Tomorrow May 18, 2013 is Armed Forces Day!
According to Wikipedia, Armed Forces Day was “first observed on 20 May 1950, the day was created on 31 August 1949, to honor Americans serving in the five U.S. military branches – the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard“.
There are many businesses and organizations that honor our brave men and women on this day by giving them freebies, discounts, deals and other specials. Help us honor them too, by passing this list along to Veterans and active duty military men and women that you know, so they and their families can benefit from these awesome resources! These benefits are available everyday, year round.
UPDATE: McDonald’s will give all Vets and Military Members a Free Value Meal today! Just show up in uniform or with your military ID before 11 PM to get your free meal!
- Here’s to the Heroes: Free Admission to Sesame Place and Bush Gardens and Sea World All summer long.
- Military Families can also get a FREE Annual Pass to the Nation’s National Parks (reg. $80) starting today 5/19 – the pass can be picked up at any National Park or Wildlife Refuge that charges an entrance fee, and an ID must be shown to obtain the pass.
- Blue Star Museums: over 1600 museums nationwide that are offering free admission to military members this summer.
- Veteran Tickets: Free tickets to major events for Veterans and Active Duty
- Free Military Care Package from Scion
- Free Military Bibles & Books: Send bibles to our deployed troops
- Boys and Girls Clubs of America – Free One Year Membership
- A Story Before Bed: (free, recorded readings for deployed parents & children)
- Canvas on Demand – sign up for either Operation: Hi Mom or Operation: Hi Honey to snag a FREE personalized photo canvas!
- FREE Photobook from USO & Rocketlife
- Operation Heal Our Patriots – FREE marriage seminars & events
- FREE Cup of Joe for a Joe
- FREE ‘I Served’ Stickers
- Our Military Kids – grants for sports, fine arts, camps, and tutoring programs
- FREE Sittercity membership
- U.S. Military Shopper Community – take quick surveys to earn Amazon.com gift cards
- Military Discounters – a huge list of military discounts
- Nickelodeon Suites Resort Military Discount
- Disneyland Military Discount
- Disney World Military Discount
- Shades of Green Disney World Military Discount
- Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort Military Discounts
- FREE PGA Tour or Champions Tour Admission
- Under Armour ONLINE 10% OFF Military Discount
- Universal Studios Military Discount
- Here’s to the Heroes (Hero Salute) – Free one time admission at either SeaWorld®, Busch Gardens®, Adventure Island®, Water Country USA®, or Sesame Place® for military personnel and as many as three direct dependants
- Free Deployment Photography: Photographers offer free sessions pre/ during/ post deployment.
- Free Welcome Home banners for military
- Free Armed Forces Day eCards
Other places that have discounts:
- Sprint – 15% Military Discount off plan.
- Midas Auto Service Experts – 10% Military Discount off purchases
- Meineke Car Care Center – 10% Military Discount off parts
- Marriott – Military discount rate changes based on location, show ID and ask for military rate.
- Geico Insurance – Military Discount Varies by state and location.
- Comfort Inn – Military discount rate changes based on location, show ID and ask for military rate.
- Old Navy – 10% discount to active and veteran military ID card holders EVERY Monday under the Military Mondays promotion!
- Lowe’s – 10% Military Discount off purchases
- Spencer Gifts – 10% Military Discount off purchases nationwide.
- Charlotte Russe – 10% Military Discount in-store, just show your ID!
- Buckle – 10% Military Discount at all stores nationwide! They also offer free shipping to APO FPO addresses to troops overseas.
- Hot Topic – 10-20% Military Discount off purchases in all stores nationwide.
- Aeropostale – 10% Military discount on all purchases nationwide
- Verizon Wireless – 15% Military Discount off monthly bill, some offer additional 8% off data plan! 25% off accessories
- Jos A Bank – 20% Military Discount off regular priced items in all locations nationwide.
- Rodeway Inn – Military discount rate changes based on location, show ID and ask for military rate.
- Greyhound Lines – 10% Military Discount at all locations.
- Regal Berkeley 7 – Discounted ticket prices, varies from location to location depending on standard ticket price. Military Discount is typically $1.00 off ticket price.
- T-Mobile – 15% Military Discount off plan.
- Econo Lodge – Military discount rate changes based on location, show ID and ask for military rate.
- Penske Truck Rental – Save up to 20% with your Military Discount. Reserve online for 10% off, then show your Military ID for an additional 10%. They will also do price match with Military ID within 15 miles with documentation.
- Amtrak – 10% military discount
To all active duty military and veterans, on behalf of the Diablo Reporter, we thank you for your service and honor you this day and everyday.
Happy Armed Forces Day!
For more freebies, check out our Memorial Day Freebies!