Lowe’s and Home Depot Military and Veteran Discounts Explained

****UPDATE TO HOME DEPOT’S POLICY AT THE BOTTOM OF ARTICLE****

So we have been hearing that there seems to be a lot of confusion concerning Military discounts offered by Home Depot and Lowe’s. Seems you ask two people and you will get two different answers to the question. So we did a little research and found out that not only are patrons confused, but even the store personnel are sometimes confused by the policy.

From what we have been told Home Depot’s policy for Military discounts are as follows:

Home Depot Military/Veteran Discount Policy

They offer a 10 percent discount, up to a $500 maximum, to all active, reserve, retired or disabled veterans and their family members with a valid military ID, every day of the week.

All other military veterans qualify for a 10 percent discount during Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Independence Day.

Lowe’s Military/Veteran Discount Policy

They offer an all day, every day 10 percent discount to all military personnel who are active, reserve, retired or disabled veterans and their family members, with a valid, government-issued military ID card.

All other military veterans will receive the discount on the Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Veterans Day weekends.

But please remember when asking about the discount, if the employee does not understand, do not make a big deal out of it. Ask to speak with the manager, and have your ID with you. And it must be a valid Government issued ID. It seems sometimes the employees get confused as to which policy a person falls under, which is understandable if they never served. So please be patient and courteous when asking about the discount.

These two companies have offered these discounts to the Military community as a courtesy for your service and sacrifice, it is not something they are required to do by any means.

Remember if you are a Veteran, but not Active, Reserve, Retired or disabled Veteran you are only authorized the discount on the above stated Holidays.

If you Are Active, Reserve, Retired, or a Disabled Veteran with a valid ID you can get the discount any day of the week.

We would like to thank Lowes, and The Home Depot for thanking our current Military and Veterans with this discount.

 

UPDATE: 20140121

We had several emails concerning Home Depot not honoring some Veterans discounts, we reached out to Home Depot for more clarification on the Military discount, here is the response.

In reference to your e-mail, effective March 2010 we began offering,
when asked, a year round 10% discount, up to a $500 maximum
no registration needed, to all active, reserve, retired or disabled
veterans and their family members with a valid military ID.All other
military veterans will qualify for a 10% discount in your area during
Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Veterans’ Day .

This philosophy is consistent with our long standing price match
guarantee. Please note that The Home Depot will offer a 10% Military
discount up to $500.00 maximum no registration needed.

Eligibility for discount:

1. The discount is only for active, reserve, retired or
disabled veterans and their immediate (mother, father, brother, sister,
child) family members.

2. The discount is only available on in-stock and special
order merchandise and online purchases. To utilize the discount online,
please call the Online Customer Service team at 1-800-430-3376.

3. This discount is not available for Installation Services
or for Deliveries (store and Service Provider).

4. The discount is only available on the day of purchase -
customers cannot get discount on a previous purchase

Customers must have one of the valid IDs listed below for year round discount:

  1.  Active Duty Military ID card with a picture.
  2.  A retired Military ID card with a picture.
  3. VA Card (Department of Veterans Affairs) - MUST have the
    words SERVICE CONNECTED under picture.
  4. Active Military and Retired Military ID card for
    spouse/dependents

A retired veteran must have qualified and gone through retirement with
the Military. Disabled Veterans should have a Veteran’s Identification
Card (VIC) that is given to them from the Department of Veteran’s
Affairs. The VIC and their Driver’s License should be sufficient
identification to get the everyday Military Discount.

The Home Depot is dedicated to supporting and honoring our men and women
in uniform through our business practices, recruitment efforts and
corporate contributions. We offer this discount to thank them for their
outstanding service to this nation and to help make their homes more
comfortable and safe.

The Home Depot appreciates your business and would like you to continue
to rely on us for your home improvement needs.

 

I hope this clears up some of the confusion about the discounts.

 

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100 comments on “Lowe’s and Home Depot Military and Veteran Discounts Explained
  1. Thanks for the research. I didn’t realize there was a $500 limit. But this doesn’t answer all the questions. When I retire in 2 years, 11 months and 20 something days and start building my house, can I go to HD or Lowes every day, buy $5000 worth of material and get a 10% rebate every day?

