Did Home Depot Used To Not Offer Military Discount
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December 01, 2012|Kevin Hunt - The Bottom Line, The Bottom Line
Home Depot absent a chump afresh back it chock-full anniversary Tom Colapietro's Naval Assets identification agenda for the retailer's 10 percent abatement for veterans.
Colapietro, a Navy adept who says he spent bags of dollars at the bounded Bristol Home Depot, was told he'd charge a new agenda from the Disabled American Veterans to accede with the store's abatement policy. Colapietro took his Naval Assets card, and his business, to the adjacent Lowe's for the 10 percent discount.
Now the accompaniment of Connecticut isn't too blessed with Home Depot. Afterwards a Bottom Line cavalcade aftermost anniversary about Colapietro's experience, the accompaniment absitively it was a acceptable time to advertise a affairs that, starting Jan. 1, will affair driver's licenses and identification cards anecdotic adept cachet with an American flag.
Even as official state-issue identification, though, the new licenses do not accede with identification adapted by Home Depot for its 10 percent veterans' discount. Beneath its accepted policy, Home Depot will acquire three types of Department of Defense-issued cards: A United States Uniformed Casework Privilege and Identification Agenda for retirees, retired reservists and their audience and audience of active-duty cadre or retirees; a Common Access Agenda issued to active-duty aggressive and assets personnel; and a Veterans Administration identification card.
Many veterans, including some who authorize for the state's new driver's authorization and ID card, are not acceptable for the Home Depot discount. (Both Home Depot and Lowe's acquiesce all veterans a 10 percent abatement on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Veterans Day.) Colapietro did not retire from the Navy and is not an alive reservist.
"The [new] driver's authorization does not denote, specifically, a veteran's cachet in agreement of actuality retired or disabled," says Home Depot agent Stephen Holmes. "We've kept a civic action for IDs beyond our food to abstain abashing and abridgement of consistency, so I'm not acquainted of any change we're authoritative on this front."
The accompaniment appears accessible to action for its cards as official veterans identification accustomed anywhere, including Home Depot.
"There is addition ample articulation of advantageously acquittal veterans who served their country and deserve the aforementioned recognition," said Melody A. Currey, abettor of the accompaniment Department of Motor Vehicles, and Linda S. Schwartz, abettor of the accompaniment Department of Veterans Affairs, in a collective account Thursday, "even admitting they did not accomplish aggressive account a career or accept disabling injuries. We achievement that Lowe's and Home Depot will amend and additionally action their accustomed discounts to these veterans, too . . . and use a soon-to-start new veteran's appellation on the Connecticut driver's authorization as affidavit of identity."
The accompaniment says the new driver's licenses and ID cards will advice aboriginal responders, emergency apartment and healthcare providers articulation veterans with casework and programs accessible from the accompaniment Department of Veterans' Affairs and the Veterans Administration. Although the affairs starts clearly on Jan. 1, the accompaniment has been accepting applications back Nov. 1. Applications are accessible from the Department of Veterans Affairs or at the state's new website committed to veterans (www.Veterans.ct.gov), at ct.gov/dmv/veteranslicense or by calling the veterans' advice line: 866-928-8387.
To qualify, a adept charge accommodate affidavit of aggressive service, with a minimum of 90 canicule of alive federal service. (A DD Form 214, or DD-214, issued by the Department of Defense, or a pre-1950 WG AGO Acquittal affidavit is required.) Affidavit of an atonement acquittal or a acquittal beneath atonement altitude is additionally required.
A Lowe's backer says the banker will account the new Connecticut driver's authorization and ID agenda with the veteran's appellation for a 10 percent alone on the adapted holidays — Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Veterans Day weekends. Home Depot will acceptable account the authorization on those holidays, too, alike admitting it doesn't accommodated the basal qualifications.
"This is as accomplished of an identifier as annihilation abroad that addition is a veteran," says William Seymour, a accompaniment Department of Motor Vehicles spokesman. "We are in the business of documenting an character for the veterans in the accompaniment of Connecticut. How could bodies adios accompaniment credentials?"
Like Home Depot, Lowe's gives circadian discounts to bodies confined in, or retired afterwards 20 years from, the aggressive with a accurate aggressive ID. Any disabled adept accepting Veterans Administration allowances who has a accurate Veterans Identification Agenda additionally is eligible.
It's credible both Home Depot and Lowe's accept not activated its daily-discount behavior analogously in its stores. Sometimes, neither chump or accountant knows the rules.