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With tax activity at its highest peak right before the April 15 deadline, here’s a reminder of what you should be doing to protect yourself and your wallet. Be extra vigilant about phone and online communications claiming to be from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) seeking additional information from you.

For instance, there are online scams circulating via email claiming to be the IRS, and they are contacting you about a refund.  See the photo on the right-hand side for an example of what one of our Advisory Board Members received. Other scams will threaten you to make your tax payments immediately.

Obviously the IRS would not be issuing such notifications, and the unauthorized use of a government logo and name is even more disconcerting, so be extra knowledgeable about your tax status. In a release just issued by the Inspector General for Tax Administration, IRS Tax scams are more prevalent, and more sophisticated, than ever this tax season – scammers even have obtained the last four digits of Social Security Numbers to persuade victims of their legitimacy.

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Veterans Advantage Discount from Sports Authority$191 In Coupon Savings + $200 Additional Savings = Home Gym From Sports Authority

I often speak with members who appreciate hearing stories of savings to remind them of why they should check with Veterans Advantage first before shopping — there’s an upside surprise every day. So here is another great example that came across my desk when one of our staffers received a combined $391 in-store discount on home gym equipment.

The Veterans Advantage Patriot Mall is a resource for you to check out rotating limited-time promotions, and it is there as a shopping convenience to find other deals that are not in the Veterans Advantage program every day. Last week, Sports Authority had a special 20% discount on items over $100, and our staff member used it three times to get a cage system (list price that day for $499), workout bench ($199), a full weight set ($199), and additional accessories. (Click here to see the receipt.)

Working with a friendly Sports Authority store representative with the entire purchase, the 20% discount saved him over $191. What’s more, the cage system, which is used for heavy duty weight exercises like squats, was already discounted $200 before applying the 20% discount. That amounted to a grand total of $391 in combined discount savings!

As we have been reminding our members through our Benefits Alert e-newsletter, our exclusive Apple discount on computer and mobile accessories ends tomorrow. Shop today, and add great gear like cases, backpacks, headphones, speakers and more for your computer or mobile device with special Veterans Advantage savings.

With your order today, you get 11% OFF these accessories. Along with this Apple limited-time offer, Veterans Advantage members enjoy discounts on Apple laptops and desktops and AppleCare plans every day in our online store or by calling Apple by toll-free phone and giving your VetRewards Card ID to the Apple representative to qualify for discounts.

Members can click here to get started.

Not yet a member? Click here to learn more and enroll now.

*Bose, Nest Labs, Bretford, Adobe and Canon Camera (MPN HA839ZM/A) products excluded. Promotion ends March 29, 2014. Quantity limit of 5 units of any single item/part number during promotion period.

We have been telling members about exclusive combinable savings with CVS/pharmacy recently, and today I wanted to tell you about another special Veterans Advantage benefit provider: Dell. Thanks to an exclusive arrangement with Dell, Veterans Advantage members get an additional 17% off Dell Tablets, Laptops and Desktops this week only!

Your special 17% discount today is incremental to your Everyday Dell discounts of up to 30% off, and the timing could not be better for those planning ahead for Father’s Day and Graduation Day. This is Dell’s way of honoring your service, and for being a Veterans Advantage member.

Looking for more reasons? Here’s a note we received from a member who just signed up and took the discount:

“I joined Veterans Advantage on March 13, 2014. Just a note to say how thrilled I am with my membership. Incredible! I have already received more in benefits from my savings on a Dell computer then it cost for my 5 years membership. I shopped around looking for the best deal on a new Dell computer. I went to Dell, Costco, Staples, on-line discounters, Best Buy, just about everywhere I could think to find the best deal. I am a disabled Vet and have a limited income, so price is very important. After much searching, I found the best price for the most computers here at Veterans Advantage. The extra 17% savings really made the decision for me…Thank you for the benefits and savings.” – Lance Snead, Air Force Veteran.

Offer expires Friday, 3/28/14 at 7AM EST. Click here to take advantage of this offer from Dell, for Veterans Advantage, now.



This week marks the 11-year anniversary of the launch of what many call Gulf War II, our Post-9/11 war in Iraq. On behalf of all of us at Veterans Advantage, I want to take a moment to recognize the service and sacrifice of our members and families who participated in the launch and the subsequent war.

We honor your service to our country and pledge to support and honor that service with “respect, recognition and rewards.” We encourage you to share your thoughts, comments and stories on Gulf War II on our Facebook page.

We wanted to report great results from our everyday Veterans Advantage discount benefit with CVS/pharmacy, with a special focus today on the recent upgrade to 20% + FREE SHIPPING on all orders online.

The concept of FREE SHIPPING has become very popular on the Internet, with many online retailers offering that perk as an added bonus if you purchase over a certain threshold – and many Veterans Advantage online partners will combine that feature with our everyday online discount.

But in the case of CVS/pharmacy’s website, CVS goes one step further for Veterans Advantage members. It waives its public $49 threshold to qualify for free shipping, just for Veterans Advantage members ordering online. This photo comes from Lin’s recent order which shows she saved over $5 in shipping costs when compared to what the general public would have paid – plus our 20% discount.

Lin’s experience came during a 30% general public sitewide sale, where our members were able to combine 30% PLUS our 20% + FREE SHIPPING. And you should also know that our special 20% link works even when the public discount excludes items. For instance, our Vice President of Marketing ordered his family’s basket of everyday household necessities–such as toothpaste, shaving cream and Quaker Oats oatmeal–and received the combinable discount. However, the Veterans Advantage 20% + FREE SHIPPING link also worked for certain shampoos, conditioners and skin care products that were not eligible for the public 30% discount.

CVS/pharmacy meanwhile has just announced another special general public sale, 20%. Veterans Advantage members can log into Members Only today and get instructions on how to combine the 20% general public sale with our 20% + FREE SHIPPING everyday discount by clicking here.

Things are always active here at Veterans Advantage, with many new opportunities for our members to save all the time. With that in mind, we wanted to give you exciting new updates from Wyndham Hotels and Dell.

For those of you enjoying travel in New York City, Wyndham has just announced the opening this week of the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel in the heart of midtown Manhattan. This is part of our Veterans Advantage hotel discount benefits with Wyndham, where members save up to 20% every day.

On Eighth Avenue, a short walk away from the world-famous Madison Square Garden, this hotel offers a scrumptious array of dining choices. On‐site dining features two comfortable options: classic American cuisine at the Tick Tock Diner and fresh, delectable steaks, pasta, seafood and an impressive wine list at Cooper’s Tavern.

But it does not stop there — remember, your backyard is the Big Apple. And that includes all the other great sites, sounds and meals that makes NYC so unique. Nearby points of interest include Bryant Park, Central Park and Central Park Zoo, Empire State Building, National September 11 Memorial and Museum, Rockefeller Center, Statue of Liberty, and Times Square.

For more great travel destination savings, click on over here for more on Veterans Advantage hotel discounts that recognize your military service.

Meanwhile, as we posted on our Facebook and Twitter sites this week, our longtime partner Dell has special tax and tablet savings for you. To start, you can save 25% off select Turbo Tax software with a special coupon code in our Members Only website — just in time for peak tax season!

We also have a special limited time computer offer from Dell: Get a Dell Venue 11 Pro tablet + Tablet Case + 1 year Accidental Damage Service for $489.99!

More on Dell discounts for Veterans Advantage members here.

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