        • Home Depot will only accept VA identifications if they have “service connection” written on them. I do not know about Lowe’s policy.

          • I’ve never seen a card say “service connection” on it. I am service connected injuries and disabilities and receive 80%. My card doesn’t say anything.

          • David; You probably haven’t gotten a new card in the last five or six years. By 2006 VA started putting our pictures on em with Service Connected just below the picture. Jeff

          • I have a VA issued card with my picture on it which was issued in 2007. It does NOT have “service connected” on it.

        • To use the discount any day of the week it has to be a Department of Defense issued ID. It is issued to Active Military, Retired Military and 100% rated disabled veterans and their spouses. You can obtain that ID at any military base. My Home Depot told me they would not accept a VA Medical ID.

          • I ran into the same issue Lowes will except my V.A, card every day but Home Depot won’t with out a disabled indorsement. ( which doesn’t exist.)

    • Some stores are starting to restrict the discount to “personal” use items only. Building materials are not included in the “personal” items.

      • Last week at Home Depot, for the first time, I was asked if my purchase was for personal use, which is was, but just say yes and there’s no problem. They don’t ask for proof because there is no way to prove that it is for personal use.

    • I use the discounts all the time and have never had anything but a warm smile and a thank you for my service at either store. It is of course a true honor to have served the people of this great nation.

    • your post is old but you left out a few things….Lowes policy states there are three categories of veterans they recognize daily….under the second “retired veterans and VA recipients”. the latter part is a very vague statement…i served five years, desert storm and honorable discharge with no disability at time of discharge. I am still entitled to VA employment preference, home loan, etc…. So Lowes will accept a blue veteran id card issued if you are using the medical program or qualify. but isn’t that discrimination against all others. if i had a disability and the blue card….they would give me the discount on a daily basis. if my husband or i decide to leave our employment and decreased our income, i could qualify to get into the medical system and get my blue card. it’s still disrimination….i am a va recipient and they are choosing not to recognize it. the state of tennessee recently made a change that all honorable discharge veterans could receive veteran on their drivers license. all you have to do is bring in your original dd form 214 and honorable discharge. this was to combat the discrimination. so now i have a government issued id card, eligible for all other veteran benefits except not loaded in the medical system therefore no blue id card….lowes still will not honor….to me, discrimination.

  2. Thanks for this information! We shop at Home Depot quite a bit, and had no idea they even offered this discount. It’s not advertised here. My retired USAF boyfriend will be very pleased to enjoy the discount from now on.

  3. We got our washer and dryer from Home Depot a couple of years ago. They had the added policy that you can not comine discounts. So they where offering 10% off our washer in the store, We asked for the military discount and we had to pick which one we wanted to use the 10% off the washer or 10% off the whole purchase. The person was nice enough to let us know what gave us the greatest savings and allowed us to use that discount. So make sure you ask about combining discounts when you ask for the military discount. You might save more money that way.

  4. Just being a “disabled veteran” doesn’t get you a military ID, unless you have a somewhat high rating. I’m 60% rated, and only have a service connected VA ID. I’m not complaining that I don’t qualify for this, just something I’d like to point out.

    • Your VA ID is valid IF it states “Service Connected”. If it doesn’t state that, it doesn’t qualify. I’ve been shown the company page on acceptable ID’s and the kicker is the “Service Connected”.

      • Thanks Steven, good to know, I was going by this article, and thought I had to have a type of “military id” that generally only retirees or 100% rated receive.

      • Pete, have you not gone to the VA hospital near you, yet? They started the procedure to get me an ID card on my first visit ,about 2 years ago. Your VA ID card will say “service connected” if you are, too.

      • You should have been issued a new ID when you got out for medical reasons (I’m assuming this is what happened?). When you turn in your active duty ID, you are supposed to have a new picture taken and an updated ID made.

    • My local Lowe’s and Home Depot will accept the VA ID card as long as it say service connected disability. I have used it as well as my blue retiree ID card.

    • Brian C. I also have a 60% service connected disabilty. My V.A. Medical card has
      ” service connected ” printed on it right below my picture. I use this card for a 10% discount at least weekly at both Lowe’s and Home Depot. I would go to the nearest V.A. hospital, visit central Registration, and ask for an ID Card that has service connected on it. Could save you big bucks over theyears to come.

