Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Our FRG Activity planned for November 12th has been moved to the ARC located at 3225 State Street Salem, Or 97309. Still in Salem but with a lot more room for us!


Below is a list complied from multiple sources and some have last years dates but it gives you an idea of all the locations that offer special discounts and free items to military families for Veterans Day.

Veterans Day Discounts and Freebies
Restaurants Abuelo’s Mexican Food - Abuelo’s offerings vary by region, be sure to call ahead to see what the discounts or freebies are included.

Applebees - All veterans and active duty military eat free from a limited menu at Applebee’s on Veterans Day.

Chili’s — Veterans and active duty dine for free from a special limited six item menu on Veterans Day.

Golden Corral — Golden Corral Restaurants’ Military Appreciation Monday free dinner will be available on November 15, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Military retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard and Reserves are all welcome.

Hooters — All Veterans and active duty eat free. The free entrees must be selected from a special Veterans Day menu.

Krispy Kreme – All active-duty, retirees & veterans get a free doughnut on Veterans Day. Be sure to call ahead to verify your local Krispy Kreme is par-ticipating.

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants — Participating McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants offer a complimentary entree to vets from a special menu on a space available basis, online reservations are highly recommended.

Outback Steakhouse — Veterans and active-duty military get a complimen-tary Bloomin’ Onion and non-alcoholic beverage on Veterans Day.

UNO Chicago Grill — UNO is offering a Buy One Get One free offer to Service members or Veterans with a military or veteran I.D. or in uniform or with a photo of themselves in uniform. The Veterans Day BOGO offer includes a free entree or individual pizza, with the purchase of an entree or pizza of equal or greater value.

Texas Roadhouse – Free meal from opening until 4pm. on Veterans Day. Call ahead to your local restaurant for more information.

T.G.I. Friday’s – Veterans and Service members Buy one get one free from Nov 11–14. Contact your nearest location for more details on their Veterans Day BOGO offer.


The Dollar General — Veterans, Service members (Active, Guard, and Reserve), and their immediate families will receive a 10-percent discount with a Veterans Day coupon. The coupon may be found in store circular ads or by asking a sales associate.

Home Depot — Offers a 10 percent discount to all Veterans during Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day.

Lowe’s — All veterans receive the 10-percent discount on Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. The offer is available in stores only and is limited to in-stock and special-order purchases of up to $5,000.

Sam’s Club — Sam’s give away 36,000 collapsible Hugo Canes on Veterans Day to military veterans in need of mobility assistance. Sam’s Club will require membership for this offer, but proof of service may be necessary. – Free ―Veterans Day Honor‖ MP3 album download. The album includes 12 songs by The Bands and Ensembles of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Cabela’s Outdoor Store – Offers their employee discount to all veterans, active-duty military and reserves, law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel November 11-12. Discounts vary from 5% to 50%, depending on the item.

Build-a-Bear Workshop – Members of the armed services including the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Reserve Officer Training Corps, will receive a 20% discount November 11-15 on any one transaction at Build-A-Bear Workshop.

Fashion Bug – 20% off all plus-size and misses clothing purchases with a copy of military ID or spouse’s military ID.

Sports Clips Haircuts - The men’s hair salon chain is offering a free haircut to active military and veterans on Veterans Day.

Foot Locker — Veterans, Service members (Active, Guard, and Reserve), and their immediate families with a Foot Locker Veterans Advantage Card receive a 20 percent discount every day of the year. That offer is good both online and at any store location, including Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Footaction and Champs Sports — even on sale items

Restaurant Freebies

Applebee's Restaurant - Free dinners to veterans throughout Veterans Day November 11th; selections will be from a new Veterans Day menu.

Outback Steakhouse - Free Blooming Onion and beverage.

Golden Corral- Free buffet dinner from 5-9 p.m. on Nov. 15 to anyone who has ever served in the U.S. military Staff.

