THE PLAYERS Championship- Honoring our Armed Forces

Sometimes my little blog reaches beyond Southern California. Here’s an event happening in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

The PGA TOUR’s signature event – THE PLAYERS Championship – offers all active duty, retired and reserve military personnel and their dependents with FREE admission to the tournament (May 9 – 14, 2017) in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

That’s not all. Here’s are some military-specific activities taking place throughout the week:

 -Military Appreciation Day: THE PLAYERS Championship honors the military with a ceremony on Tuesday, May 9th where GRAMMY® nominated artist Sam Hunt will perform a special performance.

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL – MAY 10: during the Military Appreciation Ceremony and Concert ahead of THE PLAYERS Championship on THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass on May 10, 2016. (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)

Birdies for the Brave® Patriots’ Outpost: Throughout the tournament week, all active military members, veterans and their dependents will have access to an exclusive hospitality tent which offers complimentary food, beverages and activities.

Military Job Fair at THE PLAYERS: In partnership with the Jacksonville Military Veterans Coalition, the sixth annual Military Job Fair is free and open to military personnel, veterans and military spouses who are seeking employment. There will be free career counseling, resume-writing assistance and information on local educational institutions.

Operation Shower: In partnership with THE PLAYERS, Birdies for the Brave® will host a group baby shower for 40 military moms-to-be. The event will feature the Operation Shower’s signature Shower-In-A-Box – gifts of high-quality products for moms and babies.

If you are in the area this is defiantly an event you should check out! It is so impressing to see an organization doing so much to support our Armed Forces!

Legoland California Military Discount

Being stationed in Southern California is pretty amazing! The weather, beach and attractions make it a desirable duty station. However, providing for a family on military pay doesn’t allow us to visit all places we would like. Fortunately, Legoland California just made it a lot easier for military families to enjoy the park with the introduction of the new 3-Day Military Ticket. You can visit the park on 3 different days, anytime throughout the year, for just $75. That works out to just $25.00 a day! There are NO blackout days and you can enter all 3 parks: Legoland, Sea Life, and the Water Park! This is an offer exclusively for the military community, and can only be purchased at ITT offices on base. This is definitely the next best thing to an Annual Pass and much more affordable!

My kids have been lucky enough to visit Legoland several times over the past few years. They always have a blast. We were recently able to attend the opening of a brand new area of Miniland dedicated to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The Finalizer has 350,000 Lego bricks!

Legoland has something for everyone. My daughter (the thrill seeker) loves the rides and my son loves seeing all the creations they are able to make out of Lego bricks. It’s awesome to see them make so many lifelong memories.


Hubby is deploying soon. We are planning on buying the 3-Day Military Ticket so the kids and I have a fun event to do when he’s gone.

There are several Military ITT Ticket Offices throughout Southern California.

For information on offices in San Diego click here

For information on offices on Camp Pendleotn click here

Free Tax Services for Military Families

Being a service member comes with certain tax benefits. If you aren’t careful, you can easily miss out on these benefits when filing your taxes.

Tax Software

Luckily, Military One Source offers service members and their families with MilTax. MilTax is tailor made for military life. MilTax offers software that allows you to file your taxes at your own pace from anywhere in the world. MilTax addresses scenarios unique to military families – including multiple moves, deployments to combat zones and more.

Phone Support

MilTax also offers phone support seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. EST or EDT at 800-342-9647

In Person Support

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program offers in-person tax preparation. Self-file using MilTax software at a kiosk where available. Work with a trained tax professional on site. Or, arrange to drop off your paperwork and come back to e-file when your return is ready.

ASYMCA Father Daughter Dance

The 11th Annual ASYMCA Father Daughter Dance is coming up! There’s no better event for dads and daughters to bond and grow their relationship.  Put on by the great folks at the Armed Forces YMCA, this is one of the can’t miss events of the year (and of your career!)

Activities include:

  • Dinner
  • Magic show
  • Dancing
  • Candy Station
  • Photobooth

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Dads: Sign up now to create the memories that you and your daughter will talk about for the rest of your lives!

Military price:

dads $36 / daughters $30

Civilian price: dads $4

6 / daughters $35

Town & Country Resort Mission Valley
500 Hotel Circle North
San Diego, CA 92108

To register visit the Armed Services YMCA San Diego at

2017 BAH Rates Released

The 2017 Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rates were released on December 15, 2016. The average increase is $41.00 nation wide. Atlanta, Georgia saw the largest increase at 19%.

