Many companies have established discount programs as a show of appreciation for those who have served in the U.S. military. If you’re a veteran of America’s armed services, you may be wondering which retailers offer such deals.
In this article, I’m going to show you some of the stores that offer discounts to veterans and soldiers on active duty. Many of these deals are also available to immediate family members of those who have served.
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These deals are of special significance to money expert Clark Howard, who is a proud member of the Georgia State Defense Force. “Not a day goes by that someone doesn’t thank me for my service,” he says.
In researching this article, when I couldn’t find the deal online I called the stores in my area. I found that many retailers may ask you to show proof of your military status for in-store purchases. For online purchases, the store may ask that you register on the web.
The qualifications typically include:
- Active duty status in the U.S. Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy or National Guard
- Veterans receiving benefits from the VA
- Family members of veterans or those serving on active duty
Note: This is not an all-inclusive list, but rather, some top military discounts from major companies.
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Active and veteran military personnel can enroll in BJ’s membership club at a reduced rate and enjoy the same perks as members of the store’s Inner Circle Club.
When I called BJ’s, an associate told me that veterans can join the Inner Circle Club for $40 per year rather than paying the regular $55 annual membership fee.
Costco’s exclusive deal to active and veteran members of the U.S. military is a $20 Shop Card upon membership enrollment, the store says on its website.
Hello Fresh offers exclusive pricing for military members and veterans including 50% off on the first food box for new customers (and 15% off your subsequent orders) and 15% off HelloFresh boxes for existing customers.
Fred Meyer offers current military members, veterans and their families 10% off their purchases on advertised days, according to the store’s website.
Sam’s Club offers veterans, active members of the military and their spouses $10 off their first purchase of $10 or more in the first 60 days after becoming a member, the warehouse chain’s website says.
Depending on the location, Ace Hardware stores may offer a discount on purchases for veterans and active military. When I called three Ace Hardware locations in Atlanta, Georgia, two of them offered a 10% discount, but the other didn’t. Contact your local Ace Hardware to see if it participates in a military discount program.
Home Depot offers active members of the armed services and veterans a 10% discount on in-store and online purchases up to $400 every year.
Lowe’s offers a military discount of 10% at its stores and online when you register for a MyLowe’s account. According to the FAQ section of the company’s website, the discount is good for “most full-price products” found in the store or online.
Paint manufacturer Sherwin-Williams offers a 15% off discount on paints, stains and painting supplies, the company’s website says.
Many car rental companies have partnered with the Veterans Advantage program, a subscription plan that secures exclusive benefits and discounts for veterans and members of the U.S. armed services and their families. For $4.95, you can sign up for a 30-day trial of Veterans Advantage to try it out. If you decide it’s not for you, be sure to cancel before the trial ends so you won’t incur any more charges.
If you join the Veterans Advantage program, you can save us to 25% on a car rental.
Budget also has a 25% discount for members on the Veterans Advantage program.
Enterprise offers a 5% discount for active military, veterans and government personnel through the Veterans Advantage program as well.
Hertz gives Veterans Advantage members up to 10% off its base rates, according to the company website.
Thrifty Car Rental offers a 5% discount to Veterans Advantage members. Active and retired military members also get a free car-class upgrade.
Advance Auto Parts
Advance Auto Parts offers 10% off regularly priced items in its stores for active-duty U.S. armed forces members and their families. The discount is also available to certain veterans. Check the company website for details.
O’Reilly Auto Parts
O’Reilly’s military discount is 10% off the retail price of in-store items (except for motor oil, antifreeze, sale items, online purchases, special order items and outside purchase items).
The online parts store offers a 5% discount on all of its products to all active and retired members of the U.S. armed services.
Jiffy Lube offers a 15% discount to all members of the U.S. armed services. (The offer excludes batteries and brakes, alignment, and diagnostic services.)
Active duty members of the U.S. military can get special rates for four- and five-day Disney World tickets for around $300, according to the park’s website.
The military discount applies to the following Disney World Resort theme parks:
- Magic Kingdom
- Animal Kingdom
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios
At Disneyland, active and retired U.S. military personnel and their spouses can get a deal when they choose between three- and four-day Military Promotional Park Hopper Tickets to visit California Adventure at the following reduced prices:
- 3-Day Military Promotional Park Hopper Ticket: $225 (regularly $365)
- 4-Day Military Promotional Park Hopper Ticket: $260 (regularly $395)
The tickets are good through December 16, 2022, and must be picked up at a U.S. military base office. See the website for blackout dates.
Six Flags parks offer a 20% military discount for a one-day general admission ticket, according to the company’s website.
SeaWorld offers active military members and veterans discounts that vary based on the park location.
- SeaWorld San Diego is offering free admission for active members of the military, their families and veterans through December 31, 2022.
- At SeaWorld Orlando, active duty service members get one complimentary admission per year and can bring up to three dependents. Veterans and up to three guests get 50% off a single-day ticket.
- SeaWorld San Antonio offers active duty service men and women one complimentary admission per year.
See military perks for other SeaWorld properties including Busch Gardens, Sesame Place and Discovery Cove.
As you can see, many stores and businesses have programs that honor U.S. military members by offering special rates and discounts on products and services.
Don’t forget to take advantage of exclusive pricing by joining groups like Veterans Advantage and, if you qualify, AARP.
For a wider range of retailers that give members of the military a bargain, see this list from ClarkDeals!
Do you know of any other retailers that offer military discounts? Let us know in our Clark.com Community!