Starting Tuesday, San Diego will become the latest city to feature TroopSwap.com, a website that offers discounts for military families on everything from pizza to Lasik surgery. In order to become a member, you must be in the military, the dependent of a servicemember, or a veteran.
TroopSwap, which the Washington Post compares to Groupon, was the brainchild of Army veteran and Harvard Business School graduate Blake Hall. Hall and partner Matt Thompson launched TroopSwap in Hamptons Road, Virginia four months ago and the site already has 15,000 members, according to WTKR-TV.
In addition to San Diego, TroopSwap will also launch in Washington D.C. on Tuesday.
WTKR-TV did a special report on TroopSwap recently that gives a really good explanation of what the website is all about:
Members of Congress and veterans leaders called for federal action to absolve the debts of nearly 10,000 soldiers in California alone who have been ordered by the Pentagon to repay enlistment bonuses a decade after they signed up to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The state reached a $252,000 settlement with two contractors over the companies' unlawful evictions of 18 military service members and their families from private military housing in San Diego and Orange counties.