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With Independence Day weekend coming up and summer in full swing, it is time to take advantage of great travel savings options from Veterans Advantage.

Planes, trains, buses! With United Airlines, Amtrak, & Greyhound, you have a great package of benefits which cover you in the skies, on the nation's rails and by bus. Hats off to each of these partners for their dedication to those who served, continue to serve and their families. And be sure to check out our everyday cruise discounts for solid value.

All of us at Veterans Advantage wish you a happy and safe Independence Day next week. We are grateful for the opportunity to celebrate.


The New York Historical Society (NYHS) – one of the country’s leading historical museums, in the heart of New York City -- is in the planning stages of a comprehensive exhibition about the Vietnam War. And they would like your help with this exciting project.

The NYHS wants to get it right when it comes to representing the experience of American service personnel (of all branches) in the Vietnam theater of operations. We want to offer your feedback to make sure they have it right.

So, they have asked me to ask you:

What items of your personal kit would you say absolutely MUST be on display at this type of exhibition?

What are the physical things that best represent what it meant to be there for you?

Here are some examples of the kinds of things we thought of for the Vietnam era:

Dog tags
A P-38 can opener
A rucksack
M-16
Helmet
Foot powder
Combat boots
Canteen
Vietnam Service Award medal
PRC-25 radio

The list of potential items is endless...Be sure to make your suggestions. Thanks!

 

 
 

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As my fellow Army veterans would attest, this past weekend was a special one for us. It included the Army’s 240th birthday! Our friends at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs also hosted a special recognition of service on the Official Army Day in NYC, last Friday.

Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Chief of Staff of the Army (left) with Veterans Advantage Founder & CEO Scott Higgins.Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Chief of Staff of the Army (left) with Veterans Advantage Founder & CEO Scott Higgins.

As he did last year, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno hosted the Army's birthday celebration at Times Square in New York. I was there last year for this moving ceremony. Take a moment to thank your Army friends for their service.

And let’s not forget that Sunday, June 14, marked the 238th Birthday of the American Flag's adoption. If you are at a ball game or watching one on television, and the National Anthem is playing, pause to acknowledge our flag, the ultimate symbol of our country and the freedoms it represents.

Partners also helped us recognize the holiday. Dell, a Veterans Advantage partner since 2002, upgraded its discount for you with a special combinable 17% that lasted through the weekend.


Anniversaries are a time for reflection, gratitude, and hope for a better future. For Veterans, events like this seem to be more prevalent than ever before – for Post-9/11 Vets, those who served in Vietnam, and our nation’s Veterans from World War I and World War II.

As this weekend marks the 71st anniversary of the Normandy invasion, Veterans Advantage recognizes the remarkable sacrifice from the Veterans of that era.

A sampling of our Facebook fans says it all:

Thank you for your service, a day of remembering those who gave their all.

Gotta watch “Band of Brothers” this weekend.

Please remember to fly our Flag proudly for them & America.

Thank you for your service and your sacrifice.

The National WWII Museum—which originally opened as The National D-Day Museum in 2000—will reflect on that historic day and the Museum's 15th Anniversary this weekend.

If you happen to be in the New Orleans area this weekend, we urge you to check it out. D-Day-related events at the Museum will begin early on Saturday, June 6, and continue throughout the day.

Guests will have the rare opportunity to climb aboard an LCVP (Higgins boat) to get a feel for what it was like to hit the beaches of Normandy, France. Visitors can also participate in many commemorative events.

For those who served during that pivotal time in American history, including those who made the ultimate sacrifice, we give our thanks.


We hope you had a special Memorial Day. There is no greater obligation our nation has than to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. Since the Civil War, on Memorial Day we honor those who have defended our freedoms with their “last full measure of devotion.” We are deeply grateful to them and their families.

ID protection is something we have found to be of critical importance to our community. According to the FTC, veterans and military report double the rate of ID theft than the general population, due to improper handling of government issued military IDs. At Veterans Advantage, we do not collect sensitive personally identifiable information. We do not rent, share or sell the information we collect. Ever. Our VetRewards Card is the secure ID solution for verification and redemption of military discounts.

As a Veterans Advantage member, I want to alert you about another threat to the security of your personal identity: free military discount sites, startups that get paid by retailers to verify military service records for retailers. These “free” sites offer military discounts that require you to upload a military ID (illegal), deployment orders, DD214 or other sensitive documents. Your other choice is to you give your highly sensitive personally identifiable information (SSN, DoB) and checkbox ‘permission’ to be verified by a government database.

Contrary to the marketing hype, even with your permission, these sites do NOT have authorized access to a government database to check for a retail discount. And, deeply buried in their privacy policy is the fact that if you decide to use the free site for just about anything, you unknowingly give them permission to sell your personal information to just about anyone.

As warned in our special Memorial Day press release, it is not worth it to expose yourself to this lack of privacy protection, and illegal practices, just to get a discount. We encourage you to learn more at www.veteransadvantage.com/news


This Memorial Day, we recognize and acknowledge those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve the freedoms we enjoy today. Take a moment to reach out to the families you know who have lost loved ones in service to our country. They need to know that their service and sacrifice will never be forgotten and that we are eternally grateful to them.

This month's HeroVet is Dr. Linda Schwartz the former Connecticut Commissioner of Veterans Affairs and recently appointed Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Her life of service and sacrifice is an extraordinary and inspirational story. Be sure to read her HeroVet designation profile and pass it along.