  5. I am in the Guard and have used these discounts for years, and have saved thousands. And the 10% discount goes with any other sales or discounts they already have in place. The discount is up to $500 on each purchase, when I did my roof 2 years ago the grand total was $8k. I bought half of the materials one weekend and half the next weekend, making an $800 savings. They do not advertise the savings but I have never had a problem when I showed my CaC card and asked for it, always in a professional manner. The status of VETERAN is earned not given, so act like the professional you are!

  6. I never had a hard time receiving the discount with my retiree ID card. Good reminder that there is nothing requiring these discounts, and they could end at any time. Appreciate the benefit as long as it lasts, I’ve saved quite a bit of $$$

  7. I have never had a problem with getting a 10% @ Lowe’s or Home Depot. There are other business that offer 10% when you make a purchase.

  8. I’ve been told that widows/widowers of active duty deceased service members, with a valid, government-issued military ID card also qualify. They are not normally mentioned for qualifying for anything, but they normally qualify for anything a retired family member does.

  9. Thatansweres my question… I am classified as a disabled vet but I do not have an .gov ID card. So my service connected status with the VA is good for the discount everyday… good.

  10. From My experience Lowes gives the discount with just a valid ID Home Depot however requires you to go to customer service and register first. Not a big deal I suppose I asked them why they required the registration and they explained that many people took advantage of the program. Sounded a little off considering they still require you to show your ID and give them the phone number you registered with. But it is still a discount, I have gone to Lowes and bought things on some form or another of 15-30% off and they still took the additional 10% Military discount. I personally prefer Lowes and drive by a Home Depot to get to my closest Lowes.

  11. yes home depot has a limit. But LOWES does not have a limit. I have never had any problems at lowes. I have taken my dd214 in with me, and Have no problems with it and they never even ask to see it.

  12. I tend to disagree, with the above statements,

    I frequent Lowe’s all the time, If you are a Veteran and have a VA card, you will be given the Military Discount everyday. When you approach the Register, they a list of ID’s they will take.

    I have however, never been given a discount a Home Depot, even with an active duty id.

    I live in a neighborhood filled with Active Duty Military and Veterans, and they say the same thing I do about Home Depot, Unless something has changed in the last 30 days there, I will not be go to Home Depot.

    • My local Home Depot accepts the VA ID, but it is a small store, and when I go to the next large Home Depot, they won’t accept the VA ID card. Al Lowes I go to accept the card for the discount.

  13. I have never had a problem with either company, as a matter of fact, I once bought over 2000 dollars worth of appliances and they still gave me the 10% discount

  14. As a part time employee of Home Depot…i want to thank you for putting this on your web site. I hope more people read it. I have had people yell at me and call me nasty names and then walk out because they didn’t qualify for the every day military discount. It is not the employees policy, It came from headquarters. I also had one customer flash me his War Wound….he was a Canadian Veteran that did not qualify for the every day discount.
    I also would like to inform your readers that Home Depot does NOT accept the V on the drivers license for the every day savings. For those of you that are upset by this i would like to point out that Home Depot does ALOT for veterans beside give a discount. They help fix and upgrade veterans homes/ nursing homes. They do tons for their communities. I have personally helped at elementary schools, a boy’s village, and paint your heart out. Please realize that just because you personally do not receive the discount does not mean Home Depot is cheap. You just do not see the good they really do behind the scenes. Veterans act honorable and respectful to the cashiers some of us are Veterans also who also do not receive the discount..

      • Not sure how much faith I would put in what some part time employee actually knows about this. From what people have posted here, it sounds like Lowes is better at this.

        • A couple of years ago when. My house and neighbors house where damaged by high winds. Home depot showed up to help repair our roofs and fences and paint without question, lowes sent by 2 employees and a camera crew. Who told me they wanted to use. What they where doing for promotional uses and asked me to sign a release. Use my misfortune for your own companies use, not going to happen!! Home depot employees, never asked for a thing. They went above and beyond In the 5 years since I left active duty. I have never had a problem with getting my 10% off discount at Home Depot. I have had nothing but problems at Lowes. Im frankly suprised by the posting here. By people saying they have never had a problem there. Ive actually been told by a Lowes store manager. They dont have to offer the discount on everything or anything. They have the right to pick and choice what they offer the discount on and when they do.

