Alpha 1 Drop Zone

PATRIOT AWARD BUSINESS OF THE MONTH august 2019

Alpha 1 Drop Zone

It’s time for another installment Veteranbargains.com business of the month Patriot Award segment.  The Veteran Bargains Patriot Award is given to recognize businesses that not only assist our heroes by offering a special savings discount, but also go beyond offering a few dollars off. 


Alpha 1 Drop Zone has been around for almost three decades. During that time, they have been the premier Army/Navy Store in the Wichita KS area. They do offer a 10% discount to veterans, military and first responders. But that’s not why they are receiving this month’s award.


Back in 2015 they founded the Veterans Awareness Expo. This event featured about 30 non-profit organizations that provide veterans and military services and information. This FREE event was able to get it’s start thanks to Alpha 1 Drop Zone owner and veteran, Brad Yates. Over the years Alpha 1 Drop Zone has been involved in over 90 different events focusing on our veterans and military, from veteran benefit concerts, women veterans meet and greets to school programs featuring veterans to instill patriotism among our youth. This company has continued to step up to the plate to support our heroes and first responders.


This year is the Fourth Annual Veterans Awareness Expo and will be held on August 3rd at the All-American Indian Center. Now, showcasing over 50 organizations to help our heroes this year’s event is on track to be the best ever. There will be a program featuring leadership from McConnel Air Force Base, a display of military vehicles, military recruiters, VA mobile units and representatives, Food Trucks, Sedgwick County Register of Deeds Office personnel putting DD-214 s on file and issuing the new Sedgwick County Veteran Military Discount ID cards and many, many more.


We are so fortunate to have a patriotic organization like Alpha 1 Drop Zone to show their support of our veterans and military. 


Alpha 1 Drop Zone

443 N Maize Rd

Wichita, KS 67212


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Sedgwick County Veteran military Discount ID card A government issued photo ID

PATRIOT AWARD BUSINESS OF THE MONTH JUly 2019

SEDGWICK COUNTY PATRIOT AWARD

  

I find I have another unique presentation for this month’s VeteranBargains.com Business of the Month Patriot Award. Most months the Patriot Award is given to a business that provides a special offer or savings to veterans or active service members. 

This month the Patriot Award is being given to an organization that is concerned about our veterans and military ability to provide proof of their honorable service. 


One of the most important documents a veteran has in their possession is their DD-214. This is the document that shows they were Honorably Discharged from The Armed Forces of the United States. Without their DD-214 they may have trouble proving their service.


The Sedgwick County Register of Deed Office, like other Register of Deeds offices, offers a free service to veterans and service members so they can have their DD-214s put on file. In the event a discharged service member has lost access to their DD-214, they can obtain a certified copy for this precious document. Many discharged service members are not aware of this important service.



what if you lost your DD-214?

Sedgwick County Veteran Military Discount Card

 

Recently, Sedgwick County Commissioner David Dennis, a retired Air Force veteran, was informed by the Sedgwick County Register of Deeds, Tonya Buckingham regarding a program that she found that is assisting veterans in Cook County Illinois. The Cook County Military Veteran Discount ID Card. This card is used by veterans and military to be able to take advantage of special offers provided by businesses for their benefit.


With Commissioner Dennis’ encouragement Ms. Buckingham researched and presented this program to the Sedgwick County commissioners and received unanimous approval to implement the Sedgwick County Veterans Discount ID card for our veterans and service members here in Sedgwick County.


When a discharged service member brings in their DD-214 to the Register of Deeds office they will also receive their Sedgwick County Veterans Discount ID card. Their DD-214 will be put on file so they will always be able to obtain a certified copy of their DD-214 and prove their honorable service to the United States. This will be a government issue photo ID they can use to take advantage of special offers that businesses give as appreciation for their service. This will also serve to help eliminate stolen valor by those pretending to be veterans.


My father served in the Korean War, unfortunately his DD-214 was discarded by an ex-spouse. If he had his DD-214 in his register of deeds office, he would have been able to obtain a certified copy and prove his service after he no longer had this valuable document. When I was discharged from the Army, I took my DD-214 and registered my DD-214 with the Ford County Register of Deeds. Just a few days ago I could not put my hands on m original DD-214 but was able to get the certified copy I needed because I had taken advantage of this great service.


