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Vietnam will be front and center this weekend, as award-winning documentary producer Ken Burns’s “The Vietnam War” hits the airwaves Sunday night on PBS.

“The Vietnam War” promises to break new ground in the tradition of other fine documentaries produced by Burns. His epic series on the Civil War produced in 1990 earned him the first Lincoln Prize, where I serve as a Trustee. As a history major at Gettysburg College and a Civil War buff, I believe Burns’s work represents a raw realism with a respectful eye towards history and a meticulous attention to detail.  

Burns expects this series will bring a fresh perspective for Americans today: “A good deal of the disunion and lack of civil discourse and degraded politics we experience today really metastasized in Vietnam,” he tells Recode Media.

Expect to see and hear from notable Vietnam Veterans such as John McCain and John Kerry, and everyday grunts on the ground in “The Vietnam War.”

If you or a loved one experienced the Vietnam War either on the front lines of battle there or on the streets of America -- the site of powerful political skirmishes -- be sure to share your thoughts about this period in American history on our Facebook page.

Ken Burns Vietnam War Verizon FiosPS: Our partner Verizon Fios also wants to remind its subscribers that they can download the Fios TV app and watch history unfold from their mobile device.


We're delighted to expand our partnership with JetBlue to include two free bags (a $120 value), as described in this week's Cover Story. Our exclusive partnerships have some unique add-ons. So whether you want to save on your baggage while getting your Veterans Advantage discount, get an extra points bonus when you join Amtrak Guest Rewards, combine an extra 10% discount with your Dell computer purchase, or get combinable discounts + free shipping on your CVS order -- you can only get these extra perks with Veterans Advantage!

Monday is the 16th Anniversary of the tragic attacks on our soil on September 11, 2001. Please take a moment to remember those who perished that day and their families and those who fought and continue to fight to defend our freedoms ever since. Never forget!

Under the leadership of Ken Fisher, last year's Invictus Games at ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World in Orlando was a huge success. Building on that track record, the games move this year to Toronto, Sept 23-30. After an impressive showing last year, Team USA with 90 warrior athletes strong, will be leading the way in this week of paralympic sporting competition.

Veterans Advantage is proud to award complimentary memberships to Team USA, as we did last year. Let's remember to root for our newest Veterans Advantage members in this inspirational competition!

And soon after, there is the Congressional Medal of Honor Convention in Pueblo, Colorado, where we provide complimentary memberships to the MOH recipients, their spouses, and surviving widows. This is our third consecutive year honoring these extraordinary American heroes. We are honored and grateful for the opportunity to serve them.

Next month we roll out an all-new Veterans Advantage program for you! This includes a new website, features, news you can use, and more ways to save. Learn more about the all-new Veterans Advantage here.

As you may know, Veterans Advantage is a longtime advocate of privacy protection for those of us who have served. We continue to hear of our increased risk as a group when compared to the general population, and this is an area that needs more focus from our legislators and veterans service organizations to enhance military identity protections.

In this week's breaking news, we are glad to see some movement on this front, as Vietnam Veterans of America has filed a lawsuit against the DoD as having failed to protect a critical military database.

According to the complaint, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act site, managed by the DoD, exposes sensitive private details about the military service of millions of veterans. By failing to impose access permissions, the DoD site is open to anyone to use, and violates our veterans’ rights under the Privacy Act. We become more vulnerable to identity theft as scammers can use the data to perpetrate identity theft, impostor scams, and other frauds

We'll keep you posted as the litigation continues. More here (PDF)

Finally, in today's newsletter edition, we highlight for our family members great back-to-school savings - such as a Verizon Wireless plan, Dell computer, or Nike sneakers at Foot Locker - as well more travel options from Amtrak, Day's Inn and Avis for those of you still planning end of summer travel.

We hope you are getting ready for back-to-school season like we are. With deals from Apple, Office Depot & OfficeMax, Sears, CVS/pharmacy, Veterans Advantage is your source to stock up and save.