  15. My husband did show a valid ID at Lowe’s and was told that only current veterans were getting the discount which they had been giving him up to that point. My feeling is that, altough it is very nice of them to give the discount, it should either be given to all vets or none at all. A vet is a vet no matter when they served.

    • This is a corporate policy You have a point, but you should take this up with the people at the corporate level. But please be courteous because they don’t have to give it to anyone. Thanks, Lowes and Home Depot for recognizing what many have done for the great United States of America.

  16. Simple. Home Depot will not give you a discount with your va card unless it states service connected. They give for Vets Day, Mem
    Day, and Independence Day. Lowes – walk in show your va or old ID card, even a DD. 214 and the will thank you for your service and give a 10% discount. Needless to say I only shop at lowes.

    • I have been shopping at Lowes and Home Depot for many years, Never had any problems or questions from Lowes, Home Depot is another thing. Some are even mean about it. Maybe the VA should mark your VA Medical ID with Combat Vet. or Not. Maybe that will fix it with Home Depot, They have lost thousands of my buying power the last few years. Some HD’s will still take it without question. Simple Fix….Shop Lowes..

  17. Thank you so much for clearing this up.

    I work at Home Depot and it seems that most veterans are thankful to us for the discount. It’s the ones who think it’s an “entitlement,” when in fact it is a “courtesy” a Thank You” for us to give the discount, These are the one who do not give us the respect we deserve for recognizing our Military. And yes there has been widespread abuse of the discount by Contractor trying to boost their bottom line. This discount is strictly for personal usage. So if we are strict on the types of ID’s required, well there’s your reason.

    I would hope they would thank me for my service, as I don’t get any sort of discount working for Home Depot.

  18. Hey, Kit and Tracy, THANK YOU BOTH for your customer service! And, if you are a vet, thanks for your military service too. I’ve never had any problem receiving the discount at either store (I am retired from the AF) and I really appreciate both stores offering it! Thanks Lowes and Home Depot.

  19. My husband was 100% service connected when he passed away. My military id as his wife expired quite awhile ago. It does not say anything about him being service-connected disabled. Does anyone know if I’m eligible & if a new card would show that?
    Also we got our last cards at the Navy base. Is there anywhere else I’d be able to do this.
    Thanks bunches.

    • Have you checked at the base and see if you can renew your card? I would think you should be able to. You are his widow, and even with my husband alive I have to renew mine every few years.

  20. Home Depot at night when the store is shut down, parking lot is empty the lights are off and only one entrance/exit, funky cold is in there with his poser uniform, paintball gun and mask, and about 100 pissed off combat vets outside. Does anyone want to guess the ending?

  21. i work at lowes and we give all our vets the 10 % with military ids, va cards, paper dd214, and even their vfw or american legion membership cards

  22. I work at Home Depot. Something that veterans needs to realize is that the policy states you have to have a picture ID. If you look around the register there should be a poster titled “Acceptable Military ID Guidelines & Regulations”. We are only supposed to to accept those forms of ID. I don’t like telling customers that I can’t accept their DD214, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars or whatever else because I respect company policy just as military personel respect the oath they took to defend America and the Constitution. I am always patient with customers asking for the discount but it still irritates me when they want to argue with me about policy that they dont know about. Even after I explain it to them, they basically say im wrong without saying. Customers tell me that other associates give the discount without being specific as to what ID is required by the customer. My advice to customers: 1. Dont argue, please listen to what we say. We work for the company you don’t. It’s a complimentary service. 2. If other associates give you the discount then go checkout with them, but keep in mind they are breaking policy! Either that associate is new enough to not know or has been there enough to know better but doesn’t care. 3. An easy way to solve this problem is to go to your local state DPS office and they can put the word “VETERAN” on your drivers license. It shows your a veteran and its a picture ID. I know its not shown on the “Acceptable Military ID Guidelines & Regulations” poster at the register but its close enough in my opinion. Thanks Alex

  23. After having just been to Home Depot trying to buy a simple Microwave, I have learned their employees are idiots. And no I am not talking about anything to do with this discount, as we never go that far. I know more about Microwave installation that they do, which is pathetic, as I am not even a contractor. Just pure outright lies out of their mouths about product features and installation…. at least in my experience it was, dealing with at least two different salesmen. They have probably lost my business for life.

