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Veterans benefit today and all year round with these deals in metro Atlanta

Today is Veterans Day and as always there are many deals and freebies to honor the men and women who serve and have served our country.

A free stack of Red, White, & Blue Pancakes at IHOP or a free entree at Hooters may satisfy hungry vets today as well as other offers from national retailers, but there are other local freebies/deals that extend well beyond Veterans Day including some that can have far-reaching impact on the lives of veterans and active duty military.

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Since honoring our military shouldn't be reserved for one day, here are a few local deals for veterans in the Atlanta metro area that offer benefits extending well beyond Veterans Day:

American Family Care : Veterans can visit any location of these urgent care clinics for a free flu shot on Veterans Day. This is part of AFC’s effort to promote flu prevention in the United States and while the offer is good just for one day, the benefits will last for the entire season. Visit  for the locations nearest you.

Atlanta Habitat For Humanity ReStore : Veterans in need of furniture or home appliance may want to check out the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. All weekend long, active military and veterans receive 20 percent off their entire store purchase with valid ID or proof of service. That includes new arrivals like a shipment of Toto toilets (retail price: $500+) for just $199. If you can't make it this weekend, know that every Friday is Military discount day at ReStore. Veterans and active service personnel receive 10 percent off their entire purchase with Military ID. In addition, 100 percent of net proceeds from the store go to Atlanta Habitat for Humanity. Atlanta Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 271 Chester Ave. SE, Atlanta. Open Nov. 11 -12 from 10:30 a.m - 5:30 p.m.

Atlanta Humane Society "Pets for Vets" : The Buckhead Rotary Club has once again teamed up with the Atlanta Humane Society to provide free pet adoptions to veterans through the Pets for Vets program. Pets are proven to help veterans heal from PTSD and other injuries. This year-round program which has been done for two years. It has helped Atlanta area veterans such as Staff Sergeant James Garwacki who served two tours of duty with the United States Air Force, and after four years of service, enlisted in the National Guard and remains on active duty. Last year, he adopted Rogue, a Catahoula mix,  who helped him stay calm and sleep better through the night.

“In the military, the mentality is to bottle things up, stay strong and put on a good face. If not, you’re perceived as weak. But a dog will see who you really are and soon this companion will help you tear down those walls,” said Garwacki in a statement. “Rogue was able to calm me down, especially at night when I would wake up and not know where I was. I’d be able to reach down and pet her and realize I was okay.”

In order to qualify for this program, an individual must show one of the following:

  • Common Access Card (CAC Card)
  • Retired Veteran’s ID Card
  • Veteran Hospital Identification Card
  • DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty)

Marines need to complete the Companion Dog Program application on the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Georgia’s website before visiting our shelters to adopt. All adopters must meet standard qualifications for adoption. Again, this program is ongoing throughout the year, but during Veterans Day weekend, the first 50 adopters will receive a goody bag while they last. Visit the Howell Mill Campus at 981 Howell Mill Road NW, Atlanta or the Mansell Campus, 1565 Mansell Road, Alpharetta during normal business hours. 

World of Coca-Cola : The World of Coca-Cola offers complimentary admission to all military members (active duty, reserves and retirees) year-round, but on Veterans Day, the deals extend to their loved ones. Now through Sunday, Nov. 13, members of the Armed Forces may purchase up to four half-price general admission tickets for their friends and family to join them in visiting the attraction. Tickets may be purchased with a valid Armed Forces ID card at the attraction’s ticketing windows. World of Coca-Cola, 121 Baker Street NW, Atlanta.

Zoo Atlanta : Veterans and active-duty, reserve and retired members of the Armed Forces enjoy free admission to Zoo Atlanta all year round, but on Veterans Day, the deals extend to friends and family. On Friday, Nov. 11, get $4 off general admission for up to six accompanying guests. The offer is only good on Veterans Day, is not valid with any other discount or promotion and you must present a valid military ID or DD-214 form at Zoo Atlanta Admissions to redeem the discount. Members of the Armed Forces also receive $10 off Zoo Atlanta Membership year round. For details, call Member Services at 404.624.5662. Zoo Atlanta, 800 Cherokee Ave SE, Atlanta.

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