(WWLP) – Several businesses across the nation are thanking those who have served our country by providing them with discounts and freebies on this Veterans Day.
Keep in mind that most businesses require proof of military service, which can include a Military ID Card (active/reserve/retired), current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), drivers license with Veterans Designation, photograph in uniform, wearing your uniform (if your service permits), Veterans Organization Card (e.g., American Legion and VFW), DD214, discharge paperwork, or other.
You are also advised to always call ahead to verify locations, dates, times, and participation. Remember, many of the companies listed are franchises and may have different policies.
7 – Eleven: Veterans, active members of the US military and their immediate families can stop by 7-Eleven on Veterans Day and get a free small Slurpee drink. Just bring proof of current or former US military service to participating 7-11 stores.
Applebee Restaurants: The will again provide a meal at no cost for all military active, retired and veterans. Proof of service is required in the form of a Service Retired I.D. card or other such proof. For a restaurant near you go to www.applebees.com.
Bar Louie, Free meal on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Active duty military members and veterans can receive a free meal, up to $10 in value, and a free non-alcoholic beverage. Available at all locations, military ID or proof of service is required (source). Find a location near you.
BED BATH & BEYOND November 9, 10 & 11th, 20% off your entire purchase. In-store only. US Military ID required at time of purchase.
Big Lots – 10% off your entire purchase. Offer available to active duty, Guard/Reserve, veterans, retirees and their immediate family members, with valid ID. Call ahead to verify.
buybuyBaby November 9, 10 & 11th, 20% off your entire purchase. In-store only. US Military ID required at time of purchase.
Cabela’s. Cabela’s is giving their standard employee discount to all US military veterans, active duty military, Guard/Reserves, law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel. Discount varies from 5% to 20%, depending on the item.
California Pizza Kitchen. Free meal and non-alcoholic beverage for veterans and active military with valid ID or proof of service. Find a location near you.
Christmas Tree Shops November 9, 10 & 11th, 20% off your entire purchase. In-store only. US Military ID required at time of purchase.
Chilis. Free entree to Veterans and active duty military from 11am -5pm.
Denny’s: Get free all you can eat pancakes at Denny’s. Call your local Denny’s.
Dollar General. 10% discount on entire purchase on Veterans Day. Offer good for all active-duty military, retirees, veterans, Guard/Reserve, & immediate family members. The coupon can be found in the store circular, or by asking an employe. Also good online, use Coupon Code VETERANSDAY. More info.
Free Car wash. Thousands of car washes around the country are offering vets a free car wash on Veterans Day,. Find a list at Grace for Veterans, which helped veterans receive 101,537 FREE Washes.
Golden Corral (Hours vary by location!): Military Appreciation – Golden Corral restaurants will host their Military Appreciation with a meal at no cost for all military active, retired and veterans. No proof is required to enjoy this buffet meal. Guests of veterans will have to pay the regular meal price. No take outs. For more information refer to http://goldencorral.com/military/faq.asp. If you have questions, can contact their Corporate Headquarters at Golden Corral Corporation, 5151 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27612 919-781-9310. Headquarters says “You will need to contact the location you are planning to attend to find out their specific hours as some of the locations are making adjustments to accommodate the veterans.”
Grace for Vets: Offers Free Carwash. The Grace for Vets Program honors all veterans and military personnel by giving them a free carwash. The program has carwashes participating in all 50 states and includes 467 carwash companies representing 1,181 carwash locations. For more information and to find participating carwashes, visit the Grace for Vets website.
Great Clips: On Veterans Day (November 11), get a haircut at a Great Clips hair salon and you’ll get a free haircut card to give to a veteran to use at a later date. Also, veterans who stop by on Veterans Day get free haircuts or a free haircut card to use at a later date. Locations
Home Depot Military Discount: The Home Depot(R) is offering all active duty personnel, reservists, retired military, veterans and their families a 10 percent discount off their purchases in honor of Veteran’s Day. The offer is valid on purchases of up to $2,000 for a maximum of $200 and is available at The Home Depot stores, The Home Depot Design Center locations, Yardbirds and EXPO Design Center(R) locations. The 10% military discount is available everyday for active duty and retirees, but not all veterans. Home Depot makes this offer available to all veterans on most military holidays. You can also find Home Depot discounts online.
Hooters: Free Meal. Hooter’s is serving 10 Free Hot wings to military veterans all day on Veterans Day. Offer good for all veterans and active duty military personnel. Offer valid at participating Hooters only; open to all active duty and military veterans with valid military ID or proof of military service. Drink purchase required. For more information, visit,www.Hooters.com.
JCPenny: Veterans, active duty and family members receive an extra 20% off in stores Nov. 6-11 with coupon.
