The Home Depot Military Discount: Time to Cut Through the Confusion

Updated August 21, 2020 by Kyle

Unlike Lowe’s, the Home Depot does not have an official military discount printed anywhere on their website. This has created a lot of confusion as vets and active military try to figure out what, if any, military discount exists. So I thought I’d take this opportunity to investigate and see what I could find out. What I discovered was really enlightening. Hopefully you can take advantage of this information at the Home Depot and save some money. Let’s get into it…

Home Depot Military Discount: Time to Cut Through the Confusion

What Exactly is the Home Depot Military Discount?

I went straight to the top and called the Home Depot corporate office and spoke personally with a big-whig who basically read me their internal “military discount” policy.

Essentially the discount breaks down into 2 main categories:

1. The Everyday Discount:

The “Everyday” discount at the Home Depot is a flat 10% off and it’s available 365 days a year.

It’s good for four types of service men/women:

– Active military

– Reserve personnel

– Retired veterans who served for at least 20 years.

– Those with a Service-Connected disability.

2. The Holiday Discount:

The “Holiday” discount is also 10% and is good for all other veterans who don’t fit into the four “everyday discount” categories above.

But…it’s only available on these 3 holidays: Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Veteran’s Day.

See Also: Lowe’s Military Discount: If You Served, It’s a No-Brainer Way to Save

Do I Need to Show Proper I.D.?


This is especially true when getting the “Everyday” discount.

You’ll need to show one of these eight ID’s:

  • Active Duty Military ID card w/ picture (Green Background)
  • Retired Military ID card w/ picture (Blue Background)
  • VA Card with word “Service” on it.
  • DD-214 form.
  • Valid driver’s license with the U.S. flag  -OR- “Veteran” designation.
  • A service-connected VA Medical Center card.
  • Common Access Card (CAC).
  • Active Military and Retired Military ID card for spouse or dependents. (Yellow/Beige Background)

Unfortunately you’ll have to show proof every time you shop as they have no way of recording your information…yet.

I’m not sure what evidence is required to get the “Holiday” discount. Please let me know in the comments if you have the answer to that question.

See Also: Veteran & Military Discounts: 90+ Places Where Heroes Get a Deal

Are Any Items Excluded from the Discount?

Yes there are a few exclusions. Here are the most notable:

– Installation Services: Think carpet, blinds, tile, HVAC, closet shelving, and windows.

– Special Purchase Appliances: If you have to buy the appliance at the special services desk then you probably won’t get the 10% discount.

– Gift Cards.

Can the Discount Be Used Online?

Unfortunately, NO.

The military discount is only available in-store.

Are Spouses or Dependents Eligible?

Unfortunately, NO unless the eligible veteran happens to be shopping with them and can show proof of eligibility at checkout.

FYI, at Lowe’s spouses can get the 10% discount. They just tell the cashier their phone number and the information is already in the system.

Is There a Maximum Discount?


While you can use the discount as often as you want, you’re restricted to a maximum order size of $500.

So the most you can save on any single purchase is $50.

Can It Be Combined with Other Discounts?


You cannot combine the Home Depot military discount with coupons or other discounts of any kind.

So What’s the Big Controversy?

Because the Home Depot does not post an official military discount policy online, or in their stores, it’s often misinterpreted by managers and cashiers.

This leads to a lot of confusion and frustration among veterans and active military members.

I’ve read of some HD managers refusing the discount altogether and some cashiers being completely unaware of its existence.

I think if the Home Depot corporate office came out with an official policy, and made it easy to register (like Lowe’s), all of this confusion would go away.

Why Shouldn’t I Just Shop at Lowe’s?

Many vets are already opting to shop exclusively at Lowe’s.

There’s no doubt the Home Depot is loosing a lot of business because of this.

Your military information at Lowe’s is put into their system JUST ONCE and you get your 10% discount every time you shop, no questions asked.

Come on Home Depot, it’s time to copy your competitor and do the same!

I’d also like to see them open up their “Everyday” discount to ALL vets. After all, isn’t a vet a vet? They are in my book.

Ask the Reader: Have you ever asked for a military discount at the Home Depot? Was it an easy process or not worth the hassle?

Final Note: If you have some further information that I don’t have in this article please leave a comment and I’ll be sure to investigate, thanks.

