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Remember our Veterans


I want to start out by saying thanks to my fellow veterans for your service.

I served in the Air Force from July 1968 to June 1972. 


  • VA Loans when buying a home.
  • Aid and Attendance. It is available to all veterans, even those who did not retire from the military.
  • Discounts on purchases from many stores and restaurants.
  • USAA insurance products.

On this page, I will be adding links that will provide our veterans with information of value to them and their families.


Have you joined your local American Legion or VFW?


Addiction Center Do you know a veteran who is having a problem with addiction, if so, contact the addiction center.

Aid and Attendance  Although, I recommend that you talk with your local VA representative, this resource may be valuable to you as well.

Alcohol Rehab Guide Do you know a veteran who needs assistance dealing with an alcohol problem? If so, check out this guide.

American Addiction Center:  A resource for veterans and active duty members with substance abuse problems.

Department of Veteran’s Affairs

Operation Homefront  Another website that may be of value to our veterans.

Recommended Lenders for VA loans:

Veterans Home Buying Process Guide
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

Special Offers

Please make sure to check your local vendors. Especially regarding the dates noted below. Some companies always do something on Veteran’s Day, but some are the week before or the week later. If there is a date below, it may be from an earlier version of the post and the date could be different this year. 

Check our November Activity Calendar for our local Elk Grove, California events.

Since I live in Elk Grove, I want to first point out some of my favorite local restaurants that provide a meal or discounts for meals for our veterans.

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Please share as appropriate…pretty comprehensive list, but might not include all the opportunities.

Here are some more links:     The Military Wallet      More Discounts  More Discounts


Some of you are fellow veterans and all know a Vet, there are some great deals here.

The following are for your information; please share with any active duty military or veterans that you know.

Restaurant Freebies

Applebee’s Restaurant – Free dinners to veterans throughout Veterans Day November 11th; selections will be from a new Veterans Day menu.

Outback Steakhouse – Free Blooming Onion and beverage.

Golden Corral- Free buffet dinner from 5-9 p.m., usually on Veteran’s Day, to anyone who has ever served in the U.S. military.

In celebration of Veterans Day 11 Nov 2010, Subway is showing its thanks with free six inch subs to all Veterans or Active Duty members.

McCormick & Schmick’s restaurants will offer a free entree to military veterans for its Annual Veteran’s Appreciation Event. Menu picks include such seafood items as parmesan crusted tilapia, roasted cedar plank salmon and almond crusted rainbow trout. “Our Veterans Appreciation Event has become a tradition that our restaurants look forward to each year,” said Bill Freeman, CEO of McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants, in a statement. For more information

Krispy Kreme – One free doughnut of any variety.

UNO Chicago Grill – Free entree or individual pizza with an entree or pizza purchase of equal or greater value.

MarketPlace Grill & Express – Veterans and active-duty military receive free entrees.

Abuelo’s Mexican Food Restaurants – All veterans and active-duty military receive a free entree.

Carolina Burgers & BBQ – In Matthews, NC is offering a free meal to all service members and veterans.

Retail Freebies

Brides Across America – Provides free wedding gowns to qualified military brides.

Lowe’s & Home Depot – Extra 10% off to active-duty military members, National Guard and reserve members, retirees, honorably discharged veterans and immediate family members.

Sam’s Club – Over 25,000 Hugo canes will be given away to U.S. veterans in need of mobility assistance. Membership is not required, but supplies are limited, so check with your local store. – Free “Veterans Day Honor” MP3 album download. The album includes 12 songs by The Bands and Ensembles of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Cabela’s Outdoor Store – Offers their employee discount to all veterans, active-duty military and reserves, law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel on specific days in November. Discounts vary from 5% to 50%, depending on the item.

Build-a-Bear Workshop – Members of the armed services including the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Reserve Officer Training Corps, will receive a 20% discount Nov. 11-15 on any one transaction at Build-A-Bear Workshop.

Dollar General – 10% discount for all veterans, active-duty military, National Guard and reserve and their immediate families.

Fashion Bug – 20% off all plus-size and misses clothing purchases with a copy of military ID or spouse’s military ID.

Entertainment Freebies

National parks, forests and monuments – Admission is free to everyone on Veterans Day.

Knott’s Berry Farm – Free park admission to U.S. armed forces personnel and a guest during Veteran’s Month, November 1-26.

Colonial Williamsburg – Free admission generally from Nov. 6-11 for active-duty military, guard and reservists, retirees, veterans and their dependents.

San Jacinto Museum of History – Free visits to the Observation Deck, theater, and special exhibit for veterans, active duty military personnel, and their families.

Historic Jamestown – Free admission to veterans, current Armed Forces members and their family members.

Battleship Cove – Free admission and a special ceremony for veterans, active, duty and reservists.

Vicksburg National Military Park – Free admission for all.

Birmingham Museum of Art – Free admission to the ticketed event “Life and Liberty” on Nov. 10-11 for veterans and active military.

Vulcan Park and Museum- In Birmingham, Alabama is offering discounted admission through November to the park and museum.

Greenbay (WI) New Zoo – Free admission to veterans and their families.

Central Florida Zoo – Free admission to the Sanford, Florida zoo with proper ID.

Strategic Air & Space Museum- Free admission for veterans, usually from Nov. 11-14, to the Ashland, Neb. museum.

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum – in Oklahoma City offers free admission to veterans and five guests from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Veterans Day.

Anytime Offers

All these businesses offer military discounts; all you have to do is ask:


• Arby’s • A&W • Back Yard Burgers • Burger King • Captain D’s • Chick-Fil-A • Cotton Patch

• Denny’s • Dunkin’ Donuts • Farmers Boy • IHOP (20 percent discount with military identification)

• Java Café • KFC • Long John Silver • Pancho’s Mexican Buffet • Pizza Hut • Quizno’s • Sizzler

• Sonic • Taco Bell • Whataburger


• AT&T • California Cryobank • Geico • Jiffy Lube • Meineke • Sears Portrait Studio

Travel and Leisure

• Blockbuster • Movie theaters • Ripley’s attractions and museums • Professional Sports teams


• Apple Computers • AutoZone • Barnhill’s • Bass Pro Shop • Bath and Body Works

• Big 10 Tires • The Buckle • Champs Sports • Copeland’s Sports • Dell

• The Discovery Channel Store • Dress Barn • The Finish Line • Foot Action • Footlocker

• Gadzooks • GNC • Goody’s • Great Party• Happy Harry’s •Home Depot • Hot Topic

• Jockey • Lerner •Lowe’s • Michael’s • NAPA Auto Parts • New York & Company • Pac Sun

• Payless Shoes • Play It Again Sports • Pure Beauty • Sally Beauty Supply • Spencer’s Gifts

• Suncoast • Timberland Outlets • Wilson’s Leather

Cell Phone Service Discount – All Federal employees are able to get a 15% discount on their personal cell phones by calling their carrier and mentioning the “Federal Telecommunications Act of 1996 – Discount to Federal Employees Past and Present.” You will need to know the military member’s supervisor’s name, phone number, and full address, so that his/her military status can be verified. Use the following contact numbers:

• Cingular – 800-319-6393 800-319-6393

• Sprint – 877-812-1223 877-812-1223

• T-Mobile – 866-646-4688 866-646-4688

• Nextel – 800-639-6111 800-639-6111

• Verizon – 800-865-1825 800-865-1825