We all truly appreciate the dollars we save from businesses that offer discounts. These new services introduced to Sedgwick County veterans and service members is far more valuable to us than a few dollars. My special thanks to Commissioner David Dennis, Commissioner Jim Howell, Commissioner Michael O’Donnelly, Commissioner Pete Meitzner, Commissioner Lacey Cruse and Ms. Buckingham for bringing us these two services.


Please support the Sedgwick County Register of Deeds as this Patriot Award business recipient of the month.


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PATRIOT AWARD BUSINESS OF THE MONTH JUNE 2019

Reserved Veteran Parking Spots

 Lowe's wants veterans to know they are valued customers

  


  


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A New Twist...

  

I am taking a big variation with this month’s VeteranBargains.com business of the month Patriot Award in recognizing a large corporate company. In most instances the patriot award has been given to smaller, locally owned businesses or franchisees. This month I can’t stand by and ignore the tremendous efforts of a rather large company that goes beyond for our veterans.


Normally, when I am telling a fellow veteran about offers veterans get on this site, I would always start the conversation with:


“You know as a veteran you get a discount at Lowe’s and …” then I would name off a half dozen company names. Not surprisingly, most veterans knew they got a discount at Lowe’s. 


Well, Lowe’s has really gotten my attention in the last couple of months and stirred me to select them as the recipient of VeteranBargains.com business of the month Patriot Award for June.


Personally, I have been a dedicated Lowe’s customer for decades. They have quality products, a fantastic guarantee and for a not so handy guy like me all kinds of advice on how to get my projects done. Recently, when I went to my local Lowe’s to pick up some items I was needing to get the garden ready for spring, I was pleasantly surprised and honored to find Lowe’s now has special parking places reserved for veterans. Right up front! This says a lot about Lowe’s appreciation of veterans to take prime parking spots right up front by the door and dedicate them to veteran’s use. I can’t tell you how that touched me when I saw the signs reserving these spots for the first time. Even now, as silly as it may sound, tears well up in my eyes as I write this, and my heart is touched by their patriotism.


Another thing Lowe’s has done is to give recognition to their employees who have served. These fellow veterans get to wear special camo vests that denote them as a veteran. As you shop at Lowe’s be sure to look for the employees in the camo vests and thank them for their service.


At the check lanes Lowe’s now has prominently displayed signs that state they are proud to offer a 10% military discount every day. Wow! What a great patriotic company. Why would you as a veteran shop at any other home improvement store?


Please support Lowe’s as this Patriot Award business recipient of the month.

 
 

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The Veteran Bargains Patriot Award Business of the Month is given to  businesses that show special appreciation for our veterans and military and is NOT an endorsement of  the featured business to veteranbargains .com 

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PATRIOT AWARD BUSINESS OF THE MONTH MAY 2019

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Cartridge Express (Wichita KS)

Once again, we bring you the latest installment of Veteranbargains.com business of the month Patriot Award segment.  The Veteran Bargains Patriot Award is given to recognize businesses that not only assist our veterans, military and first responders by offering a special savings discount, but do it in a manner that is befitting of those who serve. It is more than just the offering of a discount.


On a recent stop into Cartridge Express in Wichita KS a veteran went in to purchase an ink cartridge. After making his purchase and getting the 10% discount given by this business for being a veteran, this vet was carrying on a conversation with the owner of Cartridge Express. They were discussing the treatment that veterans receive in this day and age.


He related a story told by a State Congressman at a Vietnam War Veterans Day celebration he attended at a local American Legion Post. The speaker was talking about how after World War I when the troops came home, they threw parade for them and everyone was so congratulatory of the victory. The same thing happened at the end of World War II. Tickertape parades were the norm. 


He went on to say that the current atmosphere continues to show gratitude to our service men and women. People applaud and cheer as service member walk through airports. Folks walk up to people in uniform or with veterans’ hat on and thank them for their service. The speaker related that those who served during the Vietnam War came home to a totally different country.


One speaker told a story of how his older brother enlisted and was sent to Vietnam. He was wounded there and medivaced out, leaving all his uniforms in his hooch. Upon being released from the hospital, he was given a new pair of dress greens and dropped off at the airport in San Francisco. - (San Francisco in the 70’s) where he was promptly spit on. He then bought a shirt and pair of pants, threw his uniform in the trash and went home. 


