Having served in the US Navy for over 29 years it is always a humbling experience when you get thanked for your service and my normal response is to say thanks – that is very much appreciated.

Many organizations and companies also recognize and honor the service of our men and women by offering discounts and other specials which range from free meals to 5%-10% discounts on in store purchases.


Well this past week Microsoft joined the list of companies offering these discounts when they revealed that they will offer a special military discount to all active duty, reserve military personnel and veterans.

The discount will provide an instant 5% savings on PC’s and Surface devices and 10% on software and accessories to include Office, headphones, keyboards and mice.

It is available online and in order to gain access to the Microsoft Store Military section that incorporates all of these discounts in the product prices you must first visit http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/mil/ and validate that you are eligible for the military discount.

As of today this offer is valid until 01 January 2015 but I suspect it will become a permanent offering – or at least it should.

A Microsoft Store rep also confirmed over the phone that this is also available in the physical Microsoft Stores. A military ID needs to be shown to receive the discount. If you are a veteran that served but did not retire then your best option is to shop online to receive the discount since many vets do not get ID’s after their service.

Of course there are terms and conditions that apply to this offer which you should review and there is also fine print related to the offered discounts as quoted below.

Valid until 1/1/2015, or while supplies last. Military discount not combinable with other promotional pricing. Available in Microsoft online store in the US (including Puerto Rico). Only available for active, former or retired military personnel. Institutions are not eligible for this offer. Shipping to US only, no shipping to APO/FPO addresses. Offer only valid on select products. Limited quantities may be available. Not valid on prior orders or purchases; cannot be transferred or otherwise redeemed for cash or coupon code. Not combinable with other offers. Taxes may apply. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. False representations of eligibility voids this offer, and Microsoft reserves the right to collect the full price of product(s) ordered. Limit of 3 items per order. Bulk orders not valid and may be canceled.

It is great to see a company like Microsoft thinking about those who serve or have previously served our country.