Lowe’s offers 10% off eligible purchases every day to active military personnel and veterans

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE MILITARY DISCOUNT?

• AIR FORCE
• ARMY
• COAST GUARD
• NAVY
• UNITED STATES PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE
• AIR NATIONAL GUARD
• ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
• MARINE CORPS
• NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION

You can either sign up to their program online, here:

https://www.lowes.com/mylowes/login?context=military

Or simply visit a Lowe’s store and have them sign you up to their Vets program.

How to Apply for a Veteran Benefits ID Card

We have been asked this over and over again and it seems like there is a lot of confusion going on about this topic, so we decided to put together a little guide on where and how to get your ID Card.

Basically, there are two different ways to apply for this ID – you can either go to your local benefits VA office or apply online.

Please note that all the information below is taken directly from federal homepages and only changed minimally to sum up/clarify things.

Also, this type of ID is a benefits only ID – not to be confused with your Veteran Health Identification card.

Eligibility

You may be eligible if you meet both of the requirements listed below.

Both of these must be true. You:

  • Served on active duty, in the Reserves, or in the National Guard (including the Coast Guard), and
  • Received an honorable or general discharge (under honorable conditions)

If you received an other than honorable, bad conduct, or dishonorable character of discharge, you’re not eligible for a Veteran ID Card. If you have an uncharacterized or unknown discharge status, VA will have to verify your eligibility before we approve your application.

You’ll need to provide a copy of your discharge papers when you apply for a VIC to prove your character of discharge.

How to apply online

You can apply online here.

What do I need to apply for a Veteran ID Card online?

When you apply, be sure to have these on hand:

  • Your Social Security number
  • A digital copy of your DD214, DD256, DD257, or NGB22 that you can upload. This could be in a .pdf, .jpeg, or .png file format.
  • A copy of a current and valid government-issued ID, such as a driver’s license, passport, or state-issued identification card.

You’ll also need a digital color photo of yourself from the shoulders up. The photo should follow all these standards:

  • Show a full front view of your face and neck (with no hat, head covering, or headphones covering or casting shadows on your hairline or face), and
  • Be cropped from your shoulders up (much like a passport photo), and
  • Show you with your eyes open and a neutral expression, and
  • Be taken in clothing you’d wear for a driver’s license photo, and
  • Be a square size and have a white or plain-color background (with no scenery or other people in the photo), and
  • Show what you look like now (a photo taken sometime in the last 10 years), and
  • Be uploaded as a .jpeg, .png, .bmp, or .tiff file

 

What happens after I apply for a Veteran ID Card?

Once you’ve submitted your VIC application, VA will check your eligibility and verify that:

  • Your character of discharge meets eligibility requirements, and
  • The ID you submitted (driver’s license or passport) is valid, and
  • The image you’ve chosen to appear on the card meets the photo requirements

After they’ve verified your eligibility, they’ll send you an email letting you know the status of your application. If you have an unknown or uncharacterized discharge status, your application will take more time to process while we verify your eligibility. (They might need to request your records from the National Personnel Records Center.)

If you receive an email from them asking for additional information or evidence to process your application, you’ll need to sign in to AccessVA and update your application with the information they ask for.

Important note: Do NOT send personal information via email!

How to apply with a local office

Simply go to your nearest Veterans Benefits Administration office and ask them to help you with getting an ID – you can bring the documentation needed for applying online with you to speed up the process.

Important note: Make sure to go to a Benefits office and NOT a healthcare only office as they won’t be able to help you with an ID unless you’re there for treatment or other healthcare related matters!

You can find where all the Benefits offices are located here.

Just click on your state and look for the ‘Regional Benefit Office’.

Hotels that offer VET Discounts

Best Inns and Suites: Varies, must present Military ID with check-in.

Best Western: Discounted room rates at Best Western hotels for active military. Present ID at check-in or when reserving via the phone.

Camelback Mountain Resort  offers military discounted tickets.

Choice Hotels: Discounted room rates for active military and their families. Ask about it when reserving your room.

Clarion Inn: Rates within allowable per diem while on travel orders. Must present valid military ID with check-in.

Comfort Inn: Rates within allowable per diem while on travel orders. Must Present valid military ID with check-in.

Days Inn: Rates within allowable per diem. Must present valid military ID with check-in.

DoubleTree by Hilton: Get 15% off the popular Bed & Breakfast rate when booking your room.

Embassy Suites Hotels: offers exclusive discounts on leisure stays for active and retired military and their families at participating hotels and resorts.

Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa: offers 20% off guestroom rates for Active Duty, Retiree, Veterans, Reserve/National Guard, Dependent.