On the news front, we received word from DoD that the remains of a U.S. soldier missing from the Korean War has been identified, and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

On June 2, 2015, President Obama will posthumously award the Medal of Honor to Army Sergeant William Shemin and Army Private Henry Johnson for conspicuous gallantry in France during World War I.


Recently we announced great reviews we have been receiving from Veteran experts in the blog community, and today we wanted to let you know more about the excellent feedback we continue get about Veterans Advantage.

Linda Ranweiler, the spouse of a longtime Veterans Advantage member, reported a great experience using our $50,000 in Global MEDEVAC coverage from Travel Guard, a premium benefit that all members get at no extra charge:

Linda later told us that “after that accident, a friend of ours, also a Vet, joined up just so he could be protected by the travelers insurance."

From the Military Frequent Flyer blog, here’s the full recap of what happened and how Veterans Advantage covered her on the expenses:

“We use the discounts all the time, and last year it paid off, big time. He [Linda’s husband] was in a paragliding accident in Mexico and hospitalized with multiple broken bones (pelvis, femur, heel). I called the number for Travel Guard, a benefit provided by Veterans Advantage at *no* additional cost, year round: ‘Travel Medical Emergency Services: help with local medical care and monitoring the quality of the hospital treatment, maintain daily contact between local physicians providing your care, and your personal physicians, family, employer, and others, provide medical records, and more.’”

They were incredible -- talked to me (and the doctors) daily, set up conference calls between MX and US surgeons, and sent a Leer jet to MEDEVAC us from Toluca hospital to Santa Fe NM hospital. That alone was worth $25,000 …and their coordination of it all saved me the hassle. So, so thankful.”


Don't miss out on our latest member exclusive: Save 50% when you extend your Veterans Advantage Member plan by three more years. You only have until Tuesday, May 19 to ensure you continue getting your benefits – including new benefits we add in the future – at our best savings rate reserved for members only.

With this special limited-time offer, current Veterans Advantage members can add three more years to their existing membership for half the price of three of our standard annual renewals — that's a saving of almost $100!

Why extend? It is our best rate available – it amounts to only $2.70 per month! You also get additional benefits we add to the program during the term of your extended membership. For instance, if you enrolled in our sale three years ago, that price would have also brought you other big benefits we added in the years since:

•    United Airlines
•    JetBlue Airways
•    CVS/pharmacy
•    Verizon FiOS
•    Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
•    Ford & Lincoln Automobiles, and others.

A pre-purchase of 36 months will be added to your existing term at 50% OFF, plus you also get:

• Your new VetRewards Card with updated expiration.

• The latest Veterans Advantage Benefits Directory (Volume 31).

• Family members can also be added at 50% OFF.

• Eligibility for Veterans Advantage premium benefits coverage, which comes to you at no extra charge: $50,000 of Travel Guard Global MEDEVAC, VIP Concierge and travel assistance services, $5,000 in Accident “AD&D” Insurance, ID Theft Restoration Services, a prescription drug discount plan, custom personal financial planning services, and more.

Act soon. This members-only half price sale ends May 19. If you are a current member, you can act now by clicking here.


1800Flowers.com Military DiscountWith Mother’s Day this Sunday, time is running out to save with our exclusive Veterans Advantage everyday discount with 1800Flowers.com.

1800Flowers.com honors those enrolled in Veterans Advantage with up to 30% savings every day exclusively for U.S. Veterans or those who serve our U.S. Military, and their families. As 1800Flowers says, Be the reason Mom...SM feels loved. Place your order now!

And, of course, 1800Flowers.com is an exclusive benefits partner of Veterans Advantage, which means your discount is an every day discount. So if you happen to read this blog item after Mother’s Day, remember to shop 1800Flowers.com when you want to recognize someone special in your life.

PLUS, MORE EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNTS: On 1800Flowers.com you can access the top of the page tab to shop each of the following sites, with one convenient checkout that will apply your Veterans Advantage discount:

  • 1800Flowers.com

  • 1800Baskets

  • FruitBouquets.com

  • Cheryl’s Cookies

  • Fannie May Fine Chocolates

  • The Popcorn Factory

1800Flowers.com, 1800Baskets, FruitBouquets.com, Cheryl’s Cookies, Fannie May Fine Chocolates, The Popcorn Factory

With key military and patriotic holidays now and for the next several weeks, 1800Flowers.com is a great shopping idea for:

  • Victory in Europe Day – May 8

  • Military Spouse Day – May 8

  • Mother’s Day – May 10

  • Armed Forces Day – May 16

  • National Maritime Day – May 22

  • Memorial Day  – May 25

  • Father’s Day – June 21


This week's VetFamily profile is Yankee Manager Joe Girardi. Many athletes are a patriotic bunch, and its great to see how the family influence runs deep with Joe. With his signature crew cut, you might think he's a Marine, but as he will tell you, he is a product of his father's service in the Air Force.

Speaking of VetFamily and sports, we want to take a moment to salute Donna de Varona, a long-time Veterans Advantage Advisory member. The spouse of an Army Veteran, she is a two-time gold medalist, sports commentator, businesswoman, and a singular pioneer for women's rights and athletics.

Recently Donna was honored by Sports Business Daily, a leading industry trade magazine, as a CHAMPION, one of the great "Pioneers & Innovators in Sports Business." Congratulations, Donna and thank you for all you do for all of us! And I almost forgot, Happy Birthday!!

xx Donna de Varona (seated, second from right) speaking at the special event.
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