By Kyle James


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Deb Bender

The home depot in Blaine MN gives the everyday discount to vets and it’s very easy. You just need to show your dd214

Proud to Serve

Thank you for checking this out for Veterans. I’m a retired Navy Veteran and have an official VIC card from the Veteran’s Administration that I went to the trouble of applying for, just to avoid any complications with the 10% discount at various places. I’m also a licensed and registered contractor in PA. Home Depot is the only store that seems to juggle around their veteran’s discount policy at their discretion. Tonight I was asked if my purchases were business or personal, (drain cleaner and 3, 1×2’s and
4,1x 4’s and a monster beverage. Seemed odd to me since my items were so small, I don’t know what brought the question up. But who cares anyway, when they have a maximum discount of $50.00? I have spent tens of thousands of dollars at Home Depot and equal amounts at Lowe’s. If they don’t want to offer the discount to Veterans and their families than don’t, and we’ll know where we are appreciated. If you could check out their personal or business policy and where that is listed, I’d appreciate it. I’m a member of several Veterans organizations, so I’ll pass the outcome along and we’ll shop accordingly. Thanks for looking out for Veterans and showing us our Service and Sacrifice counts to others everyday, even if it doesn’t add up to an annual discount of 10% at a monster sized store like Home Depot.

Richmond Leneker

Lowes is the place to shop everyday discount. home depot only 3 days a year..

Dennis N Klatt

If you own a business and use a business credit card such as Spark, HD will not give you the discount. That is in La Crosse, Wi and there are no Lowes anywhere near here.

Jeni Greeson

We just left Home Depot, our subtotal was $132.43 total was 145.50. If given the 10% discount we should have had 13.24 (approx) discounted but instead the discounted 96.37 and we got 10% of that. Seems odd to me.

Jessie Collins

I bought a chest type freezer today and they told me their was no military discount. I have never had this problem at Lowes. Is this true that there was no discount?


Yes, I asked for the military discount when checking out and was told I had to register online to get it by the cashier. As this article points out, there is no way to actually do that. It isn’t worth the hassle. I only go to Home Depot for things I can’t get a Lowes (right across the street).

BTW, Lowes recently changed their policy and no longer offer the military discount in combination with sales. I found this out when I went to get their 2 cu ft bags of mulch. Lowes will start verifying your ID and the address must match starting Jun 2020 (to prevent fraud from people memorizing your phone number). However, I still love the Lowe’s discount. When we bought all the supplies for a major home improvement project last year, they honored the military discount on the full $12K!

Reba Griffin Pickett

My father is 94yoa and WW2 vet..
He has a va card that I can use at Lowes but not at Home Depot. Would prefer to shop at HD for him. I buy HD stock.
Please send my request to HD. Thanks

Jon Oglesby

A veteran is a veteran. Anyone that served and was Honorably Discharged should receive the same discount Lowe’s offers! Shame on you Home Depot.

Gung Ho

Semper Fi
Made it through Nam by the grace of God, but many did not.
After 4 years of duty with 2 combat tours I guess that is not enough for HD. Why is a retired vet different from a combat vet.

Marine Vet

Entitled Much? I like Home Depot because of their corporate structure and values. Lowes is in the enemy camp. I prefer discounts too, and there may be times that I will choose to shop at Lowes from necessity. But spewing crap and downing a company because they cant or havent given me a handout, due to the fact that I decided to serve my country.I am disabled from combat, but I would never flash a card in a store to gain from “their appreciation.” I would rather kick the bucket than be that guy. How about they just not mark up products that extra 10% and we can all save?


Home Depot gives no discount on lumber/building materials no matter what. Another reason we shop at Lowes exclusively.


Just purchased a microwave oven for 180.00 (regular price) at HD. The register would not apply the 10% discount. The cashier just said it must be excluded. The store was a bit chaotic so I just paid and left.

Danny T

Lowes still requires me to show my retired ID card even though I went thru all the BS to register so I wouldn’t have to show it every time. They claim it is to make sure someone else is not using my phone # to get the discount. They should have just left it to show the ID card, since it is still required. They were just gathering additional information – probably to sell to make money.


You don’t have to show your Veteran’s ID. Once signed up for the discount, you give your phone number and you can use any ID, like a driver’s license. And if you shop there enough, they stop asking because they recognize you. 😂