Veterans Day is approaching which will be full of gratitude for all who have served. Many restaurants will give discounts or free meals to say “thank you”. Here is the current list of those participating.
All will require proof of military service, which can include a VA Universal Access Card, Military I.D., DD-214 (Discharge Papers), Veterans Service Organization Card (VSO’s include groups like the VFW, DAV, AmVets, MOAA, FRA, and the American Legion), or in some cases businesses will accept a picture of the veteran in uniform.
NOTE: Not all franchise locations participate in their national chain’s Veterans Day programs — be sure and contact your nearest establishment to make sure they are participating.
2015 Veterans Day Restaurant Contributions:
Applebee’s — Veterans and active duty military receive a free meal from a limited menu, on November 11.
Bonanza Steakhouses — Active duty and retired military get a free buffet on November 11, 4 pm to close.
Cattlemens — Active, inactive, and retired military personnel get a free Small Sirloin Steak Dinner on November 11.
Cheeseburger in Paradise — Active and retired military personnel receive a complimentary burger with fries on November 11.
Chili’s — Veterans and active military service members get a free entrée from a limited menu on November 11.
Friendly’s — Friendly’s is treating veterans and active military to a free breakfast, lunch or dinner from a limited menu on Veterans Day, November 11.
Golden Corral — Golden Corral Restaurants’ Military Appreciation Night free dinner will be available on November 11, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Military retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard and Reserves are all welcome.
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants — On November 8, participating McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants will offer a complimentary entree to veterans from a special menu.
Max & Erma’s – On November 11, participating Max & Erma’s locations are offering veterans and active military personnel a free Best Cheeseburger in America Combo meal.
Menchie’s — All active and retired military personnel will receive a free 6 oz. frozen yogurt on November 11.
Mission BBQ — Veterans and active duty military get a free sandwich and a slice of cake on November 11.
On the Border — Veterans and active duty military can enjoy a free meal from the “Create Your Own Combo menu” on November 11.
Ponderosa Steakhouse — Active duty and retired military get a free buffet on November 11, 4 pm to close.
*NEW* Rock and Brews — Veterans and active military personnel receive a complimentary pulled pork sandwich with a side choice throughout the day on November 11.
Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill — Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill is offering the choice between complimentary hummus served with grilled herb flatbread or garlic cheese bread on November 11.
Shoney’s — Shoney’s will offer a free All-American Burger to veterans and active duty service members on November 11.
Texas Roadhouse — Texas Roadhouse locations nationwide will offer veterans a free lunch on November 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Offer is good for active duty, retired or former U.S. military.
Village Inn — Veterans and active military personnel receive a free breakfast on November 11 from a select menu at participating locations. Village Inn is also providing a “Thank you For Your Service Card valid for 20% off on the next visit.
Wienerschnitzel — Veterans and active duty military receive a free Chili Dog and a small Pepsi on November 11.
Army Corp of Engineers Recreation Areas
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is waiving all day use fees at more than 2,400 recreation areas nationwide. This waiver is available to all veterans, active and reserve component service members, and their families on 11.11.2015. Only verbal confirmation of service is required.
Brides Across America Free Wedding Gown Events
During the month of November Brides Across America is partnering with bridal salons across the nation to giveaway wedding dresses to qualified military brides. All military brides must pre-register online.
Cabela’s Hometown Heroes
There is a 5% discount is for Military Personnel (active and retired military, active reservists and VA recipients) plus Law-Enforcement, Firefighters and Emergency Medical Service personnel (EMS) with proof of service. Cabela’s is hosting Hometown Heroes events, TBA.
Free Car Wash
ALL veterans and service personnel get a free car wash at participating locations. Every year Grace For Vets, a non-profit organization, unites the car wash industry in 4 countries (U.S., Canada, New Zealand, Australia) with this program.
Free Hair Cut
While too many to list, many local hair clip and barber shops offer free hair cuts on Veterans Day to Veterans and active duty armed forces members. Call stores in your local area to confirm.
Free Oil Change
Oil changes are free to Veterans and active duty armed forces members at many participating local oil change centers including participating name brand oil service centers. Call stores in your local area to confirm. Many are offering the free oil change for several days around Veterans Day.
Great Clips Free Haircut
On Veterans Day, 11-11-15, customers who come in for a haircut at any U.S. Great Clips salon will receive a free haircut card to give to an active/inactive/retired military member of any branch, including the National Guard. Military members can also come in on Veterans Day for a free haircut or to pick up a free haircut card to use, with proof of service.
For every cut bought on Veterans Day, Wednesday 11/11/2015, Hair Cuttery will donate a free haircut certificate to a Veteran.
Home Depot offers a free “Build a Veterans Day Jet” workshop for children ages 5-12 on Saturday, November 7, 2015 to help teach them about Veterans Day. Event is from 9am-12pm, and children will create a Veterans Day Jet, workshop apron, and a certificate of achievement while supplies last. Register online, or arrive at the allotted time, while supplies last. A 10% discount is also offered to all other military veterans on Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and Veterans Day. A year round 10% discount up to a maximum $500 at all U.S. locations to active duty personnel, reservists, retired or disabled veterans and their immediate families. Must present a valid military ID.
Lowes Home Improvement
Lowes honors all Veterans on three specific holidays: Memorial Day, 4th of July and Veterans Day. During these three holiday weekends, Lowes extends the discount to all veterans who served honorably and who present a valid Form DD214 or other proof of service.
Operation Paperback Non-Profit Organization
Free digital copy of The Angel’s Face, by Mitchell Oppenheim, for all military members.
Sleep Number Military Discount
From October 19-November 11, 2015, Sleep Number is providing exclusive offers for current and past military personnel. Save $500-$700 on selected Sleep Number® mattress sets, or 20% – 30% off for other select sets, depending on the designated discount per product.
Seaworld Parks & Entertainment Veterans Discount
Veterans and Active Duty military receive location-based discounts or free admission. Veterans promotion includes Seaworld properties include SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Antonio, SeaWorld San Diego, Busch Gardens Tampa, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Sesame Place Langhorne. The program does not include Discovery Cove® in Orlando or Aquatica, SeaWorld’s WaterparkTM. Active Duty military members who already used their free admission for the year can also get 50% off tickets. These tickets have a limited time for purchase and use, so check them out ASAP!
US National Park Service Free Veterans Day Admission
The U.S. National Park Service is waiving fees at most of its day-use recreation sites over the Veterans Day holiday weekend. Go online to find a national forest or grassland near you.
On November 11 take the time to thank a Veteran. It’s important they know how much they are appreciated.