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, more Veteran’s Day free Meals, and Veterans Day Retail 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 designation on your drivers license, veterans organization card (e.g. VFW, American Legion), or military discharge papers. Please see this list of free Veterans Day meals for more information on days, times, and eligibility.
- Applebee’s – free meal, Nov. 11, 2016.
- Bar Louie – Free meal on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. 2016.
- Bob Evans – Free Meal from special menu. Nov. 11, 2016.
- Buffalo Wild Wings – Free order of wings and fries, Dine-in only.
- California Pizza Kitchen – Free pizza, salad, or pasta from special menu. Nov. 11, 2016.
- Chili’s – free meal, Nov. 11, 2016.
- Denny’s Free Build Your Own Grand Slam 5 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Nov. 11, 2016.
- Famous Dave’s – Free 2 Meat Combo served with choice of side and corn bread muffin. Nov. 11, 2016.
- Golden Corral – Free meal, Nov. 14, 2016.
- Hooters – Free Meal from select menu w/ drink purchase, Nov. 11, 2016.
- IHOP – Free Red, White, & Blue pancakes. Nov. 11, 2016.
- Max & Erma’s – Free Best Cheeseburger in America Combo, Nov. 11, 2016.
- McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants – Free Meal, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016.
- O’Charley’s – Free Meal. Nov, 11, 2016.
- Olive Garden – entrée from special menu, Nov. 11, 2016.
- Outback Steakhouse – A free Bloomin’ Onions and non-alcoholic beverage Nov. 11, 2016.
- Red Robin – Free Red’s Tavern Double and Bottomless Steak Fries at participating locations. Nov. 11, 2016.
- Shoney’s – Free All-American Burger to veterans and active duty servicemembers. Nov. 11, 2016.
- Sizzler – Free Lunch until 4 p.m., Nov 11, 2016.
- Texas Roadhouse – free meal from special menu, Nov. 11, 2016.
- T.G.I. Friday’s – Free Lunch (11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) at participating locations, Nov 11, 2016.
Veterans Day Discounts (retailers):
- Free Financial Guide for Military embers: Operation Money: A Financial Guide for Military Service Members and Families. Written by Jean Chatzky, best-selling author and financial editor at NBC Today. Download Kindle version.
- Amazon.com – Free MP3 album download “Veterans Day Honor” (free on Veterans Day only).
- 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.
- Great Clips. Free hair cut.
- 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).
- Sport Clips – free haircut at participating locations.
Veterans Day Events:
- Colonial Williamsburg Free Admission, Nov. 11, 2016.
- Fee Free Day at National Parks. Over 100 national Parks will be participating in this event November 11, 2016.
- Historic Jamestowne – Free Admission November 11, 2016.
- Knotts Berry Farm Military Tribute Days – Free Admission. Military Tribute Days (November 1, 2016 – December 18, 2016). Current and former military personnel plus one guest get in FREE with proper ID.
- Pro Football Hall of Fame – Free Admission Nov. 5, 2016.
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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