    So the ones posting here, I would not put much faith in what they are stating.

  24. I am also a Home Depot employee and I would like to thank you for you service to our country. However company policy state which IDs are acceptable for the military discount . My store is very strict on policy and have gotten on to us for giving military discounts when the improper id has been shown. I try to explain to the costumer why I cannot do the discount and some understand and some just don’t and start getting rude with me even calling me names. If its a small enough purchases where I can still give the a discount I give them a 10% discount its is just not using the military discount code. Just yesterday I was have a pleasant conversation with a costumer when it came time to pay he showed me his ID and all I said is Im sorry sir but it has to say “service connected” that is all it took to get him going. He told me I didn’t know what I was doing that I was ungrateful for all he did for our country to have to put up with someone like me. I called my supervisor over and she explained to him that I was still giving him a 10% off discount it was just not going to say military discount. He was still upset and set how dare I now give him his discount I once again explained to him he was still getting the10% discount but he didn’t budge he walked out and brought in receipts from where he had gotten his military discount (someone not following policy) He ask to speak with a manager who told hi the same thing we had told him. I not here to complain but it just ruins your whole day when you have to put of with something like this. I am gladly to give you your much disserve discount but I have to keep my job and follow policy. If I cannot give you the military discount I will gladly give you 10% off it its within my power.

  25. Not every veteran is eligible for VA Health benefits. Some veterans are eligible for benefits but are not service connected, meaning their health issues were not caused nor aggravated by the military. ONLY veterans that are eligible for VA Health Care can get the VAMC ID card.
    Veterans eligibility can be based upon when they served, where they served, how much money they have, whether or not they have a service connected disability (even 0% in some cases).
    A service-connected rating is an official ruling by a VA Regional Office that your illness or condition is directly related to your active military service. VA Regional Offices are also responsible for administering educational benefits, vocational rehabilitation and other benefit programs, including home loans. To obtain more information, or to apply for any of these, contact your nearest VA Regional Office at 1-800-827-1000 or visit them online at http://www.va.gov
    You must apply and find out if you are eligible. If you think you may be service connected, please contact your VA Benefits Office and start the process, located in every state or the VFW http://www.vfw.org/NVS/

  26. My Dad, who is 91 years of age and served in WWII, bought a $1,000.00 Ariens lawn mower last week. He then learned of the 10% veterant’s discount and returned to Home Depot with the receipt and his VA identification card with his picture on it. But Home Depot told him the VA card didn’t say anything about “Service Connected”. The only way I know of that you can obtain a VA card is if you’re a veteran so why in the world does it have to say “Service Connected” when that is the only way you can obtain this card. Like I said he is 91 years old and defended our Country in World War II and helped save our freedom. Please reply to this at the email address below.

    • Judy-The ‘Service Connected’ endorsement will only be on VAMC cards for veterans who have a service-connected disability. I’m in the same lucky boat-a veteran who separated in excellent health after eight years of service and encountered problems later in life. Start shopping at Lowes.

  27. I am USAR separation in 1975. I don’t have an I.D. card but I do have my discharger papers. Will that work?

  28. After reading the initial post and everyone’s comments, I’ll be taking all of my (meager) business to Lowes from now on-driving past a Home Depot to do so.

  29. I have been in home depot when customers just tell cashier that they are a veteran when i knew they weren’t not even asked to show an I D from then on i take my business to Lowes.

  30. My dad never has any problem getting the 10% discount at various Home Depots after showing his Veterans ID Card (VIC). Unfortunately, that is not the case at some Lowes. We’ve encountered rude employees at the Kill Devil Hills, NC, Lowes numerous times (including the manager). I even printed their policy from their website that showed he qualifies for the discount year round and the manager said only on the designated holidays. The cashier even had the audacity to ask my dad WHY he had the card! When I called corporate to complain, I was told that it’s up to the store on how they honor the discount.

