Veterans Day free meals: one way businesses are saying 'thanks'
Veterans Day free meals and discounts on merchandise are among the many deals businesses are offering to express gratitude to US military veterans and active-duty personnel.
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More than 850 bed-and-breakfast inns offered vets the chance to stay free on Wednesday, the night before Veterans Day. Some rooms are still available, but most reservations were quickly filled. Check here.
"These are some trying times for anyone serving or who has served and a good night's rest is our way to say, thank you,” says Kathleen Panek, owner of the Gillum House in Shinnston, W.Va.
Shopping for tools or other home improvement items? Home Depot and Lowe’s are offering vets a 10 percent discount on Veterans Day. Active-duty personnel get the discount every day at Lowe’s and Home Depot. Dollar General variety stores have the 10 percent discount for vets on Veterans Day too.
Like most special deals for vets, some kind of identification is required – a military ID or discharge document.
A good deal on wedding gowns
The most unique offer may be the “Nationwide Military 2010 Wedding Gown Giveaway Event” sponsored by “Brides Across America,” which was started in 2007 by Heidi Janson, who owns a bridal boutique in New Hampshire.
Now, more than two dozen bridal stores across the country are taking part. According to the organization’s web site, “Each store will be preparing a select number of gowns to give away. Most of the gowns are samples and overstocks and are worth approximately $500 to $3,000. Dresses range in sizes from 4-22 and will be given away on a first-come, first serve basis as long as you qualify.”
So if you’re a vet this Veterans Day, it’s possible to dress for your wedding, go to restaurants, stay at a B&B, and tour national parks on your honeymoon (the parks are free to everybody on Nov. 11) – all at little or no cost. The home improvement projects can come later.
It’s the business community’s way of saying “thanks.”