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Re: Framily Veterans
« Reply #300 on: September 26, 2013, 08:36:27 AM »
Don/Scott,

Thanks, I'll check it out. I already belong to the American Legion and VFW.
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Re: Framily Veterans
« Reply #301 on: November 05, 2013, 09:58:59 AM »
Join the VA and get a VA card. Lowe's requires a military ID that has a photo, such as my "Department of Veterans Affairs" ID card.

And it has to say "SERVICE CONNECTED" under your picture.
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« Reply #302 on: November 05, 2013, 10:05:21 AM »
And it has to say "SERVICE CONNECTED" under your picture.
To my knowledge, neither Lowes or Home Depot limit their military discount to service connected disability.  I have always been able to use my gray card (retired) and I'm pretty sure my VA card (no disability) would work, too.
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Re: Framily Veterans
« Reply #303 on: November 05, 2013, 10:12:12 AM »
To my knowledge, neither Lowes or Home Depot limit their military discount to service connected disability.  I have always been able to use my gray card (retired) and I'm pretty sure my VA card (no disability) would work, too.


They just changed the rule at Home Depot. At our local HD a couple of days ago, I gave them my VA card (no disability) and they said I could have the discount that time but after that it would need to say "Service Connected" to get the discount. Mike pulled out his Service Connected VA card and the guy said, yeah, like that. Said the rules had just changed and it was active duty and service connected disabled veterans who would be getting the discount. Now, if Lowe's continues to give ALL veterans a discount, Home Depot will no doubt change back to that.


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Re: Framily Veterans
« Reply #304 on: November 05, 2013, 12:05:25 PM »
We fixed up our house a couple of years ago, with everything coming from lowes. We spent over $100.000 and saved a lot buying everything there.
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« Reply #305 on: November 05, 2013, 04:52:59 PM »
I worked for Riverside County (CA) as a Veteran's Service Rep for about a year after I retired from my fed gubmint job.  I would recommend that ALL veterans at least check in with your county Veteran's Services office (every US county should have one).

Many of you THINK you do not have compensable disabilities, or that you lack proof that your disability happened in the Service.  There are ways to get around stuff like that, such as buddy letters, or written statements from relatives.  I had a couple of old guys come into the office who just hoped they could get hearing aids.  I got them tested at the VA, and they both ended up getting 100% disability for deafness.  Almost ALL veterans have tinnitus, a ringing in the ears.  Tinnitus in both ears is an automatic 10%.

I had a gal come into the office hoping to get funeral expenses and a headstone.  She ended up with a veteran's widow's pension because her husband died of his service connected disability.

My brother in law suffers from PTSD.  My wife would tell me how happy go lucky he was before he left for Viet Nam and what a sullen, self-medicating person he became when he got home.  His wife reports that he has awakened for years with violent nightmares.  We got him set up with a special PTSD clinic at the local VA hospital.  He initially got 30% and he is now at 60%.  This was done based on his combat history and his wife's letters that reported his differences in personality before and after the was.  I still have not gotten my steak dinner he promised me.

The point is, it only takes a short visit to the VSO to see if you qualify or not.  Check it out.  If you do get an award, the payments are retroactive to the day you apply. so the sooner the better.
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Re: Framily Veterans
« Reply #306 on: November 05, 2013, 08:41:13 PM »

They just changed the rule at Home Depot. At our local HD a couple of days ago, I gave them my VA card (no disability) and they said I could have the discount that time but after that it would need to say "Service Connected" to get the discount. Mike pulled out his Service Connected VA card and the guy said, yeah, like that. Said the rules had just changed and it was active duty and service connected disabled veterans who would be getting the discount. Now, if Lowe's continues to give ALL veterans a discount, Home Depot will no doubt change back to that.


Wendy
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Wendy the Lowes in Surprise requires a VA ID card that the VA here will not issue unless your are receiving benefits. (FYI I got turned down again for not meeting financial need requirements even with SE Asia service.)

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« Reply #307 on: November 06, 2013, 11:45:27 AM »

Wendy the Lowes in Surprise requires a VA ID card that the VA here will not issue unless your are receiving benefits. (FYI I got turned down again for not meeting financial need requirements even with SE Asia service.)

Our local VA office here in Michigan just started issuing picture ID's by just showing your DD214 and a pictured ID.
By the way, our local Home Depot gives you the 10% veteran discount with just the above card. I asked the manager and he did say its up to the HD where you shop! I was in our local HD this morning.

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« Reply #308 on: November 09, 2013, 11:43:56 PM »
Our local VA office here in Michigan just started issuing picture ID's by just showing your DD214 and a pictured ID.
By the way, our local Home Depot gives you the 10% veteran discount with just the above card. I asked the manager and he did say its up to the HD where you shop! I was in our local HD this morning.
Scott  :)
At  both the Lowe's and HD, near  my home in Reno, NV or here in SSF, CA I get the 10% discount with my VA card. I used the discount today in the SSF, CA Lowe's near here.