  31. I was one of those confused customers. I’ve been getting the discount over the past couple of months by showing my DD214 and DL. The other day I was told that I would have to start showing the actual Veteran’s ID card. When I started researching that, I discovered that I don’t qualify, as I only spent 8 years in the military. This led me to research what the real deal is with the Lowes/Home Depot discount, which got me to this page. I know the store closest to my workplace will continue to let me use my DL/DD214, but my conscience is not going to let me do that. Now I’m cursing myself for not just letting well enough alone, and continuing to shop at the store that will let me use the discount. I guess this would be one of those cases where ignorance is bliss…lol.

  32. I am retired, and service connected – I have never had any problems with either store. Those of you building, might get a better discount if you talk to the manager or pro staff. If you buy a high dollar amount of materials, most of the time they will give you a better discount. The new rules just state you have to have a picture MID or VA med. id with service disconnected (the injury happened in service ,) at the bottom of your picture. Don’t get angry, be professional and polite. This will go along way. Even If you don’t qualify for the everyday. There are online coupons and other discounts you can get. Remember you get more flies with honey.
    VETS that didn’t retire and don’t have a VA med card only have DD214, and no picture ID ( you could join one of the VET organizations and get an ID card or go through Veteran ID Card – US Veteran Compensation Programs(it is not an official government card but they do back ground check on you, and produce you with a card for about 20. saying your a VET, most places will accept these cards for discounts). You should also write your congressman stating you want a VET picture card with the DD214, for use on those holidays that honor VETs and everyone is giving discounts. With all the criminal activity picture proof is becoming more in demand. There are about 25 million VETs, now add how many fake VETS are out there. 10% off adds up real quick.

  33. Just wanted to make everyone aware, yesterday I wend to homedepot to get 7 sheets of drywall to repair my ceiling and they do not honor the discount on drywall and other building material anymore.

  34. The $500 limit at Home Depot applies to the amount of the purchase the discount applies to. Therefore the maximum discount during any one visit is limited to $50.

  35. My experiences with both Home Depot and Lowe’s have been mixed. I have used my discount the several states and several stores. I have only been denied a discount a one Lowe’s and did not make a scene. It would be disrespecting my military service,(retired after 37 years). Again theses companies do not have to give or required to give this discount. I have always asks about military discounts since I joined in 1964, when a fellow shipmate ask about it while going to a movie theater in Bootcamp. I could tell you all the discounts I have received over the years or where. But it would quite lenghtly and interesting. So inclosing, the best part is when someone finds out that I served my county. They say “Thank you for your service”

  36. Directly from the LOWE’S Website on Sept. 1, 2013:

    “LOWES Military Discount”:

    Lowe’s established the 10% Military Discount to support the men and women who are currently serving our country in the Armed Services (1) and to honor Retired Veterans and VA Recipients.(2) This 10% discount is also extended to the immediate family(3) of those who are currently serving, Retired Veterans, or VA Recipients.

    To qualify for the Everyday 10% Military Discount, you must:

    Be currently serving in, or retired from, a qualifying branch of the Armed Services, or be the immediate family member of someone who is and have a valid military ID Card.

    Or:

    Be a veteran who receives VA benefits and have a valid Veteran Identification Card (VIC).

    We honor all Veterans on three specific holidays: Memorial Day, 4th of July and Veterans Day. During these three holiday weekends, we extend the discount to all veterans who served honorably and who present a valid Form DD214 or other proof of service. The Lowe’s Military Discount is extended to the Veteran community on these three holidays only.

    The Military Discount must be used on personal purchases only and cannot be used for Lowes.com purchases, previous sales, or the purchase of gift cards or services including product installations. It cannot be combined with the Lowe’s Price Guarantee, or promotions such as “Spend and Get,” “New Mover,” “Project Starter,” “Your Choice,” or discounts such as Quote Support Program (QSP) quotes.

    (1) Armed Services — US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, US Marine Corps, US Coast Guard, or the National Guard and who are in active, reserve, or retired status.
    (2) Retired Veterans and VA Recipients — Veterans who have retired after 20 years of service and/or those who receive VA Benefits
    (3) Immediate Family — Spouses and/or dependent children (up to 18 years old.)

