VETERAN’S NEWS From the Internet
by Bob Kinsler, SSG (ret), US Army, DAV, VFW Dept. of Oklahoma, Publicity Team Member
In the attempt, once again to obtain transportation for veterans within South East Oklahoma counties to Veteran Administration Health System Clinics and Health System Centers within Oklahoma I need to find out how many do not have transportation or do not want to drive to these clinics or medical centers.
In previous articles, I have reported what OKC VA Health System Center transportation department handled by DAV wanted. Funny how many responded (actually there was none). I also reported that if you informed your primary care medical team that you needed transportation, a contract driver would come to your door to pick you up and take you to your appointment and then return you to your door. Just recently I provided the telephone numbers to both DAV transportation centers at Muskogee and OKC so you could call them directly to arrange transportation. Yes only the individual veteran can use this transportation, no relatives nor custodians are not allowed.
With the VA Clinic opening up in Idabel, I foresee that there will be a few needing transportation to that clinic like those needing transportation to Hartshorne, Ft Smith, Ada and other VA Clinic (with the exception of Bonham, TX we have that covered with the fully funded, licensed, maintained VA Shuttle van that starts in Antlers, goes through Hugo, Grant, Boswell, Soper, and a few other areas to Bonham and returns. We do transport relatives and/or custodian care givers in this van).
So here is the deal, call Lisa Mussett, Mike Bray, your local VFW Post Commander or myself and let us know. For if there is just a few who report a need (less than 10) I doubt I can get anything, it will be left to your relatives, friends and/or care givers to drive you to the clinic of your choice. Calling my spouse, Melba Kinsler, complaining will not get you anything but me calling you back asking why you did not report your need to one of the people I already stated here.
Lowe’s expands, changes its military discount program By: Karen Jowers, May 4, 2017
National home improvement retailer Lowe’s has expanded its everyday military discount program to include all honorably discharged veterans, as of May.
The chain also has expanded the 10 percent discount to Lowe’s online shopping, which will include free parcel shipping. It will provide for faster checkout and add the ability to use the discount at self-checkout in stores, said Lowe’s spokeswoman Karen Cobb.
But the procedure for getting the discount has changed: Active-duty service members, retirees and veterans must sign up online for the Lowe’s personal shopping card to qualify for the discount. This is not a credit card.
Spouses and dependent children up to age 18 can also get the discount, although the online signup process doesn’t include an option for “spouses” or “children.”
“The discount is linked to a MyLowes account, which can be shared by a household,” said Megan Lewis, a Lowe’s spokeswoman. “Once the service member signs up for the discount program, it will be linked to a MyLowes card that can also be used by their spouse.”
Lowe’s has offered discounts to military members and veterans for more than a decade. Previously, the 10 percent discount at Lowe’s was available every day to active-duty service members, retired military and other veterans receiving VA benefits who showed their identification. For other honorably discharged veterans, the discount was limited to three days – Memorial Day, July 4 and Veterans Day.
“The verification process is designed to be a simplified one-time signup,” Lewis said. “Military and veteran customers can simply present their MyLowes card at checkout rather than show military credentials each time.” Lowe’s is phasing out the practice of presenting the ID at checkout, Cobb said.
The website notes that Lowe’s used a third party to verify eligibility for online enrollment, and may require additional documentation.
In announcing the change, Robert A. Niblock, the chain’s chairman, president and CEO, pointed to the business’s founder, Army veteran Carl Buchan. “Enhancing our discount program honors his memory and the commitment servicemen and women and their families make to our country,” Niblock said.
May is National Military Appreciation Month, and that means businesses are rolling out and/or promoting a number of discounts and freebies.
Home Depot: All veterans receive a 10 percent discount on in-store purchases on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day. But those who are currently serving in the military, or retired, or disabled veterans — and their dependents — are eligible for a 10 percent discount on in-store purchases every day. There are certain limitations.
Hilton: Participating hotels, including the extended-stay brands — Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites — are offering a 10 percent discount to all active, reserve and retired service members and their spouses and families, for leisure stays. The offer is valid throughout the year. Call the customer center at 800-446-6677 and request the Military Family Rate or Plan Code “MFR/PGMFR1”. You must present your current military ID card at check-in.
Red Roof Inn: Offers a 10 percent discount to all veterans all year. Offers are subject to availability at participating properties and some hotels may have blackout dates. Use VP code 606732 when booking online or when calling 800-RED-ROOF (800-733-7663).
Westgate Resorts: Military members receive 10 percent off the best available rate year-round.
National Park Service: Active-duty military members and their dependents are eligible for a free military annual pass to any national park that usually charges a fee.
Penske: Active-duty members and veteran s who choose to move all or part of their household goods themselves,can receive discounts of up to 20 percent at more than 2,200 locations. Book your rental online for an automatic 10 percent off, and show your military or veteran identification when you pick up your truck for an additional 10 percent off.
Bob Kinsler can be reached at 580-271-0897 or BobKinsler@aol.com