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We were pleased to see a great review of our program from Navy Veteran and newest Veterans Advantage member Richard Kerr. As he said in "The Points Guy" travel reviews site, Veterans Advantage comes out on top when compared to other membership programs such as AAA and AARP with our spring hotel & exclusive travel savings.

Veterans Advantage is the premier source for exclusive benefits for U.S. Active Duty Military, Veterans, and their families. Our program, launched before 9/11, continues to grow, as we regularly add new partners.

It is not the first time Vet bloggers have taken us for a test drive. Over the course of a year, Brigadier General Glen Goddard of The "Military Frequent Flyer" blog, generated savings of nearly $1,000 with everyday purchases.

And let's remember: You get $1,000+ included with your Veterans Advantage Plan at no extra cost. It includes Travel & Accident Insurance, Financial Planning, Prescription Drug Savings, ID Theft Restoration Services, and other valuable coverage!

In a recent newsletter, we highlighted the new fleet of 2015 models from Ford available for our everyday discount. I'm proud to say I am now a happy Veterans Advantage member who took the deal. Lin and I just leased a new Ford Escape and saved over $4,000!

The Ford fleet is so impressive that it was difficult to choose a model. But, ultimately, we decided on the Escape and, with the X-Plan, the whole experience was easy and there was no haggling on price. If you are in the market for a new car, don't miss out and check out Ford today.

We hope you give a look to Dell and its 17% combinable discount. For 13 years running, Dell has been giving our members exclusive deals on its cutting edge, laptops, desktops, and now tablets. It is such a great way to honor you for your service - savings can run into the hundreds as we discovered with the XPS, popular with the power users and gamers of today. Act soon before this offer expires Midnight, March 27, 2015.

I wanted to tell you about another new benefit with special savings: Dell. Thanks to an exclusive limited time offer with Dell, Veterans Advantage members get an additional 17% off Dell Tablets, Laptops and Desktops for a limited time 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 Mother’s Day, Father's Day and Graduation Day.

This special offer is Dell's way of honoring your service and for recognizing Veterans Advantage during this exclusive offer period. Dell has been a partner of Veterans Advantage since 2002.

Offer expires Tuesday, 3/27/15 at Midnight. Click here to take advantage of this offer from Dell, for Veterans Advantage, now.

"As today's women and girls reach for new heights, they stand on the shoulders of all those who have come before and carry forward their legacy of proud achievement," said President Obama in his Women's History Month Proclamation this month. There is no stronger legacy than the one created by Donna de Varona, our "VetFamily" honoree, Veterans Advantage Advisory Board member, and spouse of Army Vet John Pinto.

At 13 years old, Donna was the youngest participant in the 1960 Olympic Games. Four years later, she broke an unprecedented 18 world swimming records and won two Gold Medals at the 1964 Games in Tokyo. In the mid-60's, Donna went on to break the gender barrier in sports broadcasting and change the landscape of women's sports forever through her tireless efforts to pass Title IX of the Equal Education Amendments Act of 1972. Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational institutions receiving Federal funding. It has helped millions of women obtain sports scholarships and pursue their athletic dreams.

Donna is the daughter of a combat medic who served with the Red Cross in WWII. During the Vietnam War, she toured with the USO, lifting the morale of thousands of my fellow soldiers.

As a Veterans Advantage board member who has supported us in countless ways over the last 15 years, she truly embodies the spirit of service. Thank you Donna, and congratulations!

This month we are recognizing some key military dates. First, we wish a Happy Birthday to the United States Military Academy (USMA). It was in March of 1802 that the United States Congress established the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY.

USMA has graduated many outstanding leaders who have been instrumental in the leadership not only of the Army, but the country as well. If you meet a West Point graduate this month, say “Happy Birthday”!

On March 3, 1915, the United States Congress established the United States Naval Reserve by combining 17 state naval militias into a single federal force. This year is the 100th birthday of the United States Naval Reserve. So if you meet a Naval Reservist this month, tell them “Happy Birthday” as well.

