As a proud Veteran, I look forward to Veterans Day each year and what freebies and deals will be available. And yes, I look to take full advantage of those very deals.
Most places give a FREE meal to Veterans and only require proof of service, such as a Military Identification card. (If you want to know what qualifies as proof of service, CLICK HERE).
There are the recurrent favorites (like Applebee's, Chili's, and Olive Garden) and there are also some new ones (or at least new to me). Regardless, I have narrowed the list down to ones available in our area, as well as the ones with some kind of FREE, for the most part.
ALSO: there are some non-food related specials that are of value in my eyes; including FREE haircuts and legit discounts - that you can find at the very bottom.
Enjoy. And OORAH!
Applebee's - Veterans and active-duty military receive a free meal from a special menu on November 11. Dine-in only.
BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse - On November 11, all current and former military members receive a free entree up to $14.95 plus a free Dr. Pepper beverage. Dine-in only.
Black Angus Steakhouse - On November 11, veterans get the All-American Steak Plate for $10.99. This deal is available for restaurant dining and takeaway orders.
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. - Military personnel and their families receive 20% off on November 11. Dine-in only.
Buffalo Wild Wings - Veterans and active-duty service members get a free order of 10 boneless wings and fries on November 11. The offer is available for dine-in or takeout.
California Pizza Kitchen - Veterans and active military get a complimentary meal from a select menu. Dine-in and walk-in takeout only.
Chili's - Veterans and active-duty service members get a free meal from a select menu on November 11. Available for in-restaurant only.
Claim Jumper - Veterans receive a free entrée from a special menu at participating locations on November 9. Dine-in only.
Coco's - On November 11, veterans and active-duty service members get a free slice of pie, along with a "Buy One, Get One" free deal at all locations. The offer is valid for dine-in or take out orders; online and delivery not included.
Country Kitchen - Active and retired military get a free Country Scramble on November 11 at participating locations. Dine-in only.
Cracker Barrel - Veterans get a complimentary slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake when dining at any location on November 11.
Denny's - Veterans and military personnel get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam on November 11, from 5 a.m. to noon. Dine-in only.
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit - Veterans get a free Pulled Pork Classic Sandwich in-store at participating locations on November 11.
Dunkin' Donuts - On November 11, veterans and active-duty military receive a free donut at participating locations. Offer available in-store only.
Farmer Boys - Veterans and active-duty military receive a free Big Cheese cheeseburger on November 11 at participating locations.
Golden Corral - Golden Corral is handing out a free meal and beverage card between November 1 and 30, while supplies last. Military personnel can then redeem their card once for lunch or dinner Monday through Thursday from November 1 to May 31.
Joe's Crab Shack - Veterans receive 20% off at participating locations on November 11. Dine-in only.
Little Caesars - Veterans and active military get a free HOT-N-READY Lunch Combo at participating stores on November 11, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Logan's Roadhouse - On November 11 between 3 and 6 pm, veterans and military personnel receive a free meal from a special menu.
McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants - Veterans, National Guard, Gold Star parents and Gold Star Spouses can enjoy a half priced entrée from a special menu on November 8. Reservations are strongly recommended.
MOD Pizza - Sign up to receive your buy-one, get-one free MOD-size pizza or salad by November 8. MOD will send you a coupon on November 9 to redeem on November 11.
Pilot Flying J - Veterans get a free breakfast combo at participating locations November 9 through 15 through a special offer in the app.
Red Lobster - Veterans, active-duty military and reservists get a free appetizer or dessert from a select menu on November 11. Dine-in only.
Red Robin - Veterans and active-duty military who are Red Robin Royalty members can redeem a free Tavern Double Burger with Steak Fries any time between November 12 and 30 for dine-in or to-go. The offer will be automatically uploaded to your dashboard.
Shari's - On November 11, veterans and active-duty service members get a free slice of pie, along with a "Buy One, Get One" free deal at all locations. The offer is valid for dine-in or take out orders; online and delivery not included.
Starbucks -- Veterans, military service members and military spouses get a free tall (12-oz) hot brewed coffee at participating stores on November 11.
TCBY - Veterans and active military personnel get their first 6 oz. of frozen yogurt for free on November 11 at participating locations.
Wendy’s - Active military and veterans get a free small breakfast combo on November 11 at participating locations from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. Not valid for mobile orders or at kiosk.
Wienerschnitzel - Veterans and active-duty military receive a free Chili Dog, small fries and a small drink at participating locations on November 11.
Yard House - Veterans and active duty military receive a complimentary appetizer on November 11.
Great Clips – On November 11, veterans and current military members can visit a Great Clips salon to receive either a free haircut or the free haircut card to use at a later date. Non-military customers can purchase a service on Veterans Day and get a free haircut card to give to a veteran you know. Haircuts are redeemable until Dec. 11.
Sport Clips - On November 11, participating locations will provide free haircuts to veterans and active-duty service members as well as donate $1 for every haircut service provided on that day.
Office Depot and OfficeMax - Veterans, active-duty military personnel, retirees, Reservists and their dependents get 25% off qualifying regular and sale-priced purchase November 11 through 13. This offer is valid in-store only.
Staples - Active-duty military personnel, reservists, retired or disabled veterans and their immediate families get a 25% discount November 8 through 14.