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There are many retailers that, either out of a sense of pride in the military or because some member of that business is a veteran himself, offer significant discounts to the men and women who protect our nation. Some of these discounts occur only on holidays such as Veteran’s and Memorial Day but other happen all year round. Keep reading to see the best military discounts for service members and veterans.
- Restaurants: Restaurants such as Applebee’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, California Pizza Kitchen, Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, Chipotle and many others offer discounts and even free meals to veteran’s either on Veteran’s Day or regularly throughout the year as a matter of store policy.
- Education and tutoring: Many colleges and universities throughout the country offer discounts to military members, spouses, and veterans. This is in addition to the many educational benefits that the GI Bill already offers those of us who have served our nation. As an example, Tutor.com offers free tutoring for members of the military.
- Moving and storage: Anyone who has every served knows the necessity of having to move from time to time. In acknowledgement of this, several national moving companies offer discounts to active duty members of the military such as Penske Truck Rentals which offer 20% off on relocation packages. Some even offer discount packages for overseas moves.
- Cars and dealerships: Car rental places like Hertz and Enterprise as well as car dealerships offer many discounts for military men and women. (Enterprise’s founder Jack Taylor served as a U.S. Navy pilot during World War II.) You can also often find discounts at auto repair shops.
- Amusement and theme parks: Amusement venues such as Westgate Resorts, LEGOLAND Florida, Aquarium of the Pacific, Disneyland all offer some kind of discount for veterans and their families. AT LEGOLAND Florida, veterans can also purchase theme tickets for up to six guests at a 50 percent discount.
Of course, chief among the businesses that offer discounts for veterans and active duty personnel 24/7/365 is eMarine PX. We are a USMC store that sells Marine Corps jacket and many other items of interest to Marine Corps personnel. Our service is number one and our merchandise is of the highest quality.
Veterans Day is one of America’s most popular holidays. However, this does not mean that there aren’t many misconceptions surrounding it. In order to better honor the men and women who give their all in the defense of this country, we present you with these important facts and myths about Veterans Day.
- Veterans Day does NOT have an apostrophe: If you know people have been placing an apostrophe between the “n” and the “s” in Veterans Day, please ask them to stop it. The day honors all veterans. It is not meant to honor a specific veteran or subset of veterans.
- Veterans Day is NOT the Same as Memorial Day: This is a common misconception among civilians. The distinction is that Memorial Day honors those who have died defending our country. Veterans Day honors all who have or who are currently serving our nation in the armed forces.
- Veterans Day consist of a yearly wreath laying ceremony: Every year at exactly 11 a.m. a wreath-laying ceremony is held at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington Cemetery. Commonly, the President of the United States presides over the ceremony.
- Other countries celebrate it, too: Canada and Australia, for example, celebrate “Remembrance Day” on Nov. 11. Great Britain observes their Veterans Day on the Sunday closest to the 11th. They do so with parades and with a moment of silence for their fallen warriors.
- Veterans Day was once known as Armistice Day: Veterans Day was once intended to primarily honor those who died in World War I but was later amended to include all veterans who have served in the US military.
- In 1984 an unknown soldier from the Vietnam War was reburied in Arlington National Cemetery: He was later indentified through DNA test as Michael Blassie, a 24-year-old pilot shot down in 1972.
The sacrifices that our brave men and women make to this country are worth honoring every day. We are veterans who also do so by providing our customers with USMC Marine Corps Gifts that are made in the USA and that bear the emblems of the Marine Corps.
On Saturday, November 10, 2018 The Marine Corps celebrated its 243rd birthday. Not only does the Corps not show signs of slowing down – imagine if it were your 243rd birthday – but it has actually grown stronger and more robust with each passing year. (Prior to the year 1921, the birthday of the Marines was celebrated on different dates. However, formal commemoration of the birthday of the Marine Corps began on 10 November 1921.) That is because of the men and women who serve and because the USMC has recognized that in order to grow stronger as an institution and continue to protect this great nation, it has had to adapt. Let’s take a little time to look back at the past, present and future of our illustrious organization as it continues to keep the nation we love free.
The Marine Corps began back in November 10, 1775 when two battalions of Continental Marines were in Philadelphia to serve as a branch of infantry troops capable of fighting both at sea and on shore. Thus, the idea of being able to adapt has always been a part of the character of the Marine Corps. Since then the Marines have served in nearly every conflict in United States history. The men and women there have distinguished themselves in actions such as the Barbary Wars, the Mexican American War, Spanish American War and of course World Wars I and II.
