If you are a veteran or a member of the military, you are eligible for a variety of deals and discounts year-round across the country. Many businesses require you to show government-issued identification to receive the markdowns. Among the deals are these:
AARP membership. Active-duty service members, retired military and veterans receive up to a 30 percent discount off an annual AARP membership. As a member you are eligible for these benefits carefully chosen for veterans, military, and their families.
Apparel and retail
1-800-Flowers. Military members, veterans and family get 20 percent off of flowers and gift baskets.
Adidas. Military members can enjoy 30 percent off online and in store or 20 percent off at factory outlet stores.
Allen Edmonds. Students, veterans and active military receive 15 percent off at the shoe retailer after military service verification through ID.me.
It doesn't cost to ask
Tip: Even if you don't see your favorite places listed here, they may have military, senior or veterans discounts.
• Low-key reductions. Some businesses don't advertise their deals.
• Local markdowns. Others may be franchises of national chains that offer price cuts locally but not as part of an across-the-board program.
• What is ID.me? The website says it meets federal standards for identity verification. Put in your information once, and after it's assessed, you don't have to re-enter the info again wherever this service is used.
Asics. A 40 percent discount is offered to service members.
BJ's Wholesale. All active and military personnel receive more than 25 percent off a new membership, plus a $10 coupon with identification and enrollment in automatic renewal.
Bonobos. Current and former military personnel are eligible for a 20 percent discount.
Champion/Hanes. Military members, veterans and their families can receive a one-time use 10 percent discount.
Costco. Upon becoming a new member, active or retired military members and their spouses or dependents receive coupons for free products and other savings valued at $60.
CVS. Those enrolled in Veterans Advantage can take 20 percent off all online orders with free shipping.
Fred Meyer. Current military members, veterans and their families are eligible for an extra 10 percent off private label goods, including Fred Meyer, Kroger and Simple Truth, at the grocer in four western states.
Helly Hansen. Active-duty, retirees, reservists and veterans can receive a 50 percent discount to shop online.
Kohl's. Active military, veterans and their families can receive 15 percent off in stores on Military Mondays.
Lululemon. Service members, military spouses and first responders receive 25 percent off with their government IDs.
Manscaped. Active-duty service members, veterans and first responders get 20 percent off when verified through ID.me.
Michaels. Registered military members with a Michaels Rewards account can take 15 percent off their entire purchase.
Nike. A 10 percent discount is provided to active-duty, retirees, reservists, veterans and their families.
Rack Room Shoes . Every Tuesday — plus Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day — military personnel and their families get 10 percent off their entire in-store purchase.
Sam's Club. Active or retired military personnel and their spouses will receive a $10 gift card when they join or renew their membership.
Tiffany & Co. Active-duty, reservists and veterans may take 10 percent off engagement rings and wedding bands.
Timberland. Military members can save 20 percent on their online and in-store orders once service has been verified.
Yankee Candle. All active and retired military members and their immediate families may take 10 percent off their purchase.
Yeti. Discounts are offered to current service members, first responders, government employees and veterans on select products after verification through ID.me.
Car and auto service
Advance Auto Parts. Active-duty and reserve military, plus veterans with at least 20 years of service or receiving Veterans Affairs benefits, and their immediate family can take 10 percent off regularly priced items in stores.
Anthem Off-Road. All active-duty service members and veterans get 15 percent off any regularly priced Anthem wheels, including custom drill fees and replacement plans.
Auto Accessories Garage. Military members, veterans, retirees and their families can receive discounts ranging from 5 to 20 percent.
Avis. Veterans and active military save up to 25 percent on base rates on rental vehicles after enrolling in the Veterans Advantage program.
BMW. USAA members are eligible for special offers to lease or purchase a new BMW.
Budget. Enroll in Veterans Advantage to receive up to 25 percent off car rentals.
Geico. Active-duty, National Guard, Reserves or retired military receive a 15 percent discount on insurance premiums. Members of select military associations also can get the discounts.
Hertz. Veterans, active-duty, national guard, reserve members and their families enrolled in Veterans Advantage can take up to 10 percent off Hertz base rates.
Honda. Active-duty military, veterans and their spouses can receive a $500 discount toward any 2018 or newer vehicle when financed or leased through Honda, and when they are within one year of separation from active service.
Jeep. Active-duty service members, retired military or honorably discharged veterans within 12 months of separation are eligible for a $500 military bonus when a 2018 or newer vehicle is purchased or leased.
Jiffy Lube. Active and retired members of the armed forces may take 25 percent off most services.
O'Reilly Auto Parts. Active-duty, Reserve, retired and veteran service members, plus immediate family, get 10 percent off in-store purchases with the exception of antifreeze, motor oil and sale items.
Penske. All military personnel and veterans can use the promo code MILITARY to receive a 10 percent discount off moving truck rentals. The company also has a phone line for do-it-yourself military moves at 844-487-6677 (844-4TROOPS).
Toyota. All military personnel, retirees and veterans within two years of discharge can take advantage of a $500 military discount toward any purchase or lease made through Toyota Financial Services.
Volkswagen. First responders, service members and those within two years of discharge can receive $500 toward the lease or purchase of a new VW.
