By Casey Bond
Posted in Savings Account
It’s Memorial Day 2014, a time to remember and give thanks to the men and women who have served the United States military.
However, while today is a special day of remembrance, many companies and organizations want to honor U.S. servicemembers and veterans all year, not just Memorial Day, helping them keep their savings accounts full with major discounts and freebies on products and services.
Danny Sanchez, VP of Marketing at Air Force Federal Credit Union, stated, “In these difficult times and economic hardships, our men and women of the military have a thankless job of protecting our freedom.” He added, “The organizations that support the military community with discounts understand that this is a great way to honor them. This is just a small ‘thank you’ and repayment for their service and sacrifice.”
Military discounts are available those who have served in each branch of the U.S. military, which include: Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard.
Below are the organizations currently offering discounts to active members of the military as well as veterans. Most require a military ID or Veterans Identification Card (VIC) to qualify:
Air Force Federal Credit Union: This credit union, serving the U.S. Air Force, provides an auto loan rate starting at an incredibly low 1.85% APR.
AMTRAK. This train service offers active duty members and their families a 10 percent discount on the lowest available rail fare for most trains.
Apple: The military discount from Apple is available to current, former and retired members of the U.S. military, in addition to family members. Discounts range from 5 to 15 percent off and apply to items such as the iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac Mini and Mac Pro, as well as Apple Care Protection Plans.
The Armed Forces Vacation Club: Exclusive access to the best deals when traveling, the organization offers military personnel and their families a fixed price for a week-long stay at locations within the United States and internationally.
AT&T: The cell phone provider gives military a 15 percent discount on cell phone plans, including family plans and other discounts on accessories.
Dell: The computer company provides savings coupons of 10 percent off select PCs to servicemembers.
Disneyland Resort: The Disney military discount provides reduced pricing of $125 on three-day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper tickets, which are usually $260 each, to retired and active members of the Armed Forces.
Geico: Active duty, retired and National Guard and reserve members can enjoy up to 15 percent off a total insurance premium.
Greyhound: A 10 percent discount is provided to active duty and retired military members, as well as the option for service members and veterans to travel anywhere in the continental United States for a maximum round-trip fee of $235.
The Home Depot: This home improvement store provides 10 percent off purchases to all active duty, National Guard, reserve, retiree, disabled, honorably discharged veterans and immediate family members. Note that this discount is only available on holiday weekends such as the Fourth of July, Memorial Day and Veterans Day and is limited to a maximum $500 off.
Lowe’s Home Improvement: Lowe’s offers 10 percent off to active service members, immediate family, retired veterans and VA recipients, with no cap on the purchase amount.
Public Zoos: Discounts of up to 100 percent are available in some areas.
United Services Automobile Association: The Association offers highly customized auto, home, whole life and term life insurance policies to military personnel.
Learn more about these discounts by reading the full list at GOBankingRates.com.