Some areas may see lower BAH rates, however, there is a provision of individual rate protection to all members.  Even if rates in your area goes down, an individual member who maintains uninterrupted Basic Allowance for Housing eligibility in a given location will not see his/her Basic Allowance for Housing rate decrease.  This ensures that service members who have made long-term commitments leases or purchases are not penalized if the area’s housing costs decrease.

To find out your 2017 BAH use the BAH Calculator

To use the calculator you must know your duty station’s zip code.

Camp Pendleton Zip – 92055

San Diego Zip – 92134

For an E-5 with dependents  stationed in San Diego BAH went from $2,307 in 2016 to $2,598 for 2017.

Veteran’s Day 2016 Offers and Discounts

Honoring our Veterans: Businesses Get Exclusive to Give Back

Veteran’s Day has been a national holiday since 1938. It’s a day for Americans to pay tribute to all American veterans. One way America shows it’s appreciation is by offering special deals and discounts to those who served. Thanks to SheerID it’s possible to receive these deals even if you can’t visit a brick and mortar store.

Eugene, OR –November 2, 2016– With Veteran’s Day only days away, both large and small organizations across the country have partnered with verification company SheerID to extend exclusive offers to those who have served in the United States Military. As a token of their appreciation, brands such as Quiksilver and Men’s Wearhouse, among many others, are providing veterans and active duty military men and women, as well as their families, with offers only available to America’s heroes.

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“For five years now, we’ve partnered with brands who have the same respect, gratitude, and commitment to members of the military that we do,” voiced Jake Weatherly, CEO of SheerID. “We are incredibly honored to continue to support that tradition by helping these businesses recognize the service of millions of Americans this coming Veteran’s Day with protected, exclusive offers created just for them.”


SheerID’s military verification technology is utilized by each of the businesses below in order to ensure promotions specifically for veterans remain in the hands of those who qualify.


“While we offer various promotions to our customers throughout the year, Veteran’s Day is the perfect time to create a program exclusively for our Veterans and the military community,” said Mondy Herdon, VP of Ecommerce at TOMS. “We’re excited to partner with SheerID to make sure that this offer is only redeemable by those who have so bravely served our country, as just a small way to thank them for their service.”

Here is a detailed look at the offers available to the military community this coming Veteran’s Day:


  1. TOMS: In honor of the men and women who have bravely served our country, TOMS now offers a 10% military discount to veterans, as well as those currently serving in the US Armed Forces. Visit redeem this offer.
  2. Mens Wearhouse: In recognition of their military service, Men’s Wearhouse is offering veterans and service members $25 off any purchase of $100 or more, starting November 11th, 2016. Visit for more details.
  3. Eastbay is happy to announce that their 20% military discount is now available to veterans, reservists and the National Guard, in addition to active service members and their dependents. The online discount is applied at checkout when military shoppers click “military discounts” under promo codes on After a successful verification, the discount is automatically applied to the entire order.
  4. Quiksilver: As a thank you to all those who serve our country, Quicksilver is offering an exclusive military discount. All active duty, reservists, National Guard, veterans, retirees, dependents, and spouses are now eligible to receive 15% off their purchase online with Quicksilver. Visit to receive a unique coupon code.
  5. Toolbarn proudly supports the US Armed Forces and offers all active duty and military veterans a 5% discount on eligible Toolbarn orders. This military discount can be used on our huge selection of power tools, hand tools, air tools and more. We welcome all Active Duty members, Reserves, Veterans and Retirees of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, and National Guard to take advantage of this exclusive discount on eligible products.
  6. Atkins Nutritionals is committed to promoting health with a low carb lifestyle, offering service members, veterans, and first responders 15% off on Atkins bars, shakes, and other products starting on November 7, 2016. Visit https://www.atkins.comto get more information.
  7. American Giant: Only service members receive 20% off “the greatest hoodie ever”. Verified active duty, reservists, National Guard, veterans, and military family members are eligible for this special offer on high quality clothing that is made in the USA. Get the discount at
  8. Gerber Gear: Military personnel receive exclusive access to discounts on American made knives, multi-tools, and life-saving, problem-solving gear. To get these great deals, US military personnel, first responders, and Veterans can register for Gerber Gear’s Pro Program at
  9. Buckle: From November 11th-24th, 2016, Buckle is thanking veterans and other military personnel for their service with free shipping on orders over $150, in addition to the everyday 10% military discount.  Visit for more information.
  10. Oregon Athletics: The Oregon Ducks invite all veterans and active duty military members to attend the Nov. 11thMen’s Basketball game vs. Army this Veteran’s Day.  The game will feature custom uniforms that honor those who served and special recognitions throughout the game.  An exclusive military discount is offered on lower level tickets at $10 (up to a $25 value) and upper level tickets at $5 (up to a $10 value).  The Oregon Ducks Athletic Department thanks everyone who has sacrificed for our great nation.  To purchase, please visit
  11. Omron Healthcare is proud to offer verified veterans, military retirees, reservists, Guard, active duty service members, first responders and their families discounts on blood pressure monitors, pedometers and activity trackers, electrotherapy TENS units, and many other Omron products. Receive 10% off our current prices at This is a savings of up to 60% off retail price.
  12. Renewal by Andersen: Military service members in the Washington DC area receive 3% off window replacement from Renewal by Andersen. Request an estimate and receive more information at
  13. Zebit has extended interest-free credit to eligible veterans as part of their military appreciation program, as well as eligible active duty and retired military members. There is no interest, no fees, no credit check, and no penalties to shop millions of brand name products and pay over time. Additionally, for every registered military member, Zebit makes a $1 donation to Intrepid FallenHeroes Fund, Fisher House, and Semper Fi Fund. Register at   
  14. Roxy is proud to offer a 15% discount to military servicemen and women, as well as first responders. To access the military discount, simply verify your military status and upon approval you will receive a unique, one-time use coupon code that can be redeemed in the shopping cart. To get verified and receive this military discount, visit:
  15. Revolar: Members of the Armed Forces, veterans, and their family members save 15% on Revolar’s personal safety wearables. Visit for more details.
  16. DC Shoes proudly offers a 15% hero discount to servicemembers and first responders. To redeem the discount, visit verify your military status to receive your one-time use coupon code.
  17. Park ‘N Fly has increased their military discount to 15% for members of the Frequent Parker program who are current or former service members. To receive the discount, Frequent Parkers simply verify their military status when you activate your Frequent Parker card online. After successfully verifiying, your military status will be added to your profile, and the discount will be automatically applied each time you make an online reservation. Learn more about the Frequent Parker program here:
  18. Newegg: This Veteran’s Day Newegg shows its gratitude for military personnel by offering them a 10% site-wide discount. From November 6th – 19th, 2016 all active duty military, reservists, veterans and dependents will receive 10% off their orders, with a maximum discount of $20. For promotion details and to shop Newegg, visit

