Tomorrow our country honors those who have served in our Armed Forces. This day has become overshadowed as of late as retailers rush to get an early start on the approaching holiday shopping season. This year, our friends at Airgun Depot made a last minute decision to do something a little different, something to try and give a little back to the members and veterans of our Armed Forces. Airgun Depot has chosen to provide a the coupon code VETERANS5 for both 5% off AND donate 5% of all sales from Veteran’s Day through Monday November 14th to the Disabled American Veteran’s Charity. As I was unfamiliar with this specific charity, I did some research into it. I was very impressed with what I found, as this charity has some amazing projects, and more importantly it does it’s best to ensure that the majority of the money they receive go to Veterans in need. Please feel free to check for yourself: https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=7589
Here’s what Airgun Depot shared with us about this event:
Here at Airgun Depot we’re always a bit opposed to sending out simple emails on days like Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day simply stating a sentiment of thanks. Seems to be not good enough for a day that is meant to really honor those who have served and protected our freedoms. So this year we spend some time and have come up with a way to actually honor and help our Veteran’s with more than just the lip service of thanks.
From time to time we offer those who follow us on email as well as socially discounts off coupons. A common amount is 10% off. But this weekend is different. For those so inclined we want you to Get 5 and Give 5. Meaning instead of getting a full 10%, you’ll receive 5% off. But the other 5% of the sale will be donated. To be clear, not just “5% of profits” like so many companies do to make it sound like they’re giving more than they actually are. But a full 5% of the full retail price of your purchase.
We hand selected a fantastic Veterans organization to send these proceeds to. One that runs their organization the right way so the money will do the most good. You see Airgun Depot has a veteran on our staff, a remarkable man who not only served, but suffered a permanent disability in the line of service. And we’ll let him tell you in his own words why we decided to work with the Disabled American Veterans organization (or DAV for short):
“The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) was formed in 1920 by Robert Marx in Cincinnati, Ohio, in response to the lack of support that World War I veterans were receiving from the Federal Government. The vast majority of these vets were either blind (from chemical warfare), deaf, or suffered from mental illness, which later was determined to be Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In total, about 204,000 service members were wounded in WWI. The DAV supported these vets, and future vets getting ready to separate from active duty, with educational benefits and transitional assistance to the civilian world.
Today the DAV is an accredited tax-exempt 501(c)(4) charity that has a network of 88 National Service Offices, 38 Transition Service Offices, 198 Hospital Service Coordinator Offices, and state-level departments in every US state and major territory. They are there to assist veterans with transitioning from military life back to civilian life, assist with enrollment in the Department of Veterans Affairs, and to ensure every service member receives all the Federal and State benefits that they are entitled to. I will be forever grateful to the DAV for the top level assistance they provided for me after serving eight years of active duty in the Marine Corps. They helped me navigate the bureaucratic hoops one has to jump through with any Federal program and ensured that I received the benefits that my service entitled me including healthcare, education and a VA home loan. Even with the countless man hours that went into assisting me, not once did the DAV ask for any type of reimbursement from me or any other veteran, nor do they expect any veteran to pay for their services. They truly are one of the few organizations that I have dealt with that doesn’t seem to have an underlying motive. Their only motive is to ensure that all American veterans are afforded every opportunity to find their place in the civilian world.”
– Justin Hamilton, Airgun Depot Website Editor
So there you have it. In light of the upcoming holiday season where all retailers, ourselves included, will shift their focus to putting together sales, promotions, and marketing to sway your hard earned dollar; This is a weekend where you can not only enjoy the shooting sport of airguns that we all love, but do good for a Veteran in need. Get 5 Give 5. Hopefuly something that is a resounding success that we can make a tradition each Veteran’s Day in order to really say thanks.
Airgun Depot LLC