal varies week-to-week.

Olive Garden:  Olive Garden is having a Veterans Day free meal for all active-duty military and military veterans on Sunday, November 11, 2018. You’ll need to verify with Olive Garden that you currently are or used to be in the military. Proof of military service usually includes bringing your military ID, U.S. Uniform Services Retired ID Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, or Veterans Organization Card

Details of the Free Meal Including Entree Choices at Olive Garden on Veterans Day

O’Reilly Auto PartsIn-store discount of 10% off retail price for most items for active duty, reserve members, retired service members and veterans with valid ID. Immediate family members of active duty or veterans are eligible for discount if they have a government issued dependent ID card (DD form 1173 or 1173-1).

Payless Shoes: 10% military discount in-store at Payless Shoe Source when you present your military ID. Offer valid in-store at participating locations only.

Pep Boys: 10% discount every day for active and retired military with valid military or veteran ID.

Red Robin Veterans and active duty military can stop into any participating Red Robin location on Sunday, November 11 to get a free Red’s Tavern Double burger and Bottomless Steak Fries. Be sure to bring your military ID to take advantage of this Veterans Day freebie.

Red Roof Inn: Red Roof is offering any active duty or retired military members 20% off their room rate. The brand is also offering 1,000 free nights to military members and their families through the Military Ticket Program. Sign up at this site:

Rockport: They offer comfortable shoes and 15% off for those carrying a military ID.

Rosetta Stone: 10% Military Discount. Rosetta Stone® bills itself the world’s best language-learning software. Their military discount is open to all current military, retirees, and veterans. Learn more at their military discount page.

Sears: 20% military discount on regular priced merchandise and an additional 5% off sales prices throughout the tools/hardware and lawn & garden departments with valid military ID.

Seaworld Parks & Entertainment Veterans Discount: Veterans and Active Duty military receive location-based discounts or free admission. Veterans promotion includes SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Antonio, SeaWorld San Diego, Busch Gardens Tampa, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, and Sesame Place Langhorne.  The program does not include Discovery Cove® in Orlando or Aquatica, SeaWorld’s WaterparkTM. For more information go to:

Sherwin-Williams: The company offers a year-round 15% military discount for active military, veteran’s, reservists and their spouses.

Sleep Number Military Discount: Sleep Number is providing exclusive offers for current and past military personnel.  Save up to $700 on select Sleep Number® mattress sets. Click here to get to the website:

Sprint Wireless: 15% military discount on monthly service charges.

Super 8: Up to 20% VetRewards Discount with Super 8 Hotel Worldwide. Super 8® is offering special military discounts to honor Veterans Advantage members enrolled in VetRewards. Hook up with your discount here: Offers service members both a 20% discount, and free shipping. Even better, if you hate the shoes you order, there’s a 60-day return policy.

Target: Save 10%, or $7, on your $70 purchase on Select Items at when you shop our online private Members Only Target store*. Discount applied at checkout. Get free shipping when you spend $25 combined on eligible items across all categories. Ship to APO/FPO address, too!

T-Mobile:15% military discount when you sign a 2-year contract. For VetRewards Card Members they waive the 2-year contract requirement, so you get the monthly discount without it.

Texas Roadhouse: Get 10 percent off your meal with a valid military ID.

TGIFridays: Currently T.G.I Fridays is offering a 15% off military discount on your entire order! This offer does not include alcoholic beverages. Remember that you must present a valid Military I.D. at the time to receive your discount.

Tractor Supply Company: On Saturday, November 11, Veterans and Servicemembers with a valid military ID or other proof of service will receive 15 percent off their entire purchase. Offer available at all Tractor Supply locations. Here is the site with the info:

US National Park Service Free Veterans Day Admission: The U.S. National Park Service is waiving fees at most of its day-use recreation sites over the Veterans Day holiday weekend. Go online to find a national forest or grassland near you. This site offers more information:

Under Armour: 15% Off for Veterans, Service Members, and First Responders during Veterans Day week. Under Armour supports the military, veteran, and First Responder communities year-round. Click here to learn more about the Under Armour Military Discount.

White Castle: White Castle is giving out a free Breakfast Combo or Castle Combo Meal (numbers 1-6) to any veteran or other military member who comes in on Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11th or the day after on Monday, November 12th. Proof of military service is requested but might not be required. Every White Castle location is participating except for Las Vegas. 

Zales Diamonds: 10% OFF jewelry.

*DISCLAIMER: Please read all coupon details and call your local store to make sure the offer is eligible for your location.


 As a longtime school secretary for Port Huron Schools, Beth Vought is no stranger to writing. Now retired, she’s excited to start this new creative writing endeavor. She has lived in the Blue Water area her entire life and has over thirty years’ experience sewing, crafting, along with other hand work. Beth has three grown children, two current fur babies and been married 35+ years. No grandchildren yet, but she did help deliver a liter of five puppies where she says, “Once was enough!”

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