I also  discovered, just last week,  that Triumph dealers  give a $500.00 discount for new Triumph Motorcycles to those who have served. DD-214 required, as the cycle dealer  has to fax it to Triumph-USA to get paid back.   And here is the one I just bought last week, in my Reno home driveway. It's a 2013 Triumph Trophy SE, with every possible option they have. Heated hand grips, heated seat and much more. A great cold weather bike. ABS and traction control for the black ice and etc.

I am getting my toys for my retirement at the end of this year.


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« Reply #309 on: November 10, 2013, 09:40:33 AM »
Congratulations on the Trophy and the discount Don.

My first motorcycle was a Trophy; Back then (mid 60's) they were powered by a twin cylinder 650cc engine and had lower gear ratios than their speed cousins in the Triumph stable. The Trophy was built for sidecar use, but I used it solo off road (I didn't yet have a license).
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« Reply #310 on: November 10, 2013, 01:31:05 PM »
Congratulations on the Trophy and the discount Don.

My first motorcycle was a Trophy; Back then (mid 60's) they were powered by a twin cylinder 650cc engine and had lower gear ratios than their speed cousins in the Triumph stable. The Trophy was built for sidecar use, but I used it solo off road (I didn't yet have a license).
I purchased  my 1971 BMW R75/5 with the money I saved from when I was in the jungles of Vietnam. Hard to spend much money out there! I still own that bike and it still runs like new (except I now need to change the clutch).

But I remember in those days the British bikes. I could not ride them with the gear shift on the right side and the brake on the left pedal. I tried, and I just could not get used to that, after riding so many other bikes, such as my BMW. I don't remember what year the British bikes changed.

Anyway, especially Triumph  has changed a lot over the years. They must be on the very top of the technology when it comes to motorcycles these days. I never thought I would ever own a Triumph, but because of the way they changed over the years, they now  make the perfect bike for me.

In other news since the last time we chatted here, Tom & I are now legally married since July 5 of this year. And I retire at the end of this year. Tom is already retired.

I am getting new toys to get ready for my retirement!

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« Reply #311 on: November 10, 2013, 02:22:08 PM »
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... Tom & I are now legally married since July 5 of this year.

Congratulations to you both! You had to wait a long time for that to be possible. I assume the happy day was in SFO?
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« Reply #312 on: November 10, 2013, 05:28:22 PM »
Congratulations to you both! You had to wait a long time for that to be possible. I assume the happy day was in SFO?
Nope. Redwood City, CA.  Still, that day, more than half applying for marriage licenses there were same sex couples, even in Redwood City. BTW, SSF, is also in San Mateo County, just as is Redwood City.


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« Reply #313 on: November 10, 2013, 07:00:58 PM »
Thanks for the clarification Don; Wrong assumption on my part.
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« Reply #314 on: November 11, 2013, 01:51:05 AM »
A sincere "Thank You" to my fellow veterans on this forum. We truly appreciate your service.

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« Reply #315 on: November 11, 2013, 11:38:53 AM »
   Thanks x2 and back at yuh.
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« Reply #316 on: November 11, 2013, 11:50:00 AM »
    Congratulations Don and Tom, on both your nuptials and upcoming retirement.

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« Reply #317 on: November 11, 2013, 04:37:49 PM »
    Congratulations Don and Tom, on both your nuptials and upcoming retirement.

Ed
Thanks all. But I still think of our real marriage date being back in 1974, when we first met. We've been together now for 39 years, most of our lives in this one monogamous relationship. And still very happy together. We first met just a couple of years after I out out of the army.

And this month I've had the same job for 34 years. I maxed out on my retirement benefits and cannot gain any more, so I think this is a good time to retire.

BTW, here is what Tom and I looked like when we met just a few months after we first met (Photo take in Feb of 1975).

And here we are just a few years ago while in Gulin, China.

Tom is the Chinese guy, and I am the other guy in these photos.

BTW, my military info:

Army: March 1969 to March 1971.
Basic and AIT Ft. Lewis Wash.
RVN:September 1969-70.
B-3-8 4TH Infantry Div.
Mainly served in the Central Highland Jungles.
1970 Cambodia incursion.
MOS 11B (infantry).
Ft Carson, CO after RVN

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« Reply #318 on: November 12, 2013, 05:46:38 AM »
You haven't changed a bit  ;D
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« Reply #319 on: November 29, 2013, 02:58:22 PM »
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« Reply #320 on: November 29, 2013, 04:53:23 PM »
     Shopped at my local Home Depot today.  I got my 10% discount with just my ID card AND I parked in one of about 6 spots near the front door each with nice painted signs complete with an American flag that said,"Reserved for American Veterans".
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« Reply #321 on: December 01, 2013, 06:05:59 PM »
Any of you vets with vision problems, including macular degeneration and diabetes related vision problems, GO TALK TO THE VA.  Ask to see the VIST coordinator. There is an exceptional program for low vision vets with free training and equipment including computers, talking watches, CT readers, and more, all FREE. I'm at the blind rehab in Tucson and the staff here are wonderful. If you have low vision problems, just do it !
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« Reply #322 on: January 14, 2014, 03:07:50 AM »


Almost ALL veterans have tinnitus, a ringing in the ears.  Tinnitus in both ears is an automatic 10%.