  37. I was a reservist but have been out since 1975. I don’t know whether I qualify and if I do I have no ID card just discharge papers. Does anyone have an answer as to whether I qualify and if I do where I get an ID card. thanks

    • I believe you would only qualify if you have retired from the reserves or getting VA benefits. You can get the discount on Memorial Day, 4th of July and Veterans Day with your discharged papers or Proof of service.

  38. The Home Depot Vet’s discount was invented by Lowes who was founded by Vets. Home Depot don’t really want to give a veterans discount but they want to seem Vet friendly.

  39. In my area, there’s a little less hassle at Home Depot using the discount than Lowes. At Home Depot, you just show them your military ID. At Lowes, the cashier has to get a manager to approve your military ID. I’m not sure if all Lowes are like that, but I one’s I’ve gone to is. Also, they just built a Menards Building Supply right across the street from The Home Depot in my neighborhood. I stopped by and ask if they were giving military discounts and was told they had considered it but decided not to give the discounts. Needless to say, I do most of my shopping for hardware and building supplies at HD.

  40. It would appear that Home Depots recognition of veterans is limited when it impacts profits. As a veteran who laid my life on the line in Vietnam, I appreciate Veteran discounts as available. As has been said, a vet is a vet, and the Service Connected card entry requirement by HD suggests that those with cards without this stipulation just don’t make the cut. HD can have their way, but I go to Lowe’s and Ace Hardware first. The pennies HD may save daily by not offering the discount are small compared to the dollars lost in sales to Lowes and Ace. HD limited three day offering is not unappreciated, but it appears to be more of a token recognition of the offering of veterans who served to guarantee the freedom and prosperity of the USA. Thank you Lowes and Ace Hardware and the numerous others for your ongoing daily acknowledgement and appreciation of service men with or without the Service Connected card entry. They all gave. Thank you HP depot for….your three day consideration of the thousands that almost made it.

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  42. HOME DEPOT CHANGED ITS POLICY. I was unable to get the discount with an active duty military ID. Store was in New Jersey. It used to be a discount across the board and every day. Now there are tons of excluded items, limitations. LOWES IS BETTER!!

  43. I went to the Home Depot in Papillion, Nebraska today. When I went to check out I was asked to register to be able to get my military discount. We’ll I asked to see the store manager. The Home Depot site does not require a retired military member to register to get the 10% discount. I was informed that there district area is part of a test program. I said fine I will just take my business some place else. I think one of the things that are after is your information so they can track what you are buying and get into your personal information. I have never been asked to register in order to get a military discount and don’t plan on starting!!!!!! Home Depot get your act together!!!!

  44. I have a service connected disability rating of 70%. I have only been out of the Army for little over a year and I’ve only had my VIC from the VA for only about 10 months or so. Under my picture it doesn’t say “Service Connected”, but instead “Purple Heart”. This should suffice for my discount, yea? And I just recently acquired a Home Depot credit card, so if it doesn’t suffice, I’ll guess I’ll start going to Lowe’s.

  45. Many of the comments here trouble me. Both of these stores offer discounts as a courtesy, something they do not have to do at all. By doing so they honor those who have served and meet certain criteria. Why should we get mad when the discount doesn’t apply to us? What right do we have to demand such a service from a private company? We should be grateful that they honor those who spent their lives or have been injured while defending our freedom, and be happy for our brothers and sisters in arms who are the recipients of such generosity. We seem to be trapped as a society in believing that we are entitled for whatever reason, but most of you learned early on in the military that life isn’t fair and thats not going to change. Quit whining and be happy that companies out there still respect the American Servicemember. It wasn’t always this way and the tide could change again in heartbeat, especially with all this whining.

  46. I totally agree with you ANAVYVET. There to much crying about limits and company policies. I personally appreciate any business that gives military discounts, but to knock the businesses that does is insane to me. Go to your local supermarket and try to get 10% off of $2000.00 worth of merchandise. They would look at you like you’re crazy, but when Home Depot limits it to $2000.00 (per day) all of a sudden, some people act like their not patriotic. I am embarrassed that former military personnel would think this way. I did 22 years in the military to serve my country, not to get freebies. By the way, the reason HD started limiting the daily amounts is because former military personnel state abusing the discount to help the bottom line for their businesses. So everyone should start bitching about those people (I’m not directing this at you ANAVYVET, just the complainers) not HD or Lowe’s.

