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Businesses often provide first responders with discounts as a thank you, including food, movies and services discounts. Some programs may even extend nationwide while others can only cover one city or region.
Perot Museum of Nature and Science provides free admission for police officers and firefighters with valid identification. Shedd Aquarium also offers general admission free of charge to active police and fire personnel. Sky Zone trampoline parks in various cities provide discounted admission for first responders; prices depend upon location (source). Additionally, The Stratz Center offers two tickets at a reduced price when first responders present valid ID to visit. HUD’s Good Neighbor Next Door program gives qualified law enforcement officers, firefighters and EMTs an affordable home purchase savings opportunity located in revitalization areas specifically designated for them. Beyond financial considerations, this program fosters a sense of community for these important workers – helping them feel appreciated as members of their local communities.
Credit unions and banks alike offer mortgage rates tailored to first responder mortgage needs, while some municipalities such as San Diego offer first responder housing initiatives.
Liberty University provides a First Responder Scholarship to students employed, volunteering or retired in law enforcement, emergency services and fire safety and rescue work as well as federal agencies such as TSA or Civil Air Patrol. This scholarship could be worth up to $5,600 annually.