The U.S. Navy Band celebrates its 90th birthday on March 4.

On March 5, 1942, Admiral Ben Moreell was granted the authority to establish a naval construction force and officially call its personnel Seabees. This month we celebrate 73 years of "Can Do!" spirit for the Seabees!

100th Anniversary of the U.S. Navy Reserve Message from The President of the United States

Actor Leonard Nimoy, a former Army staff sergeant, died Friday at age 83 Leonard Nimoy during his Army days (Source: Twitter) (Click image to enlarge)

With great sadness, especially for my fellow Vietnam-era Vets, we report the passing of a great star of TV and the Silver Screen. Leonard Nimoy, known by millions as the Vulcan genius Mr. Spock from Star Trek, died at the age of 83. He was beloved by millions, and an Army Veteran.

For most of his life, he was able to pursue his lifelong passions, even while in uniform. He was an Army Sergeant who spent most of his time at Fort McPherson in Georgia, where he presided over shows for the Army’s Special Services branch. According to the New York Times, he also directed and starred as Stanley in the Atlanta Theater Guild’s production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” before receiving his final discharge in November, 1955.

But it was in Star Trek – both the TV series of the 1960s during the height of the Vietnam War, and the subsequent hit movies by the same name – where Nimoy found his greatest fame as the cerebral Mr. Spock.

The show premiered in 1966 and continues to live on through syndication and re-runs. TV Guide named the role of Mr. Spock as one of the 50 Greatest TV Characters.

In later life, he was known for hosting the “In Search Of” sci-fi educational series, and for directing the Star Trek movies and Three Men and a Baby, which was the highest grossing film of 1987.

Nimoy also provided the voice for animated characters in Transformers: The Movie, in 1986, and The Pagemaster in 1994.

May you live long in our memories and thank you for your service to the country, Sergeant & Mr. Spock.

Walt Disney WorldHave you heard that Walt Disney World has once again raised its prices? That’s bad news for many, but we have great news for Veterans Advantage members looking for a great Florida getaway option, and escape from the winter – your discount is deeper than ever.

In a special limited time offer, you can order tickets at our original discounted rates. 

Our most popular Disney World sellers are:

  • 4 Day Base Plus 1 Day Free (Adult); Our Price = $316.36; Gate Price = $335.48; Savings of $19.12

  • 4 Day Base Plus 1 Day Free (Child); Our Price = $290.96; Gate Price = $314.48; Savings of $23.22

  • 3 Day Park Hopper plus 2 Days Free (Adult); Our Price = $361.24; Gate Price = $403.64; Savings of $42.40

  • 3 Day Park Hopper plus 2 Days Free (Child); Our Price = $342.49; Gate Price = $382.34; Savings of $39.85

  • 4 Day Park Hopper (Adult); Our Price = $370.90; Gate Price = $392.99; Savings of $22.09

  • 4 Day Park Hopper (Child); Our Price = $340.49; Gate Price = $371.69; Savings of $31.20  

Act now for your Veterans Advantage savings. These are the best discount amounts we have had on Disney World, and they are good through March 2, at 4pm Eastern Time.  Members should log into Members Only today for discount access.

More on our Veterans Advantage Theme Park discounts here.

Need a reminder on how to get there with a discount? Don’t forget our exclusives with large travel providers. United Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Amtrak and Greyhound.

At a time when we recognize CVS's Diversity Chief, David Casey and Tuskegee Airman Roscoe Brown for African American History Month, it is fitting that we honor another man who served our nation in the air and strove to bring racial equality to the sports world.

You may have heard about the passing of North Carolina men's basketball coaching legend Dean Smith earlier this month. His "Tar Heel" teams posted an extraordinary record, winning nearly 80% of its games and two NCAA National Championships over 30+ years.

These are grand achievements for any coach at any level, but the lesser-known postscript is that Smith was an Air Force veteran who, after his service, worked hard to bring racial equality to the game.

