Much to my dismay and disatisfaction, when shopping at your store in carpentersville, il on November 30, 2011, I find that menards discontinued military discounts. All the other home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowe's make that discount available. Now that it is your policy not to afford military discounts, I will no longer shop at Menards.

Can you explain why the discount was discintinued and please do not enter an explanation of economics! I was very proud to serve this nation, in unform for 26 years and your military discount statement is a slap in the face to all veterans!

Michael Sallustio

Proud retiree of the U.S. Air Force

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As a Law Enforcement officer ($20/hr) and a 60% disabled veteran ($1100/mo) you do the math and factor in the taxes, I would prefer to check to see which store offers a discount. Now I proudly served for 12 years before being medically discharged from injuries sustained in a combat zone, and I served to allow you to have your rights as well as for the operators of Menards to have their ability to refrain from offering a discount.

Good for them in exercising said right!!!! In regards to their pricing they have both advantages and disadvantages. In an economy such as we currently live in every penny counts. As a responsible shopper, and one that makes every effort to stretch my dollar, I always bargain shop and try to stretch my paycheck to its furthest extent.

That being said the veterans discount greatly helps with such a stretch. In a recent bout of research between Lowes, Home Depot and Menards I was price shopping and low and behold Lowes out priced the latter two for the materials I need. Now factor in the cost of fuel, and the military discount and the savings were approaching the $100 mark, so in my opinion and factoring the competitiveness of the economical climate I will be buying these materials from Lowes. So now I will also say this, be fair in the opinions of others while you exercise your own.

Even though the thought may flutter about in name calling such as entitled or what ever other terms you may choose remember this. Myself as well as many others took an oath to protect the citizens of this nation. We promised to support and to defend the constitution, which as a reminder gives you and every other legal citizen of this country the rights to free speech, and if necessary sacrifice our lives so that you may choose to join and stand beside us or stand at home with your family. There is always or always was the option for you to serve as well and be eligible for the same discount.

This is a board for people to express their opinions by exercising free speech and you sound a little like you are restricting such speech by bashing these other peoples opinions on a discount.

To all the vets past and present on here, from one vet to another thank you for the service you provided. To all my fellow first responders regardless of Blue, Red, Gray, Yellow or Green, stay safe brothers and sisters no more Last calls please.


Why should wets deserve a discount more than others? What about police officers, fire fighters, EMT's teachers, young people just starting out struggling to mean ends meet, senior citizens on a fixed income?

Menards does the right thing and offers low prices to everyone every day. Yes, others may offer a discount but who offers the better price every day? Thank you Menards, for honoring ALL of your customers with fair pricing every day. If the discount at a competitor offers a better price at times, by all means take advantage of it.

Take the time to go over to Lowes and Home Depot's complaint pages and see how many vets are complaining about their programs. No store is perfect, shop the stores that give you the best service and prices.

to Anonymous #1586444

Perfectly on point!

to Anon2 #1589511

On point to anyone that didn’t have the patriotism to serve

to Anonymous #1628926

Not to take away from police officers, emt's, teachers or students.... but military vets are the only ones on the list you mentioned which signed an unconditional contract to serve and go wherever that may be in the world first and foremost before receiving any compensation or benefits to do what is asked of them, whether they agree with it or not, whether that means sacrificing time away form their families (wife, kids, mothers, fathers), their health and their personal ambitions and needs whenever called upon in order to support any of Americas interests to and including their lives.

-- So... no... Menard's doesn't have to offer a Veteran's discount but, it would be nice to have a business give back to the very people which ensure that Menards is able to conduct business without fear of planes or bombs destroying their stores and business plans; they don't need to do it but, it would be nice to see them put someones needs ahead of their own just as veterans have done. "We support our military and veterans" is not just a soundbite slogan....

if you say or agree with that you should actually .... umm support them ...

not just words. I understand that the 10% discount may probably be an inconvenience for Meanards however, I just wonder how inconvenient it is for the 18 year old who promised to protect them, put their best college years aside, set aside their personal ambitions, left his family behind and is now in a foreign land surrounded by people which would do anything to harm America by harming him all while instead of walking away and getting an 8-5 job at home in which he can focus on himself like most of his peers back home, he instead fulfills his promise to all those you listed?


Got Menards sale flyer in mail yesterday. Myself and my husband , a Viet Nam veteran planned to visit a store in Springfield, MO.

today. I went on line to inquire about their veterans discount.

Totally could mot believe Menards do not honor out veterans. We will shop at Lowes and Home Depot .


just another reason never to shop menards!!!! If they dont support our military then why would anyone support their business??

to Brian D #1543334

Does you grocery store offer discounts to veterans? Are you going to stop buying groceries because they don't give veterans a discount?


Isn't Menard's a privately owned Canadian Company? Maybe eh?

to Mr. Bill #1521218

Eau Claire Wisconsin

to Mr. Bill #1521293

No they are out of WI.


I was looking for a dog Kennel, found the one I wanted here will cross reference product and get it from Lowes or Home Depot. Dude, not only did I serve my country but I still serve my Vets.

While everyone is going back and forth arguing, the root of this problem is not the military member feeling entitled but the civilians privilege fragility. You chose the military, cops this, doctors that, etc... everyone's job has a purpose but not everyone's responsibility is put their life on the line for the sake of saving others. I believe that military, Cops, & Firefighters (and whatever other occupation I might have neglected to mention) should get a discount.

the reality is that these are middle income jobs with high consequences and 1. the discount does help but 2. It is a way of being acknowledge and appreciated. So you can translate that as being entitled but when there is corporate discount, AAA discount and all other stupid type of discount, I mean really why not discount for those that serve others.

its really a thing of showing humanity and compassion at least that is how I look at it. so yes when I found out that Mernard does not give a military discount it was a slap in the face. I serve, my husband is a disabled vet, and our 2 daughters are now in the Army serving. So Yes Bernard has the kennel I want but No I would rather get it from some place that honors my vets period.

its not about savings $2 and if you don't understand that maybe your too smug and should stop smelling yourself.