VA turned me down for Tinnitus I was told it was age related and I worked on F4 Phantoms jets.
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« Reply #323 on: January 14, 2014, 11:07:14 AM »
Is there ANY mention of tinnitus in your service medical records?  If so, that would be the clincher.  Even if you wore hearing protection at all times out on the line, you're going to lose something.  The thing about VA claims is that you have to produce SOME kind of evidence.  Evidence can be in the form of what is known as a "buddy letter."  This can be as simple as something from a relative that states, "Fred never complained about ringing in his ears before he went into the military, but after he got out, he always mentioned it."  This statement has to be true and should be sworn to in the letter.

Something else that will work (and the wording here is CRITICAL) is a statement from your ear doc that says (CRITICAL part in all CAPS), "IT IS AS LIKELY AS NOT that the ringing in Fred's ears was caused not by aging, but by long exposure to F-4 jet engines."

I always recommend using a County Veteran's Service Office to help you fill out the paperwork.  They know the in's and out's, and what will and will not work.
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« Reply #324 on: January 14, 2014, 11:20:05 AM »
     Shopped at my local Home Depot today.  I got my 10% discount with just my ID card AND I parked in one of about 6 spots near the front door each with nice painted signs complete with an American flag that said,"Reserved for American Veterans".

Thanks to this forum, I now know about and use my Home Depot 10% discount just by whipping out my Service Connected VA card.  Thanks to whoever the OP was!

All disabled vets and other persons with a permanent disability need to check into the National Parks All Access pass and your state of residence parks pass, if available.  http://store.usgs.gov/pass/access.html
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« Reply #325 on: February 11, 2014, 12:32:51 PM »
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« Reply #326 on: February 11, 2014, 01:27:18 PM »
Thanks to this forum, I now know about and use my Home Depot 10% discount just by whipping out my Service Connected VA card.
There are many places that give vets a discount, but you must ask. For a few examples, Lowe's, Triumph Motorcycles (recently saved me $500.00 there!) and even 15% discount at  Safari RV Parts, at least the one in Reno, NV.

But in many cases, you have to know. They won't mention it, so you often have to ask if there are vet or senior discounts.


Thanks to whoever the OP was! All disabled vets and other persons with a permanent disability need to check into the National Parks All Access pass and your state of residence parks pass, if available.  http://store.usgs.gov/pass/access.html
And for those who are 62 or over, you can get a pass to all federal parks for free, after paying a one time fee of ten bucks.

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2002 Suzuki DR200SE
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« Reply #327 on: February 11, 2014, 03:26:07 PM »
And for those who are 62 or over, you can get a pass to all federal parks for free, after paying a one time fee of ten bucks.-Don-  SSF, CA

I have that pass and for $10 it's the best deal around (except maybe Costco's hot dog and soda for $1.50)

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« Reply #328 on: February 11, 2014, 05:31:16 PM »
Army -infantry 1969-1970 1/11 C company(red diamond) attached to 5th mechanized division rank E-6 after surviving combat in Dong Ha mountain area and Da Nang/Quang Tri=started as E-5 and then moved to platoon sergeant which meant Staff Sergeant E-6 -preferred foot soldier away from noisy personnel carriers and tanks=attracted too much attention and action
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« Reply #329 on: February 11, 2014, 07:48:08 PM »
Army -infantry 1969-1970 1/11 C company(red diamond)
I was also an army 11B, (September 1969-1970) but mainly in the Central Highland Jungles mainly between An Khe and Pleiku. Did you also get to see the jungles of Cambodia, as I did in April-May of 1970?

I did visit the base camp in Da Nang in July of 1970, just before and after R & R to Tokyo.

-Don-  SSF, CA  (B-3-8, 4th Infantry Div.)
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Ten  motorcycles:
1971 BMW R75/5
1984 Yamaha Venture
2002 Suzuki DR200SE
2013 Triumph Trophy SE
2016 Versys 650 LT
2016 Moto Guzzi Stelvio
2017 H-D RoadGlide Ultra FLTRU
2017 Zero DS ZF6.5 (with RV)
2017 Zero SR 13 w/pwr tank
2020 Energica SS9