For many veterans, life after discharge means finding a new purpose, something to focus their energy on as they learn how to readjust to life as a civilian. That purpose may be starting a new job or enrolling in college, but it may also be as simple as picking up a new hobby—and a great place to start is your local home improvement or building materials retailer.

Whether you’re interested in woodworking, gardening, or upgrading your home with the latest in smart appliances, many of the bigger chain stores offer everyday discounts for veterans and active-duty military personnel, but it’s also worth visiting your hometown hardware store to ask about special deals and savings. Here are just a few of the great deals we found at popular retailers nationwide.

Home Depot

Previously only available on military holidays, Home Depot now offers a year-round 10% discount on purchases up to $500 for veterans and military families. To take advantage of these savings, you’ll need to provide proof of military service at the time of checkout.


Like Home Depot, offers a 10% discount on eligible purchases for veterans, active-duty military personnel, and immediate family members. If interested, you will need to first sign up for the MyLowe’s Program (which will require you to provide proof of service).


Current and retired servicemembers (and their spouses) as well as Reserve and National Guard members receive a 15% discount on paints, stains, and painting supplies at Sherwin-Williams stores. Check out the eligibility requirements here.

John Deere

Veterans and military personnel who are members of the John Deere Rewards program are eligible for a complimentary upgrade to Platinum status, which includes 10% off workshop products and purchases at as well as special financing options and a monthly member email with exclusive offers.

Tractor Supply

Though they don’t offer a year-round military discount, Tractor Supply does offer 15% off for veterans and active-duty servicemembers on certain days throughout the year (typically military holidays). It’s also worth noting that Tractor Supply partners with several non-profit organizations to hire veterans and to support military and farming communities.


According to, Sears offers 20% off regularly priced tools and an extra 5% off sale-priced items for veterans and active-duty military personnel.

McCoy’s Building Supply

Throughout the year, active-duty personnel and veterans receive 10% off purchases of up to $500 at McCoy’s Building Supply. See their eligibility requirements and restrictions here. Veterans also receive an “Extended Military Discount” (regardless of length of service) on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

Ace Hardware

Although not mentioned on their main website, many Ace Hardware stores offer 10% off most non-sale items for veterans and active-duty military personnel. A quick call to your local store can verify this.

When we say proof of service, we mean your DD214.

By now you’ve probably figured out that in order to take advantage of veteran-aimed discounts, benefits, and other opportunities you’ll need to get a personal copy of your DD214 to show proof of service. You should have received your DD214 upon discharge from active duty, but if you misplaced it or never received it, the quickest way to get a copy is to work with the experts at

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