Celebrations and Ceremonies
While this date does not occupy the public consciousness as much as a day like Memorial Day or Veterans Day, celebrations honoring the birthday of the USMC are abound all throughout the nation. Since 1925 birthday celebrations, formal balls, dances, sporting events and even mock battles were held to commemorate the holiday. Today, celebrations range from parades to other special events all across the nation. So, it is with great pride that we honor the birthday of the Marine Corps an institution that only grows stronger, leaner and more efficient every year. It does so through the contributions of technology, improved training and of course, men and woman who desire to better themselves while protecting our great nation. However you decide to recognize and honor this historic benchmark, we have Marine Corps gifts you can give to veterans and active duty personnel. We are supported by veterans and all our products are made here in the greatest nation on earth – The United States of America.
Your 4 or 6 year “hitch” with the USMC is finally coming to an end and you are faced with the decision of whether or not you should reenlist. And while some may emphatically answer in the negative, the prudent service person will deliberate over this very important question carefully before reaching a decision. After all, it is a decision that could be as life-changing as the one you made when you enlisted.
- The economy: While the economy is booming currently, wages are actually down in the civilian sector. Many people still have to work two jobs in order to make ends meet. The military offers great job security and most of your living expenses are already paid for.
- Reenlistment incentives: The Marine Corps is currently spending $136 million in reenlistment bonuses and other incentives to retain talented and skilled soldiers. The USMC realizes that achieving retention goals is extremely vital for the future of our country and for the individual who is considering reenlisting.
- Pension: The private sector is quickly doing away with pensions. The military is not. The choice to reenlist can be a sound one for your family’s long term financial goals. Every day that you remain in the services you are building towards that future.
- Camaraderie: All other reasons and incentives aside, there is a sense of fellowship that exist in the services that is stronger than any other part of society. Men and women in the services bond due to the uniqueness of their shared experience.
- Switching career fields: In order to explore a different career field once you leave the military you may have to essentially start all over again. This can involve going back to school or getting some other kind of training. In the armed services it is much easier to transition between specialties than it is in the civilian world.
So, when it comes to deciding whether or not to reenlist the old saying “Act in haste; repent in leisure” applies. We realize that the choice to reenlist is not for everyone. However, we believe that the USMC is a more than worthy organization to back all the way. There are opportunities abound, an amazing support system and training in some unique specialties. We believe you will be proud of your decision to stay with this proud organization that helps defend the bastion of freedom. Whether you decide to reenlist or not, make sure to take a look at our USMC store for US marine gifts this season and every season.
As we rapidly approach the holiday season, we are reminded that the primary message of this time of year is that helping the less fortunate in times of crisis is its own reward. In particular, we would like to acknowledge groups out there that help veterans who are going through difficult times. Sure, EMarine PX is a place to purchase USMC gifts, but we are also an organization for and about active service men and woman and veterans of the USMC. Because we care and know you do as well, we provide you with list of reputable charities that help veterans who are not as fortunate as some of us.
- Disabled American Veterans (DAV): DAV’s credo is to help veterans “lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity.” And after all, this is the very least people who have sacrificed for our country deserve. DAV helps by providing assistance to homeless veterans and by helping them to become productive members of society. You can make gifts of clothing and furniture to DAV by calling the organization and leaving these items outside your home for collection.
- Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA): This relative newcomer among veteran’s charities has connected more than 1.2 million veterans by networking with local organizations whose goals is to help veterans who may be facing obstacles in the civilian world such as homelessness and employment. It was founded back in 2004.
- S. Vets: U.S. Vets is the nation’s largest nonprofit provider of services to homeless vets. Established in 1993, the organization helps with services such as counseling, job placement and drug and alcohol free-housing.
- Hope for the Warriors: This organization was founded by military wives back in 2006 and is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for post-9/11 service members who have sustained either physical and/or psychological wounds.
- United Service Organizations (USO): The USO is a charitable organization that was chartered by Congress in 1941. Though not a part of the government, it provides care packages, entertainment to US servicemen and women around the world.
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, approximately 40,056 homeless Americans are veterans. We can all do our bit to relieve the stress and uncertainly that is a part of their lives by contributing to these and other charities that help supply vets with food, shelter and other necessities.
Back in April of this year on this blog, we wrote about several business leaders, all veterans, who are now or have been captains of industry. We wrote about, for example, how FedEx was founded by Marine Corps veteran, Fred Smith and how the company is the 10th-largest private employer in the United States. Despite this accomplishment by a Marine Corps veteran and similar achievements by veterans of many of branches of the military, some recruiters fail to see how skills obtained while serving this country translate over into the civilian workforce. This is unfortunate. Here are just a few of the many, many important skills that members of the armed forces acquire that can be used in the civilian workforce as well.
- Leadership: No organization can thrive without strong, effective leadership. Leadership requires strategic planning, intelligence and the ability to inspire others to be their best. Sounds like any organization you know? These attributes are gained through service in the military as are problem-solving skills.
- Communication: Employers need and appreciate managers who can communicate to their subordinates exactly what is required of them in an unambiguous manner. Effective communication skills help in all job interactions and help in the task of goal setting and mission execution.
