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Old 05-03-2019, 12:14 PM
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I am part of a Wounded War Fighters fishing day which is something I really enjoy and will continue to do as long as I can. I was recently thinking about offering military discounts for my regular charters, does any other charters do them? If so, what percentage are you taking off? I want to do something to help out our enlisted and retired military, but as a small charter biz I can only take off so much. I would love to see what other guys are doing and what people think is fair. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-03-2019, 01:14 PM
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doesn't really answer your question but a friend of mine owns a hunting & fishing store (sea hawk sports) in pocomoke Md near assiteague va & he assists wounded warriors on hunts there with anything they need mostly volinteers to help with wheel chairs. my son helps the more mobile fallen outdoors guys with hunts on more remote assiteague land & I've volunteered to do a few offshore trips but I'm just a weekend warrior & all it will cost me is gas. & ill be honerd to take these guys fishing.. however in your case it's your living. I'd sudjest trying to get some sponsors to assist in the expense so the vets - active soldiers get a free ride .try tackle shops local radio stations marinas anything to raise funds to give these guys a FIRST CLASS free ride
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Old 05-03-2019, 01:20 PM
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If it's something you want to do, discount as much as you are comfortable with. Don't worry what anyone else does...everyone's budget is different.
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Old 05-05-2019, 11:20 AM
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Originally Posted by riprunner View Post
I am part of a Wounded War Fighters fishing day which is something I really enjoy and will continue to do as long as I can. I was recently thinking about offering military discounts for my regular charters, does any other charters do them? If so, what percentage are you taking off? I want to do something to help out our enlisted and retired military, but as a small charter biz I can only take off so much. I would love to see what other guys are doing and what people think is fair. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
This will sound horrible but YOU have bills to pay including health insurance. Most of these cats have a percentage of disability. I have a friend who has tinnitus and an occasional sort feet for his 4 years of service. He’s covered are you?
I’d thank them for their service and for choosing to fish with you. I’d clean their fish. Otherwise pay up gi
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Yes that does sound horrible I have a combat related disability and suffer everyday from it going on almost 50 years now, believe me the money does not make up for the pain and suffering ...…..I never expect a "military" discount from any business but if they offer one I will accept it such as Lowes and Home depot to name a few.

riprunner is considering offering one and is asking for info from those who do offer discounts to military ..I applaud him for what he is doing !!!!!

riprunner you are a good man !!
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Old 05-05-2019, 03:35 PM
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Originally Posted by riprunner View Post
I am part of a Wounded War Fighters fishing day which is something I really enjoy and will continue to do as long as I can. I was recently thinking about offering military discounts for my regular charters, does any other charters do them? If so, what percentage are you taking off? I want to do something to help out our enlisted and retired military, but as a small charter biz I can only take off so much. I would love to see what other guys are doing and what people think is fair. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
Most places and businesses give about 10 percent discount.
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Old 05-05-2019, 03:39 PM
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Originally Posted by riprunner View Post
I am part of a Wounded War Fighters fishing day which is something I really enjoy and will continue to do as long as I can. I was recently thinking about offering military discounts for my regular charters, does any other charters do them? If so, what percentage are you taking off? I want to do something to help out our enlisted and retired military, but as a small charter biz I can only take off so much. I would love to see what other guys are doing and what people think is fair. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
One thing about it.....you probably won't lose any money no matter what discounts you give to military. When we find a place that gives a discount we really appreciate it and will choose that business over others.
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Old 05-05-2019, 03:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Tossedabout View Post

This will sound horrible but YOU have bills to pay including health insurance. Most of these cats have a percentage of disability. I have a friend who has tinnitus and an occasional sort feet for his 4 years of service. He’s covered are you?
I’d thank them for their service and for choosing to fish with you. I’d clean their fish. Otherwise pay up gi
For the record... assuming the VA recognized your friend's tinnitus, that's worth about $140 a month and sense he is not more than 50% service connected disabled, he is not covered by VA healthcare for anything other than his tinnitus (for which they don't offer any treatment). He may get a a few hundred more for his feet or he may get zero. If they are just sore but have full range of motion then the only thing he is getting is Vitamin M (Motrin).

Riprunner... good on you but don't feel like you have to put yourself in a bind. You may want to see if the amount you discount is tax deductible.
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Old 05-05-2019, 04:32 PM
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Riprunner,

Offer what you're comfortable offering and thank the guys/gals for their service. What matters most is your heart and attitude towards the service member. Thank you for thinking about doing this. I discharged many years ago and am thankful that I didn't sustain injuries like some of the folks have. I appreciate what you're wanting to do!
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Old 05-06-2019, 03:17 AM
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I offer a 10% discount to military. Having spent 30 years in uniform I understand the sacrifices that it entails.
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Old 05-06-2019, 05:33 AM
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Thank you for the input guys it's much appreciated. I'm going to offer a discount, I am going to keep thinking about how much. I never served so I would like to do a little something for those that have.





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10% seems to be the standard for most businesses that offer it.
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Old 05-06-2019, 09:39 PM
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Our average charter is around $600. I do $50 regardless of length of service.

​​​​​​I started doing it as a tip of the hat so to speak but as others have stated you won't lose money in the long run. I can't count the times I've had clients say their son, daughter, father, or whatever served and that was why they picked us.
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Old 05-07-2019, 01:59 PM
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I'm current active duty, my normal day is $1600, I cut them to 12-1300 a day. For half days I don't cut a mil deal as the margins are slim.
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there are lots of opportunities to give back directly. volunteer yourself and boat for a “take a vet fishing day” or similar near you. not the reason to do it, but i guarantee you’ll feel good, have a great time, and meet a ton of great future customers.
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Old 05-08-2019, 04:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Nicknotsebastian View Post
there are lots of opportunities to give back directly. volunteer yourself and boat for a “take a vet fishing day” or similar near you. not the reason to do it, but i guarantee you’ll feel good, have a great time, and meet a ton of great future customers.
I already do Wounded Warriors and it's truly an awesome and humbling experience. I am going to start doing something in addition for my regular charters.
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Take a look at this organization, I have been a member and helped out a few trips. Being a vet of OIF, but not wounded always makes it a humbling experience.

This group specialized in getting severely wounded vets out on outdoor excursions, lots of fishing and hunting trips.

They run an annual trip out of Sarasota each summer that's a big hit.


https://operationsecondchance.org/
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Old 05-08-2019, 09:52 AM
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Here is another program to get disabled vets fishing. https://projecthealingwaters.org/
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Originally Posted by On the Half Shell View Post
Here is another program to get disabled vets fishing. https://projecthealingwaters.org/

yes. this is a good one. also “healing on the fly” (often via trout unlimited) if you (also) enjoy f/w fly fishing.
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Old 05-10-2019, 09:19 AM
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if they can get in , get out and ride in boat, i give 100% FREE 1/2day backcountry charters to combat wounded vets. they just gotta be able 2 get in the boat and i can help w/ that.
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