November is National Veteran & Military Families Month
How Military Families Can Celebrate National Veteran & Military Families Month
November is National Veteran and Military Families Month. This began back in 1996, established by the Armed Services YMCA. The US government has recognized it ever since. It is a time to acknowledge the sacrifices our military families make.
November is a great month to use military discounts, and learn more about the organizations and resources available out there for military families. There are many, and not everyone is aware of what is out there. Take some time to check out this list and learn more about what can help improve your military life.
Military Family Organizations
At the ASYMCA (Armed Forces YMCA) you can find a variety of programs such as Camps and Camping, Operation Little Learners, Children’s Waiting Room, Child Care and Preschool, and Operation Hero.
Operation Hero is a national nonprofit whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so they can thrive. They offer programs to help in critical financial assistance, housing, veteran caregiver support, and family events.
Operation Purple offers camps for military kids, Buddy Camps, family retreats, and healing adventures for the military family.
Soldier’s Angels provide aid, comfort, and resources to the military, veterans, and their families.
Blue Star Families was founded in 2009 and works to empower military and veteran families to thrive by connecting them to civilian organizations as well as people.
For Military Families During November
Military OneSource Virtual Events
During the month of November, Military OneSource will be offering virtual events for military families. They will be on topics such as Sleep Strategies for Stress and Easy and Nutritious Meals for your MilFam.
Military Family Appreciation Kits
The Department of Defense and Military OneSource offers Military Family Appreciation Kits to service members and their immediate family members as well as veterans within 365 days of their post-separation date.
Make sure to use the hashtag #MilitaryFamilyMonth on Twitter during the month of November.
Military Discounts for Veteran and Military Families Month
During the month of November, make sure to take advantage of these military discounts.
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant & Market
At Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant & Market, a Forest Gump-themed restaurant, you can find a 10% off military discount.
At Buffalo Wild Wings you can find a 10% military discount based on location.
Cinnabon offers a 15% off military discount to active, reservists, and retirees at participating stores.
Hard Rock Cafe offers 15% off on their food, non-alcoholic drinks, and retail purchases as a military discount.
At Johnny Rockets, you can receive a 10% or more military discount.
At Outback Steakhouse, all service members get 10% off of their entire check, all day, every day.
Raising Cane’s offers a 10% military discount at certain locations.
Retail Discounts for Military & Veterans for Military Families Month
The Apple Store offers special pricing with their “Apple Store for Government” program. The special pricing applies to some but not all of their products.
Dell computers offer a 10% military discount.
Samsung offers savings of up to 30% with their Samsung Military Discount Program. You can find savings on phones, electronics, and more.
Bass Pro Shops offers their Legendary Salute Military Discount Program. This program provides active duty, veterans, retirees, national guard, and reserves a 5% discount every day of the year.
The Buckle, which sells men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing, offers a 10% military discount on all verified military orders.
Carter’s and Oshkosh are both children’s clothing stores. They offer free shipping to APO and FPO mailboxes on orders over $50.
Mattel is one of the most popular toy makers and they do offer a 30% military discount on non-sale items. You can also receive advanced notifications of sales and be invited to exclusive shopping opportunities.
American Girl sells dolls, doll supplies, and books to go along with them. They do offer a 15% off military discount to active duty, retirees, veterans, and military spouses and dependents. Available at the American Girl locations.
Tactical Baby Gear sells baby carriers, diaper bags, emergency blow out kits, and more. They offer a 15% off military discount when you verify your military status online.
Attractions and Places to Stay
Enjoy November and the National Veteran and Military Families Month!
Have a question about your military benefits? We’ve partnered with the Veterans Education Project to help find the answers you need. Please go here to get answers to your military benefits questions.
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About the author
Julie Provost is a freelance writer, blogger, and owner of Soldier's Wife, Crazy Life, a support blog for military spouses. She lives in Tennessee with her National Guard husband and three boys.