Great Wolf Lodge: Up to 33% off, discount varies however. Must book room over the phone rather than the internet.

Hampton Inn: Book a room at any Hampton Inn and they’ll give you a flat 15% discount on your reservation. Works for retired and active military and their families.

Hilton Hotels  Military employees are eligible for special government and military rates at participating locations.

La Quinta Hotels: 12% discount on room reservations. Ask about it.

Marriott Hotels: When booking your room ask for the military discount.

Motel 6: is proud to offer all active and retired military personnel and their families a 10% discount.

Radisson Suites: offers a government rate on rooms. When booking online, click “Government Rate” in the “Select a Rate” menu.
Ramada: 15% to 30% – depending on availability. Must present military I.D. upon check in.

Red Lion Hotels  offers military hotel discounts and preferred rates for active and retired military, as well as their families.

Red Roof Inn Military leisure travelers receive a 15% discount nationwide.

Sierra Suites: Rates at or below per diem depending on location. Discounts may vary and depend on availability. Must present military ID.

Southern Shores Realty  offers active and retired military a discount on their vacation rental homes in the Outer Banks.

StaySky Resorts in Orlando: active duty and retired service members with a special 20% discount.

Travelodge: Rates within allowable per diem. Discounts may vary and depend on availability. Must present military ID.

Veterans on the Lake Resort: is a non-profit resort in Ely, Minnesota for veterans, the disabled,  and their families. They offer 25% off cabins for recently returned (within the last year) veterans.

Wyndham Hotels: Discounts vary by 140 locations. Also depend on availability. Must present military I.D. upon check in.

Everyday Veterans Discounts and Services

Discounts for Military (Active, Reserves, Guard Members), Retirees, Veterans and Dependents

Qualifying proof in most case will be one of the following documents. Active Duty ID card, Reserves/Guardsman ID card, Military Retiree ID card, Veterans Affairs ID card, Veterans Affairs ID card stamped under picture service corrected, and State Driver’s License over stamped “VETERAN”.

Not every establishment offers a discount, but it never hurts to ask, when in doubt ask the manager.

Auto Care/Parts

Advance Auto Parts: 10% off with military ID

Auto Zone: Varies Per Store – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.

Big 10 Tires: Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.

Jiffy lube: 10% off with valid Military ID

Kelly’s Auto Parts: Kelly’s offers a 10% discount all the time for all vets and active service members.

Kragen Auto Parts: Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.

Meineke: 10% off parts. In store only. Simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.

Midas: 10% off

NAPA Auto Parts: Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.

O’Reilly Auto Parts: Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.

Pep Boys: 10% off with valid military ID

Auto Manufactures

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

GM: Varies, always well below MSRP.

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

Banking

American Express: AMEX waives ALL fees for active duty military, including the annual fees on all of their cards.

Chase Bank: Show your ID or discharge papers (DD 214) at any Chase branch when opening a checking/savings account and get the Premiere package for free (Normally $25 a month) which includes a fee free safety deposit box, debit visa and many goodies.

National Credit Solutions: 25% discount, call toll free at 866-485-2540 x109, and for a direct line please call 972-746-4209

U.S. Bank: US Bank gives all active duty & veterans free Premiere checking & savings with ID or DD214.

Electronics

Apple Store:  The discount varies, you need to sign up here  apple.com/r/store/government/

AT&T:  Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.

Best Buy: Varies from store to store, but many retail locations offer a 10% discount to vets. Just ask a Best Buy sales associate about it.

Dell Computers: Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.

Hewlett-Packard: Log on to website and click on New User Registration: Enter first and last name, user name, password and email address. Use company code: 2727. Discounts vary. Online only.

Sprint: 10-18% off. Sprint will also put a “hold” on your line when you are deployed, if you provide a copy of your orders, so you still have the same number when you come back and you do not have to pay for the time your gone as well.

Sprint Business: 15% to 20% Discount, 1-888-788-4727

T-Mobile Wireless: Gives active and retired military 15% off their monthly bill.

TrendMicro  is proud to honor the men and women of the US Military and Veterans with an exclusive offer of up to 75% off retail price!
Offers include:
-Antivirus + Security.  List Price:  $39.95  Special Military Offer:  $10.00
-Antivirus + Premium Service:  List Price:  $59.95  Special Military Offer:  $30.00
Offer valid for active duty, reservist/Guard, veterans/retirees, and military spouses. Military status verified by ID.

U.S. Cellular: Active duty military and veteran U.S. Cellular customers can receive a 15% discount off their calling plan charges on individual single line and/or Family plans.