As this Vietnam War veteran was headed to the door finishing his story, the owner asked him to come back and gave him the military bracelet he now wears proudly. It is this type of people that truly appreciate our veteran’s service to our great country and keep their customers coming back.


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The Veteran Bargains Patriot Award Business of the Month is given to  businesses that show special appreciation for our veterans and military and is NOT an endorsement of  the featured business to veteranbargains .com  

PATRIOT AWARD BUSINESS OF THE MONTH APRIL 2019

The Gutter Guys

  

Effective immediately we are cancelling the VeteranBargains.com business of the month Patriot Award segments. 


No; April Fools.


This month’s VeteranBargains.com business of the month Patriot Award is recognizing a company but more so a gentleman who not only offers discount to our veteran, Military and first responders but does it with one of the most honest and pleasant of demeanors.


I first meet Jeff, the owner of The Gutter Guys last fall. I had called to get a quote for their product Gutter Guard. I was tired of having to either do the white knuckle climb on the ladder of death (bad fear of heights) or pester a neighbor to climb up and get rid of the leaves, bird nests and assorted debris clogging my gutters and downs spouts. Jeff came promptly over and gave me a quote. We were all set to do business when a personal situation came up and caused us to have a delay our project. Jeff was sincere in wanting to work with me and I was looking forward to no more climbs of FEAR so we made arrangements to schedule the job for March. Since I am a veteran, he had offered a special price for the March job.


I was impressed with his physical product but more impressed that it came with a no clog guarantee – a lifetime warranty that is transferable to the next owner.


Sure enough, when the date for our agreed upon installation came there was Jeff ready to conduct the job. Not only did he do the work but without my asking, he remembered the exact price he had quoted with out my having to bring it up. After the crew has completed the installation, Jeff personally walked around my property to make sure there were nit any scraps left over from the work.


Many people claim to be Christian businessmen, Jeff walks the walk. When we had a family member with a personnel health issue that arose, Jeff not only offered prayer but months later he asked how that family member was. He is professional and honest and has a sincere interest in his customers.


Great product, an incredible warranty and fantastic service.

 
 

Please support this Patriot Award business partner of the month.

 
 

The Gutter Guys

1226 S Lulu Ave, Wichita KS 67211

(316)993-2623

 

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PATRIOT AWARD BUSINESS OF THE MONTH MARCH 2019

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Bee Line Auto and Truck Salvage - Wichita KS

It’s time for latest installment Veteranbargains.com business of the month Patriot Award segment.  The Veteran Bargains Patriot Award is given to recognize businesses that not only assist our veterans, military and first responders by offering a special savings discount but also do it in a manner that goes way beyond just the offer of a discount.


Recently, one of the heroes that survived the bombing of the USS Cole had been invited by retired rear admiral Penfield to the commissioning of the USS Wichita in Florida. This young man was excited about attending this historic naval event. As he was getting ready to leave for this cross-country road trip, he realized that although his truck was as tough as Vin Diesel the tires on his truck were as bald as Mr. Diesel’s head. So he went to Bee Line Auto and Truck Salvage here in Wichita to check into some used tires for his trip.


For the for over 25 Years, Bee Line Auto and Truck Salvage has been offering folks here in the Wichita area access to a large selection of used parts for their vehicles. They normally offer a 10% discount to military and veterans on parts. As this man was requesting tires and explained the reason why he so desperately needed them to make this special trip. The owner of Bee Line stepped way beyond that of a veteran bargains business partner. He made sure this sailor had not only four tires but also a new spare tire. This former sailor was so grateful he personally told me how well he was treated by this business.


That’s the kind of customer service that keep customers coming back.


The Veteran Bargains Patriot Award Business of the Month is given to  businesses that show special appreciation for our veterans and military and is NOT an endorsement of  the featured business to veteranbargains .com  

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PATRIOT AWARD BUSINESS OF THE MONTH FEBRUARY 2019

Riverside Cafe - Wichita, KS

 It’s time for another installment Veteranbargains.com business of the month Patriot Award segment.  The Veteran Bargains Patriot Award is given to recognize businesses that not only assist our veterans, military and first responders by offering a special savings discount but also do it in a manner that goes way beyond just the offer of a discount.


