Soldiers must be willing to put their lives on the line at a moment’s notice in times of war. Even during times of peace, they must make sacrifices, which can mean months or even years away from their families and constant moving and uprooting. In addition to all of this, there is the physical wear and tear on their bodies and the general stress of their overwhelming responsibilities.
While there is nothing that could completely repay them for their service, there are a number of industries that try to help veterans out with discounts on goods and services as well as with other benefits. Some of these are fairly common knowledge, while others are less known. Some are advertised, and some must be asked for. It never hurts to ask if there is a military discount because many companies are more than willing to provide one even if it is not their standard policy.
Here are five industries that work to put money back in the pockets of veterans as a way of thanking them for their service.
From buying a car to insuring it and keeping it running correctly, the auto industry provides a number of different discounts for veterans and their families. Some of these include:
While banking may not seem like an important detail to an active military person, it and so many of the other “small” details of life must still be taken care of, especially if there is a family at home. Bills must still be paid, checks deposited, and other money-related tasks must also be handled. Thankfully, banks and other related financial service agencies offer discounts.
Veterans like a good night on the town as much as anyone else, and there are discounts to help them get more bang for their buck.
When a military member is deployed, they rely on mail as one way to stay connected to friends and family. This can be particularly important during the holidays. They must also store some or all of their possessions, especially if they are going to be gone for a long period and are far from their family.
In addition to mail, military members and veterans rely heavily on computers, phones, and related services to stay in touch with loved ones as well as to handle their day-to-day tasks, especially after they end their service once and for all.
We all owe our veterans a great deal for their sacrifices for all of us. When industries acknowledge that sacrifice by offering discounts to put money back in the pockets of veterans, it is a wonderful thing. The key is to make sure veterans are aware of these discounts and take advantage of them. It never hurts to ask if a veteran’s discount is offered, no matter where you are. These types of deals are not always advertised or listed, which should not stand in the way of veterans getting a little back for all they have given.
For companies interested in hiring veterans, it’s important to ensure your company's culture is veteran-friendly. Then you can confidently begin advertising jobs for veterans and recruiting the top talent your company deserves.