General Local Information
We should display our
flag on these holidays.
King Day - 3rd Monday in January.
Presidents' Day - 3rd Monday in February.
Armed Forces Day - 3rd Saturday in May,
Memorial Day - Last Monday in May.
Flag Day - June 14th.
Independence Day - July 4th.
Labor Day - 1st Monday of September.
Columbus Day - 2nd Monday in October.
Election Day - 1st Tuesday in November.
Veterans Day - November 11th.
Other days to remember
Valentine's Day - February 14th
Daylight Savings Time Begins, 2 a.m. on the Second Sunday in March
and lasts until 2 a.m. on the First Sunday of November.
Mother's Day - Second Sunday in May
Father's Day - Third Sunday in June
Grandparent's Day - First Sunday after Labor Day
Halloween - October 31st
Thanksgiving - Fourth Thursday in November
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, December 7th
Christmas - December 25th
New Years Eve, December 31st
New Years Day, January 1st
Veterans Day Appreciation Offers
Below are listed some of the restaurants and companies that offer
Veteran's Day discounts, deals, and free meals as a "Thank You" to our
veterans and active-duty military for their service to our nation.
Special thanks go to Dave Libby and Lew Patton for making this list
Check out http://www.lewpblog.com/2012/10/22/veterans-day-appreciation-offer/ for updates to this list.
Restaurants with Veterans Day Free Meals
Applebees Free Meal:
Applebees is offering a free signature entree on Sunday November 11th,
2012, at participating locations. Choose a 7-oz House Sirloin, Fiesta
Lime Chicken, or a Bacon Cheeseburger. Beverages and gratuity are not
included. Must present valid veteran's form of identification.
Denny's All You Can Eat Pancakes: Get all-you-can-eat pancakes for all active-duty military and veterans with a valid ID on Monday, November 12, 2012.
Golden Corral Free Meal:
A Veterans Day free meal is offered to any veteran who has served in
the United States military or is a current active duty service member.
All Golden Corral locations will be participating on Monday, November
12, 2012, from 4 PM to 9 PM. No identification is required to get your
free Veterans Day meal.
Chili's: Choose from Margarita Grilled
Chicken, Chicken Club Tacos, Santa Fe Wrap, Old-time w/Cheese, Cobb
Salad, and more. Beverages and gratuity are not included.
Olive Garden: Choose
from Seafood Alfredo; Chicken Parmigiana; Braised Beef &
Tortellini; Cheese Ravioli; or Spaghetti & Meatballs.
Texas Roadhouse: Choose from Country Fried Chicken, Country Fried Sirloin, Cheeseburger, BBQ, Grilled Chicken Salad, and more. Dine in only.
Outback Steakhouse: Get a free Bloomin' Onion and beverage (non-alcoholic drinks only).
Hooters: Get 10 free boneless or traditional style wings. Drink purchase required.
Retail Stores with Veterans Day Discounts
Home Depot Veterans Day Discount:
Every year on Veteran's Day, the Home Depot offers a 10% discount to
veterans. Must present a valid military ID. Home Depot also offers this
discount to Veterans on Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day.
Lowe's Veterans Day Discount:
All Veterans receive a 10% discount on Veteran's Day up to $5,000 on
in-stock and special-order purchases. The offer can't be used online,
on previous sales, or on sales of services or gift cards. Must present
a valid Veteran Identification Card (VIC); valid Form DD214; or other
proof of service. Lowes also offers this Veteran's discount on Memorial
Day and the Fourth of July.
Other Discounts and Veterans Day Deals
National Parks Free Veterans Day Admission: Everybody gets free entrance to our National Parks Veterans Day weekend. Dates this year include November 10 – 12, 2012.
Do you have a child or grandchild
that you would like to have a college education? 529 College Saving Plans
allow parents and grandparents to establish state sponsored investment
accounts for the benefit of a child or in some cases adult students. The
account earnings accumulate tax free and then may be withdrawn, again
free from federal taxes, to pay for most college expenses. Each state
establishes its own plan. For more information about 529 Plans, including
a state-by-state comparison, go to www.savingforcollege.com.
(excerpts for TROA Member Services Update, 6/19/2002)
Do you have a story to tell,
a memory to share or a piece of history to preserve? If so, visit the
Veterans History Project at www.loc.gov/folklife/.
The U.S. Congress created the Veterans History Project in October 2000.
The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress is to collect
and preserve audio and video taped oral histories, along with documents
such as letters, diaries, maps, photographs, and home movies of America's
war veterans and those who served in support of them during World War
1, World War II and in the Korean, Vietnam and Persian Gulf Wars. This
web site invites your participation in this national effort.
Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program
Long term care enrollees are urged to use coordination services to prepare
for the future. The program's care coordination services are available
to develop a plan for the future. Having an idea of what is available
before there's a critical need can alleviate some of the stress involved
in decision making. Coordinators are available to assist with the process.
Call 1-800-582-3337 or go to their web site below. Eligible groups include
Active Duty and Retired Service Members, Selected Reservist and certain
family members. For Long Term Care Insurance information; log on to www.opm.gov/insure/ltc.
The Department of Veteran Affairs
has published a new guide for Agent Orange related issues; log
on to, www.va.gov/agentorange/docs/IDAO_Brochure.PDF.
Were you awarded the Distinguished
Flying Cross Medal? If so, you may want to join The Distinguished
Flying Cross Society! You may contact them toll free at 1-866-332-6332
or visit their web site at www.dfcsociety.org.
Are you a golfer? The annual
National Retired Military Golf Classic is usually held around the end of May each year at Myrtle Beach, SC. For applications, call 1-877-840-8464.
Emailing address is; NRMGC@oceanaresorts.com or go online at; www.oceanaresorts.com/golf/nrmgc
Are you at least 61 years and
9 months young and plan to start receiving SSA retirement benefits
within four months? Then you can apply for Social Security retirement
benefits online at www.ssa.gov/applytoretire.
Just follow their instructions.
Wearing of the Uniform.
As a retiree,
you are authorized to wear the uniform for occasions of ceremony, patriotic
events, and other military-related functions. Some other events in which
wearing the uniform may be appropriate are memorial services, military
weddings, military funerals and meetings or functions of associations
formed for military purposes.
Wearing of the
uniform is prohibited in connection with personal enterprises or activities
of a business nature. Also, when participating in any demonstration, assembly
or activity whose purpose is furtherance of personal or partisan views
on political, social, economic or religious issues.
(Extract from Honors Newsletter, July 2002.)
Military Funeral Honors.
Upon request, the Department of Defense will provide military funeral
honors for the burial of military members and eligible veterans. A basic
military funeral honors ceremony consist of the folding and presentation
of the American Flag (provided by the VA) and the playing of Taps by a
bugler, if available, or by electronic recording. A funeral honors detail
to perform this cermony consists of two or more uniformed members of the
Armed Forces, with at least one member from the service in which the deceased
Family members should inform
their funeral directors if they desire military funeral honors for a veteran.
VA national cemetery staff can help arrange for honors and veterans service
organizations or volunteer groups may help provide honors.
For more information, visit
the military funeral honors site: www.militaryfuneralhonors.osd.mil.
(extract from Honors Newsletter, July 2002)
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