“To all those who serve and have served in our Armed Forces, we extend our deepest gratitude for your sacrifice, your courage, and your commitment to protecting others,” states Nancy Blanchard, Vice President of Marketing at Revolar. “Today and every day, active duty military members, veterans, and their families receive 15% off our wearables, which are designed to help loved ones keep one another safe. We use SheerID to ensure that this exclusive, everyday discount is available only to the military community.”

“At American Giant we’re proud to support the men and women who fight for our country and its values. To us they’re the ultimate Giants, and we couldn’t do what we do without them,” states Bayard Winthrop, Founder and CEO of American Giant.

“We’d like to thank past and present military personnel for their service this Veterans Day, and every day. Supporting members of the US Armed Forces and first responders is a long tradition at Gerber,” explains Lauren Easby, Digital Marketing Specialist at Gerber Gear. “Partnering with SheerID to verify the eligibility of applicants to our Pro Program has made it easier than ever before for our military customers to get special access to Gerber products.”

To learn more about SheerID’s military verification, please visit

Connect with us at or follow @SheerID on Twitter or Facebook at

MLB All-Star FanFest Coming to San Diego *Giveaway*

The largest interactive baseball theme park in the world is coming to San Diego from July 8th through July 12thMLB All-Star FanFest is a baseball fan’s dream come true – with chances to meet your favorite players, watch legendary games and participate in many events and activities surrounding the All-Star Game. Since FanFest is fast approaching, enter now for your chance to win a family four-pack of tickets to FanFest.

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For five days, baseball fans will have the opportunity to:
  • Meet MLB Legends and get free autographs
  • Participate in baseball training drills and test out their batting skills in the All-Star batting cages
  • View hometown memorabilia and artifacts from Padres’ history, along with a collection of official awards and trophies of Major League Baseball including the World Series, Home Run Derby and All-Star Game MVP
  • Get their photo taken with the World’s Largest Baseball signed by Ted Williams, Hank Aaron, Derek Jeter, Yogi Berra, Willie Mays and others
Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10 – Military Appreciation Days include:
  • MLB All-Star FanFest tickets will be a discounted price of $12 for military personnel. Saturday will include a special clinic and wheelchair baseball exhibition game presented by The Wheelchair Federation, and the first 2,000 eligible fans will receive a Lil’ Teammate toy figurine. Appearances from legends include Rollie Fingers, Gaylord Perry, Steve Finley and more.
  • On Sunday fans can send thank you cards to the troops, attend hitting clinics, T-ball exhibition games, the Youth Academy whiffle ball tournament and more. The first 2,000 eligible fans on Sunday will receive a military patch. Appearances from legends include Gary Sheffield, Gaylord Perry, Heath Bell and more.