    • I agree with ANAVYVET and CURTIS. It is very disappointing to see so many veterans complaining about a business having restrictions on a gift. I personally want to thank Home Depot, Lowe’s and any store that does anything to help veterans and military members and their families.

  47. On my VA card it has service connected on it under my picture. I think it will only have this if you are receiving compensation for a disability.

  48. The discount at Home Depot does not apply to discounted or sale items. I went to buy a fridge and was told it did not qualify because it was already on sale. The store manager called corporate to confirm, sure enough they said no.

  49. I am a homebound veteran. i do have a wheelchair but it takes over an hour to travel and cause immense pain to travel. the local LOWES at dover delaware. refuse to honor their military discount when i send my brother with my valid veterans id that is on thier list to get supply’s for my home. he has been laughed at and called a liar, got some of them on cell phone doing it when he shows them my id and asks for it! they have the gall to ask for a donation but refuse to give a 100% disabled veteran one of their military discounts. to remind you i am homebound i have been at the local lowes 2 times in the past year in my wheelchair and they never offered the discount !

  50. The Home Depot no longer provides the discount for online purchases. They can’t verify your ID, you don’t get the discount. It’s likely to prevent abuse of the discount (people just saying they’re military perssonnel) rather than to punish those who legitimately did serve.

  51. Just confirmed with Home Depot Customer Service line, effective Feb 2014 Home Depot limits the military discount to $50 per purchase. So any purchase in excess of $500 will not be discounted.

    • Riverside, CA Home Depot says they had a meeting and no longer honor anything except active duty- this according to the express checkout clerk. Cheap shot to Vets yanking this but appears the “uproar” may have changed things after reading this? Won’t know until my next visit (after 4/14/14.) Meanwhile I can always go to Lowe’s!

      • Yes, the only time they honor VA Medical cards and dd-214′s is Veterans Day and Memorial Day (Military Holidays). If you are retired, active or 100% rated Disabled Veteran and have a DOD I.d. they honor it every day. Hemet has had that policy for a long time.

  52. Home Depot selective on what they discount. Tried buying a $500 in-stock door and they didn’t give any discount. Also bought caulk, shims, caulk gun, and select lumber. Only discount that was given was on caulk, caulk gun, and shims. Even lumber was out. Cashiers had no idea but manager confirmed that “vendor pricing ” either prohibits reduction or Home Depot can’t sustain giving this discount. Haven’t checked Lowes but it is only across the street here in Northern Virginia. Understand that here every other customer is military. I’m glad I bought $5,000 worth of windows last year. I’m looking to buy 5 more sliding sets and will certainly defer to Lowes for that quantity. Realize the good times won’t last (or wouldn’t last) forever so it has been a good ride over the last ten years with the military discount.

  53. Same comment as Kevin regarding store in NOVA, though this is not the case in the Hampton Roads area of southern VA (went to three of them this past week). Today I made two separate trips to Home Depot in Manassas. The first was for $33, got $1.79 off, thought that was odd since it wasn’t around $3-didn’t want to argue since I’m happy to get any discount. On the second trip I was only getting a bucket of drywall compound for $14.68, just the one item. At the register I was tempted and bought a four pack of Reeses Peanut Butter cups-$1.88. Whe I was rung up, the discount was $.19 – 10% off the candy, not the drywall compound. When I asked the cashier about it, he didn’t know… Tomorrow, I’ll ask the the manager to clarify the policy. I do appreciate the discount, just want to know what’s discounted and what isn’t.

    • Anything that is on sale at Home Depot you do not receive a discount. At Lowe’s you receive a discount even if it is on sale. That’s why I shop at Lowe’s, no hassle discount.

  54. I like many Veterans did not retire form the Armed Services, I served 14 years and because of that no type of ID is provided for Veterans like me who served. I did go to TX DOT and renewed my drivers license and with proof (DD214) I had a new DL issued with VETERAN on it. Most states will do this for Veterans. Now whether or not it is acceptable with the Lowes and Home Depot, is still questionable. For those of us that qualify as Veterans and not trying to cheat the system, it is deplorable that WE DON’T COUNT.

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