The Best and Biggest Freebies for Veterans in 2020
Free Stuff for Veterans
It’s no secret that one of the upsides of military service (along with the spiffy uniforms and sense of pride) is the wide array of military discounts and deals offered to us by numerous thoughtful businesses. Bargains on things like car rentals, flights, hotels, and more. But some institutions go the extra mile to show their appreciation for service members and veterans by actually offering some completely free stuff. Here are some particularly nice ones you should definitely know about.
Veterans Day Meals
Though not a year-round offering, the concept of a free meal for military folks on Veterans Day is always worth mentioning. Because it’s widespread and it’s tasty. Chains from Applebee’s to Chili’s, as well as a fair share of local places (so ask around your town to see who’s participating in your neck of the woods), offer a choice of one from a list of popular entrees offered gratis to all veterans, retirees, reservists, active duty personnel, and members of the National Guard.
Annual National Park Passes
Any member of the military, past or present, can get into any of our nation’s stunning national parks for free with their ID on Veterans Day each and every year. That alone is an amazing offer. But they also provide free annual passes that any active duty, reserve, or National Guard personnel can sign up for. It’s a simple process to sign up. And it gives you access to the over 2,000 beautiful and historic sites overseen by the Park Service.
Seaworld (et al) Admission
Waves of Honor is a program run by Seaworld Parks and Entertainment (which includes, in addition to their titular chain of maritime parks, Busch Gardens, Sesame Place, and more) that offers free admission at all of their establishments to military personnel. The offer is available year-round to those currently serving, including reservists and the Guard, and to all veterans on Veterans Day.
Baseball Hall of Fame Admission
Nothing is more American than our military, but there are a few things that come close. And one of them is baseball. The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York has great discounts available for members of most major veteran organizations. But for active duty and retired personnel, admission is 100% free all year long. Learn all about the incredible history of America’s pastime and the greats who played it over the decades. Greats like Navy veteran Yogi Berra, Marine veteran Ted Williams, Army veteran Jackie Robinson.
If you want to get pedantic about it, none of this free stuff is technically “free.” Your payment was the numerous hardships and sacrifices of service. But the other side of that coin is the fact that, by said sacrifices, you’ve already paid for all this great stuff. So why not get the most out of it? As a member of the military community, you owe it yourself to take advantage of all the benefits available. Particularly those with no extra charge.