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Old 09-11-2013, 05:52 PM   #1
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Lowes Veteran's discount

Veterans without a permanent military ID, just a heads up - Lowes Building Materials store offers a 10% discount to vets or military. I had taken a run at that discount a few times and was asked for my DD214, something not normally in my pocket. Learned that the state of Oregon will issue a driver's license with "veteran" printed on it. Went to the trouble of getting a new replacement license - think it cost $25 or so. May be worth seeing if that is possible for you.

Bought a frig from Lowes yesterday for the rentals. 10% off from Lowes, $45 savings. Nice! Oh - another 2% off for using our Fidelity card. Another $8 savings.
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Old 09-11-2013, 06:09 PM   #2
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Home Depot also offers a 10% discount to active military and vets.
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A number of states offer the veteran designation on their driver's licenses.
Each state has different procedures, but most involve submitting a copy of the DD-214 form.

Current states offering (or soon to offer) this marking on the license are:
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona (soon)
Arkansas
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Idaho (soon)
Illinois (in 2015)
Indiana
Iowa
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Minnesota
Missouri
New Mexico
New York (soon)
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania (in 2015)
Puerto Rico
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Virginia (separate ID card issued by DMV)
West Virginia
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A number of states offer the veteran designation on their driver's licenses.
Each state has different procedures, but most involve submitting a copy of the DD-214 form.

Current states offering (or soon to offer) this marking on the license are:
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona (soon)
Arkansas
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Idaho (soon)
Illinois (in 2015)
Indiana
Iowa
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Minnesota
Missouri
New Mexico
New York (soon)
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania (in 2015)
Puerto Rico
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Virginia (separate ID card issued by DMV)
West Virginia
I recently obtained a Mississippi Driver's license with a "VET" stamp. I followed the published instructions. I had to send a copy of my DD214 to the State Veteran's Affairs Board. They certified the DD214 with an embossed stamp and returned to me. I took the certified DD214 to the DVM where they issued a new license with the "VET" stamp. The only fee is the normal driver's license renewal fee.
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Oops! Missed at least one, I see.
Thanks, JakeBrake.
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State of OH will add the term "ARMED FORCES" to the driver's license if qualified at no cost. Nice of Lowe's and HD to give the discounts. Some other stores will also if one asks.
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I have taken advantage of the discount @ both stores many times over the last few years. They always thank me for my service.
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Please be aware that there are distinctions with these Home Depot & Lowes discounts.

There are two different discounts, and both stores are making up their own vocabulary: a "military discount" and a "veterans discount". To make it even more confusing, many of the store managers don't even understand their own corporate policy (or they're being exceedingly generous). The chains have been doing this for years and have recently attempted to throttle back to the stated policy, which is now causing hate & discontent among many military veterans & families.

Here's the basic deal, brought to you by Kate Kashman's "Paycheck Chronicles" blog at Military.com:
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The military discount is supposed to be for active duty military, current Reservists, National Guard members, retirees, disabled veterans and their families. It gives a 10% discount to eligible patrons every day.
Eligibility is pretty straightforward: show your DoD military ID. If you have a veteran's ID card, or if you don't have any military/veteran's ID, then you're technically not eligible for this discount. However the store manager or clerk may give it to you anyway, especially if you confidently flash your driver's license "veteran" designation or your DD-214.

Personally, it's an acquired habit. I keep using the self-checkout counter and forgetting to show the attendant my ID. At least the cashiers help me remember to show my military ID.

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The veterans’ discount is for any and all veterans. It gives a 10% discount to eligible patrons on selected patriotic holiday weekends such as Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Veterans’ Day.
Documenting this eligibility gets pretty confusing. A DD-214 always works, of course, as does a VA veteran's ID card. After that it varies by state and by store: driver's licenses, membership cards from veteran's support organizations like DAV or VFW, a DoD civil-service ID, or some other official-looking document with the word "veteran" on it. Once again the store managers, their clerks, and the degree of holiday-weekend chaos will influence your eligibility and the documentation requirements.

Oh, and this has to be mentioned too: in America, the discount is intended for U.S. military. I'm not sure what other countries have Lowes and Home Depot stores, and they might offer military discounts in those countries too.

If your local store has difficulty understanding their own policy, you could suggest to the manager that they post sample images of the appropriate IDs at the registers. That way the cashiers and the customers can both understand the rules (and help the managers post a complete list of IDs).

Kate has received thousands of comments from her readers on this question, and you can read more on her blog:
Home Depot & Lowes Military and Veteran Discounts
http://paycheck-chronicles.military....pot-revisited/
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