Take advantage of some of the hidden benefits of being a veteran!
By Nancy and Dawn Clement
November 5, 2009 (San Diego’s East County)- This week’s column is a special thank you to all the active duty, veterans, retired military and their families in the East County and San Diego region. Veteran’s Day is not just another time for stores to hold special sales, it is a day set aside to pause and collectively honor our military service members and their families.
We know it comes at a personal sacrifice to you, time you spend away from your families, not being there for the birth of a child, spending holidays away from loved ones to protect our country and our freedom. DWD and ECM appreciate your military service and dedication to protect our country and our freedom and we extend our thanks and gratitude by sharing information on money saving services, ideas and activities specifically for you and your families.
Free Lunch for Veterans and Active Duty Military: Wednesday 11th at both East County Applebees located in El Cajon. One restaurant is at 2508 Jamacha Road, in El Cajon, 92019 (619-670-7203) and the other is 107 Fletcher Parkway, in El Cajon, 92020 (619-593-3066) for more information: www.applebees.com/vetsDay/default.aspx.
Another Free Lunch is offered by McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant. It is located at 675 L Street San Diego CA (619.645.6545) to learn more: www.mccormickandschmicks.com/featured-promotions/Veterans-Appreciation-Day.
After a yummy lunch, Veterans and Active Duty Military can head out for another FREE activity. You have a choice of two very great options, either a Seal Tour: www.sealtours.com or Old Town Trolley: www.trolleytours.com. Dollar-Wise Diva Nancy has done both many times and gives them both a thumbs up. It is a terrific way to learn more about how to entertain out of town guests or to celebrate Veterans Day.
Make it a habit to ask for military discounts; often managers have authorization to give them but the company does not advertise their availability. The truth is if you do not ask, you will not get! Some discounts are year-around, some seasonal, but either way, remember to bring some form of ID that verifies you as either active duty, retired or a veteran. Membership in veteran’s service organizations may also be used at some locations as well (VFW, DAV, American Legion, etc.).
You have earned the respect of your San Diego and East County neighbors, save a little pocket change and enjoy your day!
Nancy Clement is an east county Realtor®, mortgage broker and freelance writer and can be reached at 619-563-4184 or Dollar-wiseDivas@cox.net. Dawn Clement is a stay-at-home mother of three, a freelance writer, and creative shopper.