WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Nov. 7, 2013) – On Nov. 11, 2013, America will pay tribute to the men and women who served the nation. For Veterans Day, as a way to say thanks, many restaurants will be giving discounts and running promotions for veterans.
Additionally, many businesses — from retailers, hotels, cell phone providers, automobile services, insurance agencies, recreational sites, movie theaters, sports and entertainment venues, travel services and others — offer military discounts on Veterans Day and throughout the year.
Veterans Day offers are subject to change or may not be offered at a particular location, so would-be takers should call ahead to confirm a discount is being offered. Most businesses also require proof of military service. A current military identification card or a DD Form 214 will usually suffice.
The following restaurants are offering discounts and deals as part of the Veterans Day 2013 recognition. Just because an establishment isn’t listed, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t offer a great deal to the men and women who have served, so be sure to ask before making a purchase:
— Applebee’s: free meal. Last year, Applebee’s served over one million free meals to military veterans and active service members. Applebee’s is again offering a free meal to military veterans and active-duty service members on Veterans Day. There will be seven entrées to choose from. Beverage and gratuity are not included.
— Bar Louie: free meal. Active duty military members and veterans can receive a free meal, up to $10 in value, and a free non-alcoholic beverage.
— Champps Americana: free burger. The restaurant is celebrating veterans with an All American Meal. Offer not valid for the Pepperjack Bacon Stack Burger or Kobe Burger. Dine-in only and valid at participating locations.
— Chili’s: free meal. Chili’s is offering all military veterans past and present their choice of one of seven meals. The offer is available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 11, at participating Chili’s. Dine-in from limited menu only. Beverages and gratuity are not included.
— Denny’s: free all you can eat pancakes. Free all you can eat pancakes from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
— Famous Dave’s: free or discounted meals. Offer varies by location, please check the Famous Dave’s Veterans Day page or call your local restaurant for more information.
— Golden Corral: free meal. The 13th annual Golden Corral Military Appreciation Monday dinner is available to any person who has ever served in the United States Military. Golden Corral restaurants have provided over 3.2 million free meals and contributed over $6.1 million to the Disabled American Veterans organization.
— Hooters: free meal. Hooter’s is serving up a free meal to military veterans all day on Veterans Day. Get 10 free wings, boneless or regular. Drink purchase required. Offer valid at participating Hooters.
— Krispy Kreme: free doughnut and small coffee. Offer valid at participating Krispy Kreme stores.
— Little Caesars Pizza: free Crazy Bread. Little Caesars is honoring the men and women of the United States armed forces this Veterans Day with a free Crazy Bread at participating stores nationwide.
— Lone Star Steakhouse: free appetizer. Free appetizer for military members and veterans. Taste of Texas Sampler not included. ID required, please call ahead for verification.
— Max & Erma’s: free best cheeseburger combo. Participating Max & Erma’s locations are offering military members and veterans a free Best Cheeseburger in America Combo, which includes tortilla soup or side Caesar salad, seasoned fries, and chocolate chip cookies.
— McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants: free lunch or dinner. On Nov. 10, 2013, veterans will be able to choose a complimentary lunch or dinner entrée. Veterans must provide proof of military service. Valid at participating restaurants only. Space is limited; reservations are highly recommended.
— Outback Steakhouse: a week of free Bloomin’ Onions and Coca-Cola products, from Nov. 8 to Nov. 11. Outback Steakhouse is honoring America’s military veterans by offering active duty military and veterans a free Bloomin’ Onion and a Coca-Cola product during the week leading up to Veteran’s Day. This offer is available to military personnel with ID.
— Subway: free six-inch sub. Select Subway Restaurants will offer a free six-inch sub or flatbread sandwich to military veterans on Veterans Day. This offer is valid only on November 11, 2013 at participating local Subway restaurants.
— Texas Roadhouse: free lunch. Every Texas Roadhouse location across the country will participate in the free lunch event to honor the men and women of our armed forces. Choose from one of 10 free meals, plus sides and a drink.
— T.G.I. Fridays: free lunch. Wear uniform, if permitted by your service, or present military ID or other proof of service. Only valid at participating locations.
— The Olive Garden: free entrée. Offer good for veterans and active duty military, Nov. 11, during regular business hours. Choose from a special menu; all entrées include freshly baked garlic sticks and choice of soup or salad. Offer good in U.S. and Canada.
— Tim Hortons: free doughnut. All U.S. locations are offering a free doughnut to all veterans.
— 7-Eleven: free small Slurpee. Offer good from 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.