Veterans Day 2014 Discounts and Offers

Oct 21 2014

Published by under Discounts & Offers

VeteransDay_WEBThe usual round of up discounts and offers for servicemembers and veterans this Veterans Day. Please see individual offers for details and eligibility. Check back often- we’ll be updating this page as more offers come in!

AARP - From October 30 to November 13, anyone can enjoy 20% off AARP membership dues, and when a new membership is purchased, AARP will use a portion of the dues to help provide RealPad™ computer tablets to veterans to help them stay connected. Visit for more details. AARP also offers a 20% off year-round membership discount solely for men and women of the military who are 50+ years of age, including veterans, active duty, military retirees, National Guard, reservists, and military spouses at

Applebee’s Offers Free Meals to Veterans for Veterans Day – On Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11, veterans and active duty military can choose a dish from the free Thank You Meal menu that includes some of Applebee’s signature and favorite items. Veterans and active duty must show proof of military service. To see the Thank You Meal menu and other offer details, visit

10% off at Buckle - Military receive 10% off online purchases every day at, plus for a limited time, they can take advantage of Buckle’s special offer and get a free t-shirt when they spend $100 or more on Affliction, American Customs, or Sinful branded merchandise. Go to for info.

Golden Corral Free Meal and Beverage for Veterans – Golden Corral will thank thousands of active-duty and retired U.S. military personnel for their service with a free dinner buffet and beverage, while raising donations for the Disabled American Veterans (DAV).  At all of its restaurants nationwide, Golden Corral will serve free dinner buffets with beverage from  5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday November 17 to any person who is serving or has served in a United States Military branch, including the National Guard and Reserves – identification is not required. For more information on Military Appreciation Monday, please visit

Great Clips Free Haircut For Veterans – Great Clips is giving veterans a free haircut from Veteran’s Day, November 11, through December 31 2014. Customers come into any U.S. Great Clips salon on Nov. 11 and, with the purchase of a service, receive a free haircut card to give to a veteran, limit one card per customer. The free haircut cards are redeemable by veterans at any U.S. Great Clips from November 11–December 31, 2014 with proof of military service. The promotion applies to veterans only. Veterans who visit Great Clips in the U.S. on November 11 receive either a free haircut that day or a free haircut card to redeem by December 31. After November 11, veterans must have a free haircut card to get the free haircut.

Grizzly Industrial Offer 5% off - Take 5% off all purchases for active, veteran and retired military personnel from November 11-28, 2014. Check out their website for more info

25% off Kingsmill Resort in Virginia – In recognition of Veteran’s Day, Kingsmill Resort is offering active military personnel and retired veterans a 25 percent discount off its standard rates from November 7-13. A valid ID or proof of military service is required.

LYMY is Offering 15% Off for Military - Get 15% off on exclusive Love You Miss You t-shirts and hats for veterans, reservists, National Guard, active duty and their families at

Complimentary Meal for Veterans at McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood and Steaks - On Sunday, November 9, 2014 (two days before Veterans Day), McCormick & Schmick’s is offering a free meal to veterans as a token of gratitude for their service to our country. Reservations are suggested due to the popularity of the offer and veterans must show identification/proof of service. For the full menu of available complimentary meals, or to make a reservation, check out their website.

Musicians Friend - 15% off one item of $199 value or more for veterans, reservists, National Guard, active duty and their immediate family members. Visit for more information.

Free ‘Create Your Own Combo’ Menu at On the Border – On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina is offering all veterans and active duty military free OTB’s “Create Your Own Combo menu,” the restaurant’s best-seller featuring more than 150 possible meal combinations, on Tuesday, November 11, 2014. Veterans and active duty military will receive a Choose 2 or Choose 3 selection from OTB’s “Create Your Own Combo menu.” Guests will need to provide proof of military service. For details and a list of participating On The Border restaurants, visit

Half Priced Accommodations at Rosen Hotels & Resorts in Orlando – Available to both active and retired members of the U.S. military, guests are invited to enjoy a special half-off rate at Rosen Hotel & Resorts four leisure hotels: Rosen Inn International; Rosen Inn, closest to Universal; Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando; and Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista.  Service men and women may receive half-off discounts for buffet dining at the four leisure hotels, along with special buy one entrée and get the second entrée of equal or lesser value at half-price at Rosen Inn closest to Universal’s Shogun Japanese Steakhouse restaurant. This offer is available year-round! Visit to book your stay.

Free Burger at Shoney’s – Shoney’s is offering a free All-American Burger to veterans and active duty military servicemembers on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at participating restaurants while supplies last. There is a limit of one per day per military service member and the offer is not valid in conjunction with any other offers. Shoney’s military guests will need to provide proof of military service. Offer is valid for Dine-in only and beverage, tax and gratuity are not included. Visit for more information.