Starting clear back in 1946, Riverside Café has been feeding locals and travelers in Wichita with some of the best homemade food in the Kansas. Owned by the Grandson of a World War I Veteran my wife and I have been enjoying the eats at Riverside for several years. The staff there always make us feel welcome and takes care of their customers with a little extra love. A perfect example is one night my wife and I went to Riverside for dinner and without realizing it we had both worn our pink shirts. Our waitress, Julia said they would wear their pink shirts so they would match us next Friday when came in. Sure enough the next Friday when we showed up there was Julia in her pink shirt. Made us feel so special. That’s the kind of little things that keep us coming back.


When we first started enjoying the Riverside Cafe difference, they offered a 10% discount on the bill for veterans, active military and law enforcement officers. Then about a year ago around veteran’s day they stepped up their offer by going to one of the best offers we have run across:


One of their promotions is a buy two meals and two drinks and get one meal FREE. 

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Wall of Honor

There are many businesses that offer special deals for our vets and those who serve. Riverside Café goes beyond by showing their gratitude for our service. In the dining room they have created “The Wall of Honor”.  Heroes and family members have brought in photos of themselves or family members who have served and they have this special place to honor their service. It’s their added way of saying thanks to those who have kept their promise to serve. 


In addition, Riverside Café keeps their promise that you won’t leave without a full stomach! 


The Veteran Bargains Patriot Award Business of the Month is given to  businesses that show special appreciation for our veterans and military and is NOT an endorsement of  the featured business to veteranbargains .com 


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Patriot Award Business of the month January 2019

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Christian Brothers Automotive West Wichita

  

Hopefully, this will be the first of many VeteranBargains.com business of the month Patriot Award segments. I am wanting to recognize those businesses that not only assist our veterans, military and first responders by offering a special savings discount but also do it in a manner that goes way beyond just the offer of a discount. Recently I had the privilege to do business with such an establishment. Wichita Kansas’s Christian Brothers Automotive (CBA) 

After buying new tires I knew the proper thing to do was get my car aligned. I called Christian Brothers as I knew them to be a VeteranBargains.com preferred business, and that they offer a 10% discount of their services to veterans. When I called, I explained I had just gotten tires and needed to schedule an alignment appointment. I told the young man on the phone I had a $10 off coupon from the tire store where I made my purchase to use toward my alignment. I then stated I knew they offered a discount to veterans and inquired if they would honor both the coupon and the veteran discount. The man on the phone said he would give me a better discount that using either of those offers and they did.

 
 

So besides saving me a few bucks why is Christian Brother Automotive the Veteran Bargains business of the month Patriot Award? There are several reasons:

 
 

One: I had some of the most courteous and professional phone conversations I have had in years from these guys. In fact their manners are exemplary. In fact while in their waiting room I overheard the only man at the front desk ask a customer if they would mind if they answered a ringing phone. What a classy move.

 
 

Two: The entire customer waiting area was spotless. There were comfortable plush chairs to sit in. Not those rickety metal folding chairs 

 
 

Three: The entire staff was 100% behind me getting my alignment. They offered me a water or coffee. As I was checking out the owner, Jesse handed me a pamphlet and explained that because I had done business with Christian Brothers Automotive I was now entitled to roadside service through Provantage Auto Repair Network at no additional cost to me. This two year 24,000 mile warranty covers:

1. TOWING

2. LOCK-OUT ASSISTANCE 

3. FLAT TIRE ASSISTANCE .

4. FUEL, OIL, FLUID AND WATER DELIVERY SERVICE

5. BATTERY JUMP-START

Services that I could use for up to two claims per 12 month period

 
 

Wow, I’ve had business back their work but to offer this type of perk was totally unexpected.

 
 

OK, I got a great repair and fantastic customer service. I walked out to my car, which they had pulled up to the front door for me and as I put the car in drive I found a bottle of cold water had been left in the cup holder for me. I was floored. You will be too. 

 
 

Please support this Patriot Award business partner of the month. "Nice Difference."

 
 

Christian Brothers Automotive West Wichita

10080 West 29th St N, Wichita, KS 67205

(316) 633-4900

 
 

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