Make sure you obtain the ‘Veteran’ designation on your California Driver’s License by bringing your DD214 to your county Veteran’s Service Office, where they will issue you a form to bring to the DMV. The license does cost $5.00, but you won’t have to remember your DD214 to obtain benefits in the future. If you have a current Military ID, keep that with you as well – some places require the actual ID.
Restaurants: Many restaurants have awesome deals on Veterans Day … usually a free meal or a nice discount for the Veteran. https://militarybenefits.info/veterans-day-discounts-sales-deals-free-meals/ Restaurants of all kinds are glad to support veterans by providing discounted dining year round. Sit-down chains including Applebee's, IHOP and Longhorn Steakhouse are among the hundreds of restaurants that offer military and veteran discounts, some up to 20 percent. Fast-food restaurants such as Wendy's, Golden Corral, Arby's, Chick-fil-A and Zaxby's also provide discounts. Even America's favorite sub shops, Subway and Quiznos, provide a markdown for veterans.
Travel: Disneyland has a huge military program. It has multi-tiers and is on an annual renewal basis so be sure and check to make sure it’s still in effect before you make plans. https://disneyland.disney.go.com/offers-discounts/military-3-day-tickets/ Princess Cruises also has a nice military benefit - onboard credit! Armed Forces Vacation Club - www.AFVClub.com Hotels: Many large hotel chains offer military discounts and/or government rates. Some allow you to book those online, however you have to call for some of them. These rates are usually significantly lower than the standard rates... better than AAA or AARP rates! Best Western and Hilton are two that consistently offer nice military discounts.
Home Improvement: Both Home Depot and Lowes offer military discounts however Lowe’s program is much better. You can set up your info in your online profile which will allow you to get the discount online as well as in the store. Plus, once its in your My Lowe’s profile, you don’t have to show your ID at the store…just give them the phone number you set the account up under.
Buying a new car? Chrysler (includes Dodge, Jeep, Ram & Chrysler) Chrysler's Military Bonus Cash program offers active duty, active reserve and retired (honorable discharge and 20 years of service) personnel a $500 cash allowance to be applied toward the purchase or of an eligible vehicle. Honorably discharged veterans are also eligible within six months of discharge. Ford: Discount varies, www.encs.com/ford/ GM: Varies, always well below MSRP. You can sign in online atwww.exclusivegmoffer.com/ip-gmpop/initPop.do?program=mpp Hyundai: All active duty, Reservist/National Guard, veteran and retired military personnel will receive an additional $500 off. Kia: offers a Military Specialty Incentive Program (up to $400 incentive depending on location) Nissan: Military personnel qualify for Nissan's Vehicle Purchase Program. Suzuki: $500 off for you and immediate family. Requires military ID Toyota: $500 off + $500 for firs time buyers. Requires military ID
Entertainment: AMC and UA movie theaters offers a nice discount as do many other chains. Sporting events, Barnes & Noble, zoos, aquariums, museums, amusement parks… most offer a special military deal. Finances: Both Turbo Tax and H&R block offer military discounts.
Education: The number of schools offering military discounts on tuition is growing, particularly for online classes. Recent changes in legislation will affect fees, so do your research. Under the updated G.I. Bill, post 9/11, those serving in the military receive money toward their education and housing after completion of their service. The bill covers 36 months of school aid. All individuals must have an honorable discharge. Money aside, being a veteran has its perks in other ways. A number of states, including West Virginia and Colorado, award school credit for time spent in action. Also, skip the lines when enrolling because schools in states like California and Tennessee grant priority enrollment for veterans. Disabled vets in California may also qualify for free tuition for their children at State colleges and universities!
Retailers, Electronics, Automotive Aftermarket, Fitness, Insurance and more .. so many discounts…be sure and ask for yours!