- The ability to follow orders: The ability to follow orders is an integral part of every workplace environment no matter what your position is in that company. This and obedience are instilled in people who serve in the military from basic training onward.
- Problem solving: Effective problem solving skills are some of the most important assets a new hire can bring to a job. The ability to think on one’s feet and adapt when things go wrong are all part and parcel of effective problem solving.
- Teamwork and collaboration: Most employers aren’t looking for iconoclastic individuals who want to go their own way. That is because in nearly all of life’s endeavors more can be accomplished through teamwork and cooperation.
Yes, all these are so-called “soft-skills” that easily transfer over into the civilian workforce. They are a part of a skill-set that each recruit learns and carries with him/her for his/her entire life. The acquisition of this knowledge is a reason to be proud of serving in this country’s military. You can also express your pride in the Corps when you purchase an item from our USMC store. We have many items from books and videos to clothing and Marine Corps jewelry.
First recognized in 1979, POW/MIA Recognition Day was created to honor the men and women of our armed forces who have either gone missing in action or who were made prisoners of war while defending our country. This day, which is celebrated on the third Friday in September, has a special significance this year as the nation has recently lost one of its most honored warriors, Senator John McCain, who was of course, once a POW himself. So, while the memory of this great man is still fresh in the mind of all those who cherish freedom and who fight for its preservation every day, we present some things everyone should know about how this important day of remembrance got started and what it means.
In 1979, Congress passed a resolution making the POW/MIA Recognition Day and official day of remembrance for Americans who have gone missing in action while fighting for our country or who were made prisoners during military conflicts. This day was first celebrated on July 18 and thereafter the date changed somewhat until 1986 when the government made the decision to have POW/MIA Recognition Day set to the third Friday the September. Though it is not recognized as a day off for many workers, ceremonies are held throughout the nation honoring this day and those who made such enormous sacrifices for the country.
There is an entire agency dedicated to providing a full accounting of military personnel missing from World War II (WWII), the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, the Gulf Wars, and other recent conflicts – The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. It seeks to help those whose lives are filled with uncertainty over the fate of their loved ones. Also, there are many POW’s from the Vietnam error in particular who survive to this day such as Texas Congressman Sam Johnson. These people endured hardship and abuse and in an attempt keep us free lost theirs for a time. For them and MIAs the phrase “You Are Not Forgotten” has been coined.
This day is just one of the many ways the country honors our brave fighting men and women. We are proud to have been established to honor veterans and have been doing so since 2002. We honor them for the sacrifices they have made and continue to make for our country. You can show your pride too with our American made, Marine Corps Products and USMC novelties. Wear them as you honor our brave missing and captured this September 21st.
Marine Corps memorabilia deserves to be shown off with pride, whether you’re honoring a friend, family member, spouse, or even your own history in the Marine Corps. But memorabilia doesn’t just have to sit on a shelf. Here are some unique ways to display your memorabilia.
One great idea is to display pins, clothing, flags, and stripes in shadow boxes, or deep picture frames that can securely hold treasured objects. You can also dress up an entire bookcase like a trophy case, filled with historical books and memorabilia like plaques, ammo boxes, and medallions.
Often, one of the biggest hurdles in the job search process for veterans entering the civilian workforce is convincing potential employers that the skills that they acquired during their service will be an asset to them. So, while this challenge can be great, it is not insurmountable. (Anyway, when has a Marine not been eager to accept a challenge?) To help you meet this challenge, eMarine PX offers you these tips to help you conduct a job search that will result in a quick and decisive victory.
- Get ready for battle: Many vets are surprised at how difficult it can be secure employment after having served our nation. But it should not be. It has always been somewhat harder for veterans to secure employment in the civilian workforce. According to the site Monster, post 9/11 vets had an unemployment rate of 6.9% in April 2015 vs. the non-veteran rate of 4.9%.
- Equip yourself: Take advantage of programs that help you transition from military to civilian life. These resources can provide you with the confidence and tools you need to approach civilian employers.
- Use military/civilian alliances and resources: Certain civilian businesses recognize that we as a nation can do more for our veterans by giving them with the opportunity to excel in the civilian workforce. These businesses have formed alliances with the military to supply job seekers with tools such as career counseling, resume enhancement, interview training and online skills training.
- Network: There are many groups of ex service members that are willing to help vets who are entering the job market. This is because veterans have a sense of camaraderie that is seldom seen among civilians. Seek out such organizations to find out what its members can do to aid you with your job search.
It really is a shame that some employers cannot see how the skills and experience veterans have acquired through their service to the nation can also be an asset to their businesses. The good news is that things have gotten better in recent years than they were in the past. Great men and women have transitioned successfully from military careers to the civilian workforce and are now members of government and leaders of industry. Whether you decide to enter the civilian workforce or make a career out of the military, we are sure you will want to continue to show your pride in the USMC. Do so by proudly displaying one of our USMC hats and other clothing.