I hope all veterans follow suit and my discontinuing to shop there might not make a difference to Mernard but it does to my family and I and thats good enough for me. #KickRocks

to Vee #1486665

Not giving a discount is only a slap in the face if you feel entitled to one. No one is entitled to a discount. People should appreciate, thank and patronize the stores that offer a discount rather than bashing stores that don't offer a discount you are not entitled to.

to Anonymous #1506945

I appreciate everything our Vets have done. I will always stand up for you guys and for our Flag.

But enough with the entitlement BS. Did you enter the military just so that someday you could get a discount on 2x4's? Come on man! Don't ruin what you did by what you have become.

And not everyone in the military put their lives on the line. So whats the right breakdown? 10% off if you were front line, 8% if you were deployed 5% if you just mowed the lawn at the base in Utah?You did what you did for you and for the country. Thank you for that!

Welcome Home!

Please don't act like you did it to save money on home improvement supply's. I want to continue to respect you.

to Doug #1561052

I like Menards but why would I go there instead of Lowe’s or Home Depot just to pay more for the same product? I wouldn’t.

The 10% discount is a small appreciation for our service. We don’t always get to be with our families or even choose where they’ll send us next.

Spend 20 years not having a choice in daily life matters. Then whine.

to Doug #1628928

Doug I get your point and I see where you are coming from but, honestly come across as one which probably supports the military and our veterans and I thank you for having that mentality. You're right no one joined for the discount at Menards or any other store.

And you are right about veterans putting their lives on the line although, ALL of them signed up to put their lives on the line. I thank you for standing up for veterans but, honestly most Americans will say that and will also say they support the military but, will actually not do anything that inconveniences them to actually follow through what they say. Nothing against you or anyone else but, in order to say one supports or stands up for the military one actually has to do something which they would not normally do even if that means an inconvenience to you... it's not just words.

But you're right NO ONE signed up to get any discounts... they signed up to protect all those at home even if it meant leaving their family behind, missing the birth of the children, missing anniversaries, missing family deaths... they promised to go where the American people sent them to protect home even if meant that while they did that they would postpone their personal lives, careers, education and salaries at home. The fact is that if you told me as a soldier that you support the military but, then just went about your day worrying about your needs I would just shake my head and walk way...

but if you actually some time to "sacrifice" your time to understand just as I have sacrificed for you I would gladly go off to fight for you and your family just so your kids and all others could grow up with a proud dad such as yourself.... even if it meant my own may never see me again. I know you meant well but....

you're right... no one ever joined or served for a discount from a hardware store.

to Vee #1544676

Do you confirm that EVERY store you shop at give a discount and honors you rather than slapping you in the face by not giving a discount? Bet that you will find very few stores that give a discount.

Yes there are some stores that will use a veterans discount as a public relations tool in their advertising. Sure, it looks good in their ads but look at all the complaints from vets on the Home Depot and Lowes boards. The discounts aren't handled evenly throughout the company. It's just like the big box stores claiming to offer great service.

Sounds great in an ad, but in reality it isn't all that great.

Buy from whatever store gives you the best bottom line price and service. Thank those where you actually receive a discount but to get bent out of shape because a store doesn't give a discount is unreasonable.


I have always been a bit more low key about my military service. I just figured it was a job I chose, just like the person who chose to work any other occupation.

I feel that I am patriotic. I do still get chills when the national anthem is played, I feel honored to hold my hand over my heart and stand at attention with my feet at a 45, facing that beautiful flag. I do get upset when people with an axe to grind, however sincere they are, choose to use the occasion of the National Anthem being played, to grind that axe. So I suppose if you didn't serve and a person that did writes about feeling slighted or upset about no military discount, you have the right to bash him for his thoughts.

You can do that even if he served to defend your right to express yours. That is why I choose not to make a big show of my military service. I know that while I was serving on my military job many others were serving this great nation in other jobs, and that is patriotic too. I guess it is no different then back in the day when people were burning the American Flag.

To me they were just burning a piece of cloth, because that flag they were burning did not mean the same thing to them that it means to me. I say go buy your piece of cloth and burn it. But now... come in my yard and try to burn my flag and you will have to burn it over my dead body.

It is all just perspective, and that is not a problem. The problem is that it seems to be human nature only to look from our own perspective and not to try and look from the other person's point of view. But, all is not lost. Become enlightened and realize the world does not revolve around you or even your "clan", but there are billions of people out there with many different ways of looking at things and they all have the right to them.

And that is why I am proud to have served. To defend that right to have your own thoughts and feelings. So, I fought and served so you could burn your piece of cloth but not my American Flag, and so everyone can express their thoughts and feelings, but not disrespect those of others.

And to think, I just looked on line to see if Menard's offered the military discount, because the doors I want to buy are $0.50 cheaper and I wanted to go there if the discount was applied as well. I guess I will go to Lowe's because I will save more money, but not because Menard's doesn't offer a military discount.

to A declining Perspective #1466018

Thank you for your service. I appreciate the fact that you do not make your buying decisions based on whether you get a discount or not, but the bottom line price. If the discount provides a better price thank the company that offers it.


Part of your problem is you expect a discount. It is sometimes given as a thank you. Doesn't mean you are entitled dude.

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