Non-Government Veteran Benefits
Veterans can enjoy benefits provided by non-government companies, as long as they have proper identification. Instead of relying on federal benefits, veterans can use their veteran military IDs to access privileges offered by participating non-government companies or service providers. Below, find information on the most popular ways to enjoy non-government veterans benefits and discounts in the U.S.
Food, Restaurant and Lodging Offers
Several different bed and breakfasts offer free one-night stays for veterans on November 10th, and there are more than 500 beds available for veterans who would like to participate. In addition, Dunkin' Donuts allows veterans to take 10 percent off all online orders with their veteran discounts. Furthermore, FiRE+iCE restaurants allow any military ID holders to eat for $9.99 on Monday nights. The restaurant also hosts a day for veterans to eat free at Boston and Providence locations. Additionally, 99 Restaurant & Pub issues a 10-percent discount to active military members. Most restaurants in the U.S. offer veterans discounts but do not advertise this, so veterans are always encouraged to ask when dining out.
Veterans and their immediate families can receive discounts on medical supplies from private institutions such as AvaCare Medical, which offers a 10-percent discount on any orders placed by veterans.
Veterans are guaranteed discounts on monthly bills, as long as they can show proof of veteran status to Verizon, which provides wireless internet services. Satellite Internet Pros is another company that provides $100 of instant savings to veteran subscribers and to veterans who would like to rent equipment. In addition, many internet and streaming services offer discounts to active service personnel.
VetsCars is an auto dealer that honors U.S. veterans by providing low upfront pricing to veterans and their families. Most car dealerships offer discounts to former and active military personnel and their family members. As with most military discounts, however, they must be discussed prior to purchase.
Home Furniture and Equipment
Veterans can receive discounts on furniture by purchasing from outlets that provide discounts to former servicemembers. One such outlet is Murphy's Furniture, which offers a 10-percent discount on purchases made on any day of the week. Similarly, Countryside Amish Furniture provides a 10-percent discount to veterans who would like to acquire furniture. Many furniture stores offer special financing for veterans, as well.
Note: Regarding outdoor accessories, Coleman offers a 15-percent discount to shopping veterans who would like to purchase outdoor equipment and camping gear.
Prescription Eyewear and Hearing Aids
Frame of Choice offers a 35-percent discount to veterans or family members of veterans who would like to purchase prescription eyewear, sun-clips, sunglasses or other eyewear accessories. In addition, AluminumEyewear is a prominent brand selling tactical eyewear to the military community, and veterans can get 25-percent discounts on orders. Furthermore, HaberVision gives up to a 50-percent discount on all sunglasses to veterans and other servicemembers. In regard to hearing, HealthInnovations offers special discounts to veterans that need hearing aids.
Jewelry, Footwear and Clothing
The Facets Collection offers a 10-percent discount on jewelry and a 5-percent discount on engagement rings and loose diamonds to veterans looking to make a purchase. Veterans can also get a 20-percent discount at Foot Locker for shoe purchases and a 10-percent discount at EXPRESS when shopping for both men's and women's apparel.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is a reputable organization that takes care of new veterans and helps them access privileges offered by willing stakeholders. IAVA works with companies like JCPenney to provide vouchers to specific retail stores frequented by veterans.