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veteran discounts?

littleperklittleperk Member Posts: 32 ✭✭
edited January 2014 in US Military Veteran Forum
Made a trip to Lowes the other day. I took a copy of my DD214 to get the 10% discount as normal. The clerk at Lowes informed me that they no longer accepted the DD214 as proof of military service. I was advised that I had to have a VA card, an active duty card or a green retired veteran card. I did 8 years in the military including one tour in Viet Nam. Yet I can't get a lousy 10% discount at Lowes because I am not presently active, retired or have not yet needed to go to the VA. I was always told that the DD214 with picture ID was the best form of identification available. Seems not. Kind of pisses me off. Goodby Lowes.

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  • us55840us55840 Member Posts: 31,302 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I would highly recommend you go to the VA and get enrolled and get your VA card.

    Given the state of things in D.C. ~ you never know when the elite will decide to prohibit new enrollments or alter the "classes" so you will NOT qualify for any VA health care benefits.

    Just a word to the wise. [;)]
    "This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it." Abraham Lincoln
  • perry shooterperry shooter Member Posts: 17,390
    edited November -1
    AMEN Go to the Va. I have been out of the army since 1966 never uesd or had any desire to use VA benefits but when through getting a DD 214 and ID card. Found out I could get free Hearing aids and batteries for life
    would cost over 5K on the out side. The card that lowes wants is the tip of the iceburg on what is out there.
  • us55840us55840 Member Posts: 31,302 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I've only received a Veterans' discount ONCE at a motel when asked if I was a member of the military. I said I had been ~ and was told "Close enough" and got the room at a discounted rate.

    Otherwise, asked once at Arby's and was told "NO!"
    "This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it." Abraham Lincoln
  • littleperklittleperk Member Posts: 32 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    Went to the VA. First thing they asked me for was a copy of my DD214. Go figure.
  • us55840us55840 Member Posts: 31,302 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by littleperk
    Went to the VA. First thing they asked me for was a copy of my DD214. Go figure.


    Yup ... you need to have your DD214 to get entered into the VA system.

    I got out in 1968. The closest VA hospital is 220 miles away.

    I did use my VA education benefits and finished a month before the 10 year time frame expired.. but nothing else until about 1994 when they opened a local clinic.


    I tried to sign up but ??? they weren't taking any more apps or something, don't recall ... then about 2 years later they notified me I could sign up for health care at the clinic ~ which I did and finally got a VA card.

    Glad I did. [^]
    "This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it." Abraham Lincoln
  • Jim RauJim Rau Member Posts: 3,550
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by littleperk
    Went to the VA. First thing they asked me for was a copy of my DD214. Go figure.

    "Go figure", are you kidding or still trying to be sarcastic???[?]
  • CapnMidnightCapnMidnight Member Posts: 8,520
    edited November -1
    My NAPA auto parts store gives me a veterans discount.
    W.D.
  • aap2aap2 Member Posts: 203 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    My suggestion: take your DD214 to the VA and register for care and get the ID card even if you don't participate in their medical care. perryshooter's advice is good... I'm a "Vietnam-era" vet who never left the USA and spent my time mostly in the classroom and learning to fly; upon discharge, I never really thought of myself as a veteran since I was never in combat...and I was surprized at the benefits that I was entitled to. The biggest was VA medical care; I went to the VA while attending college under the GI Bill, just to see if I could get my blood-pressure meds cheap.....ended up with free meds plus a small monthly check for a SC condition..plus a wonderful young doctor who really took care of my medical needs while I was a young college student. Fast-forward 32 years, I'm now retired from a good job with good benefits (can see any private doctor) but I still prefer my VA team..my point is: get enrolled, get your card and flash it when you want a discount. You served and you deserve it...serving a tour in Vietnam is a huge deal and you deserve more than a 10% discount, to be sure.....get your card and make Lowe's give you the 10% on a big-ticket item.....take perryshooters advice..God Bless
  • drafteedraftee Member Posts: 39 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    Home Depot also gives a 10% discount to veterans.
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