If you’re looking for the 10% military discount at Home Depot, be prepared for a new policy.
The national home improvement retailer has extended its year-round rebate to all veterans – potentially 16 million additional veterans plus their spouses – and the company has also tightened its vetting process for that rebate.
Here is how it works.
- The military rebate program is now open year round to all veterans with non-dishonorable leave. Previously, only currently serving members, retirees, service-related disabled veterans and their dependents with ID cards could use it year-round. Other veterans could only use it on certain public holidays.
- The rebate can now be used for Home Depot online purchases; previously it was limited to in-store purchases.
- There are more stringent verification requirements. Rather than showing your ID at the cashier, or proof of your other veteran status each time, you should now be verified through SheerID. This is a one-time process, in which you will create an account which will allow the discount to be applied automatically during your online purchases, and a QR code to be scanned in store during payment. This will make it easier to verify veterans, who do not always have an ID card. It is not a payment card.
- Spouses of these currently serving members and veterans are also eligible, but the spouse and veteran must have separate personal accounts in order to each use the discount.
- According to The Home Depot’s website, eligible attendees each receive a maximum rebate of $ 400 that can be applied each year to qualifying purchases of up to $ 4,000. The discount is reset each calendar year. Home Depot officials confirmed to the Military Times that these rules mean that a couple would indeed be up to $ 800 off a year on $ 8,000 in purchases.
- To get the discount, eligible people must create an account and verify their eligibility through Sheer ID, in a simple process that takes around five minutes. Once you are verified, to use the online discount, you will log into your Home Depot account at HomeDepot.com, and the military discount will automatically be applied to qualifying items during checkout.
To use it in store, you can download the Home Depot mobile app and access the Military Discount page. Scan the QR code during your transaction and the discount will be applied to qualifying items during checkout. You can also log into your Home Depot account at HomeDepot.com on your mobile device and scan the QR code from there. QR codes are updated regularly for security reasons.
The Home Depot Military Rebate can only be used on qualifying purchases up to the maximum annual rebate limit of $ 400. There are a few exclusions. It cannot be used on some items, services and charges, such as some commodities (including lumber, wire, building materials), bargain goods, home appliances, rental charges of ‘tools, labor items, gift cards and services, including freight and delivery. This is not an exhaustive list.
The changes to Home Depot’s military rebate program are similar to changes that another national home improvement chain, Lowe’s, made to its military rebate program in 2017. The Lowe’s program does not have a maximum discount tier. . Other retailers also offer discounts to all veterans, such as online military scholarship stores, with no maximum discount.
There has been some confusion in the past because some Home Depot stores have had different procedures, but this brings a more standard implementation while expanding the rebate to all veterans with other than dishonorable discharges.
“We are proud to extend this military discount benefit to families who have sacrificed so much for our country,” said Ted Decker, President and COO of Home Depot, in an expansion announcement.
Karen has covered military families, quality of life and consumer issues for Military Times for over 30 years, and is co-author of a chapter on media coverage of military families in the book “A Battle Plan for Supporting Military Families “. She previously worked for newspapers in Guam, Norfolk, Jacksonville, Florida and Athens, Georgia.