Happy Veterans Day! 100+ Restaurant, Retail and Entertainment Freebies and Deals for Vets & Active Duty Military
Veterans Day is Monday, November 11, and many businesses are offering freebies, discounts and deals for veterans and active duty service members in honor of the many brave sacrifices they've made for this country.
Remember, in order to receive these offers you may need to provide proof of military service. This can be done in the following ways:
- Wear your uniform
- Bring a picture of yourself in uniform
- Present a US Uniform Services ID card
- Present a current Leave and Earnings Statement
- Present a Veterans Organization Card (American Legion or VFW)
- Present discharge paperwork
Many establishments won't be very strict on this, but it's always best to be prepared. It's also a good idea to call ahead before redeeming a free meal or discount on Veterans Day.
Food & Beverage Freebies
99Restaurants -- On 11/11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., veterans and active duty service members can show your military ID and with the purchase of any entree, get a free meal from the 9 Real Size Entrees for $9.99 menu.
Applebee’s -- Veterans and active duty service members can choose from a special menu of entrees and enjoy a free meal. Valid 11/11.
Back Yard Burgers -- Get a free Back Yard Classic Burger on Monday 11/11.
Bakers Square -- Veterans and active duty get a complimentary breakfast on Veterans Day at participating locations.
Bar Louie -- On Monday 11, veterans get a free flatbread or burger.
Ben's Soft Pretzels -- Free regular jumbo soft pretzel on 11/12 from 11am-7pm with proof of military service.
Bertucci's -- On 11/11 and 11/12, veterans can get a free small cheese pizza.
BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse -- Get a free entree up to $12.95 and a free Dr. Pepper on Monday 11/11.
Bob Evans -- Veterans and active duty military can choose a free meal from thirteen options. Valid 11/11.
Bonanza Steakhouse -- There are two separate deals available for veterans this year. The first is a free or 50% off buffet for all veterans, and the second is a coupon for 20% off a meal on their next visit. Valid on 11/11.
Bonefish Grill -- Get a free Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer on Monday 11/11.
Bruegger's Bagels -- On Monday 11/12, veterans can stop in for a free any-size drip coffee.
Buffalo Wild Wings -- veterans and active duty personnel get free “Wings for Heroes” (one small order of wings with a side of fries) on 11/11.
Buffalo Wings & Rings -- All veterans, retirees and active-duty military will receive a free “Pick 2” Lunch Combo on November 11 between 11 am-3 pm.
California Pizza Kitchen -- Veterans and active-duty military receive a complimentary meal from a special menu on 11/11.
Cheddar's -- On 11/11, vets get a free appetizer or dessert.
Chili’s Restaurant -- Free meal from a special menu for retired and active duty military members on 11/11.
Chipotle -- Vets, active duty military, reserves, national guard, military spouses and retired military can buy one, get one free on any burrito, bowl or salad from open to close on 11/11.
Chuck E. Cheese's -- On Monday the 11th, vets, active duty, national guard and retirees get a free 1-topping personal pizza.
Cici's -- Vets can take advantage of a free adult pizza buffet on Monday 11/11.
City Barbeque -- All day on Monday 11/11, all veterans and US military get a free sandwich, two sides, and a regular beverage on the house.
Corner Bakery Cafe -- Show your military ID to get a free "Choose 2" meal on Monday 11/11.
Cotton Patch Cafe -- Free chicken fried steak or chicken fried chicken for all veterans and active duty military.
Country Cookin -- Veterans can enjoy a free salad bar or $5 off of any entree on Monday 11/11.
Cracker Barrel -- On November 11, all U.S. Military Veterans and active duty military receive a complimentary Pumpkin Pie Latte (available iced or hot) or a slice of the Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola® Cake.
Denny’s -- Vets and active duty military get a free Build-Your-Own Grand Slam Meal from 5 a.m. to noon on 11/11.
Dunkin' Donuts -- Veterans and active duty military get a free donut on 11/11, no purchase necessary.
East Coast Wings + Grill -- Veterans and active duty military get a free meal from a select menu on Monday 11/11.
El Fenix -- Veterans can choose from three different free meals on Monday 11/11.
El Torito -- Free meal from 3pm to closing on 11/11.