Verizon: 23% discount on monthly bills. Applies only to the military member’s primary line.

Verizon Wireless discount on monthly bills. Provide proof of your veteran status, such as your Veteran’s ID card, Veteran’s Advantage card, DD Form 214 or Military Retiree Account Statement.

Fitness/Medical Aids

AluminumEyewear  25% discount on orders. Discount is handled via an easy to use online verification system from any product page.

AvaCare Medical  10% discount on any order placed on AvaCare Medical. All active, reserve, retired or disabled U.S. veterans and immediate family members (including parents, siblings and children) with a valid military ID are qualified.

Dr. Tavel 25% Discount for all Veterans, ask the store manager.

AFEyeware: Discount varies, get the discount online at www.afeyewear.com/ – This site offers military discounts for a wide range of eyeglass companies

FrameofChoice.com  35% military discount to all active, retired and reserved members of the US Military and their immediate family members on USA Made prescription eyewear, sunglasses, sun-clips and other eyewear accessories.

GlassesUSA  Active duty, veterans, military families, military retirees, reservists and National Guard are eligible for exclusive pricing and deals, including 60% off all frames from GlassesUSA.

Gold Gym: Active duty military and veterans receive a discounted enrollment of $49 (normally $79-$199) plus an additional 20% off dues at Gold’s Gym.

Haber Vision: 50% discount on all sunglasses.

hi HealthInnovations  Hearing aid discount for veterans- starting at only $649 each

JustWalkers.com  Free shipping for all active and retired military as well as their dependents.

MilitaryContacts.net  Up to 30% off contact lenses and free shipping on orders over $50

Military Tee Times  allows all Members of the Armed Forces, all Veterans, and all Military Family Members to find and book the best tee times and courses online 24/7.

Simone Protective Health: 20% off their nutritional hydration drink.

Hardware

Hardscape Depot  Offers a 10% discount for all Active, Reserve, and Retired US Military. They are an online shop for landscape and hardscape projects located in Englewood, Colorado. They sell landscape and paver lighting, edging, installation tools and accessories.

Home Depot: 10% off Year Round, to active duty, active reserve, retired military, Disabled Veterans, and immediate family. In-Store, just bring valid military ID. All other military veterans will qualify for a 10% discount on the following Holidays with a valid Form DD214 or other proof of service.
Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Veterans’ Day.

Lowes – 10% off year round to active duty, active reserve, retired military, Disabled Veterans, and immediate family. Just bring in a valid military ID or enroll at Lowes.com/Military. All other military veterans will qualify for a 10% discount on the following Holidays with a valid Form DD214 or other proof of service.
Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Veterans’ Day.

Scholarship Programs For Veterans

Serving Those That Have Served Their Country

The men and women who serve in the United States military, regardless of branch, deserve the honor, respect and thanks of a grateful nation. While no single act can truly thank the brave men and women who have served their country faithfully, we, as a nation, can at least provide them with greater opportunity here at home. Education grants and scholarships for military personnel, veterans, and their families is one way the United States thanks their servicemen and women.

Scholarships and grants for veterans are supported by the Federal government, as well as by military associations, universities and private donors. After the sacrifices made by our military personnel and their families, it is only fitting they we help them to find new opportunities and greater successes here at home.

Federal Programs for Veterans

Since the earliest days of the G.I Bill, the Federal government has been devoted to helping returning veterans find the funds they need to obtain a college education. As times have changed, so have the government’s financial aid programs for military veterans and their families. While programs continue to change with the times, the Federal resolve remains constant. These financial aid programs exist to help returning veterans define their own success at home by giving them much needed encouragement and support in their quest for a college education.

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The Montgomery G.I. Bill

The G.I. Bill is one of the most well known financial aid programs in the United States. It is no exaggeration to say that the introduction of the Montgomery G.I. Bill changed the face of the nation by giving returning veterans access to higher education. In many ways, the G.I. Bill built the new middle class that would become the backbone of the United States. The G.I. Bill has undergone many changes since its inception, but it continues to provide much needed financial assistance to veterans who wish to pursue a college education.

Montgomery G.I. Bill benefits are available to military personnel who have agreed to have $100 withheld from their monthly pay allowance. Servicemen can also opt to have an addition $600 deducted from their monthly pay in order to receive greater benefits following their discharge from active service. The amount of financial aid available through the G.I. Bill will vary, and will depend on time served, and the contributions of the individual serviceman or woman. Typically, service-members who have received an honorable discharge are eligible for up to 36 months of education benefits, or roughly $37,000.

