Lions and Tigers and ... Military Discounts at the zoo!

Part of a military family's struggle to get acclimated to a new community is to know where to go to get off base or post.  Any PCS (move), reintegration (the time home right after a deployment) or even a trip back to the old stomping-grounds to visit grandparents, aunts, uncles... requires family-time.  What better way to spend time together then visiting a local reputable attraction.

My own family is spread out and we took the time this weekend to meet in a central spot - Toledo, Ohio.  Friday night the cousins (from 2 months old to 8 years old) had a great time together (there were a few pillow fights and some wonderful times in an indoor pool at the hotel).  The adults enjoyed watching the laughs and giggles of the younger generation as well as time sitting around catching up and reminiscing.  But Saturday we got out!  We all visited the local zoo, the Toledo Zoo.

What a wonderful way to spend time as a family!  AND what wonderful support the Toledo Zoo has for our military and families:

Active military personnel and retired veterans show your military ID at the admission gate and receive FREE admission. Immediate family members are eligible for the group rate discount. For family members of military personnel who are currently serving, please show your dependent card at the admission gate to be eligible for the group rate.

What about your local zoo.  Do they offer a military-discount?  Let them know they can advertise for free on MilitaryAvenue.com.  We want to get the word out for them in our Rest & Relaxation category 'Zoos'.  We will give them the publicity they deserve for helping our military families!

- Leanne from MilitaryAvenue.com


PS:  Is it time to update your Military Reward on MilitaryAvenue.com?  Perhaps you can give discount tickets to a local attraction or better yet give a military family season passes to the local zoo, museum or other attraction.  What a wonderful way to say "Thank you!" and help a military family get to know their new community!

Veterans Day 2010 - What are you going to do for our Military-Veterans?

Next month is Veteran's Day and a great chance for you to note their sacrifices and protection of our great country. As a MilitaryAvenue Partner what are you doing to recognize our Military and Families this upcoming Veterans Day? Start preparing now for this day of recognition for those who have frequently given so much for their country.  Many military families are operating with a second or third deployment over the holidays! Can you say "again"? Many Military-Veterans didn't get the recognition they so deserved so many years ago.  All Veterans and families could use a simple "thank you" from all of us.

Welcoming our Military to your place of business

Here are ideas to jump start your recognition of Veteran's Day. Make it something that makes veterans and their families feel appreciated:
  • First of all offer a Veterans Day Special, for our veterans.  Offer something from the heart that you know your military-veteran customers will appreciate. It is only a small token of what they have done for us!
  • Hang a "Veterans, Thank You" sign on your door (Something like: http://militarymarketing.militaryavenue.com/2010/05/what-does-your-storefront-or-website.html)
  • Sponsor or become involved in a Veteran's Day parade and encourage others as well
  • Add a special event to our Event Calendar so the new military families get the word about the local area (How to place an event on MilitaryAvenue)
  • Have your sales staff made aware of military customers and task the staff to thank them for their service
Getting the word out
An example of a Military Reward for Veterans Day
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  • First of all, if you are having a Veterans Day Special, log on to your account and update your reward.  Do this before November 1st so that it will be included in our monthly-Alerts!
  • If you are not a MilitaryAvenue Partner yet NOW is the time!  A Military Discount year round equals free advertising!  (List with us)
  • If you are offering a remarkable military discount or incentive for our Veterans we will add it to our growing list - Veterans Day 2010 - Military Discounts.  Last year's list was circulated by official military-organizations, military-spouse and family groups, and so much more and is STILL looked at every day.
The Reward that you have earned

To show our appreciation for your support to our veterans and their families we are having a "We Thank Veterans Campaign" until November 11th! Make the promise to thank veterans and we will offer you a ten percent (10%) discount on any upgrades with the discount code, "VETERANS". Log in to your account and build your upgrade! During checkout enter the discount code and it will be automatically discounted and your ad year starts again! Thank you!

- Colonel Dale A. Kissinger (Ret.)

Supporting the Relocation, Travel and Lifestyle Needs of the American Military Family
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