(WZZM) - If you currently, or have ever protected and served our country, you have private accesss to a couple of discount retail websites.
Govx.com and usstandardissue.com offer discounts on some of the most popular outdoor wear like wetsuits, footwear, watches, backpacks and sunglasses. "Govx was born to serve military, both active duty, reserved and retired military and their respective families," says Marc VanBuskirk, CEO of the six-month old website. "Police, Fire, FBI, DEA, Secret Service, all those that protect and serve."
Both Govx and usstandardissue are private websites where you simply enter your proof of service and you are granted access into the site for shopping and saving. You can use your .mil or .gov e-mail address or a copy of your law enforcement identification to gain access.
"They'll find the most current products of each one of the brands that are on the site and the pricing will be anywhere from 20% to 40% off from the normal retail," said VanBuskirk. Olukai Sandals, Stand Up Paddle Boards, Vonzipper Sunglasses, and Xcel Wetsuits are some of the more popular items on the Govx site.
According to VanBuskirk, the site launced with eight brands and is now at around 50.
"We recognize that those in the military, in uniform whether police or fire, they have a tough job out there. If not the military or the first responders, then truly who should it be to get the very best pricing? Everyone of the manufacturers on the site has said, 'We want to support the military, police and fire guys, those taking care of us.' We started off with some of our core group of people that liked the idea and now it's been companies coming to us. It's direct from the manufacturer to the end user and that's where the savings come."