Things That Add Up: Benefits for Veterans and Active Duty

April 5, 2015

We’ve been a military family twice over. When Sam and I were married at 20 and 19, he was in the Marines. After 4 years, multiple deployments that totaled nearly 2 1/2 years, and a deployment mid-war to Iraq, he decided not to reenlist, and we spent 5 years as civilians.

We learned after he left just a few of the opportunities that were available for veterans and active duty. Companies like Direct Energy offer discounts and rewards plans for military members on their electricity and/or natural gas, telephone companies offer discounts, many appliance stores have a standing percentage off. With no kids at the time and both of us working full time, we didn’t think much about that. Then we had a baby, one income, and horrible insurance to deal with.

After Bella was about 10 months old, he told me he wanted to go back. This time the Army – more family friendly which was better for us. He spent 4 months away in training and came home to move us to El Paso.

Army Life

Nothing has changed our lives more than Sam’s military service – both in good ways and hard ways. Little things make a huge difference to us – Sam being thanked for his service. Our meal being paid for when he’s in uniform. Companies that provide discounts online and in store. It’s a pretty amazing feeling to have a company offer to give you a discount for being a military family, and it makes tough months a little easier to breathe.

We are thankful for companies like Direct Energy that give back to military families and service members, who get an exclusive discounted rate on electricity, natural gas, or both depending on where you live. Here’s more about their program and seeing if it’s available in your area:

At Direct Energy, we are committed to giving back to those who have given so much to our country. That’s why we have recently launched the military portal, a dedicated space where military personnel can find discounted energy rates for their home energy needs. Plus, once you’re a Direct Energy Customer, you’ll have access to our on time bill payments rewards program, Refer-a-Friend Program, easy, on the go Online Account Manager and more.

To be eligible for the discounted military rates, you must enter your valid ID into our portal. Once it verifies, you will then be directed to a dedicated military plans page. You will then see plans available in your area.

Are you military or know someone who is? Check around to see what places you buy from or services you use provide a military discount. Find out about the Direct Energy discount and rewards program – because every little bit helps.


  • Nikki Moody

    April 6, 2015 at 5:54 am

    (Ok, used voice text for the above and did not check it before I hit enter. And now I can't figure out how to edit it 🙂
    *to not instead of tonight.)

  • Nikki Moody

    April 6, 2015 at 5:51 am

    I loved all the military discounts when I was active duty. it was an adjustment the first year I got out tonight have discounts everywhere I went. And now I am very thankful for the GI bill paying for my college.

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