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Freebies for Idaho Veterans

November 11, 2011

BOISE, Idaho - Idaho's military personnel, past and present, are being saluted for Veterans Day today with offers for free meals and discounts at stores. A freebie from AARP is good all month: no entrance fees for classes to brush up on driving skills. While the instruction is targeted to those in the 50-plus set, there's also information on dealing with disabilities.

AARP regional spokeswoman Christina Clem says that as an added bonus participants may qualify for a car insurance discount once they complete the course.

"Cars have changed since we first received our driver's licenses, and so have traffic rules and driving conditions. So, the AARP Driver Safety course teaches valuable defensive driving techniques and provides a refresher about the rules of the road."

Clem says many of the participants feel safer behind the wheel after taking the course.

"They do say that they come out of that course with just a new perspective and feeling like they are learning, and prepared for the things that come down the line as you get older."

Since 1979, the driver safety program has helped more than 13 million drivers learn safety strategies and adapt to physical and cognitive changes related to aging and disabilities. In honor of Veterans Day and in recognition of their commitment to service, the course is being offered free, for the first time, to all military personnel.

More information is at www.aarp.org or by calling 888-227-7669.


Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - ID