Veterans Day is a day to remember and thank military members for their service in the armed forces. As a military veteran, it always humbles me to see the thanks given by so many people on Veterans Day. Though none of us served for recognition, it is nice (and humbling) to be thanked for your service.
Many restaurants and retailers also offer veterans special discounts, or even free meals on Veterans Day. This is very generous on their part, and certainly something they don’t have to do. If you are a military veteran, I encourage you to participate in one or more of these events. These Veterans Day appreciation events are a great way to meet other veterans and show the restaurants and retailers you appreciate their generosity.
We recommend sharing this resource with any other Veterans you may know. You can also see a list of military discounts and more Veteran’s Day Meals and Discounts on our other site, The Military Wallet.
Free Meals on Veterans Day
Notes: Offers may vary by location; please call ahead or verify offer first, especially with franchises. Most offers require military ID or other proof of service, such as a veterans organization card (e.g. VFW, American Legion), or military discharge papers. Please see this list of Veterans Day Meals and Discounts for more information on days, times, and eligibility.
- Applebee’s – free meal, Sunday Nov. 11, 2012.
- Bar Louie – Free meal on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. 2012.
- Chili’s – free meal, Sunday Nov. 11, 2012
- Denny’s Free all you can eat pancakes from 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Monday Nov. 12, 2012.
- Golden Corral – Free meal, Monday Nov. 12, 2012.
- Famous Dave’s – Sunday Nov. 11, 2012. Free or discounted meals on Veterans Day.
- Hooters – Free Meal, Sunday Nov. 11, 2012.
- McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants – Free Meal, Sunday Nov. 11, 2012.
- Outback Steakhouse – A free Bloomin’ Onions and Cokes Nov. 11-12, 2012.
- Sizzler - Free Lunch, Monday Nov 12, 2012.
- Texas Roadhouse – free lunch, Monday Nov. 12, 2012 (11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.).
- T.G.I. Friday’s – Free Lunch, Monday Nov 12, 2012.
Veterans Day Discounts (retailers):
- Amazon.com – Free MP3 album download “Veterans Day Honor”
- Dollar General. 10% discount on entire purchase on Veteran’s Day.
- 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 on Veterans Day in 2011.
- Home Depot Military Discount – with proof of military service.
- Lowe’s Military Discount – with proof of military service. (more info on Home Depot and Lowe’s Military Discount)
- Seven-Eleven – Free small Slurpee on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012 from 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
- Sport Clips Discount – Veterans Day National cut-a-thon and Help A Hero program.
Veterans Day Events:
- Anheuser-Busch Parks. Free admission for servicemember and up to 3 dependents.
- Colonial Williamsburg Free Admission, Nov. 9-11, 2012.
- Fee Free Day at National Parks. Over 100 national Parks will be participating in this event November 10-12, 2012.
- Historic Jamestowne – Free Admission November 10-12.
- Knotts Berry Farm Military Tribute Days – Free Admission.
- Pro Football Hall of Fame – Free Admission Nov. 3, 2012.
- San Jacinto Monument and Museum (La Porte, TX), November 7-13.
My wife and I are both military veterans, and we went to McCormick & Schmick’s last year. This year Golden Corral and several other restaurants are offering the Veterans Day meal on a date other than Veterans Day. This gives military veterans an opportunity to take advantage of more than one meal at various restaurants if they so choose.
Please pass this info along if you know any military veterans, and thanks to all who have worn the uniform!
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