Bozho (Hello),

Every week the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) sends a newsletter that has resources like free concert tickets, farming assistance, workout programs, national park passes and Veteran discounts on hundreds of services available to the Veteran community. Here are some of the most popular Veteran resources:

Veterans Day retail discounts, free meals and other offers: on Veterans Day, Veterans and their families, caregivers and survivors have access to hundreds of free meals, discounts and other freebies. There are many discounts available year-round.

Veterans are set to see a cost-of-living increase to their benefits. The Veterans Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) Act of 2023 directs VA to provide a cost-of-living adjustment for Veterans’ benefits in 2024 equal to the COLA applied to Social Security benefits, as determined by the Social Security Administration.

Veterans and Gold Star Families get a free lifetime pass to national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands. The U.S. National Park Service offers a lifetime pass that provides free entrance to national parks for Veterans and their families. The pass gives them free access to about 2,000 public locations spread out across more than 400 million acres of public lands.

Explore resort and hotel deals through the Armed Forces Vacation Club for Veterans. For Veterans who have served our nation with dedication and sacrifice, finding opportunities to relax and rejuvenate is essential. The Armed Forces Vacation Club is a valuable resource that offers a chance to enjoy well-deserved vacations without breaking the bank.

200 remote jobs from Veteran friendly employers: working from home offers veterans and their families the flexibility they need to carry out their job responsibilities.

Experience live events through Vet Tix with friends and family. Vet Tix is a national nonprofit group that provides free tickets to veterans and service members for live events, including concerts, sports, performing arts and family themed events. You can become a VetTixer by creating an account for free at

In tax season, how can veterans maximize their tax benefits? Veterans may be eligible for certain tax benefits under the tax code. There are some key federal and state tax benefits for veterans. Sign up for the #VetResources weekly newsletter. You can sign up at All VetResources newsletters can be viewed at

Your VA ID Card is the proof you need for discounts. How do you get one? First, you need to apply for VA’s Veteran ID Card (VIC), a digital photo ID you can use to take advantage of the many discounts offered by businesses, including restaurants, hotels, stores and recreational activities, among other perks.

Remember our monthly meeting of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Veterans Organization is the 4th Tuesday of each month, February 20 (unless otherwise notified due to weather or conflicting events) at 6 p.m. (or as soon as you can get there) in the North Reunion Hall on the CPN Powwow Grounds. All CPN veterans and spouses and their families are welcome. Membership in the Veterans Organization is not required; come and visit us and enjoy our socializing.

For more information, you can contact Daryl Talbot.

Daryl Talbot, Commander