Happy Veterans Day

With Veterans Day just around the corner, I want to wish all of my fellow veterans a great day and a heartfelt “thank you” for your service to our country.

Today we live in a country where service to country is no longer a popular choice for our young people. It’s both sad and concerning to see a culture where so much attention is given to entertainers and to entertaining one’s self. During a recent wait at an airport gate area I pointed out to my wife we were the only two people not staring into our smart phones. We noticed one father next to us with his young teenage daughter. He spent virtually every moment talking or scanning his phone. At one point he did speak when he asked her to save his seat while he went to the rest room. She seemed sad and bored. The times are changing.

So, for all those who have served, and all the family members who have supported that service, have a great day. Last year I provided a list of restaurants and stores that provide discounts to veterans. Many do this all year long. This year let me direct you to a great website that will provide you with up-to-date money-saving information all year long.


Of course you will need to provide documentation of your service to obtain your benefits from these companies. You can provide the proper identification from veterans offices in most states, and in many, you can now have veterans status placed on your drivers license. The website I have provided has a list of these states.

If you are in my state of California, you can obtain a drivers license with veterans status beginning Nov. 12. Here is how to obtain that license.

  1. Simply find your military discharge certificate(DD214). If you need help obtaining your military records, then contact your local County Veteran Service Officer (CVSO).
  2. Stop by your local CVSO with your DD214 for verification. Go todmv.ca.gov, or call the DMV at 1-800-777-0133, to make an appointment. Bring your erified application form, and the small $5 application fee.

You must complete all applicable requirements. The application form certifies the veteran applying for the veteran ID card is from the active armed forces, and was discharged under honorable circumstances.

Once again, to all who have served recently and to those brave veterans now departed, we owe our freedom to you. Thank you all.

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