2,266,883. That’s the number of troops currently serving at home and abroad in defense of this country. Today is Veteran’s Day, a holiday established all the way back in 1919, on the first anniversary of the end of the First World War. In 1926, Congress passed a resolution for an annual observance of the date, and in 1938, Veteran’s Day became a national holiday. The purpose of Veteran’s Day is, of course, to honor those who serve. More specifically, the VA explains, the holiday is “a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.”
If you’ve served this country, there’s also a chance that you’re eligible for discounts on car insurance. Generally speaking, veterans qualify for great coverage at very reasonable rates. The following is a breakdown of some of the companies that are particularly friendly to veterans—and other ways vets can take advantage of the discounts they’re eligible for.
Car Insurance Companies with Veteran Discounts
USAA. Fun USAA fact: The company was founded in 1922 by a group of Army officers who had trouble securing auto insurance because traditional companies viewed them as high-risk. So they self-insured one another, and USAA was born. In addition to insurance, USAA also offers military members, veterans, and their immediate families banking services as well. Plus, USAA is consistently noted for its customer service—find out if you meet eligiblity requirements here.
Geico. Members of active duty military, retired military members, and members of the National Guard or Reserves may be eligibile for discounts with Geico of up to 15 percent. Plus, the company offers emergency deployment discounts for when military members deploy into imminent danger pay areas and store their vehicles.
Esurance. Esurance offers another type of valuable financial support for activity duty military members: “If you’re an active member of the military who’s deployed abroad, Esurance won’t count your time away as a gap in insurance coverage. Just let us know ahead of time when you’re being deployed and we’ll take care of canceling your policy. We’ll even waive any cancellation fees. Then, when you return home, we’ll reinstate your policy without any penalties.”
[Insert Your Company]. It’s always worthwhile to either call your insurance company directly or get a hold of a licensed insurance agent who can help you find a discount based on your service.
Supporting & Celebrating Vets
If the charitable spirit of the company you choose to protect you is important, you can also consider how they support military members and veterans. For example, this Veteran’s Day, Progressive is donating more than 100 refurbished vehicles to vets and their families courtesy of their annual Keys to Progress program. In collaboration with the National Auto Body Council (NABC), Progressive has restored vehicles which have been recycled or donated after a claim. Veterans of Foreign Wars identifies the most deserving vets, and they’re donated as an extension of the NABC’s Recycled Rides project. “Recycled Rides is a labor of love for every single member of NABC and we are humbled that Progressive has nearly doubled the amount of cars donated this year,” said Chuck Sulkala, executive director of National Auto Body Council, in a press release. “With transportation, these veterans and their families have access to basic necessities many of us take for granted like medical treatment, jobs and education.”
Discounts like these are just a small thank you for a giant service—but they’re a start. Happy Veterans Day from The Zebra!