In celebration of Veterans Day 11 Nov 2010, Subway is showing its thanks with free six inch subs to all Veterans or Active Duty members.

On Nov. 7, McCormick & Schmick's restaurants will offer a free entree to military veterans for its 12th annual Veteran's Appreciation Event. Menu picks include such seafood items as parmesan crusted tilapia, roasted cedar plank salmon and almond crusted rainbow trout. "Our Veterans Appreciation Event has become a tradition that our restaurants look forward to each year," said Bill Freeman, CEO of McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants, in a statement. For more information: www

Krispy Kreme - One free doughnut of any variety.

UNO Chicago Grill- Free entree or individual pizza with an entree or pizza purchase of equal or greater value.

Coushatta Casino Resort - The Louisiana casino and resort is offering a free seven-clans lunch or dinner buffet to veterans or active military.

MarketPlace Grill & Express - Veterans and active-duty military receive free entrees.

Masala Wok - The Northern Virginian restaurant is offering a free entree to veterans.

Hy-Vee supermarkets - The mid-western supermarket chain is offering a free breakfast to veterans. Abuelo's Mexican Food Restaurants - All veterans and active-duty military receive a free entree.

Carolina Burgers & BBQ - In Matthews, NC is offering a free meal to all service members and veterans.

Retail Freebies

Brides Across America - Provides free wedding gowns to qualified military brides.

Lowe's & Home Depot - Extra 10% off to active-duty military members, National Guard and reserve members, retirees, honorably discharged veterans and immediate family members.

Sam's Club - Over 25,000 Hugo canes will be given away to U.S. veterans in need of mobility assistance. Membership is not required, but supplies are limited, so check with your local store. - Free "Veterans Day Honor" MP3 album download. The album includes 12 songs by The Bands and Ensembles of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Cabela's Outdoor Store - Offers their employee discount to all veterans, active-duty military and reserves, law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel Nov. 11-12. Discounts vary from 5% to 50%, depending on the item.

Build-a-Bear Workshop - Members of the armed services including the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Reserve Officer Training Corps, will receive a 20% discount Nov. 11-15 on any one transaction at Build-A-Bear Workshop.

Dollar General - 10% discount for all veterans, active-duty military, National Guard and reserve and their immediate families.

Fashion Bug - 20% off all plus-size and misses clothing purchases with a copy of military ID or spouse's military ID.

Entertainment Freebies

National parks, forests and monuments - Admission is free to everyone on Veterans Day.

Knott's Berry Farm - Free park admission to U.S. armed forces personnel and a guest during Veteran's Month, November 1-26.

Colonial Williamsburg - Free admission Nov. 6-11 for active-duty military, guard and reservists, retirees, veterans and their dependents. San Jacinto Museum of History - Free visits to the Observation Deck, theatre, and special exhibit for veterans, active duty military personnel, and their families.

Historic Jamestown - Free admission to veterans, current Armed Forces members and their family members.

Battleship Cove - Free admission and a special ceremony for veterans, active, duty and reservists.

Vicksburg National Military Park - Free admission for all.

Birmingham Museum of Art - Free admission to the ticketed event "Life and Liberty" on Nov. 10-11 for veterans and active military.

Vulcan Park and Museum- In Birmingham, Alabama is offering discounted admission through November to the park and museum.

Greenbay (WI) New Zoo - Free admission to veterans and their families. Central Florida Zoo - Free admission to the Sanford, Florida zoo with proper ID.

Strategic Air & Space Museum- Free admission for veterans Nov. 11-14 to the Ashland, Neb. museum.

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum - in Oklahoma City offers free admission to veterans and five guests from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Veterans Day.