The G.I. Bill is also available to reservists, and members of the National Guard, who have opted to pay into the program during their time of service. For these auxiliary members of the military, total education benefits will be approximately $11,000.

G.I. Bill benefits can be used toward tuition costs at accredited colleges, universities and vocational schools across the country. Benefits include funding for tuition, housing, books and other ancillary college costs. All benefits are contingent upon the individuals term of military service, course of study and reserve status. Montgomery G.I. Bill benefits are payable up to ten years following the service-members release from active service.

The Post 9/11 G. I. Bill

The Post 9/11 G. I. Bill was passed into law in 2009, and is an extension of the aforementioned Montgomery G. I. Bill. It was specifically designed to benefit servicemen and women who saw active duty immediately following the events of September 11, 2001. To be eligible, military personnel must have enlisted withing 90 days of September 10, 2001. Particular attention is given to those service-members who have been discharged due to a service related disability.

The Post 9/11 Bill provides 36 months of financial assistance to eligible service-members who are pursuing a post-secondary education at an accredited college, university or technical school. Full tuition, including housing, books and attendant fees, will be paid for those servicemen and women who are enrolled in a public university or college. Veterans who choose to pursue their education at a private college or university, may apply for additional benefits through the Yellow Ribbon Project.

Post 9/11 G.I. Bill benefits are available to veterans pursuing undergraduate and graduate level studies at an accredited college or university, as well as to veterans pursuing courses at an approved vocational or technical school. Benefits are awarded based on time served, manner of deployment and are contingent on veterans receiving an honorable discharge.

National Scholarships for Veterans

In addition to the G.I..Bill, and the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill, there are a wide variety of available scholarships designed to encourage and support veterans in their quest for a college education. These scholarships are supported by both public and private funds, and are offered to eligible veterans who have been honorably discharged from military service. Requirements and award amounts will vary according to the program.

The following examples are just a small sampling of scholarships designed to benefit veterans and their families.

  • The AMVET National Scholarship Program is designed for those veterans who have exhausted the resources of the G.I. Bill. Applicants must have been honorably discharged, and must be attending an accredited college, university or technical school. The award is $1000 per academic year, renewable for up to three years.
  • The Military Order of the Purple Heart Scholarship is available to all veterans who have been awarded the Purple Heart. The program is also open to widows and dependents of those service-members who have been awarded the Purple Heart posthumously. Award amounts vary, and are based on financial need.
  • The American Legion Scholarship is available to all veteran members of the legion who are pursuing their undergraduate studies at an accredited college or university. Annual awards are $1000, and eligibility is determined by financial need.
  • The Pat Tillman Foundation offers the Leadership Through Action – Tilman Military Scholars program which provides financial assistance to veterans and active-duty military who wish to start, continue, or finish their college education. Award amounts vary, and eligibility is determined by merit as well as financial need. Applicants are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA, and must submit two essays for consideration.
  • The Troops to Teachers Program is administered by the U. S. Department of Defense, and provides financial support for veterans who choose to pursue a degree in teaching or education. Eligible applicants must agree to a term of service in a high need school or community in order to receive funding. Eligibility is determined by financial need, as well as academic merit.

Veterans Scholarships From Colleges and Universities

Many colleges and universities across the country have Divisions, or Offices, of Veteran’s Affairs on their campuses. Their purpose is to make transition to civilian life easier, while offering financial assistance for servicemen and women who wish to pursue a college education. Available programs will vary from college to college, and all veterans and active-duty military personnel are encouraged to check with their school to see what programs are in place to help them achieve their educational goals.

The examples that follow will provide a glimpse of the types of programs being offered to both active and retired military personnel through the auspices of their own college or university.

  • Michigan State University’s Office of Veterans Affairs supports a number of financial aid programs, including the MSU Disabled Veterans Assistance Program. The program offers new, and returning, undergraduate veterans with a military-related disability financial support to complete their college education. Expenses covered include full tuition, housing, books and related college costs.
  • Grantham University offers a number of military-related scholarships, including the Military Service Members Scholarship, the Military Severely Injured Scholarship and the Military Veterans Scholarship.
  • De Anza College offers scholarships for veterans who have been injured in the line of duty. Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA, and must maintain an enrollment of at least 6 credit hours per quarter. All applicants must have sustained an injury in combat. Awards are $2,000, and are determined by financial need.

Financial Aid For Active Service

Military service has long been a stepping stone to higher education. Those serving in all branches of the U.S. Military, as well as reservists,veterans and their families, have access to a wide range of valuable financial assistance programs designed to make higher education more accessible. Many branches of the military offer substantial grants and scholarships, as well as loan repayment programs, for active and retired service-members and their families.

