Bring on the picnics, parades, and fireworks—it’s time for our nation’s annual celebration — of faith! July Fourth marks one of the world’s great acts of faith when a bold group of American patriots signed their names to the Declaration of Independence and risked everything for the dream of a free and just society.
Though freedom is always being tested, the faith of our fathers endures, thanks to our military personnel. Whatever George Washington said to his freezing, starving troops at Valley Forge convinced them to fight on. Today Washington’s statue looks down on Wall Street, and he is probably still saying, “Hang in there! We are still a country of economic strength, opportunity, and security.”
This Independence Day we are paying a whole lot more than our forefathers could ever have imagined, for everything from the hot dogs, to the watermelon, to the gas for the family car. Our troops perform an invaluable service, but their pay is modest. Fortunately there are many military discounts that they can claim. Here are just a few of the savings that are available if you have a military ID card:
Many movies, concerts, zoos, sporting events, theme parks and museums offer military discounts with a military ID card, so don’t pay full price before you visit the Information Office.
Hotels and car rentals offer discounts too, so when making reservations, always ask the hotel representative if they offer military discounts or government rates for federal employees. Some may also offer additional savings for those military personnel being deployed or returning from deployment.
Check out military tuition scholarships at your local colleges and universities. Many of them offer military tuition scholarships that discount the credit hour cost for its courses to the same amount that is reimbursed through the Military Tuition Assistance Program. That amounts to free education for undergrads with a military record.
Even the post office has gotten on the bandwagon. Priority mail sent to an FPO or APO address is eligible for a substantial discount.
Retail stores off base also offer military discounts. National retail chains like Home Depot, Lowe’s, McDonald’s, Kmart, Walgreen’s, and Apple offer various discounts to military personnel and their families when a Military ID is shown.
And of course, military exchanges and commissaries offer a variety of goods at discounted prices. According to MilitaryMoney.com, single service members save an average of $1,000 each year, while a family of four saves at least $3,000 just by shopping at the commissary.
The road ahead is truly what we make it. And that’s exactly what the Founding Fathers had in mind—a chance for all of us to create the future we dream of for ourselves and our families. Being grateful for what we have will help us move forward with confidence and hope.
Have a hopeful and faithful Fourth!