2013 Here’s to the Heroes – SeaWorld – Busch Gardens

Anheuser-Busch's Heres to the Hero's Military Salute 2012Today Anheuser-Busch renewed their very popular Here’s to the Heroes program.

I’ve been getting questions from readers for months now asking if I had any news.

I’ve been querying A-B on this for a while and as of last Friday Anheuser-Busch Press Relations still had no info on a renewal.

Surprise Announcement

But sometime today the Here’s to the Heroes site was updated to show the program now runs through 2013!

For more information see my main Here’s to the Heroes page.



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  1. Chuck Meyerriecks says

    To whom it may concern,

    I am sure you have heard this before, but I am a newly retired veteran with over 20 years of honorable service. I utilized the Here’s to the Heroes offer when I was Active Duty and I do not understand why the same offer does not apply to 20 plus year veterans. We put our butts on the line for this great country of ours, however, I never see the same offers for people that have actually given all that time in the service for our country. Is there any possibility that us devoted and dedicated veterans can get a break and enjoy the free admission offers along with the active duty personnel? Afterall, we have our ID cards also.

    Very Respectfully,
    Chuck Meyerriecks
    IT1(SW/AW) USN (Ret)

    • Steve says

      Hi Chuck,

      Thanks for your thoughtful comment.

      First though, this is a site run by another retired guy who served 31 years, and is in no way affiliated with Anheuser-Busch. BTW, I no longer qualify for the discount either.

      While I agree that it makes sense from our perspective that they should extend this great offer to retired members also, it is their company’s choice who they do and do not give discounts to. That’s what we fight for, freedom to choose.

      I read recently elsewhere that their reasoning was the volume of retired military and the smaller size of their individual parks.

      I recommend you direct your comment to SeaWorld Entertainment which is owned by The Blackstone Group not Anheuser-Busch.

  2. Angel Aviles says

    I agree with you 100% Chuck! I’m a 20 year U.S. Navy Veteran as well, who served in both Afghanistan and Iraq…..and just like the politicians, other people have forgotten us as well…….I can’t believe that a wealthy company such as Anheuser Busch has forgotten about us…..don’t forget all the beer that we have bought from them while on active duty. Providing 4 tickets per year for a military retired member and his family, is not much for a billion dollars company to loose…….

  3. james arnold says

    I agree with you all. I served 22 years in the Army, and there is just about nothing for us retired members. LOWES still gives us a 10% discount every day though. Thank goodness for them, at least.


    I find it insulting that I spent 29 years in the Marne Corps for the freedom of this country. I gave them the freedom to turn their backs on me and others like me. Too bad patriotism doesn’t apply to the real heroes. That would be the ones who spend their working careers devoted to defending this country.
    Bill Cochrane

  5. Liz says

    I find it disheartening. My husband was medically retired for injuries last year and we have been trying to save money to go to seaworld here in Florida because it’s something he’s wanted to do. Some friends of mine told me all about the Here’s to the Hero’s and I was so excited to tell him the good news….Until I read that he doesn’t qualify. It’s just the two of us, we don’t have kids, and sure we are still young (both 23) and we have a long time to save the money to go, but I still think that it is not fair. I agree that it is their right to choose who are eligible and who are not, but this is a company that makes more money in a month than we will see in a lifetime. Retired military have worked just as hard; if not harder, and they always seem to get the short end of the stick. If it is crowding of the parks they are worried about, why not offer a limited amount for each day? Surely that wouldn’t be hard to do… Just my opinion.

    • Miranda says


      Contact the Wounded Warrior Project and USO. They often have tickets to places like this to give out that go wasted since no one knows about them. If they don’t contact your local politicians and news stations you never know what they will do for “good press”. Good luck!

  6. Tony says


    First of all, thank you all for your service to this great country. I wanted to let you all know that while the Waves of Honor free admission program is only for active duty; retired/veterans can still get discounted tickets tax free at almost all bases aroud the country. I know that a Busch Gardens Tampa single day ticket is over 20% off at NAS Pensacola. Here is a link to their full brochure of discounts for all sorts of attractiions that you may not have been aware of (http://naspensacola-mwr.com/tours/ittbrochure.pdf). i hope you find this information helpful.



    • Steve says

      Hi there Tony,

      Thanks so much for tagging in on the post! And thanks for the wonderful Waves of Honor program!!!


  7. Jonathan Harsh says

    I’m a little disgusted at all the complaining from you retirees. I understand where you’re coming from, but no one owes you anything! I am in the Army and have done 12 years to this point. No one has an obligation to give me any kind of discount or freebee of any kind. For you to complain about this really makes us all look bad. Stop feeling entitled and making comments like “real heroes”. You sound really bad and I’m glad I never had the displeasure of serving with you.

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