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The Good and Bad of Veterans Day: Freebies, Discounts and Fraud
Posted By Deb Silverberg On November 10, 2011 @ 12:37 pm In Money & Savings | Comments Disabled
Although veterans  deserve our support every day of the year, it’s a great time to highlight the ways businesses and organizations everywhere are honoring veterans.
Unfortunately it’s also a time when those who deserve our utmost respect may fall victim to crooks and scammers. But we’ll focus on the good stuff first.
Freebies and discounts from big national names. From popular chain restaurants to national parks to amusement parks to retail stores, Veterans Day offers and discounts abound – and in some cases, they last throughout the weekend or even the rest of the month. This national list of deals for veterans  comes from www.themilitarywallet.com  (a good site service members to bookmark if they haven’t already). The editor wisely notes to call ahead to verify locations, times, and participation since some locations may have different policies; also be prepared to provide proof of service.
Veterans and spouses also can take advantage of AARP’s Driver Safety Program class offer  this month, free to veterans of any age. It might even earn you an insurance discount depending on your state.
It never hurts to ask – plus check for local discounts. Find local deals for veterans by checking web sites your newspaper or local TV and radio stations. Many have compiled lists of local merchants honoring veterans. Or let your fingers do the walking online; enter your location + discounts + veterans into your favorite search engine. In some cases you might be able to “stack” multiple savings opportunities together using AARP discount programs  or ones from other sources. Just bring the coupons and ask  when you’re there.
Beware of scams, whether you’re a vet or want to help veterans. “It is unconscionable that one of the most dedicated and selfless segments of our population would be targeted by unscrupulous businesses, but they are,” said Brenda Linnington, director of the Better Business Bureau’s Military Line . Here’s a link to some common scams  veterans should be aware of, and information via USAToday.com about how to determine which veterans’ charities  are legitimate and how some are more effective and do it better than others.
Let’s end on a positive note by thanking and honoring our veterans, AARP style , from a new generation of Rolling Thunder  to how retired soldiers are helping younger troops . And if you know a veteran of any age who isn’t online often, tell them that lots of people in cyberspace are thinking of them, too.
Photo by Speedye  via Flickr Creative Commons
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://aarpblog.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/lotsa-flags1.jpg
 veterans: http://www.aarp.org/giving-back/volunteering/veterans_day1/
 national list of deals for veterans: http://themilitarywallet.com/veterans-day-free-meals-and-discounts/#axzz1dJBIrEvS
 www.themilitarywallet.com: http://www.themilitarywallet.com
 AARP’s Driver Safety Program class offer: http://www.aarp.org/home-garden/transportation/info-09-2011/driver-safety-course-veterans-promotion.html
 AARP discount programs: http://www.aarp.org/benefits-discounts/discounts/
 ask: http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-11-2008/pay_less_for_anything.html
 Better Business Bureau’s Military Line: http://www.bbb.org/us/Military/
 common scams: http://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-11-2011/scammers-target-veterans.html
 veterans’ charities: http://www.usatoday.com/money/perfi/columnist/block/story/2011-11-07/veterans-charities/51113928/1
 new generation of Rolling Thunder: http://www.aarp.org/giving-back/local-heroes/info-05-2009/rolling_thunder_new_generation.html
 helping younger troops: http://www.aarp.org/personal-growth/transitions/info-11-2010/retired_soldiers_heed_call_to_return_to_duty.html
 Speedye: http://www.flickr.com/photos/speedye/
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