Businesses across the nation are offering services – everything from free haircuts, car washes, flu shots and car-care checks.
While several retailers have weekly or everyday discounts, some are offering extra for the federal holiday.
Through Monday, Kohl’s is doubling its normal 15% discount Military Monday and offering 30% off to active and former military personnel, veterans and their families.
Proof of service such as a military ID is typically required, and a few businesses will allow dressing in uniform as a form of identification. Discharge papers, VA cards and veteran organization membership cards also can be used to prove service at most businesses.
Car wash: Veterans and active military can get a free car wash at participating locations nationwide Sunday. Find locations at www.graceforvets.org.
Goodyear Auto Service: Free “Checks for Vets” through Nov. 16 but appointments must be scheduled by Monday. Car care checks include free inspections on alignment, battery, brakes, shocks, struts, tires and wiper blades. Vets also get free tire installation with tire purchase. Learn more at www.goodyearautoservice.com/military.
Great Clips: Veterans and active duty get a free haircut on Monday or pick up a free haircut card to use through Dec. 31. Also non-veterans who get a haircut Monday get a free haircut card to give to a veteran. The cards can be redeemed Nov. 12 to Dec. 31.
Just Tires: Free “Checks for Vets” through Nov. 16 but appointments must be scheduled by Monday. Car care checks include free inspections on alignment, battery, brakes, shocks, struts, tires and wiper blades. Vets also get free tire installation with tire purchase. Learn more at www.justtires.com/military.
Monster Mini Golf: Free golf for veterans Monday. Many locations also are expanding the offer to include active military. Proof of service is required. Ask at the register for the discount to be applied at time of purchase.
Planet Fitness: Free workouts through Nov. 15 for active military and veterans who can bring a friend at no charge. Also relax after with a free HydroMassage and chair massages.
Friar Tux: 30% discount on tuxedo and suits sale and rental orders for veterans and current military who order in person Monday. Discount applies to suits and tuxedos for entire wedding party including groom, groomsmen and all other event officiants. The Veterans Day discount is instead of the ongoing 5% military discount.
Kohl’s: 30% off to active and former military personnel, veterans and their families through Monday, double the regular Military Monday discount.
Leslie’s Pool Supplies: From Saturday to Monday, the veterans discount is 10% instead of the usual 5% on all in-store purchases.
TCC Verizon: Between Saturday and Monday, around 550 TCC stores nationwide will host a Veterans Appreciation Event to honor veterans for their service. Each veteran who attends the event will receive a TCC water bottle and there will be other giveaways. For a list of participating TCC stores, go to www.tccrocks.com/locations.
Walgreens: Through Monday, vets, active duty and their families get 20% off regular price items with a free store loyalty card and valid military ID or proof of service.
More deals: Locally owned businesses and regional chains also may have military free meals and discounts. One of the easiest ways to find out is to check restaurants’ social media channels.
Ongoing military discounts
Participation can vary by location and proof of military service is usually required.
A.C. Moore: 15% off total regular and sale price purchase with valid ID every day.
Advance Auto Parts: 10% off regularly priced items for in-store purchases for active-duty, reserve and retired status members, all veterans receiving VA benefits, spouses and dependent children up to 18 with proof of military status.
AT&T: Qualified active-duty military, reserves, National Guard, veterans, and spouses of active-duty and deceased service personnel can get discounts on eligible plans.
Big 5 Sporting Goods: 10% off entire purchase for active duty, reserve military, retirees, veterans, spouses and dependent children with military ID or veteran status on driver’s license. In-store only.
Hanes: Save 20% on most online purchases after verifying military service at www.hanes.com.
Home Depot: Active-duty military, National Guard and reserve, retiree and disabled service members and their spouses, get a 10% everyday discount. Veterans also get a discount for Independence Day.
Joann Stores: The arts and crafts store offers a 15% year-round discount for military service members and their families.
Kohl’s: Mondays are Military Mondays and active-duty military, retirees, veterans and family members get 15% off in-store when they show a valid military ID, military dependent ID or a veteran ID at checkout.
Michaels: 15% discount for military families every day.
Nike: Active, veteran, retired and reservists, spouses and dependents of active personnel get a 10% military discount at Nike.com and Nike, Converse and Hurley stores. To get the discount online, verification of eligibility is required and a military ID is required to get in-store savings.
NTB Tire & Service Centers: Discounts include a conventional oil change for $18.99, free service on flat repair and 10% off tires, wheels and services.
Old Time Pottery: 10% military discount every day to active, retired military and their immediate families.
O’Reilly Auto Parts: In-store discount of 10% off retail price for most items for active duty, reserve members, retired service members and veterans with valid ID. Immediate family members of active duty or veterans are eligible for discount if they have a government issued dependent ID card (DD form 1173 or 1173-1).
Pandora: The military plan includes Pandora’s premium features and is $7.99 a month with a free 60-day trial. The ongoing offer is for active duty, reservists, retirees, veterans, and military families.
Pep Boys: 10% discount every day for active and retired military with valid military or veteran ID.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) — Travelers going through Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport are not too concerned about COVID-19.
