Military Discounts

Military members make daily sacrifices to secure the freedom that many of us take for granted. Sometimes a simple “thank you” doesn’t seem like enough to properly thank all military members for their service on our behalf. Perhaps this is why thousands of stores around the nation offer military discounts to active service members, retirees, veterans, and in some cases, their family members.

We have done our best to verify each offer on this list of military discounts. Please help share this list with other military members and veterans who may be able to use these discounts. You can share them via FaceBook, Twitter, E-mail, or word of mouth.

General Rules About Military Discounts:

Here are some general rules of thumb regarding military discounts:

  • Most military discounts aren’t publicized – it never hurts to ask.
  • Most military discounts are only available to current military members. Some military discounts are available to all veterans, but in general, most discounts are for actively serving military members (some military discounts are extended to all veterans around major military holidays (Memorial Day, 4th of July or Veteran’s Day).
  • Valid ID usually required. Most military discounts only apply if you have valid ID – usually a current Military ID Card or a retiree card
  • Other forms of ID may be acceptable. A Veterans Organization Card (e.g., American Legion and VFW), DD214, discharge paperwork, or other form of identification may work for some military discounts, particularly those around the major military holidays (Memorial Day, 4th of July or Veteran’s Day).
  • Many military discounts vary by location. Many franchises leave discounts at the discretion of the owner.
  • Military discounts are not always the best offer. You may be able to find better deals by shopping around (airlines, hotels, and travel are good examples of times when shopping around may lead to bigger savings).
  • Many hotel chains will match max per diem rates for your area. Always ask.
  • Military discounts are a blessing, not a right. Discounts are offered out of kindness and respect for your service.

For veterans of Iraq or Afghanistan, please check out IAVA. Members there are offered vouchers to many retail stores, such as JC Penney.

Military Discounts and Special Offers

Additions or suggestions? Please contact us if you know of additional stores which offer military discounts. Please send a link to the store or discount so that we may share it with everyone. If you are a company representative, please send an e-mail from your company e-mail address so we can verify the offer. Please indicate if the military discount is an ongoing offer, or for a special event such as Memorial Day or Veteran’s Day (see our list of Veteran’s Day Discounts for specific offers).





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Travel Discounts & Discounts on Flights

Traveling can be expensive. Thankfully there are a few good ways to save money. Many companies and locations offer military discounts. We have an in-depth article that discusses how and where military members and veterans can find travel discounts. Popular amusement parks such as Disney World, Sea World, and Anheuser-Busch offer discounts or even free admission to eligible military members. Find more info in the following links:

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Check for updates!

Be sure to check back often! I will try to make new listings as new new deals become available. Be sure to spread the word. Your family members and squadron members will thank you!




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Date published: June 23, 2008. Last updated: July 15, 2014.

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Ryan Guina is the founder and editor of this site. He is a writer, small business owner, and entrepreneur. He served over 6 years on active duty in the USAF and is currently serving in the IL Air National Guard. He also writes about money management, small business, and career topics at Cash Money Life. You can also see his profile on Google.

Comments

  1. What a great idea for a post! I know that Abercrombie & Fitch offer between 10 and 15% off all items, they say its at the managers discretion but I have never known anyone to have any issues.

  2. I really hate seeing you making a big deal out of Home Depot’s military discount when it is the worst of all the retail store discounts available. To compare Home depot VS Lowes, and this I personally have verified and have receipts of over $3000.00 from Lowes. Lowes gives 10% Military Discount on 100% of ALL retail purchases, including all sale, discounted, discontinued, delivery charges. I called Home Depot Home Home Office after traveling 63 miles to buy a dishwasher for my wife to be told the “Military Discount” only applied to “Non Sale” items. If I had a problem with their policy call the home office.

    Tom
    USAF-Veteran

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Lowe’s gives 10% discount every day. They don’t wait until Veterans or Memorial Day.

  4. Rebecca Long says:

    Way don’t the wife of vet that has died does not get a lot of the thing. They were beside them and went though the PTSD. And live it day and night

  5. I don’t recommend Expedia. You might end up paying double. They will take your money, make your reservation, then not pay for it. Good luck getting your refund, even if you bought their insurance!

  6. I agree about Home Depot. They also don’t give the discount for Building Materials like lumber. What else are you supposed to buy at Home Depot a coffee pot? Lowes is better.

  7. To all who served and are now serving – Thank you – Happy Veterans Day

  8. Kimberly Jones says:

    Old Navy gives a 10% discount to Military. One day I ask if that extends to vets and they said sure. So now I show my VAMC card and get the discount.

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