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Warriors Return – Native American Vets

Oct 20 2014


Diné (Navajo) warriors serve in the military to defend their land since, in their view, the United States is still Indian land. They have served proudly and bravely, from the Code talkers in WWII, to the Army Rangers in Viet Nam, to the Army and Reserves who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. But their dedication and courage in battle does not protect them when they return home. Many were afraid of losing limbs; they did not anticipate the psychological damage from Post Traumatic Stress. Healing from PTSD is compounded for Navajo and many rural veterans by the problems of traveling long distances to receive care, unemployment, lack of housing, and alcohol abuse. Fortunately, many find help through strong women, traditional healing and western talk therapy to create a new normal.

Warriors Return is the new film by Marcia Rock, highlighting the issues Native American and rural veterans are facing in the United States.

Find screenings, livestreams and premiere dates on public television on the Warriors Return website.

Photo and video courtesy of the Warriors Return website, copyright Marcia Rock.

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VA’s Adaptive Sports Program

Oct 17 2014

Published by under Health & Living

The Grants for Adaptive Sports Programs for disabled Veterans and Members of the Armed Forces (ASG Program) provides grant funding to organizations to increase and expand the quantity and quality of adaptive sport activities disabled Veterans and members of the Armed Forces have to participate in physical activity within their home communities, as well as more advanced Paralympic and adaptive sport programs at the regional and national levels.

It’s expected that more than 10,000 disabled and wounded veterans will benefit from the latest round of grants awarded recently through the adaptive sports program! See a list of the newest grant recipients (PDF).

To get more information on the Adaptive Sports Program through the Department of Veterans Affairs, and find the location of an adaptive sports club near you, visit their website:

From the MOAA archives – Eye injuries and permanently impaired vision are a devastating side effect of the increased use of IEDs by Afghan and Iraqi insurgents. MOAA members can login to read this and other articles on issues affecting the active duty community.

US Special Operations Command team, Warrior Games 2014

Image by Amber Lengele Retired Marine Cpl. Justin Gaertner from Tampa, Fla., plays with the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) wheelchair basketball team against the Air Force, Sept. 30, during the 2014 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo. Courtesy of DVIDS.


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Women Veterans, Challenging Barriers

Oct 13 2014

By Deborah Huso, originally printed in the October 2014 issue of Military Officer magazine

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently launched a new female veterans’ employment website as a key component to address the unique challenges female veterans face in gaining employment.

“It’s undeniable barriers remain,” DOL Secretary Tom Perez said at the Aug. 29, 2013, Symposium on Women Veterans’ Employment in Washington, D.C. “How do we help females transitioning out of the armed forces? What are the barriers, and how do we address those barriers?”

The website is a partnership among the DOL, the Veterans’ Employment Training Service, and the Women’s Bureau. It offers access to mentoring resources, federal job banks, special veteran’s consideration for employment, and the My Next Move website, which allows former servicemembers to find employment related to their service occupations.

Female veterans face unique circumstances like shutterstock_9833917

  • double the likelihood of being divorced compared to their male counterparts,
  • triple the likelihood of being single parents,
  • an 8.3-percent unemployment rate (male veterans face a 6.9-percent unemployment rate; 7.7 percent of U.S. women are unemployed),
  • earnings typically $6,000 a year lower than men, and
  • higher disability ratings (35 percent have a rating of 50 percent or higher, compared to 26 percent of male veterans).

Access the new site at


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The VLC Push Up Challenge!

Oct 10 2014

You’ve all seen, heard and probably done the Ice Bucket Challenge in support of ALS research (MOAA did- you can watch the video on our Facebook page). Now, you can do something fun and creative in support of veterans!

The Veterans Leadership Council is asking people to do 22 push ups (or as many as you can), then donate $22 to help them build a new Veterans Life Center, and challenge three of your friends to do the same. The program is trying to raise $55,000 by Veterans Day — and they can do it if we all chip in!

Share your push up video with Veterans Leadership Council on Facebook and Twitter, and use the hashtag #22NoMore!

Why $22 and 22 push ups? Because every day, somewhere in America, 22 veterans give up their fight to re-integrate into society, and take their own lives. Why? Homelessness, unemployment, VA system failure, PTSD, depression, addiction, rejection by loved ones… all these reasons and more can lead veterans into a spiral of hopelessness and despair.

The Veterans Leadership Council is trying to fight back by building a new Veterans Life Center in North Carolina that offers veterans a different path.



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