Veterans Day

Veterans Day 2015

In the United States we set aside November 11th to honor our Veterans. Smart Horizons is proud to honor those who have ‘stood the watch’ for us through our many partnerships.

One of those partnerships is the non-profit International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO). We are especially proud of this partnership. IFPO has a long and proud history of advocating for the professional development of security professionals. After their service, many veterans join the security profession.

The International Foundation for Protection Officers invite Veterans from all services and countries, as well as those who currently serve, to request a special profile that will provide access to a Veteran Appreciation code and discount to most Foundation purchases, including online Certified Protection Officer training and a full range of professional development offerings for security professionals. More information regarding the Veteran Appreciation program is available on the Foundation web site.

Year-round a significant number of other companies offer extended specials for Veterans, such as

  • Disneyland and Walt Disney World have special pricing until December 2015 (active & retired members of the U.S. Military)

  • Lowes offers active and retired service members discounts year-round; on Memorial Day, 4th of July and Veterans Day these discounts are extended to all veterans. Secondary sources indicate that Home Depot also offers a Veterans Discount.

  • All Active duty, Reserves and Retired members of the Armed Forces receive complimentary admission to the World of Coca-Cola. You must present your valid Armed Forces ID card at the Ticketing Window to redeem this special offer.

  • Waves of Honor (Edit 3/16 Veterens reference removed; please visit site for current info)

Veterans Day Offers

Other companies offer veterans and service members Veterans Day related specials; among them this year are:

Personal Grooming

Great Clips

  • Veterans who visit Great Clips shops on Nov. 11, receive a free haircut and a card for a free haircut to redeem by Dec. 31.

  • Not a vet? Get a haircut and receive a card that you can give to a Vet; cards are good until December 31, 2015

Sport Clips

  • Make your haircut count on Veterans Day, Sport Clips will donate $1 from every hair care service to the Help A Hero Scholarship. Many Sport Clips locations will offer free haircuts to active-duty U.S. service members and veterans on Veterans Day, with valid proof of service.

  • Many Sport Clips locations will offer free haircuts to active-duty U.S. service members and veterans on Veterans Day.
Restaurants: Multi-Day Offers
  • Carraba’s: Free appetizer of your choice for active duty servicemembers and veterans. Military ID or proof of service required. November 9 – November 15)

  • Red Lobster: Free Appetizer or Dessert during the week of Veterans Day with military ID or proof of service. Vets may choose from a select list of appetizers and desserts. (November 9 – November 12)

  • Spaghetti Warehouse: Buy one entrée, get one free. Coupon Required. Friends and relatives are encouraged to treat a veteran to a meal. (November 9 – November 11)
Restaurants: Pre-Veterans Day Offers
  • McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants: Is celebrating their 17th annual Veteran’s Appreciation Event on Sunday, November 8th. Veterans will be able to choose a complimentary lunch or dinner entrée from a special menu. Veterans must provide proof of military service. (November 10, 2015)

  • Claim Jumper: Free entrée from select menu, with official proof of service. (November 9, 2015)

  • Country Cookin: Free meal for current and former military. Proof of service required. (November 10, 2015)
Robust restaurant lists are available on

Membership Offers
Miscellaneous Offers
  • America’s Best Idea—the National Parks—is even better when it’s free! (November 11th)

  • All veterans will receive a FREE Basic Oil Change* at participating Meineke locations. They’re deeply grateful for your service and sacrifice. (November 11th)

  • Grace For Vets unites the car wash industry each year on November 11 with more than 3,200 locations offering a free car wash. Car Washes are located in Australia, Canada, New Zealand & the United States.

  • Stay at a Bed & Breakfast

  • Many other organizations have Veterans Day Giving Back Programs.


Turn a Green Light On

… and show your support for Veterans.


As you shop, please inquire if the business has a Veterans Day related promotion. With the tough economic climate, many businesses may not offer a discount or premium but instead may make donations to veteran related charities. For instance, stop by Great Clips for a haircut and receive a card that you can give to a Vet.

Every attempt was made to verify the highlighted offers, but please check with the individual location to confirm details first. Inclusion in this list is not to be considered a product endorsement.
Edit: As linked pages are removed from linked site, hyperlinks on this page are removed and lined out.

Posted in For Your Knowledge at November 6th, 2015. .

October is National Bullying Prevention Month


Bullying is a serious issue that directly impacts thousands of children every day. It is an intentional behavior that hurts someone either physically or emotionally and has significant short- and long-term effects that can negatively impact a child’s education, health, and safety.

Security Officers can observe inappropriate behavior while on post. Teaching children how to relate with their peers can help children build the social skills to interact in positive ways and to develop resilience against bullying.

The key to preventing bullying is to be prepared to deal effectively with bullying before, during, and after it occurs.

Florida Association for the Education of Young Children offers courses that will help equip you with the skills to intervene consistently and appropriately. View their course, Bullying: Identification and Prevention and help establish a supportive and safe climate where all children are accepted and know how to respond when bullying happens.

Posted in For Your Knowledge at October 10th, 2014. .

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