Bonefish Grill. All service members, veterans and first responders may take 10 percent off their check every day.
Greene Turtle. Military members can take 15 percent off of their meal.
Melting Pot. Military personnel, firefighters, EMTs, police officers and one guest may take 20 percent off their dinner on Sundays (food only).
Logan's Roadhouse. Most locations offer active-duty service members and veterans a 10 percent discount on meals.
Outback Steakhouse. Military personnel and veterans may take 10 percent off their entire check, excluding alcohol, with their immediate family.
Red Lobster. Active-duty service members receive 10 percent off their meals on Military Mondays.
Texas de Brazil. Emergency medical personnel, firefighters, law enforcement, nurses, service members, veterans and teachers get 20 percent off lunch and dinner prices, along with three others in their party.
Cinemark Theatres. Active duty, retired, and dependents may be eligible for a discount at the box office at certain times or on certain days. Call your theater for details.
Regal Cinemas. Active and retired military members qualify for a military discount offered at a variety of Regal locations. Call your local theater for details and availability.
SiriusXM. Active-duty, Reserves, retirees and veterans receive a 25 percent discount.
Health and Fitness
24 Hour Fitness. Active-duty and Reserve military, firefighters, paramedics, police and their spouses can qualify for no initiation fee and get $5 off monthly dues.
AC Lens. Active-duty, Reserves or retired military get a 10 percent discount on many contact lenses. Use the promo code MILITARY at checkout.
Atkins. Active-duty service members, first responders and veterans can get 15 percent off bars, shakes and snacks.
Eyemart Express. Active-duty service members, retired military, veterans and their dependents receive a 20 percent discount.
LasikPlus. Active-duty military, veterans and civil servants get a 20 percent discount on laser eye surgery.
Home and Technology
Apple. Active-duty, National Guard and Reserves service members, veterans and their families get 10 percent off products and accessories after verifying military status with ID.me.
AT&T. Military and veteran families can receive a 25 percent monthly plan discount and may qualify for a free iPhone 8 in November 2019.
Embrace Pet Insurance. Active-duty service members and former military members get a 5 percent discount that may vary by state.
LinkedIn. Members of the military community are eligible for one year of free access to LinkedIn Premium and LinkedIn Learning.
Lowe's. All military members and veterans plus National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration employees and Public Health Service workers get 10 percent off eligible purchases.
Microsoft. Active, former, retired military members and their families can take up to 10 percent off select products and services.
Pods. Verified military members can save 10 percent on moves or storage at participating locations.
Rosetta Stone. Active-duty and retired service members get 10 percent off, after verifying military service with ID.me.
Sherwin Williams. Active-duty and Reserve service members, veterans and their spouses get 15 percent off paints, stains and supplies.
Targus. All members of the armed forces, including veterans, may take 25 percent off their entire order.
T-Mobile. Discounted cellphone service plans are available for all military members, veterans and Gold Star family members.
TurboTax. The company offers its software for free or at a reduced rate, depending on taxes being filed. A military W-2 form is used to verify status.
U.S. Cellular. Veterans and active-duty military members may take 15 percent off calling plan charges, single lines or family plans.
Verizon Wireless and Fios. Military, veterans and their families can qualify for a 15 percent discount on some phone plans and get 25 percent off some accessories.
Amtrak. Active-duty military personnel, veterans and their dependents can receive 10 percent off the lowest available rail fare on most Amtrak trains. Uniformed members are welcome at the head of the ticket line.
Beaches by Sandals. Current and former military, Federal Emergency Management Agency employees, firefighters and police save 10 percent after purchasing an all-inclusive vacation, applicable only to one room.
Best Western. Government personnel, military service members and veterans receive a minimum 10 percent discount at hotels and resorts across North America.
Carnival Cruise Lines. Active and retired military can check Carnival's calendar to find best military fares, reduced deposits and upgrades.
Disneyland / Disney World. Active-duty, National Guard, Reserves and retired military personnel can buy discounted park tickets. The Commissioned Corps National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Public Health Service employees also are eligible.
Great Wolf Lodge. Active-duty or retired military, emergency medical services personnel, firefighters and law-enforcement officers save up to 30 percent with the promo code HEROES.
Hyatt Hotels. Military personnel, government employees, defense and some other government contractors can select “government” from the special rates drop-down menu in the booking window for special deals.
Motel 6. Active or retired military personnel and their families can save up to 10 percent at all Motel 6 and Studio 6 locations.
Royal Caribbean. Military personnel, firefighters, police and seniors are offered discounted fares available on select trips.
SeaWorld. Its Waves of Honor programs in Orlando, San Antonio and San Diego allow active-duty, National Guard and Reserve personnel free admission once a year with up to three dependents. Veterans discounts vary among SeaWorld locations.
Universal Studios, Hollywood, California. Active-duty, National Guard, Reserves and retired military personnel, as well as 100 percent disabled veterans and their spouses or dependents, can receive specially priced offers when purchased in advance from Military Ticket Offices.
Wyndham Hotels. Military service members, veterans and their families receive up to 20 percent off the best available rate at participating locations. First verify your service through ID.me.
Editor’s note: This article, originally published Nov. 11, 2019, has been updated with the latest discounts for veterans.