Businesses Across the U.S. Give Back This Memorial Day

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Businesses Across the U.S. Give Back This Memorial Day

EUGENE, OR–(Marketwired – May 23, 2016) – As Memorial Day nears, brands all over the nation are partnering with eligibility verification solution SheerID to offer exclusive discounts to military men and women and their families as a way to say thank you for their service and sacrifice.

“We’re honored to work with so many wonderful companies who share our same values,” said Jake Weatherly, CEO and Co-founder of SheerID. “We believe that good business is about appreciating your customers, and this year, we’ve partnered with more businesses than ever before to bring these special offers to the military community on Memorial Day as a way to give back.”

Sprint is just one of the organizations honoring our servicemen and women this Memorial Day.

“Memorial Day is a day to commemorate and honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country, and by partnering with SheerID, we want to show that appreciation in a more meaningful way,” says Andrea Arnold, Federal Marketing Manager at Sprint. “This Memorial Day, in addition to our 15% discount on wireless plans, we’re offering an extra $100 Reward card to all active duty military, Reserves, and veterans.”

This year, active duty, veterans, reservists, National Guard, retirees, and their families can all choose products and receive special discounts on educational and communication software, electronics, clothing, and so much more:

Rosetta Stone would like to make it easier for active duty military, veterans, reservists and National Guard to learn a new language. Get an extra 10% off of Rosetta Stone’s lowest pricing on award-winning language software at

Expedia: In celebration of Memorial Day, is proud to offer military members including active duty, National Guard, reservists, retirees and veterans +gold status in our travel rewards program, Expedia+. Membership at the +gold tier, the highest membership tier, offers exclusive benefits such as complimentary amenities and room upgrades upon availability at more than 2,000 +VIP Access hotels, 30% increase in bonus points for booked trips, travel discounts and more. Beginning on May 30, 2016, military members can receive complimentary +gold status through Feb 28, 2018 by signing up for free at

Bonobos offers 15% off to active duty, reservists, National Guard, veterans, retirees, and military family members at Bonobos Guideshops or Learn more at

Sprint wants to thank Sprint customers for their military service by giving active duty military, retirees, veterans, reservists, and the National Guard a $100 Reward Card in addition to a 15% military discount. Find more details at

Microsoft Home Use Program (HUP) provides active-duty servicemembers with the entire suite of Microsoft Office programs for only $9.95. Sign up at

Newegg thanks military personnel for their service by giving them a year subscription to Newegg Premier for free. In addition to the expedited shipping, free returns, exclusive deals and other perks Premier members receive, active duty military, reservists, veterans and dependents receive a 50% discount off of shipping when using an APO address. Learn more at

Helzberg Diamonds proudly offers a 10% Military Appreciation discount on purchases in stores and online. Visit for details.

Frank & Oak extends a 20% discount on stylish men’s jeans, suits, shirts, and more to past and current servicemembers, military families, and first responders. Visit to verify your eligibility.

LEGOLAND® Florida Resort: Active duty U.S. service members receive complimentary theme park and water park admission year-round. Additionally, veterans, retirees, reservists, guard members and military family members can save up to 25 percent on theme park and water park tickets while receiving a second day free upon advance verification of military service. Complete details are available at

Storybug makes it possible for military families to enjoy story time together, regardless of how far apart they may actually be. Military families are eligible for a military plan for the app that gives them 50% off the regular price. Simply select “military plan” after downloading the app at to set up your account.

EverMarket‘s mission is to provide a safe, trusted and community-driven marketplace for our U.S. Military Community. Check to see if EverMarket is available at a military base near you.

Pace International DISHForMyRV now offers a Military Discount Program to reward military veterans and service men and women an exclusive $50 discount on the purchase of a DISH® Portable Satellite TV Antenna Bundle in its online store, With this system, you can set up a HD satellite entertainment center and watch TV anywhere. The portable antenna locks into the satellite and is powered by a receiver that brings the signal to your TV. Setup takes just a few minutes before you are watching TV in HD. Visit our Military Page to learn more.

