The Top Military Appreciation Month Deals, Discounts and Memorial Day Freebies

May 13, 2019, 12:38 PM by Nuvision Credit Union 


Our heroes sacrifice so much to secure our freedom; it’s always nice to see others paying it forward with special programs for military members.

Large organizations and small local businesses alike offer these benefits throughout the year to honor the men and woman in uniform. Since May is military appreciation month, there are even more discounts available to military members and their families happening right now. Some companies are going the extra mile to show their support with these special offers:


Nuvision Credit Union Free Gas Giveaway

On Memorial Day, Nuvision Credit Union is giving away free gas to Veterans and active duty military in Huntington Beach, California and in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Click here for more info on the Huntington Beach Event, and here for the Cheyenne event.

Free admission

California’s Great America

In celebration of Memorial Day, active duty and retired military receive free admission to Great America. Service members can take advantage of this deal on the Saturday, Sunday, and Monday of Memorial Day weekend. They can also purchase up to six additional tickets for family and friends at the discounted price of $24 each. If you’re looking for a family event, this could be perfect!

Citadel Outlets

Citadel Outlets in Los Angeles is celebrating military appreciation month by offering free access to their VIP lounge to anybody with a military ID. Service members can also bring up to three friends at no cost. This discount runs through the end of May, but Citadel Outlets offer other military discounts throughout the year.


SeaWorld offers the “Waves of Honor” program, which gives service members and up to three dependents free admission to SeaWorld. To redeem the offer, members need to verify their status online. The offer is good through the end of December 2019.

Blue Star Museums

This program is sponsored by Blue Star Families and gives free family admission to military families from Armed Forces Day in May to Labor Day in September. There are many museums across southern California participating in this program, so you can have free fun with the family all summer long.

General discounts


Khol’s recently started their “Military Mondays” program to thank service members for their sacrifices. Every week on Monday, military members and veterans can save 15% on their purchase when they show a valid military ID.


Active duty military and retired veterans who join Costco as a new member are eligible for $60 or more in savings. All they have to do is fill out a form online to verify their military status, and then visit a local Costco to join.


Lowe’s offers 10% off to military members and veterans year-round. All service members need to do is create an account to verify their military credentials, then they’ll be good to start shopping.

Keyes Chevrolet

If you’re looking for a car, Keyes Chevrolet offers a discount to military members, reserves, veterans, and their spouses. The discount can be combined with most other incentives and discounts.

Gaplin Ford

As part of their military appreciation program, Gaplin Ford gives $500 Military Appreciation Bonus Cash to any member of the US military, whether active or retired, and to some military family members.

Food discounts

McCormick & Schmick’s

This Memorial Day, Veterans, active members of the military, and their spouses are welcome to visit McCormick & Schmick’s for a free memorial day meal. Customers are required to show military ID and dine inside the restaurant to receive the deal.

Bad to the Bone BBQ

In celebration of national military appreciation month, Bad to the Bone BBQ has decided to offer a 10 percent discount on all food for veterans and active duty military. The discount is available with a military ID through May 31st.

John’s Incredible Pizza

Military service members, their spouses, and their children can all save 10% off of buffet and beverage purchases. They just need to display a Military ID at the cash register.

Outback Steakhouse

Outback’s heroes discount extends 10% off to not just military, but any serviceman or woman, including police officers and firefighters. This discount is redeemable when you present some sort of military identification, either issued by the government, by a veterans organization, or a picture of you in uniform.

Many other places that didn’t make the list also offer military discounts others. Some businesses have programs, but don’t advertise them. If you’re active duty military or a retired veteran, it never hurts to ask about a military discount. It could save you a significant amount of money in the long run.