Famous Dave’s — Vets get a free Two Meat Salute at participating locations on 11/11 and 11/12.
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill -- Dine with a Veteran or Active Duty Service Member on Monday, November 11th and their lunch or dinner is free.
Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers -- Get a free combo meal card redeemable through 11/30.
GetGo Cafe + Market -- Veterans and first responders get a free coffee, cappuccino or fountain beverage of any size.
Gigi's Cupcakes -- Veterans and first responders can stop in for a free cupcake on Monday 11/11.
Golden Corral -- Free "thank you" dinner for anyone who has served in the U.S. Military from 5pm-9pm on 11/11.
Green Mill -- Free menu item for veterans and active duty military on 11/11.
Hickory Tavern -- Purchase any beverage to get a free Tavern Burger on 11/11.
Hooters -- All veterans and active duty military eat for free from a select menu with a drink purchase on Monday 11/11.
Houlihan's Restaurant + Bar -- Veterans can get a free meal from a set menu on Monday 11/11.
Huddle House -- Friday 11/8 through Monday 11/11, veterans get a free Sweet Cake plate.
Hurricane Grill & Wings -- On 11/11, veterans receive a free entree from the special menu. Plus, participating guests will also receive a card for 10% off future visits through 12/31/20.
IHOP -- On Monday 11/11, veterans get free Red, White, and Blueberry Pancakes.
Jimboy's Tacos -- Veterans get a free meal up to $10 on Monday 11/11 at participating locations.
Kolache Factory -- Get a free sausage and cheese kolache and any-size coffee on 11/11.
LaMar's Donuts -- Veterans and active military personnel get a free donut and 12 oz. coffee on Monday 11/11.
Little Caesars -- Free Hot-N-Ready lunch combo for veterans on 11/11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Logan's Roadhouse -- Veterans and active military personnel receive a free meal from the American Roadhouse Meals menu with valid military ID on Monday 11/11 from 3-6pm.
Longhorn Steakhouse -- On Monday 11/11, veterans get a free appetizer or dessert.
Margaritas Mexican Restaurants -- All veterans and active duty military personnel get 2 free entrees- one for them, one for their guest. Valid on Monday 11/11.
Max & Erma's -- On Monday 11/11, veterans and active military get a free meal including a 1/2 lb. cheeseburger, endless seasoned fries, and a fountain drink. Participating locations only.
Menchie's Frozen Yogurt -- 6 oz. free frozen yogurt for all veterans on 11/11.
Mimi's -- Choose a free meal from a select menu with the purchase of a beverage on Monday 11/11.
MOD Pizza -- On Monday 11/11, buy one get one free MOD-size pizza or salad.
Native Grill & Wings -- Veterans can order a free menu item up to $11.99 on 11/11.
O'Charley's -- Active and retired military service member enjoy a free meal from the Veterans Thank You Menu all day on 11/11 with military ID.
On the Border -- Free Create-Your-Own Combo for all vets and active military members on 11/11 at participating locations.
Olive Garden -- Free meal for veterans and active duty military from a special menu on 11/11.
Outback Steakhouse — Free Bloomin’ Onion and a non-alcoholic beverage for all active duty military and vets on 11/11.
Peet's Coffee -- Free small coffee or tea for veterans on Monday 11/11.
Pilot Flying J -- All active-duty and retired military veterans get a free breakfast including a coffee, Friday through Monday, November 8-11.
Pluckers Wing Bar -- Get a free meal plus a side, and a non-alcoholic beverage up to $16 in value on Monday 11/11.
Ponderosa Steakhouse -- Free buffet and beverage on Monday 11/11.
Potbelly Sandwich Shop -- Veterans can get a free sandwich or salad when they buy another one at regular price on Monday 11/11.
PT's Taverns -- Free happy hour items all day for veterans and active-duty service members with a valid military ID.
Red Lobster -- Free app or dessert from the Veterans Day menu for vets and active duty military on 11/11.
Red Robin -- Free Red's Tavern Double Burger with bottomless steak fries for all vets and active duty service members on 11/11.
Rock Bottom Restaurants & Breweries -- Vets get a free entree from the select Veterans Day menu on Monday 11/11.
Rocks & Brews Restaurants -- Veterans, active military, and first responders can choose a free meal from a select menu on Monday 11/11.
