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Discounts for those in uniform

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Army sergeant Martin Rosario served four tours of duty in Iraq and has spent the last two years recovering from a battlefield injury at a hospital in Georgia.

"It's difficult for us when dad's not home and the constant worry," Martin's wife Lourdes says.

While he recovers, it's hard for Lourdes, their two kids, and two grandkids in Orlando. To keep their mind off his recovery, the family likes to go out and eat and have fun, but most places would only give discounts to soldiers.

"So there really aren't any discounts for the spouse or the family if you're not with your soldier in uniform," Lourdes explains.

Until she found the website United in Uniform and signed up for free.

"Look at all the Sweet Tomatoes … my husband's favorite restaurant," Lourdes says. "We went in and just noticed all these restaurants, spas, theme parks, loads of shopping, and the people that are advertising here offer awesome discounts."

Each location offers its own separate deal, usually 10 to 25 percent off the bill.

"I mainly use it for the theme parks and the restaurants," Lourdes says.

She's even gotten two-for-one tickets at LegoLand.

"I just show them this and that's it," Lourdes shows us her savings card.

The website offers most of the same deals, not only for active duty military, but for veterans, police and fire. According to the company's website, United in Uniform started in the United Kingdom and came to the United States three years ago.

So far, they have 7,000 well known restaurants and chain outlets, and more then 12,000 vacation rentals. It's saved this military family a lot of money, and gives them a chance to focus on what's important.

"He's getting better and he'll be home soon," Lourdes says of her husband.

The website says they have almost two million users signed up with the goal of more then 15 million by the end of next year. Again, the cost is free, but they do verify you're a member of the military, a law enforcement officer, or firefighter.

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