Natural Elements Spa & Salon - In Chesapeake, Virginia, will provide free services from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to both active duty and retired military Anytime Offers:


All these businesses offer military discounts; all you have to do is ask: Restaurants Arby's A&W Back Yard Burgers Burger King Captain D's Chick-Fil-A Cotton Patch Denny's Dunkin' Donuts Farmers Boy IHOP (20 percent discount with military identification) Java Cafe KFC Long John Silver Pancho's Mexican Buffet Pizza Hut Quizno's Sizzler Sonic Taco Bell Whataburger

Services AT&T California Cryobank Geico Jiffy Lube Meineke Sears Portrait Studio

Travel and Leisure Blockbuster Movie theaters Ripley's attractions and museums Professional Sports teams

Products Apple Computers AutoZone Barnhill's Bass Pro Shop Bath and Body Works Big 10 Tires The Buckle Champs Sports Copeland's Sports Dell The Discovery Channel Store Dress Barn The Finish Line Foot Action Footlocker Gadzooks GNC Goody's Great Party Happy Harry's Home Depot Hot Topic Jockey Lerner Lowes Michael's NAPA Auto Parts New York & Company Pac Sun Payless Shoes Play It Again Sports Pure Beauty Sally Beauty Supply Spencer's Gifts Suncoast Timberland Outlets Wilson's Leather

Cell Phone Service Discount - All Federal employees are able to get a 15% discount on their personal cell phones by calling their carrier and mentioning the "Federal Telecommunications Act of 1996 - Discount to Federal Employees Past and Present." You will need to know the military member's supervisor's name, phone number, and full address, so that his/her military status can be verified. Use the following contact numbers: Cingular - 800-319-6393 Sprint - 877-812-1223 T-Mobile - 866-646-4688 Nextel - 800-639-6111 Verizon - 800-865-1825 [Source: VA Frederick Service Office Maryland VSO msg. 26 Apr 2010 ++]

Take a look at Oregon's newest resource This website will find local resources where you live by Oregon county or zip code.

A 24/7 Resource for Military Members, Spouses & Families WWW.MILITARYONESOURCE.COM

Support the Troops Event November 5th

Help us support Oregon’s soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan!
Dinner/Dance/Silent Auction
Saturday, Nov. 5th
7:00 PM
Salem Red Lion Hotel
(I-5/Market Street exit)
Enjoy a buffet dinner, silent auction, and dance to live classic rock and roll with LIQUID ASSETS
All proceeds benefit Operation Homefront, a local, 501c3 organization (
OR BY MAIL: Operation Homefront Oregon 1879 14th Ave SE
Albany, OR 97322
OR Email:

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Career Search Help for Mil Spouses

Go to this new great site for assistance with finding employment if you are a Military Spouse.

The Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) launched on 29 Jun 11 and provides another avenue for military spouses to find employment opportunities with partnering MSEP companies.

Another resource is Military OneSource. For more info call 1-800-342-9647 or It is available to all military spouses.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Portland Trail Blazers - MIlitary Appreciation

I spoke with my contact at the Portland Trail Blazers office this morning. At some point this winter (date is TBA, probably Feb or March) the Trail Blazers will host a Military Appreciation night. I can reserve a block of seats for our FRG and they we will be able to purchase them at a discounted rate. Our name will go up on the big screen, there will be events and special announcements going on about the military throughout the night, and we can have a booth in the concourse area in which we can promote our group and get support from community members!

What I need to know is would anyone be interested in coming to something like this? Your friends and family would also get the discounted rate so you could bring others. Last year I bought military rate tickets. They were $125 dollar tickets and they cost me about $60 just to give you an example. We can choose $5 nose bleed seats, or $50 better seats. It will be up to us. We can sit in one area and choose a rate our group can all afford or purchase all our tickets separately so some can buy cheap and some can buy spendy.... It's up to us. I think it could be a lot of fun so let me know! I will put down a deposit and reserve a section if I get enough thumbs up!

Emergency Preparedness

What you and your family can do to prepare for disasters
Saturday, October 15th 9am - Noon
Camp Withycombe
15300 SE Industrial Way Clackamas OR 97015
Classroom 2116