Take advantage of Military Appreciation Month discounts
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Take advantage of Military Appreciation Month discounts

Military.com has put together a list of special offers and opportunities by companies and institutions alike for servicemembers, veterans and their families, centering on May as Military Appreciation Month.

The Military Appreciation Month Discount Center, which will be frequently updated, includes:

Affinia Hotel Collection

From Memorial Day, May 30, 2016, through Labor Day, Sept. 5, 2016, book your summertime stay at any Affinia hotel in New York City and receive up to 30 percent off and free Wi-Fi. Plus, they will donate $10 for every reservation made to Operation Homefront.

Blue Star Museums

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s military, from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Carnival Cruises

Carnival Cruise Lines is offering discounts and onboard credits in honor of Military Appreciation Month for active-duty and retired military personnel. You must book by May 31, 2016, and the offer is good on sailings between Aug. 1, 2016, through April 30, 2018.


Carowinds offers free park admission to any active, inactive or retired servicemembers from May 29-30.

Cincinnati Zoo

Active and retired military receive free admission on Memorial Day. The offer also allows military personnel to purchase up to six half-price admission tickets for members of their immediate family.

Colonial Williamsburg

Military families receive free Colonial Williamsburg admission May 27-30 during their Honoring Service to America weekend.

Fogo de Chao

Fogo de Chao is offering 50 percent off a meal for any veteran or active-duty personnel on Memorial Day, May 30. Up to three guests per military veteran/personnel will receive 10 percent off their meal.

General Motors

All active-duty, reservists, retirees, veterans and their spouses can receive the General Motors military discount on Chevrolet, Buick and GMC vehicles through May 31, 2016.

Hickory Tavern

Hickory Tavern is offering a free meal to all veterans and active-duty military on Monday, May 30, 2016, at all 24 locations.

Home Depot

All veterans are eligible for Home Depot's 10 percent military discount on Memorial Day with a DoD-issued ID, a DD 214 or a veterans driver’s license. (This discount is good for veterans on July 4 and Veterans Day as well.)


On Memorial Day, May 30, 2016, all veterans and active-duty military personnel can enjoy a free entrée from the Hooters Memorial Day Menu at any Hooters location.

Kings Dominion

Kings Dominion is offering free park admission to any active or retired servicemembers May 28-30.

Kings Island

Kings Island is offering military personnel free admission May 27-30, as well as discounted tickets for six family members.

Knott's Berry Farm

Knott's Berry Farm offers active, retired and veteran military personnel free admission May 28-30, as well as up to six discounted tickets for $32 each.

Logan’s Roadhouse

Logan’s Roadhouse is offering a 15 percent discount from Armed Forces Day, May 21, through Memorial Day, May 30.


Lowe's honors all veterans on Memorial Day (as well as July 4 and Veterans Day) with a 10 percent discount.

McCormick & Schmick’s

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants are offering a complimentary lunch or dinner entrée on May 30 to active duty, National Guard and veterans.

Michigan's Adventure

Michigan's Adventure is offering military personnel a free admission May 29 and 30. Military personnel may also purchase up to six additional tickets for immediate family members at $25 each.

Mystic Aquarium

Veterans and active-duty members who visit Mystic Aquarium May 28-30 will receive free general admission. Dependent family members receive a discounted admission rate of $20.99 per adult, $15.99 per youth (13-17) and $13.99 per child (3-12).

Rack Room Shoes

Rack Room Shoes offers their regular year-round Tuesday 10 percent military discount on Memorial Day.


Shoney's is serving a free All-American Burger and fries to all active-duty military and veterans on Memorial Day.

Sun Splash Family Waterpark

Sun Splash Family Waterpark is offering free admission for military May 28-30.


On each Monday through May 31, 2016, anyone with a valid military ID is invited to enjoy a 15 percent discount off at any sweetFrog location.

Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks is offering veterans and active military personnel a free meal from the Memorial Day menu on May 30, 2016.


Active duty and veterans will receive a free regular admission ticket into Valleyfair May 27-30. They can also purchase discount admission tickets for members of their immediate family.

Virginia Aquarium

The Virginia Aquarium offers half off general admission each Sunday and Monday in May.

Also, JCPenney will offer a 5 percent discount May 25-30 to current and former military personnel and their immediate family members. The discount can be combined with additional coupons and special offers. JCPenney will host a Memorial Day sale in-store and online at jcp.com from May 26-30. Furthermore, from May 27-30 JCPenney is inviting customers to make a $1 or $5 donation at the register to support the Armed Services YMCA, which directly supports the young men and women and their families from all five branches of the military: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. As a thank-you for showing their support and making a donation, JCPenney will provide customers a small American flag to take home with them.