KAABOO’s lineup includes musicians like Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band, Aerosmith, Jack Johnson, Daryl Hall and John Oates and comedians such as Silicon Valley’s T.J. Miller and Janeane Garofalo plus celebrity chefs, and dozens of other artists and entertainers. Active duty military and veterans receive $20 off the HANG LOOSE and HANG FIVE passes to the upscale festival in Del Mar. Find more details at

PODS Since its inception in 1998, PODS proudly extends moving & storage discounts to active duty service members, veterans, military retirees, reservists and members of the national guards. Call 866/556-9574 and mention you’re in the military to receive your 10% discount.

The 2017 Solheim Cup would like to honor our Active Duty, Military Reserve, National Guard, Military Retirees, and Veterans for their service by providing Weekly Grounds Tickets free of charge! To claim your complimentary print-at-home grounds ticket for the 2017 Solheim Cup, please visit:

Zebit is giving all active and retired military members access to $1,000 interest-free credit to shop thousands of name brand products in Zebit’s exclusive marketplace containing electronics, furniture, appliances, and more. There is no interest, no fees, no credit check, and no penalties to buy now and pay over time. Additionally, for every registered military member, Zebit is making a $10 donation to Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, Fisher House, or Semper Fi Fund. Register at

ThinOPTICS celebrates our active duty military, veterans, reservists, National Guard and military families by offering 15% off the only reading glasses you’ll never be without. Claim your discounted “stick anywhere, go everywhere” reading glasses at

ThinkMIL Software and technology product discounts for active military, veterans and military facilities on a wide selection of popular software and technology products. Save big on products from Microsoft, Corel, Apple, Intuit, HP, Bitdefender AntiVirus, Total Training and much more. Shop online and save big at

Grizzly Industrial is offering a Memorial Day discount on woodworking, metalworking, tools and accessories. Save an additional 5% off their Spring/Summer Sale pricing currently in effect. Discount is valid from May 30 – June 17, 2016. Visit for more information.

With SheerID’s verification solution built into the customer experience, these businesses can be sure that their offers stay exclusive to the military community only. is thrilled to partner with SheerID to leverage its innovative technology in offering exclusive travel rewards and benefits to U.S. military members this Memorial Day,” said Dave McNamee, Director, Public Relations,

“Our Veterans Day campaign received such a positive response last year, we decided to launch a year-round military appreciation program,” says Danny Lee, Newegg CEO. “We appreciate veterans’ sacrifices and want to make sure they get the VIP treatment they have earned.”

“All of us at LEGOLAND Florida Resort are extremely proud to honor the many men and women who have served our country,” said Rex Jackson, Director of Marketing and Sales for the Winter Haven, Fla., vacation destination. “Not just on Memorial Day, but every day we’re open. We’re delighted to partner with SheerID to ensure that obtaining a discount is an easy, efficient process, and one that protects the exclusivity of this valued perk for U.S. service members and their families.”

“Zebit’s mission is to give working Americans access to the no-cost credit they deserve. We are tired of deceptive lending practices that overcharge the men and women who are working hard every day to protect our country. That’s why Zebit is pre-approving all active and retired military, who are verified by SheerID, for $1,000 interest-free financing with no strings attached — zero interest and no penalties,” commented Michael Thiemann, CEO and co-founder at Zebit.

“Rosetta Stone is now offering a military discount as our way of thanking military personnel and veterans for their service,” explains Ashley Tacub, Digital Partnerships Manager at Rosetta Stone. “Having SheerID as a partner ensures our military customers are quickly and easily verified so they can redeem our offer.”

“With the patriotism surrounding the Solheim Cup there is no better tournament to offer a military discount protected by SheerID. We hope that we can recognize and honor those that have given so much for the freedoms we enjoy today,” says Chris Garrett, Tournament Director for the 2017 Solheim Cup.

About SheerID

SheerID’s instant eligibility verification solutions ensure margin and profit protection for enterprise and SMB clients while also making personalized marketing programs scaleable. By instantly verifying consumers’ eligibility against authoritative data, SheerID delivers a seamless customer experience without interrupting the shopping process. Backed by Voyager Capital, the SheerID verification solution helps clients, including Spotify, The PGA TOUR, and Foot Locker, protect their exclusive offers to high value customer segments such as military, students, and teachers. Verification is available across multiple channels, including online, in-store, via mobile device, or over the phone, all while still keeping customer information safe and secure. SheerID’s verification services can be configured for any e-commerce website, internal customer sales/support system, mobile application, or POS system. For more information on SheerID’s verification services visit or email info(at)

Oceanside’s Operation Appreciation 2016

Operation Appreciation will take place at the Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre on May 21, 2016. This is a fantastic event brought to you by the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce. The business community and area residents come together to provide a day of recognition to all active-duty military stationed on Camp Pendleton and nearby military bases. My family attends this event every year and we love it!

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