Ever since a declaration of Congress in 1999, May has been recognized as National Military Appreciation Month. May is the host month for several holidays celebrating the armed forces and those who serve.
The most famous May military holiday is Memorial Day. Other non-federal holidays include Armed Forces Day, which dates back to 1949 and takes place on the third Saturday in May. Loyalty Day and VE Day are another couple important military dates in May.
Although some retailers, restaurants, websites and businesses extend special savings during May, military personnel and vets can save all year long. Sometimes special discounts are reserved just for active duty members or veterans. Other times, offers may extend to spouses, dependents, military family members and even friends.
You served your country; now let your country serve you. Here are 50 of the best military discounts for 2017:
12 Military Discounts at Restaurants
Service members, vets and their families can take advantage of military discounts at these national chain restaurants and food-related services. Take advantage of these restaurant offers now:
- Cheryl’s: All deliveries for baked goods to FPO and APO bases are free.
- Chevy’s Fresh Mex: Take 20 percent off at corporate-owned locations with a military uniform or ID card.
- Hard Rock Cafe: Get 15 percent off all food, nonalcoholic beverages and retail purchases with a valid military ID.
- House of Jerky: Military members enjoy a 15 percent discount with coupon code troops2014.
- IHOP: Select locations offer a discount of 10 percent with a valid military ID.
- Johnny Rockets: Get 10 percent off with your military ID — and in some locations, get 50 percent off if you’re in uniform.
- Lone Star Steakhouse: Active military eat for 15 percent off every Monday — the offer is valid for the entire table.
- Melting Pot: A valid military ID earns you 10 percent off at participating restaurants.
- Shoney’s: Use your military ID to get 15 percent off at participating locations.
- Texas Roadhouse: The Texas Roadhouse military discount is good for 30 percent off, according to VeteransResources.org.
- Texas Steakhouse: Active duty and retired military personnel can bring up to five friends or family members to dine for 10 percent off, not including alcohol.
- Wendy’s: Wendy’s has partnered with Veterans Advantage to offer mail-in discounts to veterans year-round at locations across the country.
9 Military Discounts for Apparel and Accessories
From local shops to national chains, a wide range of clothing and accessories stores offer special prices and deals for military personnel. Get some great deals from these nine participating companies:
- David’s Bridal: All active-duty military personnel, reserve or National Guard members, veterans and their families get 10 percent off at David’s Bridal, according to Military.com.
- Finish Line: Get some new shoes at a great price with Finish Line military discount of 20 percent off select items at special locations.
- Foot Action: Those who have served or are serving in the military get 20 percent off most purchases.
- Foot Locker: Current and former military personnel get 20 percent off most items at FootLocker.com. Click on the military discount link at checkout and follow the instructions.
- Michaels: All military members, veterans, spouses and family receive 15 percent off their entire in-store purchase every day.
- NBA Store: Military service members get 15 percent off their entire order.
- Nike: Retired, reservist and active duty personnel can take 10 percent off in stores and online, including Hurley and Converse. Nike employee and company stores are not included. Call 1-800-806-5463 for details.
- NFL Shop: Veterans can take 10 percent off their orders.
- Under Armour: Active duty, retirees, veterans and their families, as well as first responders, can receive 10 percent off sitewide and in all stores.
3 Military Discounts on Cars and Auto Bonuses
Many major auto dealers offer exclusive specials and savings to military members and veterans. Check out what’s available:
- Chevrolet: Active duty personnel, veterans within one year of discharge, retirees and their spouses get a military discount. Register at Chevrolet.com to get a discount code.
- Ford: Ford offers savings and special incentives to military personnel in all stages of service, including active duty, retired, veterans and those who are currently deployed.
- Nissan: Active duty and reserve military, as well as veterans, receive privileged pricing, provided they are within 12 months of active duty.
4 Armed Forces Education and Child Care Offers
Members of the Armed Forces can save money on a range of products and services related to education and child care. In many cases, you can even save on educational services for yourself.
- Cultural Care Au Pair: The program waives the $75 registration fee and offers a $500 discount for both active duty personnel and veterans.
- Kindercare: All learning centers offer reduced tuition rates and fee assistance for child care to military personnel who don’t have access to an on-base Child Development Center.
- SitterCity: Military personnel get 50 percent off quarterly plans and 25 percent off annual and monthly plans.
- Tutor.com: Free tutoring is available to active duty personnel and their eligible dependents.