ROTC

The Reserve Officers Training Corps, or ROTC is one of the most popular sources for military-related scholarships. Most high schools and colleges in the country have some level of ROTC presence on their campuses. The ROTC offers students the opportunity to receive financial assistance for college while training to take their place as officers in one of the many branches of the U.S. Military.

ROTC programs are in place for each of the major military branches, including the Army, the Navy, the Air Force and the Marines. Students enlisting in an ROTC program must agree to take a series of military science courses, in preparation for an agreed upon term of service in the related branch of the armed forces. In exchange for this term of service, students receive financial aid to cover the costs of tuition, housing and books.

The ROTC is the foundation of all military-related financial, and has provided many students with the necessary funds to obtain a college education. However, students considering the ROTC should understand that they are agreeing to a contract that requires military service. While the ROTC is a good source for college funding, it should not be entered into lightly.

Scholarships and Grants from Every Branch of the Military

Financial aid for active-duty service-members is available from every branch of the U. S. Military. Scholarships, grants and tuition assistance programs are often used as recruiting incentives, and offer educational opportunities in exchange for military service. While this is a very viable, and rewarding, way to find funding for college, students should note that these programs require service commitments. Recipients must agree to a predetermined term of service in the military in order to receive awards. Enlisting in any brand of the military is an honorable decision, but it is not to be taken without due consideration.

The following examples will show the breadth of financial aid programs available to enlisted servicemen and women, as well as to their spouses and dependents.

  • The Air Force Tuition Assistance Program offers financial aid to active-duty personnel who wish to complete their college education while enlisted. Funds can be applied to either on-base, or off-base, schools. Award amounts are contingent upon time served, and range from partial to full tuition grants.
  • The Navy College Fund offers funding for enlisted sailors over and above what they are eligible to receive from the G. I. Bill. The purpose of the fund is to assist both active-duty and retired Navy personnel in the completion of a college education. Applicants must have an honorable standing in the service, and must meet general service and performance requirements.
  • The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society administers a number of grants and low interest loan programs for service-members, their spouses and dependents, including the Gold Star Scholarship and the Admiral Mike Boorda Loan Program. Financial aid amounts vary, and are determined by time of service and financial need.
  • The U.S. Army’s Survivors and Dependents Assistance Program provides financial aid to the widowed spouses and children of service-members who were killed, or disabled, in the line of duty. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits to be used while pursuing either a degree or certification at an accredited college or technical school.

Military service is a brave, and honorable, choice that offers more than just financial rewards. They who have given so much, deserve the educational support and encouragement of a grateful nation. Veterans, active-duty personnel, and their families rightfully have access to a wide range of scholarships and grants to enable them to pursue a college education, and to find lasting success on the home-front.

What Are The Best Cities To Live In After Service?

If you’re a veteran or about to become one, you might want to consider moving to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It’s first on Navy Federal Credit Union’s recently released list of The Best Cities After Service, a “unique look at the places best suited for servicemembers to consider living in after leaving the military.”

According to data from the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, approximately 250,000 military members transition out of the service each year.

To create the list, Navy Federal Credit Union, in partnership with Sperling’s Best Places, considered 11 metrics of veteran success and wellness—including income, unemployment rates, and proximity to VA hospitals and military bases—then coupled it with a suite of such quality-of-life measures as affordability, local economy, and access to health resources, colleges and the arts, and more.

The top 10 cities are:

  1. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  2. Omaha, Nebraska
  3. Colorado Springs, Colorado
  4. Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Area
  5. Grand Forks, North Dakota
  6. Austin, Texas
  7. San Antonio, Texas
  8. Charlottesville, Virginia
  9. Rapid City, South Dakota
  10. Manhattan, Kansas

“Right now, a number of factors make certain areas of the country ideal for veterans who are moving into civilian life,” said Robert Frick, corporate economist for Navy Federal. “The key factors are where the economic expansion is still going full throttle, which is creating new job and business opportunities for millions of Americans. Personal success is much easier when the economy around you is healthy, and a healthy economy is also a major factor in a better quality of life. The Best Cities After Service list helps veterans find these pockets of prosperity.”

“Oklahoma City earns its top ranking with some of the strongest scores for both veteran-specific metrics and for overall quality-of-life measures,” said Bert Sperling, founder of Sperling’s BestPlaces. “Oklahoma City scored particularly well in the categories of high incomes and income growth for veterans, low unemployment among veterans, and the number of veteran-owned businesses.”

In continuing with the effort to make its members’ goals its mission, Navy Federal launched Best Cities After Service to make one of life’s biggest decisions a little simpler.