VETERAN RESOURCES, FREEBIES AND OTHER INFORMATION
National Emergency Funds Application Form (Individual and post)
FREE FLU SHOTS AT WALGREENS
VA and Walgreens are national partners, providing no-cost flu shots to VA enrolled Veterans. Now through March 31, 2020, Veteran patients nationwide have the option of getting their flu shot at any Walgreens location, in addition to their local VA health care facilities.
Free Concert, Sport Tickets from VET TIX
Vet Tix provides free event tickets to currently-serving members of the military, Veterans, their families, as well as immediate family of those that have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving. More than 6.7 million tickets have been distributed to date. For more information --> https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/61744/join-vet-tix-enjoy-free-tickets-sporting-events-concerts/. Eligibility is determined through ID.me, a third-party identify verification service that is also available on VA.gov.
Free Digital Shadowboxes and Premium Membership from TogetherWeServed.com
Together We Served (TWS) has built one of the most comprehensive databases of U.S. Military training and operating units in existence. TWS, offers a digital platform to capture a Veteran’s entire military service from boot camp to separation. For further information and to sign up --> https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/67464/together-served-website-help-find-old-friends/
Free LinkedIn Premium Account
LinkedIn offers Veterans, VA caregivers and Fry Scholars a free 1-year premium career subscription, including one year of access to LinkedIn Learning. The one year free upgrade to premium includes a library of over 14,000 business, technical, and creative courses on LinkedIn Learning. Further information and to sign up --> https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/61535/veterans-transitioning-military-get-free-year-linkedin-premium/
Free Sports Gear for Military/Veteran Kids
The United Heroes League (UHL) honors military kids with free sports gear, pro-sports tickets, access to free sports camps, and grants to cover the costs of sports association fees. Any active service member or Honorably discharged Veteran who deployed to a combat zone (as defined by DOD or VA), with children under 18, are encouraged to apply. For further information --> https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/61327/free-gear-tickets-military-veteran-kids/
Free VA Recipes and Cookbooks
Your food choices can make a difference in managing your health. VA's Nutrition services promote wellness and disease prevention by ensuring effective nutrition education and counseling for Veterans. To make meal planning easy, VA has put together some free healthy recipes, video tutorials and cookbooks (https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/64482/va-provides-free-recipes-cookbooks-veterans/).
Free Video Games for Veterans
Operation Supply Drop’s Games to Grunts program supports community engagement to Veterans, military, and their families through video games. Further information --> https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/67017/free-steam-games-veterans-families/. Eligibility is determined through ID.me, a third-party identify verification service that is also available on VA.gov.
MILITARY BASE ACCESS (Commissary, Exchange and MWR) with
VETERAN HEALTH ID CARD
The Defense Department announced expanded Commissary, Military Service Exchange and MWR access as of Jan. 1, 2020. Veterans who are eligible, and want to take advantage of in-person benefits, must have a Veterans Health Identification Card (VHIC). For further information --> https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/68479/veterans-need-vhic-for-in-person-commissary-military-exchange-and-mwr-access/
Amtrak Veteran Discounts
Veterans receive a 10% discount on the lowest available rail fare on most Amtrak trains. Use the Fare Finder at the beginning of your search and select ‘Military Veteran’ for each passenger as appropriate to receive the discount. Active-duty U.S. military members, their spouses and dependents are also eligible to receive a 10% discount on the lowest available rail fare. For further infromation --> https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/66963/amtrak-offers-veteran-military-member-discounts/
NATIONAL PARK PASSES
Veterans, with a service-connected disability rating, are entering Federal recreation lands and national parks for free with an America the Beautiful-the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands lifetime Access Pass. For further information --> https://store.usgs.gov/faq#Access-Pass or
NRD HIGHLIGHTED PROGRAMS FOR MILITARY, VETERANS AND FAMILIES
The National Resource Directory (NRD) at https://nrd.gov/ is a searchable database of resources vetted for the use of service members, veterans, family members and caregivers. Resource categories are at https://nrd.gov/misc/resourceCategories.
The Space-A Program fills surplus capacity and seating on DOD aircraft. A popular perk among retirees, eligible disabled Veterans can also take advantage of the program and fly for free. To be eligible for Space-A flights, Veterans must have a permanent and total service-connected disability rating. Further information --> https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/60642/eligibility-disabled-veterans-space-available-flights/
VA WELCOME KIT
The VA Welcome Kit can help guide you to the benefits and services you’ve earned. Dowload the VA welcome kit at >> https://www.va.gov/welcome-kit/