9 Military Discounts on Theme Parks and Entertainment
From local theaters to giant corporate theme parks, entertainment venues of all kinds offer discounts for military men and women. Here’s where to have fun at a discount:
- Busch Gardens: The Waves of Honor program permits any U.S. active duty military or National Guardsman to one free admission per year for the service member and up to three direct dependents. Free admission is valid to SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, or Sesame Place.
- Cinemark: Show a valid active military ID at the box office to save money on your movie ticket throughout the year. Discount days and times vary by location.
- Disneyland Resort: Disneyland is offering all active duty and retired military personnel promotional three-day Park Hopper passes for just $156 and four-day passes for $181 through Dec. 16. Pass holders can still visit through Dec. 19.
- Knott’s Berry Farm: Show your military ID any day to receive a discounted regular adult admission ticket for $48.
- LEGOLAND: Military personnel get into LEGOLAND Florida Resort and Waterpark for free at the resort ticket window.
- Massage Envy: All active duty military personnel save $60 per year on memberships at participating locations every day.
- National Park Service: Free annual passes are available for all current military members and their families — an $80 value.
- Showcase Cinemas: All active duty personnel and their dependents can get general admission tickets for $7.50 and child or senior tickets for $5.50 each at all locations except Showcase Superlux in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Appropriate active service ID must be presented at the theater box office to receive a military discount.
- Universal Studios: The Universal Studios military discount involves a package for retired or active duty personnel and their dependents. Get three nights of hotel accommodations and a four-day, two-park, Park-to-Park ticket.
2 Military Specials on Insurance and Financial Services
Service members can score steep discounts where they’re likely to need it most — on financial, tax and insurance products and services. Get your finances in order with these discounts:
- Geico: The insurer offers a discount of up to 15 percent on total insurance premiums for active duty, retired and National Guard and Reserve members. Geico also provides emergency deployment discounts.
- TaxSlayer.com: Active-duty military personnel can take 50 percent off both state and federal tax filing.
5 Military Specials From Mobile and Tech Companies
From hardware and software to monthly payment plans, some mobile and technology companies offer deep discounts to service members. Start saving today with these deals:
- Apple: Military personnel and their families who want to purchase Apple products for personal use can shop the Military Personnel Store for an Apple military discount, which apply to some, but not all products. It’s unclear whether or not an Apple music military discount is available, but military personnel are qualified to receive an Apple Store military discount on hardware like iPhones, Apple Watches and iPads.
- AT&T: Qualified active duty, veterans and retired personnel, as well as active duty spouses or spouses of the deceased, get a discount of up to 15 percent on qualified, monthly wireless service plans.
- Boost Mobile: The Deployed Military Program allows service members to suspend their service while serving overseas without interrupting their phone numbers or accounts.
- Dell: Military personnel and veterans get 10 percent off at Dell.com.
- Microsoft: Most items, including software, devices and accessories, are discounted for active duty personnel and veterans.
8 Military Hotel and Travel Discounts
Both active duty personnel and vets can land big deals on train, plane and bus fare. Take advantage of these military fares, and don’t forget to book a hotel with a discount for when you arrive at your destination.
- AMTRAK: Military personnel, their spouses and dependents get 10 percent off the lowest available fare on most trains, including the Auto Train. Also, uniformed personnel can bypass the line.
- Best Western: Get 10 percent off or more at all Best Western Hotels in North America.
- Greyhound: Active and retired military and their families can take 10 percent off full-price tickets if they have a Veterans Advantage card.
- Hilton Hotels & Resorts: Active and retired military members save up to 10 percent at participating hotels in the Hilton portfolio daily by clicking on the Government/Military rate box when searching for a room and presenting a valid military ID at check-in.
- Motel 6: Get 10 percent off rates at all Motel 6 locations in the U.S. throughout the year as an active duty or retired military member.
- Red Roof Inn: Military and other government personnel can save 10 percent at any Red Roof Inn.
- Sandals: Enjoy an additional 10 percent off promotions throughout the year as an active duty member of the U.S. military, retiree, veteran or spouse.
- United Airlines: Veterans Advantage members get 5 percent off tickets originating from the U.S. or Canada on United.com.
If any of your favorite retailers aren’t on the list, always ask stores and restaurants if they offer any sort of military discount. Many companies will offer one even if it isn’t an official policy, as long as you supply a military ID or some other proof.