Veterans Day is really not about the holiday that is a Federal Holiday or that a good part of the population has the day off .
Nor is it about the holiday, discounts, appreciation and events that are tangible benefits of being a veteran.
Veterans Day is about SERVICE and not a day off to sit on your but complaining. Veterans Day is about being conscience of those who came before you and made significant sacrifices.
Only 2% of the US population is documented as having served in the military (Active or Reserves). Considering the number of bases and constant “interventions” that is not a lot of people.
Coming from literally generations of veterans who served in the Army or Marines who served selflessly in Guadalcanal or the Navy who served off the coast of Vietnam I understand the sacrifices my family members made.
Matter of fact they were drafted and had almost no input into what branch nor where they served. Being shot at is nothing to want to deal with I understand.
Service is not service to oneself but to others in the sense that the greater good is served by small actions of many. Service to others is not for the weak nor for the selfish. — Joe Holbrook
Currently, the current Military Personal comprise only 1.29 million, or less than 0.5 percent of the U.S. (including Active and Reservists)
For those interested in an awesome report check out the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) report on Demographics of the US Military.
The report is actually propaganda free https://www.cfr.org/article/demographics-us-military
Picture USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) during Fleet Week NYC 1996
I served in the US Navy from 1991 to 1997 as an Electronics Technician.
History of Veterans Day
Veterans Day as a day to reflect upon the heroism of those who died in our country’s service and was originally called Armistice Day. It fell on Nov. 11 because that is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. However, in 1954, the holiday was changed to “Veterans Day” in order to account for all veterans in all wars.
You can read more about Veterans Day here at Military.com
https://www.military.com/veterans-day Wide Variety of Discounts Available
Chances are if you served in the US Military or even the US Coast Guard you have been spent significant time away from home. You may have even spent months at sea or months in a tent in the deserts of Iraq, Afghanistan or even California.
Whether or not you are home you can still take advantage of some of these discounts.
They have Restaurant, Travel and Retail broken down well. Military.com has an awesome list of discounts. https://www.military.com/veterans-day/veterans-day-military-discounts.html
For example, Target and Lowes you simply sign up online and your military service is validated by a 3rd party validation company. After the validation your sent a coupon or in the case of Lowes your discount of 10% is good all year!
The most concise list of discounts I have seen is on Military.com
Applebees, 7-Eleven, Cracker Barrel, Dunkins, Hooters, Gordon Biersch, etc are just a few of the Restaurants
Target has a week long discount available for Veterans.
And Many More…..
Travel and Entertainment
This year has really shaken up the travel and entertainment sector. It is hard to want to travel this year because of off all the restrictions and mask wearing, temperature checks, social distancing and the other related nonsense.
Here are some places as a veteran you can go for free or at a reduced rate. Whats really generous is some of the attractions allow for family as part of the discount.
Legoland, NASA, Knotts Berry Farm, Main Event, US National Parks, Pro Football Hall of Fame, etc.
What identification do you need to prove that you’re a veteran?
If you’re an active duty military member, reservist member of the National Guard or military retiree, the easiest way to access Veterans Day discounts is to use your military ID card (Current or Prior).
For veterans who receive Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health benefits, the VA benefits photo ID card should serve as easy proof of veteran status at most businesses.
Thank you Veterans for your Service to our country
If you don’t have a VA benefits card, the VA can provide you with a Veterans ID Card. Rolled-out in 2017, the Veterans ID Card program allows all honorably discharged veterans to apply for online and receive by mail a card meant to function as proof of service. While not an official form of government ID, most businesses accept it as proof of service. Learn more about getting a Veterans ID Card.
Some states include veteran status on their state ID cards and drivers licenses such as Florida, offering another ID card option for veterans looking to show businesses proof that they served.
Thank you to all Veterans for your service. Its never easy and their are plenty of people that appreciate you.
There are numerous well researched studies on the benefits of hiring veterans. Veterans for example are disciplined, make solid relationships, motivated, solve problems and work as a team.
If you own a business or lead a department in one please consider hiring a Veteran. The Department of Labor has a great resources and services available.
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly veterans were taught discipline and dont make excuses.
Hire veterans. Thank you
Joe Holbrook, The Cloud Tech Guy.