Thank You For Your Service: Veterans Day Freebies for Vets and Active Military

Since Veterans Day is coming up on November 11th, all of us at Brad's Deals would like to take a moment to thank our courageous military men and women for all of their hard work and determination. Thank you!

Veterans Day Freebies 2013

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For all of the time, dedication, and selflessness U.S. Military veterans, active duty members, reservists, and retirees have given to our country, they deserve a really great day of recognition and celebration. So, we've compiled all of the best freebies and deals for veterans to take advantage of this year.

Most of these freebies and deals will require proof of military service. This can be a U.S. Uniform Services ID card (active, reserve, or retired), current Leave and Earnings Statement, photograph in uniform, come wearing uniform, veterans organization card (American Legion or VFW), DD214, discharge paperwork, etc. Some establishments may not ask for proof, but come prepared just in case. Also, to play it safe, call ahead before redeeming your freebie or deal since not all locations will be participating.

Also, remember that appreciation for the troops doesn't begin and end with Veteran's Day. Check out our list of military discounts that are available year round.

Brad's Top 5 Veterans Day Freebies:

1. 10% off at Home Depot

Home depot doesn't limit its gratitude toward veterans to one day.  Veterans, active duty military, and retirees can come in and receive 10% off on Veterans Day, Memorial Day, and Independence Day.  But, the deals don't stop there--all active duty military and retirees can come in year round and receive 10% off in store!  Happy shopping!

2. Employee Discount for Veterans at Cabela's

Want the employee discount without actually clocking in at Cabela's?  Stock up on your winter jackets and camping supplies this veterans day with this deal.  Vets, active military, guard/reserves, law enforcement, firemen and EMS personnel receive the Cabela's employee discount on November 10th and 11th.  The discount varies from 5-20% based on the items.

3. All-You-Can-Eat Pancakes at Denny's

Come in with a hearty, pancake-eating-contest-like appetite and you won't pay a dime!  Denny's is offering all-you-can-eat pancakes nationwide to all active, inactive and retired military with valid military ID.  We hope they have extra cooks in the kitchen on November 11th!

4. Free Admission to National Parks

All Veterans Day Weekend long, from November 9th-11th, go to one of over 100 national parks and receive free admission.  These are called their Free Entrance Days, and the way we see it, it's a great deal!  An annual pass will set you back $80.  The best part?  Admission is free to everybody on Free Entrance Days, not just veterans.

5. Free Haircut at Sport Clips

If you've been waiting for a sign to tell you it's time for a haircut, this is it!  Come in with proof of service at participating Sport Clips locations, and veterans receive a free haircut.  You may want to call ahead for this one to be sure there isn't a line out the door with long-haired veterans!

Other military freebies and deals will be available at the following:

  • Chili's -  Free entree all day from a limited menu with proof of service.
  • Applebee's-  Veterans and active duty military get a free meal from a limited menu with proof of service.  Dine in only and beverages not included.
  • Champps - Free handcrafted burger with fries for veterans and active duty military.
  • Golden Corral- Veterans, retirees, and active duty military receive a free dinner between 4-9pm.
  • Grace for Vets- Free car wash from program volunteers!
  • Knott's Berry Farm- During "Military Tribute Days" between November 4th-January 5th, vets and active duty military receive free admission for themselves and one guest.
  • Krispy Kreme- Veterans receive a free doughnut and small coffee with no purchase necessary.
  • Lowes- Veterans receive 10% off on Veterans Day, Memorial Day, and 4th of July in stores only.
  • McCormick & Schmick's- Vets receive a free entree from a special menu on Sunday, November 10th.  Online reservations are highly recommended since space is limited.  Also, call ahead to be sure your location is participating.
  • Max & Erma's- Receive a free Best Cheeseburger in America combo meal at participating locations.
  • Menchie's- Free 6oz frozen yogurt
  • Red Roof Inn- 15% off 350 locations nationwide during November for vets, active duty military and their families.
  • Sea World Parks and Entertainment- 50% off single-day admission tickets through Veterans Day.  Purchase tickets online only and at participating military bases--the discount will not be available at front gate!
  • Shoney's- Free All-American burger for vets and active duty while supplies last.
  • Olive Garden- Vets and active duty military receive a free entree from a special menu with breadsitcks and your choice of unlimited soup or salad.
  • On the Border - Veterans and active duty military get a free Create Your Own Combo meal.  Plus, On the Border will donate 15% of sales to Carry the Load when guests brings in a give-back flyer.
  • Outback Steakhouse- Veterans, active duty, and retired military receive a free Bloomin' Onion and beverage on Veterans Day.
  • Red Robin- Vets and active duty military receive a free Red's Tavern Double Burger and bottomless steak fries with proof of service.
  • Bar Louie- At participating locations, vets and active duty military receive free lunch or dinner on Sunday, November 10th-Monday, November 11th.  Dine in only and valid on meals $12 or less.  Beverages and gratuity not included.
  • Little Caesar's- Free crazy bread for vets and active duty military.
  • Red Lobster- Veterans receive a free appetizer from a special menu from Monday, November 11th-Thursday, November 14th.
  • California Pizza Kitchen- Vets and active duty military get a free pizza and non-alcoholic beverage when they dine in!
  • Famous Dave's- Free or discounted meals.
  • Hooters- Vets and active duty military receive 10 free wings with drink purchase and proof of service.
  • Sizzler- BOGO 6oz steak entree with proof of service.
  • Subway- Free 6 inch sub or flat bread with proof of service.  Not all franchises will be participating.
  • Texas Roadhouse- Free lunch from 11am-2pm at all locations.  Vets, active duty, retired, and former military are all welcome.
  • TGI Friday- BOGO free with proof of service at participating locations.
  • Twin Peaks- Free entree up to $10 when you dine in with proof of service.  Gratuity is not included.
  • UNO Chicago- Vets and active duty military receive a 19.43% discount commemorating the year UNO invented deep dish pizza on food and non-alcoholic beverages between November 7th and November 11th with proof of service.
  • Colonial Williamsburg- Free admission all Veterans Day Weekend long (November 11th-13th) for vets, active military, reservists, retirees, and families of deployed servicemembers, plus all immediate dependents.  This includes admission to exhibition sites, art museums and most daytime programs, plus free parking and use of the shuttle system.  Tickets will be available on site only.
  • Historic Jamestowne- Free admission for everyone between November 11th and November 13th.
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame- Free admission for vets and members of the armed forces and their spouse or guest on November 7th between 9am and 5pm.  Also welcome for free admission are members of the Blue and Gold Star Mothers.  There will be a special ceremony honoring members of the military at 10am in the Hall of Fame NFL Films Theater.
  • Big Lots-10% off your purchase with military ID.
  • Dollar General-Receive a 10% discount on your entire purchase if you are a veteran, active military, retiree, guard/reserve member, or family.  This deal is also good online with coupon code VETERANSDAY.

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