Freebies for Military and Veterans
Military Freebies: Free Stuff for Military, Veterans, and Their Families
Military members and their families learn very quickly that some organizations like to honor the armed services by providing military discounts. With so many discounts offered to the military community, we wanted to see if there were any freebies out there for military members; here is what we found:
Entertainment & Travel Freebies for Military and Veterans
9/11 Memorial Museum
The 9/11 Memorial Museum offers free admission to active-duty military, retirees, and 9/11 family members. Tickets can be purchased up to 6 months in advance and provide access to all exhibitions. Visit the 9/11 Memorial Museum website for details.
America the Beautiful Passes Program
Through the America the Beautiful Passes Program, military members and their dependents can receive a free annual pass. Includes National Guard and Reserve as well. You must obtain a pass in person at a federal recreation site by showing your military or dependent ID. Find a federal recreation site near you.
Gold star families and veterans are also eligible for a free lifetime pass now, too.
The Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the world. Active duty service members receive free admission all year long as apart of the Blue Star Museums program. Between Armed Forces Day and Labor Day, the households are included in this too. You would just need to bring your military ID.
The Baseball Hall of Fame
The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY contains tens of thousands of artifacts representing all facets of baseball, from the beginning to the present. They provide free admission to active duty and retired career military. They also have a Veterans Day Celebration.
Birdies For the Brave
Birdies For the Brave is a joint effort by PGA TOUR Inc, PGA TOUR Charities Inc, and the PGA TOUR’s TPC Network to offer free tickets for members of the military and their families. Visit their website for more information on which tickets are currently available.
Blue Star Theatres
NOTE: This discount no longer appears to be valid. We’ll keep you updated if it returns.
Blue Star Theatres’ goal is to connect theatre offerings to military personnel across the United States. Each Blue Star Theatre participating in the program offers discounted or complimentary admission to all military personnel, veterans, and their families. You can visit an interactive map on their website to check participating locations near you.
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George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum offers free admission for Active Duty Military. Retired Military get a discounted admissions rate of $10. Visit the George W. Bush Presidential Library website for more details.
Vet Tix provides tickets to military members who are currently serving, veterans, and their immediate family. They offer tickets to sporting events, concerts, performing arts, educational, and family activities across the nation. You can sign-up online, and military verification is required. You may have to pay a small shipping fee.
Waves of Honor
The Waves of Honor Program gives military members and up to 3 direct dependents one complimentary admission per year to SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, or Sesame Place. You must have a valid Active Duty military ID to be eligible. The Waves of Honor Program verifies eligibility through id.me. The offer also includes free parking.
Deployment Services Freebies For Military
Build a Sign
Build as Sign offers free customizable banners to families welcoming home a deployed military member. No validation is required. You will have to pay for shipping. For further details, visit their website.
GreenCare for Troops
GreenCare for Troops provides complimentary lawn and landscape services for deployed active duty military members, E-6 and below. They serve all military branches, and it is a needs-based program. To register, you will need deployment orders. Visit their website for more details. They also have snow removal services through SnowCare for Troops.
Education & Finance Military Freebies
The military community, including veterans and military spouses can receive a free year of LinkedIn Premium with Sheer ID. With this freebie you can also receive unlimited access to more than 10,000 courses through the LinkedIn Learning platform.
SaveAndInvest.org offers a free credit score and analysis tool for active-duty service members. The program offers free access to your FICO credit score. You can access the program through the installation’s Personal Financial Management Program (PFMP), which is usually found at the Airman & Family Readiness Center, Army Community Service, Fleet & Family Support Center, or Marine Corps Community Services.
The Department of Defense offers free access to homework and online tutoring through Tutor.com. Students in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard, Reserves,
Wounded Warriors and deployed DoD civilian families are eligible.
Lifestyle Freebies for Military
Brides Across America
Brides Across America gives military or first responder brides a free wedding gown during an “Operation Wedding Gown Event.” Events are typically held in July and November. If you or your fiancé were on active duty or are a veteran within the past five years, you qualify. Visit their website to view more qualification details, register, and find participating bridal shops near you.
USO and What to Expect Foundation
The USO and What to Expect Foundation host free baby showers for expectant military mothers worldwide. Visit their website to check dates and locations.
VeteranRX is a free prescription discount program for veterans and their families. It entitles them for discounts on both brand name and generic drugs at 35,000+ pharmacies nationwide. It even covers pet medication. You will print the card and take it to the pharmacy.
Freebies offered by organizations are an appreciated gesture of gratitude; make sure to take advantage of their kindness. MyMilitaryBenefits helps provide information for freebies and discounts to help connect you to available resources. You will need to check individual websites for hours of operation and further program details.
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About the author
Lori Waddell serves as Co-director of an emergency response COAD in Montana, a freelance writer, and an Air Force Key Spouse. She is passionate about empowering communities and individuals through knowledge and resources. She currently lives in Montana with her husband and two children.