Krispy Kreme: Free doughnut and small coffee. Available only at participating Krispy Kreme stores. Offer available to all active-duty, retirees & veterans on. Be sure to call ahead to verify your local Krispy Kreme is participating.
Little Caesars Pizza. US Military and vets get a free order of Crazy Bread, with proof of military status/service. Call your local Little Caesars to make sure they are participating in this deal.
Long Horn Steakhouse. Complimentary Texas Tonion and non-alcoholic beverage for Veterans and active-duty military members. Visit their site to find a location near you.
Lowe’s Military Discount: Lowe’s Companies, Inc. will offer all active, reserve, honorably discharged, retired military personnel and their immediate family members a 10 percent discount on in-store U.S. purchases made during the Veterans Day holiday. The discount is available on in-stock and special order purchases up to $5,000. To qualify, individuals must present a valid military ID or other proof of service. Excluded from the discount are sales via Lowes.com, previous sales, and purchases of services or gift cards. Like Home Depot, Lowes offers this discount daily to active duty military members, but not to veterans. However, they extend the offer to military veterans on military holidays. You can also find exclusive discounts at Lowe’s.com.
McCormick & Schmick’s: Complimentary Lunch or Dinner. The McCormick & Schmick’s Veterans Appreciation Event on, is offered at participating restaurants to veterans defined as a person who served in the Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy or Coast Guard. Verification of service is required (retired ID card or DD214). McCormick & Schmick’s highly encourage reservations for the Veterans Appreciation Event as tables fill up quickly for this event each year. You can easily make their reservations online through the restaurant’s website at www.McCormickandSchmicks.com.
Menchie’s Free Frozen Yogurt On Veterans Day, Veterans and active duty personnel get a free 6 oz. frozen yogurt. Show a valid ID or be in uniform to receive.
National Parks: National Parks will offer fee-free days to ALL visitors at more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees. Visit one of your national parks on Veterans Day, and you won’t be charged an entrance fee. And making the fun even more affordable, many national park concessioners are joining the National Park Service in welcoming visitors with their own special offers.
Olive Garden: Veterans and active duty military get a free meal on Veterans Day. With proof of service, choose from a special menu with breadsticks and a choice of soup or salad.
On The Border. “Sizzling Salute to Veterans” promotion. Mention this special, and On the Border will donate 15% of your purchase to Carry the Load, a non-profit military organization. Veterans and Service members with ID who dine at On The Border will receive a certificate for a free entree (up to $10) valid at corporate locations only. Find a location near you.
Outback Steakhouse: As an expression of Outback Steakhouse’s appreciation to our Country’s veterans and active duty military*, a free Bloomin’ Onion and Coca Cola will be available to them at every Outback in the country. Learn more. Please visit www.outback.com for locations.
Red Lobster. Free Appetizer on Veterans Day with military ID or proof of service. Vets may choose from a select list of appetizers. Find a location near you.
Red Robin. Free Red’s Tavern Double and Bottomless Steak Fries for all Red Robin guests with a military ID or proof of service. Red Robin is also partnering with Heinz for Veterans Day to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Red Robin will also donate $10,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project. Find a location near you.
Sports Authority – 15% off all purchases. All Veterans and Military personnel please stop by your local Sports Authority store to receive 15% OFF YOUR ENTIRE PURCHASE!
Sport Clips – Veterans Day. Sport Clips offers a Heroes discount which includes active and retired military. Please call ahead to verify participation. Find a location near you.
Subway (not all stores participate – call ahead): Free Six Inch Sub – Select Subway locations offer a FREE six inch sub to military veterans on Veteran’s Day. However, Subway restaurants are franchises, so this offer may not be available everywhere. Please call ahead.
Texas Roadhouse: Free lunch. Offer varies by location; our local Texas Roadhouse is offering a free meal from opening until 4pm. Other locations may vary in offer, hours, or availability. Call ahead to your local restaurant for more information.
T.G.I. Friday’s – Free Lunch: Valid for all US Military personnel and veterans. Must wear uniform (if permitted by your service) or present military ID or other proof of service. Only valid at participating locations for anyone with an old or current military ID. More details on TGIFridays.com.
The Olive Garden, Free entrée. Offer good for veterans and active duty military, during regular business hours. Chose from a special menu; all entrées include freshly baked garlic sticks and choice of soup or salad. Off er good in US and Canada, proof of service required. More info.
Travel Centers of America Free Meal On Veterans Day, all CDL drivers who are Military Veterans eat FREE at participating full-service restaurants with proof of service. Must present valid ID.
Uno Chicago Grill. Free individual pizza or entrée with the purchase of a pizza or entrée of equal or greater value. Available for all active duty and veterans. No coupon necessary; proof of service required. Find a location near you.