By Rebecca Alwine, Army Spouse

Each year when Veteran’s Day comes up on the calendar, we see lists of places that offer a discount to the service member or veteran. We love that these companies and organizations show their support!

This year, we want to highlight some of those national companies offering a year-round discount, both online and in-person. We like to show our support to those who support our community. Join us by sharing this article and spreading the word!

GovX – up to 40% off

Where do you go when you’re looking for that particular item or gift? GovX has over 700 brands and steep discounts on all of them. As a membership shopping site, it’s only offered to active duty, reserve, and retired members of the military and those in specific government agencies. You can find clothes, gear, gifts, and even event tickets are discounted! Membership is free!

T-Mobile 20-50% off

You’ve probably heard the fuss about T-Mobile launching a great military discount program earlier this year. Well, it really is a good deal! Save up to 50% off an unlimited plan when switching to T-Mobile! Note: this does require auto pay for the most significant discount, and you benefit the most when you switch over more than two lines. Sometimes they also pay for you to break your current contract.

Bonus: It’s available to all active duty, veterans, retired, Gold Star families, and Reserve/Guard.

Qalo – 15%

Silicone rings are the rage, and Qalo has so many great options. They’re durable and easily replaceable, which means they fit our military community well. They also have apparel, teething necklaces, and dog tag IDs. Qalo offers a discount of 15% off, and the process is quite simple. Get your holiday shopping done early with this discount.

Sword & Plough – 20% off

We love veteran-owned businesses, and Sword & Plough has had our attention for a few years. They make some awesome products and continually give back to the veteran community. One of the ways they do that is by offering a 20% military discount.

Bonus: This discount is open to active duty, Guard/Reserve, veterans, retirees, spouses, and Gold Star family members.

Sandals Resorts – 10%

Everyone in the military community deserves a vacation, and now is a great time to plan one with Sandals Resorts. Sandals offers a 10% discount off of their all-inclusive Caribbean vacations for military personnel. Simply book your vacation using any of the other promotions currently available and then apply for the 10% discount. Enjoy the beach for us!

Tough Mudder – 30% off

Are you an obstacle race fiend? Start making your 2019 race calendar and sign up for a Tough Mudder or two. Not sure about this race – there’s something for every skill level. From the Mini Mudder to the 24-hour World’s Toughest Mudder you can find the right challenge for you, and save 30% off the registration price.

Bonus: This discount is open to active duty, reserve, and retired service members.

Toms – 10%

Stylish shoes for the whole family – we’re in! Toms has more than shoes; they also have eyewear, apparel, and baby shoes! They’re offering a 10% online and in person discount on all full-priced items. In addition to the discount, their One for One program helps people with clean water, safe birthing options, shoes, and eyewear for each pair of Toms purchased.

Oakley Standard Issue

The special division of Oakley, Standard Issue, is available to military, government, and first responders and serves to provide the gear they need at a price that works within their budget. Most people use this service for prescription sunglasses, but they have additional eyewear options and some apparel as well. The site requires verification and registration but can save a lot of money on things Tricare doesn’t cover.

Bonus: Registration is open to active, reserve, or veteran U.S. Armed Force members.

Expedia – Gold Benefits

Now through the end of 2018, eligible military personnel can sign up for Expedia’s Gold Benefits – for free – and use the benefits through the end of February. This includes free room upgrades, 30% more bonus points on bookings, and access to exclusive travel offers. You also receive dedicated customer service agents and the ability to redeem points without blackout dates! Make sure you sign up before midnight on December 31st for this great deal.

Countless other organizations and businesses offer discounts, some year-round, some in November, and some on Veterans Day specifically. We appreciate the support these businesses show for our community and encourage you to send your business their way.

While it is great that corporate America supports military families, we all know our community is big on taking care of each other. PCSgrades.com is a community of military and veteran families helping each other with our biggest relocation needs through trusted reviews. Help us help each other by leaving a housing or neighborhood review. Together, we can truly make a difference!
Rebecca Alwine is a freelance writer, army wife, and mother of three. She’s a contributing writer for ARMY Magazine, a regular contributor for several publications including to Homefront United Network, PCSgrades, ESME, and has also been published in Ms. Magazine and The Atlantic. Rebecca Alwine