Speaking of school, our VetFamily this week features actress Reese Witherspoon, who grew up in an Army family, the daughter of LTC John Witherspoon, a surgeon in Cold War Europe. Reese first reached public fame playing your atypical law school student in the 2001 comedy “Legally Blonde. We’ve been fans of her ever since, including her Oscar-award winning performance playing the spouse of veteran and country music star Johnny Cash in 2007’s “Walk the Line,” and her inspiring portrayal of Cheryl Strayed in “Wild” just a couple of years ago. Her latest release, "Home Again," is due for release in September.

Her dedication to inspiring young girls while achieving personal success remains one of her crowning achievements. We honor Reese for all she has done, and for her dedication to important and worthwhile causes.

With the Independence Day weekend, we mark our 241st birthday. As we celebrate the founding of this great nation, we give thanks and honor our military and veterans, expressed so well in this poem:



It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.

It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.

It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.

©Copyright 1970, 2005 by Charles M. Province


On behalf of all of us at Veterans Advantage, I wish you and your family a happy 4th of July! Thank you for your service to our country!

June is a busy time of year for so many of our members. This week, in particular, is a double-feature week. For starters, this week marks the 242nd anniversary of the United States Army which was established June 14, 1775. I am reminded of my own Army service during the Vietnam War, memories that rekindle the pride I felt serving our country. To our active duty currently in uniform and all the veterans who have served in the Army, we salute you. Happy Birthday to the U.S. Army! 

For All Americans, June 14th also represents the 240th Birthday of our flag, celebrated as Flag Day. Remember to always show your colors proudly - Old Glory is going strong! 

Finally, if you are shopping for graduates and dads - Veterans Advantage wants to help you this week with special offers: travel, computers, sporting goods, and special gifts to recognize all the special people in your life. Check us out today.

If you are like me, you may have at least one WWII Veteran in your family tree. Because of this legacy of service, as well as my own service in the Vietnam War, D-Day week serves as a welcome reminder of the willing sacrifices American soldiers made for our freedom so many years ago on June 6, 1944.

This is a subject near and dear to us, as Lin and I attended a special D-Day commemoration in France three years ago. So many Americans and other Allied Forces gave their lives to liberate millions from Hitler’s Nazi Party. Though 73 years have passed, D-Day is frozen in history as one of the greatest military triumphs America has ever known.

A sampling of our Facebook fans says it all:

Saundra Lambert

Betty Eisenberg

Linda Thomas

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Linda Thomas

Jan Halvorson

John Trimpin

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

As the bombing in Manchester, England proved earlier this week, the peace and safety of a nation is precious and, many times, underappreciated... until they are gone. This Memorial Day weekend, we call on all our members to recognize and acknowledge those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve the freedoms we enjoy today.  Take time this holiday weekend 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.

And remind others that these lives were not lost in vain.

Finally, as we do each year, let's all remember to show our support by setting an example. At 3 pm your local time on Memorial Day Monday, pause for one minute, alone or with friends, to honor those who died in service to the United States This National Moment of Remembrance is an act of national unity and we urge everyone to participate. Whether you are at a ballgame, beach, or backyard BBQ, set an alarm on your watch or smartphone and take that moment. You will be glad you did. Thank you.

We have a great new feature for our benefit with Verizon Fios. Called “Fios Gigabit Connection” – it’s the nation’s largest deployment of gigabit Internet connection services and it’s super-fast. If you’re like us, it’s perfect for those who stream video services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime in addition to your regular television channels. Fios Gigabit Connection provides downloads as fast as 940 Mbps and uploads as fast as 880 Mbps.

Read more about it here, and remember our special benefit includes annual savings of up to $120 on Double and Triple Play packages for new Verizon Fios customers.

Starting with our 15% off monthly plan discount with Verizon Wireless six years ago, the Verizon partnership is going strong. Verizon Fios has also been a proud supporter of Veterans Advantage in our work with Veterans Week NYC.



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