"My father said, 'Value each human being,' "Smith wrote in "A Coach's Life" (1999), written with John Kilgo and Sally Jenkins. "Racial justice wasn't preached around the house, but there was a fundamental understanding that you treated each person with dignity." His father, Alfred Smith, was a high school basketball coach who took a bold stand to put a black player on his own team in 1933.

Citing his view on race relations, President Obama awarded Smith the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013.

"He graduated more than 96 percent of his players and taught his teams to point to the teammate who passed them the ball after a basket. He pushed forward the Civil Rights movement, recruiting the first black scholarship athlete to North Carolina and helping to integrate a restaurant and a neighborhood in Chapel Hill.

And in his final years, Coach Smith showed us how to fight an illness with courage and dignity. For all of that, I couldn't have been prouder to honor Coach Smith with The Medal of Freedom in 2013," President Obama said.

Veterans Advantage wishes you a Happy Presidents' Day. We also wanted to introduce you to the latest in a video series from our Social Media team that honors the spirit of service from Presidents Washington and Lincoln.

This short video is a very moving tribute to the two Commanders in Chief of our military that we honor this Presidents' Day holiday. It also is a tribute to all our military heroes who serve to protect our liberty and freedoms. It recognizes our support of these heroes, their mission, and those who continue to serve our country.

A commitment to Presidential History is near and dear to us at Veterans Advantage. Most recently, our Chief Operating Officer Lin Higgins and I gifted to the Borough of Gettysburg the town’s first statue of Abraham Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address. For the many who visit Gettysburg to better understand the Civil War, they will reflect on Lincoln's immortal words: “It is for us, the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here, have, thus far, so nobly advanced.”

For more on our Social Media & our Presidents' Day event coverage: Follow us on Facebook, Twitter & YouTube.

As recently proclaimed by President Obama, our nation recognizes this month of February as African-American History Month. Hence, this is an appropriate time for us to recognize the special contributions and achievements of African Americans who have served our country.

At Veterans Advantage, we regularly nominate as "TopVets" individuals who have served in our military and later risen to the top ranks of their respective of fields of endeavors or professions. We are proud to designate as this month's TopVet, David Casey, a Marine and Chief Diversity Officer at CVS Health.

CVS Health is the Rhode Island-based, giant Fortune 500 Company and parent company of CVS/pharmacy, the nationwide drug store chain. CVS/pharmacy is a proud supporter of Veterans Advantage and offers exclusive 20% CVS discounts with in-store coupons and a private CVS.com store for our members preloaded with 20% off and free shipping. David Casey has taken a leadership role as well as been an integral team player at CVS executing on this valuable benefit for veterans and their families enrolled in Veterans Advantage.

David always goes the extra yard when it comes to his fellow Vets. In addition to his leadership role in our CVS partnership, he is the leader of CVS Valor, a national employee resource group for CVS colleagues who are either Military Veterans themselves or who are Veteran supporters.

David is also the lead HR executive who has promoted its Veteran hiring initiative at CVS. CVS has committed to hiring veterans and military spouses, including National Guard, for 25 percent of its new hires, which equates to roughly 1,000 jobs over the next four years. Under his leadership, CVS Health has been recognized by Diversity Inc. as one of the Top 10 Companies for Veterans. It also has received the Pro Patria Award from the Rhode Island Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) for its demonstrated support of the National Guard.

Congratulations David on your TopVet Award! We know you will keep up the outstanding work.

On a more somber note, but in the same spirit of recognizing our African American Veterans during this month, we want to share some news that broke earlier this week. Our Twitter news feed covered the passing of Charlie Sifford, one of golf's greatest. Sifford, who served in World War II, broke the PGA's color barrier as the first African-American to play on the PGA Tour. Sifford's New York Times obituary reprinted Lee Trevino's sentiments from The Orlando Sentinel in 2004, "When you look at it, and what he accomplished, and how he stayed in there (in golf), you have to put him in the Jackie Robinson category." Apparently, Tiger Woods has acknowledged that Sifford paved the way for his career. In 2014, Sifford was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. We salute Sifford's service to our country and his ground-breaking role for careers in professional golf for those like Tiger Woods, who have come after him.


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