Lobbying by veterans groups and a growing national appreciation for the sacrifices of those who have worn the uniform have led to an increasing number of great deals for veterans. Here at AARP Veteran Report, we’ve researched the best freebies and really deep discounts that veterans can use to make their daily life better.
- LinkedIn offers U.S. veterans a free one-year Premium Career subscription, which includes access to LinkedIn Learning and usually goes for $39.99 per month or more. LinkedIn Premium, which is widely used by veterans and those in the defense industry, is excellent for job search and renewing contact with comrades.
- Together We Served: The free veteran-only website from the VA provides a way of reconnecting with former service members. Each branch of the military is represented and there are over 1.9 million members.
- RallyPoint: This free platform offers veterans a venue for professional and social discussion, with topics ranging from recruitment to retirement. It has nearly 2 million members.
- Overstock.com offers veterans free one-year membership to Club O, which provides a range of rewards, free shipping and a price-match guarantee. The membership typically costs $19.95.
Time for a show! National nonprofit organization VetTix provides veterans with free tickets to sporting events, concerts, performing arts and other activities. Recipients only have to pay a small delivery fee. The program has distributed almost 15 million tickets to veterans in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., since 2008, with interest in the program currently far outpacing prepandemic levels.
Ticket Club, which sells tickets for everything from Broadway shows to top concert tours to the Super Bowl and lots in between, offers free membership for veterans.
Sports and Exercise
Ready to get back in shape? Veterans get a free 30-day pass to UFC Gym, which calls itself “the trailblazer of MMA-inspired fitness.” You receive the perk by mentioning the Harley Davidson Military Program at the UFC location of your choice.
Beachbody features popular physical training techniques instructed by virtual coaches. It is a great opportunity to earn money by using the fitness skills the military taught. A Military Waiver program gives free access for veterans to all the courses and certifications required to become an official Beachbody coach.
The Birdies for the Brave program enables veterans to receive free tickets to PGA tournaments.