Thursday, November 10, 2011

On Behalf of Our Nation's Veterans

Due to extraordinary circumstances, I apologize for not posting the following earlier than today. 

On behalf of our nation, our veterans have protected us from all enemies both foreign and domestic, including those that have paid the ultimate price, their lives, or incurred disabilities that they have to either endure or overcome, with due and earned respect, tomorrow is a national holiday=Veterans Day. 

So, to all to all my fellow vets, below of list of some of the known discounts offered and known to me at the time of this writing.

Finally, we veterans thank the merchants listed below that give recognition to those veterans.  And humbly request other corporations and companies follow their lead and actively promote and market to this deserving group of individuals the same kind of recognition.

 If any vet knows or is aware of other veteran discounts offered, that are substantial, please send an email to my personal attention at  Keeping my promise-hoping others do the same, not just tomorrow but every day.

Veterans Day Discounts and Freebies


Applebees-All veterans and active duty military eat free from a limited menu at Applebee's on Veterans Day

Chili's-Veterans and active duty dine for free from a special limited six item menu on Veterans Day.

Golden Corral-Golden Corral Restaurants' Military Appreciation Monday free dinner will be available on November 15, from 5 to 9 P.M. Military retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard and Reserves are all welcome.  (Good deal for a dinner after Veterans Day).

Hooters-All Veterans and active duty eat free.  The free entrees must be selected from a special Veterans Day menu.

Krispy Kreme-All active-duty, retirees & veterans get a free doughnut on Veterans Day.  Be sure to call ahead to verify your local Krispy Kreme is participating. (Why would some do it, and others dishonor vets by not?).

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants-Participating Restaraunts offer a complimentary entree to vetws from a special menu on a space available basis, online reservations are highly recommended.  (This one makes me wonder-too many maybe's in this one to merely state we are not participating). 

Outback Steakhouse-Veterans and active-duty military get a complimentary Bloomin' Onion and non-alcoholic beverage on Veterans Day.

UNO Chicago Grill-UNO is offering a Buy One Get One free offer to Service members or Veterans with a military or veteran I.D., or in uniform or with a photo of themselves in uniform.  The Veterans Day BOGO offer includes a free entree or individual pizza with the purchase of an entree or pizza of equal or greater strength.

Texas Roadhouse-Free meal  from openning until 4pm on Veterans Day.  Call ahead to your local resteraunt for more information.  (Why do we have to call?  Either we get a free meal or we do not?)  (Another condition that I do not like, giving them the excuse to state we are the one participating).

T.G.I. Friday's-Veterans and Service members Buy One get one free from Nov. 11-14. Contact your nearest location for more details on their Veterans Day BOGO offer.

The Dollar General-Veterans, Service members (Active, Guard and Reserve), and their immediate families will receive a 10-percent discount with a Veterans Day coupon. The coupon may be found in store circular ads or by asking a sales associate.

Home Depot-Offers a 10% discount to all veterans during Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day.

Lowe's-All  veterans receive the 10-percent discount on Veterans Day, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.  The offer is available in stores only and is limited to in-stock and special-order purchases of up to $5,000.  (Note: I get a 10-per cent discount every time I shop at Lowe's.  It is not limited to these 3 days to the best of my knowledge). 

Sam's Club-Sam's gives away 36,000 Hugo Canes on Veterans Day to military veterans in need of mobility assistance.  Sam's Club will require membership for this offer, but proof of service may be necessary. Day Hone MP3 download.  The album includes 12 songs by The Bands and Ensembles of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Cabela's Outdoor Store-Offers their employee discount to all veterans, active-duty military and reserves, law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel Nov. 11-12.  Discounts vary from 5% ro 50% depending on the item. 

Build-a-Bear Workshop-Members of the armed services including the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard and Reserve Officer Traniing Corps, will recieve a 20% discount November 11-15 on any transaction at Build-A-Bear Workshop.  (But what about veterans? The holiday is Veterans Day-not Armed Forces Day).

Fashion Bug-20% off all plus-size and  isses clothing purchases with a copy of a military ID or spouse's military ID.  (What about the actual ID, and why do they want a copy of our  ID is beyond me). 

Foot Locker-Veterans, Service members (Active, Guard, and Reserve), and their immediate familieis with a Foot Locker Veterans Advantage Card receive a 20% discount every day of the year. That offer is both good both online and at any sport location, including Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Footaction and Champs Sports-even on sale itmes.  (Bummer to those vets that do not have a Foot Locker credit care).  Good deal if you have one. 

In closing, thanks to all of my fellow vets for your service to our nation. I hope this helps some of you in your own business affairs and would appreciate some feedback to my personal email on whatever you experience at some of these merchants.

 If you know of other stores that give Veteran discounts, I would appreciate knowing where.  And I will add some of those comments and discounts as they are made available.  And like the VA Building states, I know what keeping the promise is.  I too to the best of my ability keep my promises also. To my fellow vets, thanks and welcome home.

Thomas E. Scherer, Candidate, United States Congress (FL-14).

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