SOURCE: Veterans Advantage

May 16, 2005 10:45 ET

Veterans Advantage to Offer Benefits Program to Troops Using USO Centers

GREENWICH, CT -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 16, 2005 -- Two of the nation's best-known organizations serving the military community have teamed up to show support for the men and women in uniform. Veterans Advantage announced today that it will make its on-line benefits program available to active duty service members and their families through the USO's 123 centers around the world.

Veterans Advantage is the nation's largest card membership program that offers money-saving benefits and rewards to veterans, active duty military, retired military, and active and retired National Guard and Reservists and their families. Under the agreement, Veterans Advantage will give active duty service members and their families free access to the "members only" area of its Web site, where they can learn more about the benefits they have earned with their service. In addition, they will get the option to take advantage of the program's on-line benefits.

Those benefits include a Veterans Advantage Prescription Drug Plan and special savings from Dell Computer, Continental Airlines, Amtrak, Apple Computer, Greyhound Bus Lines, ground and air shipping from DHL Holdings, and a number of other leading companies that want to honor active duty service members. Outside of the USO centers, membership in the Veterans Advantage is $39.95 annually.

Veterans Advantage founder, president and CEO Scott Higgins said, "This is just our way of saying thanks to the men and women in uniform. Top corporations that participate in Veterans Advantage will get their special military discounts and other on-line offers directly to our nation's active duty personnel."

USO president and CEO Edward A. Powell said, "We are pleased with what Veterans Advantage is doing for the men and women in uniform who visit our centers. We are very proud that a patriotic American company such as Veterans Advantage is providing its valuable service to active duty personnel at no cost."

About the USO: For more than 64 years, the USO (United Service Organizations) has been providing morale and recreation-type services to U.S. military personnel and their families. The USO is a nonprofit, charitable organization, relying on the generosity of the American people to support its programs and services. The USO is supported by World Partners Avon Products, Inc., AT&T Corporation, BAE SYSTEMS, Bass Pro Shops, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Clear Channel Communications, The Coca-Cola Company, Computer Systems Center, Inc., Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc., Lockheed Martin Corporation, Military Channel, Morgan Stanley, National Football League, Northwest Airlines, Inc., S&K Sales Company, TriWest Healthcare Alliance and The Walt Disney Company. Other organizations, including the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-0600), have joined thousands of individual donors to support the USO. For more information on the USO, please visit our Web site at www.uso.org.

About Veterans Advantage: Veterans Advantage is the largest nationwide card membership program delivering new recognition and rewards for U.S. Military Veterans, Active Duty Military, Retired Military, Active and Retired National Guard & Reservists, and their family members. The card membership program provides special offers and money-saving benefits to thank them for their service to the country. Members are eligible for valuable offers on rail travel from Amtrak, airline travel with Continental Airlines, bus travel on Greyhound Lines, a division of Laidlaw International, Mac system hardware and software, and iPods from Apple Computer, computer systems and other electronics from Dell Computer, home loans from GreenPoint Financial, rental cars from major car rental companies including Ford Motor Co.'s Hertz Corp., Enterprise, ANC Rental Corporation's National Car Rental and Alamo, Cendant Corporation's Avis and Budget Rent a Car, special rates at Days Inn, Ramada, Howard Johnson's, Knights Inn, Travelodge, Wingate Inn, Anheuser-Busch Company's Busch Gardens and Sea World, Blockbuster Inc., AMC Entertainment, Inc., hotel discounts and vacation rentals from IAC/Interactive Corp, prescription drug discounts from Advance PCS, a division of Caremark RX, Inc, discounts on National Park Resorts from Aramark Corp., discount phone services from Cognigen Networks, Inc., interstate moving discounts from Global and North American Van Lines, both SIRVA companies (the world's largest relocation company), ground and air shipping from DHL Holdings (USA) , Inc., XM Satellite Radio, The Golf Warehouse, an official PGA TOUR Retail and Consumer Marketing Licensee which powers PGATour.com. and discounts on fitness club memberships nationwide, including Bally's and Gold's Gyms.

For eligibility information and enrollment, visit http://www.veteransadvantage.com/ or call toll-free 1-866-VET-REWARDS. AOL Keyword: Veterans Advantage.

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