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Morrison Government Launches Discount Card For Aussie Veterans

Australian Defence Force veterans can now access thousands of special discounts as businesses across the nation say ‘thank you for your service’.

Launched on Sunday, the Veteran Card gives access to more than 10,000 offers from around 500 businesses nationwide, both over the counter and online.

Participating companies listed on the Australian Partners of Defence (APOD) website include Hoyts, MYER, Rebel Sports, Freedom, Apple, Hilton Hotels, Foot Locker, Country Road and more.

The Card is part of a package dubbed The Veteran's Covenant, which includes a Lapel Pin and Oath.

The Card is part of a package dubbed The Veteran's Covenant, which also includes a Lapel Pin and Oath. Image: Department of Veteran Affairs

“Much like the lapel pin gives everyday Australians the opportunity to recognise veterans and thank them for their service, the offers available through the veteran card allow the business community to show its thanks,” the PM said.

More than 33,000 veterans and reservists have reportedly applied for the new card and will start receiving their covenant packs shortly, according to a government release.

“Our Government is committed to putting veterans and their families first and we provide more than $11 billion every year in support for veterans and their families,” said Darren Chester, Minister for Veterans.

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“Bringing corporate Australia on board will be a tangible benefit to the veteran community," Chester said.

Businesses honouring the card include retailers, travel and tourism operators, accommodation and car hire, entertainment, hospitality, restaurants, as well as service and trade industries.

Offers are generally discounts on goods, gift cards and services, and range from 2.5-40 percent off.

The revamped veteran cards and related measures cost around $11 million, according to the ABC.