- November 19, 2021
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Most businesses, from restaurants to stores, will be open for Veterans Day, and some will offer discounts to veterans and active-duty military personnel.
While most banks and non-essential federal government will be closed and mail won’t be delivered, you might still get packages from UPS, FedEx and other delivery services. The New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq will remain open.
Veterans Day marks the date when Germany and the Allies signed a 1918 agreement to end World War I hostilities. The fighting ceased on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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Restaurants are saluting veterans and active-duty military personnel with free food and deals and other businesses are offering free car washes and haircuts.
Don’t expect to see national retailers close their doors Thursday. Some will run sales, including early Black Friday sales.
Even Costco Wholesale Club, which closes for some other federal holidays, is open this Nov. 11. The holidays Costco clubs are closed on are New Year’s Day, Easter, Independence Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
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The following discounts are valid Thursday unless otherwise noted for veterans, with active military also included in most at participating locations nationwide. Proof of service such as a military ID is typically required and a few businesses will allow dressing in uniform as a form of identification. Discharge papers, VA cards and veteran organization membership cards also can be used to prove service at most businesses.
The discounts are available in-store only. Check out Reviewed’s list for more savings online including at Apple, Target, Michaels and Lowe’s.
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Food Lion: 10% discount to active military personnel and veterans. Show a military ID and Food Lion MVP card to get the discount.
Hy-Vee: 15% off discount on groceries when shopping Aisles Online with promo code VETERAN15 or in stores by telling “your checker about your military service.” This discount is for veterans and military members. Hy-Vee also has free breakfast through 10 a.m. Thursday for veterans.
Publix: 10% discount off in-store purchases for veterans, active military personnel and their families. Exclusions apply.
Tops Friendly Markets: 11% discount off grocery bill for military personnel and their immediate families, which includes veterans, active duty, reserve or retired military personnel.
Winn-Dixie: 11% discount on qualifying grocery purchases to all veterans and active military service members.
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Kohl’s has a special in-store 30% discount for veterans, current and former military personnel and their immediate families Thursday through Nov. 14. Terms and exclusions apply.
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Walgreens is offering a 20% discount off regular-price eligible store items for veterans, active-duty military personnel and their families through Sunday.
The discount is valid at any Walgreens or Duane Reade drugstore nationwide with proof of service and myWalgreens, the chain’s loyalty program. Some exclusions apply.
From Thursday through Saturday, veterans, active duty and retired military personnel, reservists, and their dependents get 25% off qualifying regular and sale-priced purchases in Office Depot and OfficeMax stores nationwide.
To take advantage of this special discount, customers must present a valid military ID, military dependent ID or veteran ID at the time of purchase.
After Saturday, Office Depot says stores will continue to “support the military community with an in-store discount valid for 20% off a qualifying regularly priced purchase” with a new military discount.
Staples will offer 25% off all in-store purchases to active-duty personnel, reservists, retired or disabled veterans, and their immediate families at all U.S. locations through Nov. 13 with a valid military ID. Some exclusions apply.
Bed Bath & Beyond says it has a U.S. Armed Forces Appreciation Event Thursday that gives active-duty U.S. military, veterans and spouses 25% off their entire purchase, in-store only.
Floyd’s Barbershop: Half-off haircut with military ID for veterans and active-duty military through Sunday.
Great Clips: Free haircut or pick up a free haircut card for veterans and active duty. Also, non-veterans who get a haircut Thursday get a free haircut card to give to a veteran. The cards can be redeemed for a free haircut from Nov. 12 through Dec. 10.
Sport Clips: Participating stores will offer free haircuts for veterans and service members with a military I.D., and Sport Clips Haircuts will donate $2 per haircare service toward this year’s Help A Hero veteran scholarships fundraising goal of $1.5 million. Participating locations are listed on the chain’s website.
Grace for Vets: Free car wash at participating locations nationwide Thursday for veterans and active military through this nonprofit. Find locations at Graceforvets.org.
Sheetz: Locations with car washes will also offer free car washes Thursday.
Zips Car Wash: Free car washes to all veterans and active military Thursday at all locations with wash code 1112.
Offers are available at participating locations Thursday unless otherwise noted. Discounts can vary and exclusions apply. Some require signing up online and others require showing proof of service.
Big Lots: Ongoing 10% discount off everything daily for active-duty military and veterans with Big Rewards card and military ID.
Dollar General: 20% discount Thursday through Sunday for veterans, active-duty military, National Guard, Reserve and their families on qualifying in-store purchases. To get the discount, customers need to register and complete a military credential verification process online at Dollargeneral.com/military. Then the discount will be available to add as a digital coupon on the store’s app and website.
Eyemart Express: Veterans and military families get 20% discounts on all eyewear purchases at stores nationwide with proof of service.
SoulCycle: Studios are inviting veterans and active military service members to “ride for free” on a walk-in basis Thursday. To redeem the promotion, bring proof of service to show at the front desk.
Smartstyle Hair Salons by Regis: Ongoing 10% discount off services and professional products with proof of service for current or former military members, veterans, police officers, firefighters and first responders. Discounts can vary by location, which are in Walmart stores.
Topgolf: Through its ongoing Heroes Program, active-duty military and veterans get 10% off Topgolf gameplay, 20% discount on select monthly memberships and a 10% discount on events.
Tractor Supply Company: 15% discount for active and former military members and their dependents with a valid military ID or other proof of service.
uBreakiFix by Asurion: Through Nov. 17, the tech repair retailer will offer military veterans 20% off select computer repair services, including operating system restoration and virus removal.
More discounts: Aside from deals curated from USA TODAY Network’s Reviewed, you can find additional discounts including at hotels and other online retailers from verification sites like Shop.id.me/military and Sheerid.com/shoppers/militarydeals.
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