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Restaurants aren’t the only businessesshowering veterans and active militarywith freebies and deals this Veterans Day.
Businesses across the nation are offering services – everything from free haircuts, car washes, flu shots and car-care checks.
While several retailers have weekly or everyday discounts, some are offering extra for the federal holiday.
Through Monday, Kohl’s is doubling its normal 15% discount Military Monday and offering 30% off to active and former military personnel, veterans and their families.
Proof of service such as a military ID is typically required, and a few businesses will allow dressing in uniform as a form of identification. Discharge papers, VA cards and veteran organization membership cards also can be used to prove service at most businesses.
And here’s a freebie for everyone: National parks across the country arewaiving entrance fees Monday for Veterans Day.
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Veterans Day freebies
Goodyear Auto Service:Free “Checks for Vets” through Nov. 16 but appointments must be scheduled by Monday. Car care checks include free inspections on alignment, battery, brakes, shocks, struts, tires and wiper blades. Vets also get free tire installation with tire purchase. Learn more atwww.goodyearautoservice.com/military.
Great Clips:Veterans and active duty get a free haircut on Monday or pick up a free haircut card to use through Dec. 31. Also non-veterans who get a haircut Monday get a free haircut card to give to a veteran. The cards can be redeemed Nov. 12 to Dec. 31
(Just Tires) *********************:Free “Checks for Vets” through Nov. 16 but appointments must be scheduled by Monday. Car care checks include free inspections on alignment, battery, brakes, shocks, struts, tires and wiper blades. Vets also get free tire installation with tire purchase. Learn more atwww.justtires.com/ military.
Monster Mini Golf:Free golf for veterans Monday. Many locations also are expanding the offer to include active military. Proof of service is required. Ask at the register for the discount to be applied at time of purchase.
Planet Fitness:Free workouts through Nov. 15 for active military and veterans who can bring a friend at no charge. Also relax after with a free HydroMassage and chair massages.
Limited-time military discounts
Here are limited-time military discounts available at participating locations:
(Academy Sports Outdoors) :Through Monday , all active military, military veterans and first responders will receive 10% off their entire purchase.
Albertsons:10% off Monday.
(Amazon Prime) *********************:Through Monday, veterans and active military can get a year of Prime for $ 79, a $ 40 Savings. New and existing Prime members may apply.
Bashas’ Supermarket:10% off groceries for Veterans Monday with ID.
Bed Bath & Beyond:From Saturday through Monday, 25% off in-store purchase for veterans and active-duty personnel.
Dollar Ge neral:11% off purchase in-store or online Monday with promo code MILITARY 11.
(Eyemart Express) :Through Nov. 16, save 20% off prescription eyewear purchases.
Food Lion:10 % discount Monday.
Friar Tux:30% discount on tuxedo and suits sale and rental orders for veterans and current military who order in person Monday. Discount applies to suits and tuxedos for entire wedding party including groom, groomsmen and all other event officiants. The Veterans Day discount is instead of the ongoing 5% military discount.
Kohl’s:30% off to active and former military personnel, veterans and their families through Monday, double the regular military Monday discount.
Leslie’s Pool Supplies:From Saturday to Monday, the veterans discount is 10% instead of the usual 5% on all in-store purchases.
Lids:With a military ID, get free customization.
LL Bean: Get 25 % off
Publix :10% off groceries Monday for veterans, active military personnel and their families.
(Restore Hyper Wellness Cryotherapy) :50% off single Restore services and Tier 1 IV’s for all veterans.
(Southeastern Grocers) :BI-LO , Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie grocery stores are offering 11% discount Monday on qualify grocery purchases.
Spartan Race:Free registration to Spartan events across the country for active duty military, law enforcement, first responders, veterans and retirees.
Staples:25% off discount Sunday through Nov. 16 for active-duty personnel, reservists, retired or disabled veterans and their immediate families.
Target:Through Monday, all military personnel, veterans and their families get a 10% discount on one purchase in store and online. To get verified and learn more, go toTarget.com/military. Target’stwo-day Black Friday preview sale
TCC Verizon:Between Saturday and Monday, around 550 TCC stores nationwide will host a Veterans Appreciation Event to honor veterans for their service . Each veteran who attends the event will receive a TCC water bottle and there will be other giveaways. For a list of participating TCC stores, go towww.tccrocks.com/locations(*********************.
Walgreens:Through Monday, vets, active duty and their families get 20% off regular price items with a free store loyalty card and valid military ID or proof of service.
More deals:Locally owned businesses and regional chains also may have military free meals and discounts. One of the easiest ways to find out is to check restaurants’ social media channels.
(Ongoing military discounts)
Participation can vary by location and proof of military service is usually required.
AC Moore:15% off total regular and sale price purchase with valid ID every day.
Advance Auto Parts:10% off regularly priced items for in-store purchases for active-duty, reserve and retired status members, all veterans receiving VA benefits, spouses and dependent children up to 18 with proof of military status .
Bass Pro Shops:5% everyday military discount.
Big 5 Sporting Goods:10% off entire purchase for active duty, reserve military, retirees, veterans , spouses and dependent children with military ID or veteran status on driver’s license.
Cabela’s:5% everyday military discount.
(Champion) *********************: () ************************ (Save) % on most online purchases after verifying military service at (www.champion.com) .
CVS:Veterans Advantage m embers get 20% off and free shipping on online orders when they click through an offer activation link on Veterans Advantage website.
(General Motors) *********************:Learn more about the GM Military Discount program atwww.gmmilitarydiscount.com.
A new WalletHub report takes a look at 100 cities to find which are the best cities for Veterans to live and work. Buzz 60
Hanes:Save 20% on most online purchases after verifying military service at www.hanes.com.
Home Depot:Active-duty military, National Guard and reserve, retiree and disabled service members and their spouses, get a 10% everyday discount. Veterans also get a discount for Independence Day.
Joann Stores:The arts and crafts store offers a 15% year-round discount for military service members and their families.
Kohl’s:Mondays are Military Mondays and active-duty military, retirees, veterans and family members get 15% off in-st ore when they show a valid military ID, military dependent ID or a veteran ID at checkout.
Michaels:15% discount for military families every day.
Nike:Active, veteran, retired and reservists, spouses and dependents o f active personnel get a10% military discount at Nike.comand Nike, Converse and Hurley stores. To get the discount online, verification of eligibility is required and a military ID is required to get in-store savings.
NTB Tire & Service Centers:Discounts include a conventional oil change for $ 18. 99, free service on flat repair and 10% off tires, wheels and services.
Old Time Pottery:10% military discount every day to active, retired military and their immediate families.
Pandora:The military plan includes Pandora’s premium features and is $ 7. 99 a month with a free 60 – day trial. The ongoing offer is for active duty, reservists, retirees, veterans, and military families.
(Pep Boys) *********************:10% discount every day for active and retired military with valid military or veteran ID.
(Purple) *********************: () 10% off.
Rack Room Shoes:10% military discount on Veterans Day and every Tuesday throughout the year with a valid military ID.
Tire Kingdom Service Centers:Discounts include a conventional oil change for $ 18. 99, free service on flat repair and 10% off tires, wheels and services.
Topgolf:Active duty, veterans, police, fire and EMS personnel get a 20% discount on all monthly memberships and 10% off Topgolf game play.
More discounts:Find additional discounts including at hotels and other online retailers atshop.id.me/militaryandwww.sheerid.com, two verification sites. Another option is Veterans Advantage, which offers a one-month free trial. Learn more atwww.veteransadvantage.com.
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