Romano's Macaroni Grill -- Veterans can order a free Mom's Ricotta Meatballs and Spaghetti on Monday 11/11.
Ruby Tuesday’s — Free appetizer for vets on 11/11.
Scooter's Coffee -- Veterans can get any size beverage for free on Monday 11/11.
Shake Shack -- Get a free scoop of Shake Shack Custard on Monday 11/11.
Sheetz -- Veterans get a free lunch including a half turkey sub and regular fountain drink, plus a free car wash.
Shoney’s -- Free All-You-Care-To-Eat breakfast bar on Monday 11/11 from opening to 11 a.m. for all active duty or retired military members.
Sizzler -- Free lunch (from a limited menu) and a beverage for vets on 11/11 until 4 pm.
Smoothie King -- On Monday, Nov 11, military personnel can get a free 20 oz. smoothie of their choice with proof of military ID.
Sonny's BBQ -- Veterans and active duty military get a free pulled or sliced pork big deal combo when they dine in on Monday 11/11.
Starbucks -- Free tall (12 oz.) hot brewed coffee on 11/11 at participating locations.
Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt -- On 11/11, vets get a free 12 oz. frozen yogurt.
Taco Cabana -- Veterans can get a free brisket taco on Monday 11/11.
TGI Fridays -- Free lunch for vets and active duty military from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on 11/11.
Texas de Brazil -- Veterans dine free and the rest of your check gets 20% off. The offer is limited to 2 veterans and 6 additional guests per check (maximum group size of 8).
Texas Roadhouse -- Free lunch for vets on 11/11 from a special menu.
The Greene Turtle -- Active, retired, and veteran military get a free entree up to $12 with valid ID on Monday 11/11.
Tijana Flats -- Veterans can get a free drink and entree with military ID, either dine in or carry out.
TooJay's -- Free entree from a special Veteran's Day menu on Monday 11/11 with military ID.
Twin Peaks -- Veterans can choose a free meal from a select menu from 11am-midnight on Monday 11/11.
Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar -- Veterans can dine on free classic burgers on Monday 11/11.
Wawa -- On Monday, veterans get a free hot coffee.
White Castle -- Vets and active duty military members get a free breakfast or Castle Combo meal on 11/11.
Wienerschnitzel -- Vets and active duty military get a free small Pepsi, small fry and a chili dog on 11/11.
Yard House -- Free appetizer for veterans on 11/11.
Zoës Kitchen -- Show a valid military ID to get a free meal on 11/11.
Goodyear Auto Service and Just Tire -- Military members will receive free car care checks and free tire installation November 8-16.
Home Depot -- 10 percent discount for active duty, reservists, retired military, veterans and their families get a 10 percent discount off purchases up to $2,000.
Kohl's -- 30% off for active and former military personnel,veterans and their immediate families now through 11/11.
La-Z-Boy -- Active and retired military personnel can take an additional 5 percent off from now until 11/11.
Lowe’s -- 10 percent discount for active duty, reservists, retired military, veterans and their families get a 10 percent discount off purchases up to $5,000.
Rack Room Shoes -- Vets and military personnel get a 10 percent discount on 11/11.
Readers.com -- Vets get 30% off sitewide November 10-12.
Target -- Veterans get a 10% military discount on a purchase made in-store and online at Target.com from November 3-11.
Beauty & Grooming Freebies
Great Clips -- Veterans and active duty military personnel can receive a free haircut or pick up a free haircut card to use on another day. Additionally, anyone else who gets a haircut on Nov. 11 can pick up a free haircut card to give to a veteran, redeemable through Dec. 31.
BandBsforVets.com -- free nights to veterans on and around Veterans Day.
Knotts Berry Farm -- Veterans and active military plus one guest get free admission and up to six additional discounted tickets between 11/3 to 11/21 and between 12/2 and 12/19.
Legoland -- Vets, active duty military and their families get between a 25 and 37 percent discount and second day free admission through 12/31.
National Parks -- ALL of the country's national parks are free for anyone to enter on 11/11.
Red Roof Inn -- Active duty or retired military members get 40 percent discounts on rooms booked between November 1 and November 22 with its Home for the Holidays Discount.