“I do go to China, I have gone to China and I’ve been Wuhan. It doesn’t concern me a whole lot,” said Mike Callahan of Green Bay.
Others are more conscious about the flu and are taking precautions.
“Just by practicing good hygiene and making sure I’m coughing in the corner of my elbow or sneezing and washing my hands really good. I really have no concerns,” said Shawn Massey, who is heading to Houston, Texas.
Travel agents at Fox World Travel say business travelers have been most impacted by the outbreak.
“Asia is of course huge for commerce and trade and that kind of a thing, and Fox World Travel really does to do a great deal of business travel. So, that’s where we’re seeing the most cancellations right now,” said Rose Gray, Business Relations Director for Fox World Travel.
Gray says she’s finding many travelers are hesitant about booking a trip or going one they already have planned.
She says the agency has been getting more questions from people asking about what’s covered under travel insurance if they do want to cancel a trip.
“A covered reason is going to be death in the immediate family, sickness of you or one of your travel companions, those types of things. Fear of traveling to a destination is not a covered reason in most cases,” said Gray.
One tool international travelers can use to put their minds at ease is STEP, the smart traveler enrollment program.
“If the U.S. government were to send an empty plane, which they are in some cases, to go and get quarantined passengers off of a ship, the government would know where you are,” said Gray.
Gray says they have also been able to work with travel companies to make sure the money you put down on a trip won’t go to waste.
“Maybe you’re dealing with a tour company that does more than just Asia, and they’re saying alright, we can’t give you the money back, but can we put it on a Europe trip or can we put it on another destination,” said Gray. So we’re trying to work with the vendors and they’re being quite gracious.”
According to the World Health Organization, no new countries have reported cases of Coronavirus in the last 24 hours.
Travel experts say to check the following sites to keep up to date on the latest travel impacts due to the illness:
HONOLULU (KHON2) – One of Hawaii’s favorite night life spots is closing this Sunday.
Olive Garden has filed for a permit to do work in the space where the Mai Tai Bar and Bubba Gumps is located at Ala Moana Center. Employees were told that the lease for the restaurants will not be renewed.
The Mai Tai Bar has been a local favorite for the past 20 years. The staff wants to thank its loyal customers for all the support.
“It’s a great feeling when you hear people say I come here every week, every day on my vacation, I’ve met my husband here and so we just want to thank everyone for their support year after year the bands the promoters the sponsors that have made us who we are today,” said Teresa Morales, Manager at the Mai Tai Bar.
Details are still developing on exactly what will occupy the space where the Mai Tai Bar is currently located.
Kickstarter employees have officially unionized after a vote was tallied Tuesday, marking the first full-time workers at a tech company to do so as more across the industry look to organize.
The historic 46-37 vote in favor of unionizing comes after a contentious process, which involved the firing of two Kickstarter employees who were leading the efforts. The employees then filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board, which has yet to resolve, according to Vice.
“We are so truly grateful to everyone who has supported us along the way,” the union said in a tweet, mentioning the Office and Professional Employees International Union and its local chapter through which the group unionized. “And to all tech and creative workers looking to fight for your rights, this is only just the beginning!”
“We support and respect this decision, and we are proud of the fair and democratic process that got us here. We’ve worked hard over the last decade to build a different kind of company, one that measures its success by how well it achieves its mission: helping to bring creative projects to life,” Kickstarter CEO Aziz Hasan said in an emailed statement.
Kickstarter employees announced their union drive publicly last March, under the name Kickstarter United, on the same day that co-founder Perry Chen resigned as CEO. Chen had a history of turmoil at the company. He left the company in 2013, but reassumed the CEO title in 2017. A year after his return, 50 of Kickstarter’s 120 employees had left and employees told BuzzFeed News that Chen’s management style was the reason for it.
Kickstarter had been dealing with tensions that employees said arose from Chen’s heavy-handed management style as well as internal disagreement over a decision to remove a project from the site after right-wing news site Breitbart claimed the project violated the Kickstarter terms of service, according to Slate.
Last September, Kickstarter fired Clarissa Redwine and Taylor Moore, two longtime employees who had been leading the union drive. CEO Aziz Hasan wrote in a blog post that neither were fired for their organizing efforts, but also said that “the union framework is inherently adversarial.” Redwine’s termination ultimately led her to file a complaint with the NLRB. Employees have also accused the company of taking various steps to thwart their efforts to unionize.
“So many people worked incredibly hard to earn Kickstarter’s employees a seat at the table, and now they have one. Kickstarter is now a place for collective action through and through,” Redwine said on Twitter after the vote was announced Tuesday, adding that “the vote was close. Management did a great job busting.”
While Kickstarter United is the first union of full-time white collar employees at a major tech company, workers across the industry have been ramping up organizing efforts over the past several years.
Over 2,000 cafeteria workers at Google’s Bay Area offices voted to join a union last December and Google contract workers in Pittsburgh voted to unionize last August, while Chicago employees of the food delivery service Instacart also unionized earlier this month, according to Motherboard. Several digital media outlets, including BuzzFeed News, Gizmodo Media Group, and podcast producer Gimlet, have also recognized employee unions in the past year.