My husband served, and is now a disabled veteran - due to his service...
While he was in, we never asked for discounts either. I mean hell, we alread had free water bill, lights and gas, garbage bill and free medical. ( while living on the base). We were gratefull for that alone.
Sure if a business states they give discounts to active duty then great. But It does piss me off when they go into ANY business and ask for it.
Im a small business owner myself, and I have a family and a disabled husband ( due to him being in the military) I'm not a franchise nor a huge corp. My prices are already low and very reasonable, so to come to me and ask me for a discount and sometimes even a free-be, that really pisses me off!
While I appreciate anyone who serves, I didn't ask you to serve nor did I encourage you to do so. That was YOUR choice. I think it's shitty to go into a small family owned business and ask for a discount. Especially with the way the economy already is.... So you think it's better for me to take from my family's table to give you the chance to save a few dollars? I don't think so. ANd I would rather NOT have them as customers if all they want are discounts and free-bees!