Veterans Day 2017 – New England events and tributes

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On Veterans Day, we owe a debt of deep gratitude to all military service members, past and present, for their service to our country. Thank you!

There are many events this weekend offering tribute to our veterans … we’ve gathered a few listings – both for veterans and for those who want to find a way to pay tribute to their service.

The Boston Red Sox have various activities to honor vets and raise money and awareness for veterans. And don’t miss this: On Saturday, the Red Sox will open up Fenway Park to veterans with free tours available from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Here are some other events, commemorations and tributes this weekend.

Veterans Day deals: Where vets get freebies and discounted meals, haircuts and more

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Veterans Day events in R.I., southeastern Mass.

Veterans Day ceremonies, parades in southwestern Connecticut

CT Veterans Day App Launch, Ceremonies, Parades

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Tomorrow is Veteran’s Day, a national day to recognize and honor those who have provided military service to our nation. See the video below for an interesting history of the holiday. It’s a federal holiday so most federal offices are closed. Most state and local government offices are closed too, along with banks and schools. If in doubt, check with local officials and businesses about whether they are opened. Most retail operations are open.

Here’s a good way to spend the day: All national parks and public lands are free on Friday for Veterans Day; some also waive any parking fees. Find parks that normally charge a fee by state here.

Many businesses offer veterans free meals, discounts, sales and deals – you can find an updated list at the link.

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We salute and honor our veterans this week! Here’s a touching tribute video of Norah Jones singing the American Anthem with some great portraits of veterans through our history.

On Veterans Day, as a small token of appreciation for service, many businesses offer free meals, beverages or discounts to current and former military members on Veteran’s Day. Here are some that we’ve found.

Veterans Day Discounts and Freebies

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2015 Veterans Day free meals and discounts – find local offers

2015 Veterans Day Free Meals and Discounts

Giving Back

Support these organizations that are not only offering discounts to vets but are also contributing a portion of sales to donations for veterans’ causes.

If you’d like to support our veterans, Charity Watch and Charity Navigator offer lists of organizations.

Salute to Our Veterans

veteransNovember 11, 1918 marked the end of hostilities in World War I, “the war to end all wars.” Unfortunately it didn’t work out that way – there have been many wars since. And since 1919, on November 11 each year, we honor our veterans. There are approximately 22 million veterans living in the United States, with about 2.6 million from the post-9/11 era and just under 1 million from WWII.

Here are some ways to mark the day:

Veterans Day Ceremonies and Events

2014 Veterans Day Free Meals and Discounts

5 ways to honor veterans beyond Veterans Day

How to Celebrate Veterans Day — If You Aren’t a Veteran

Please support our vets, particularly those who are disabled. Plus, far too many are homeless or  unemployed.

Here are some ways to give back to veterans. Please take care to donate only to legitimate veteran organizations – FTC tells us that there are a lot of scams masquerading as veteran charities and offers tips to ensure that your donation goes to a legitimate source.

Insurance issues for U.S. military service members & their families

On this Veteran’s Day 2009, we recognize and salute all U.S. veterans. We appreciate your service to our great country – thank you! For those who would like to show appreciation in a concrete way – why not hire a vet? And we also call your attention to a worthwhile cause that helps to address some of the seriously wounded veterans of recent conflicts: The Wounded Warrior Project provides services and programs to ease the burdens of the most seriously wounded and their families, to aid in the recovery process, and to smooth their transition back to civilian life.
Insurance issues related to the military
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) has put together a great resource on insurance issues as they specifically relate to U.S. military service members and their families, noting that insurance coverage can often be affected when someone moves out of state or spends an extended period of time away from home. NAIC suggests that military members talk to their agents before deploying to make arrangements for insurance renewal and payment to ensure that they do not lose important coverage. The site covers life insurance issues specifically as they relate to military service members, including buying tips and red flags for deceptive practices. The site also addresses other types of insurance coverages, including homeowners, rental, auto and health insurance. There are many considerations and issues to discuss with your agent: if your home will be vacant, check to see if your insurer has a vacancy clause that would limit your coverage; find out how your homeowners insurance will cover any possessions you have with you while deployed; and check to see if your auto policy will allow you to suspend some or all of your coverage.
NAIC also suggests that deploying service members may want to consider assigning power of attorney to a spouse, family member, or trusted friend who could act on your behalf in insurance, financial, personal, or legal matters. The site offers a list of links to helpful resources for other sources of benefits and assistance.
Avoiding insurance & investment scams and ID theft targeting military families
Service members and their families are good targets for fraud: they are away from home for extended periods while mobilized in service; families are often transient; paychecks are regular and predictable; and returning service members often have extra cash from combat pay. In TRAPPED! Financial Scams Are Targeting Military Families, Kimberly Lankford of Military Money discusses common scams and offers tips and resources to help you avoid becoming a victim.
To minimize the risk of identity theft while deployed, military members may want to place an “active duty alert” in credit reports. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the alert would require creditors to verify your identity before granting credit in your name. Active duty alerts on your report are effective for one year, unless you request that the alert be removed sooner.
The FTC also encourages service members to file complaints through the Consumer Sentinel Military Network, a secure online database of complaints from the military community. While the FTC doesn’t resolve individual disputes, complaints help the effort to target cases for prosecution, shut down scammers, spot patterns of fraud before they become widespread, and alert the military community to scams.
Workplace issues
Employers need to be aware of their legal obligations to employees on military leave as well as legal obligations to veterans under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA). In addition to legal obligations, it’s important for employers to take steps to help service members make the transition back to the workplace. Also, the Insurance Information Institute offers advice on What employers and their insurers need to know about returning veterans. There are many issues that may relate to overall benefits, workers compensation, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).