[dropcap]V[/dropcap]eterans and those currently serving active duty or other military service have given so much to us and our country so why shouldn't they deserve the best discounts? It’s all too easy to swan through life taking things for granted and not thinking about the hardships that some of our ancestors had to go through for us to be able to enjoy these things. But, without the veterans of the past fighting for our country and the military personnel of today keeping us safe, where would we all be now?
For all of that, the very least they deserve is a little discount to reward them for their bravery. And, thankfully, firms such as Home Depot recognize that too and offer all military members, veterans, and retirees a healthy online discount all year round.
What is The Home Depot all about?
Here’s a little background information about one of America’s favorite home improvement stores, just in case you didn’t know. The Home Depot was founded in 1978 in Marietta Georgia by Bernard Marcus, Arthur Blank, Ron Brill, and Pat Farrah. On June 21, 1979, the first two Home Depot stores opened. One was located in Doraville, Atlanta, while the other was located in Decatur, Atlanta. By 1981, the chain had branched out to California and Florida, and by 1984, it had 19 stores up and running.
The ‘90s saw the company introduce a home improvement installation program which was a huge success. It was also during this era that Home Depot acquired Canadian hardware chain, Aikenhead’s Hardware. All of Aikenhead’s retail stores were converted and by 1995 there were 350 Home Depot outlets in operation. Since the early ‘00s, the company has gone from strength to strength, acquiring various different companies and expanding out to Mexico. In 2013, two large distribution centers were established by Home Depot. These are based in Atlanta and Los Angeles.
[highlight color="green"] There are now more than 2,000 Home Depot stores in operation across the world. [/highlight]
Home Depot is now the biggest home improvement chain in the United States, with stores operating in all 50 states. There are also Home Depot outlets in Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, and Mexico, all selling a variety of construction products, tools, and services to the public.
Honoring our country’s veterans
The Home Depot is a fine example of a big company with a big heart. As well as concentrating on sales and profit margins, as all businesses do, the Home Depot also sets aside a budget to honor some of the country's bravest citizens: veterans of the U.S. military. Last year, the Home Depot set up a program that saw thousands of associates gathering at the company’s Store Support Center in Atlanta ready to show their support to our country’s veterans and military service members.
It’s estimated that more than 39,000 military veterans across the U.S. have no place to call home and more than nine million need alterations within their homes to allow them to stay there for their latter years. These are just two of the harsh statistics that The Home Depot tries to tackle through its #CHOOSETOSERVE program. Last year’s efforts saw more than 400 individual pieces of furniture being constructed, ranging from tables to dressers, to dollhouses. All were shipped out to veterans of the country that were previously homeless. It was a truly heartwarming effort that will help these people settle into their new homes and give them something to look forward to. Another part of the program saw two Habitat for Humanity homes erected that are for local veteran families.
The Home Depot also has its own foundation in place to improve the lives of U.S. veterans. It’s a registered charity that has more than 400,000 volunteers. Since 2011, more than 25,000 homes have been transformed through the foundation to help those veterans most in need. Already, more than $138 million has been invested in the program and in 2016. The Home Depot Foundation pledged to increase that investment to a staggering $250 million by 2020. It’s such a worthy cause that has already transformed the lives of so many U.S. veterans in the few years it’s been going.
As well as honoring these special people on Veterans Day, The Home Depot has also made a pledge to show its appreciation to active military, retirees, and military veterans by giving something back to them. At The Home Depot, they have two types of military discounts available:
- All-round in-store and online discount: The Home Depot honors the country’s service men and women every day in the form of a 10% military discount. It’s available to all those in active duty, reserve, National Guard, retiree, and disabled service members. It is also extended to their spouse and children. The maximum amount of discount that can be redeemed is $500 per person.
- Extended Veterans’ Day discount: Between the 9th and the 15th November, the above 10% discount is opened up to include honorably discharged veterans as well as their spouses and children. This special discount can be used both in-store and online.
For both discounts, identification will, of course, be required. If you want to make an online purchase, you will need to call the customer service department first to be verified as eligible.
The Home Depot is by far one of the most generous and active of corporations when it comes to helping and honoring U.S. military members, retirees, and veterans. Not only does it allow a year-round discount, it shows its support in so many other ways, particularly through the Home Depot Foundation. There aren’t many other companies out there that dedicate so much time and money to causes such as these and it’s a real shame. Veterans and retirees of the U.S. military allowed us to have what we have today and active duty military help to make sure we hang on to that. It’s important to remember that a little bit of appreciation goes a long way.