Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday. It is observed annually on November 11 to honor military veterans — people who served in the United States Armed Forces. (Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day…Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who died while in military service.)
Along with all of us who want to thank our Veterans for serving our country, there are a number of businesses who offer up special deals on Veterans Day to show their appreciation to our veterans and active duty military personnel for their service to our country. There may be other discounts and freebies out there, but these were the ones I could confirm. If you click on the name of the business, you can see the offer details.
Applebee’s — On Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11th, Applebee’s® is on a mission to serve one million meals to neighborhood military heroes. For the 11th year, all veterans and active duty military are invited to visit their local Applebee’s® on Veterans Day to enjoy a free full-size entrée from a selection of eight fan favorites.
Bagger Dave’s Burger Tavern — This Sunday Bagger Dave’s is offering all Veteran’s a Free Great American Cheeseburger and Fries. They look forward to serving all those who have served!
Bar Louie — Bar Louie is saluting veterans by continuing its ongoing support for the U.S. military by inviting vets and active military personnel to enjoy a free meal on Veterans Day, while donating a minimum of $25,000 to Operation Homefront. From open to close on Sunday, November 11, every Bar Louie throughout the country will offer veterans and military personnel a free burger or flatbread up to a $15 value when they show a valid military I.D.
Biggby Coffee — On November 11th and 12th Biggby® Coffee will be offering Free 16, 20, or 24 oz brewed coffee to active and retired military members including Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, and Reserve Components as well as National Guard. This year Veterans Day falls on a Sunday, and is being observed the following Monday, so Biggby® will be honoring the offer on both days.
Buffalo Wild Wings — On Veterans Day this year (November 11), participating Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants will offer free small boneless or traditional wings and fries for all veterans or active-duty service members to show appreciation for their service. The offer is for dine-in only, and a valid military ID is required for redemption.
Chili’s Grill & Bar — You served, now it’s their turn. Stop by Chili’s on Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11 to enjoy a complimentary meal from a select menu.
Chipotle — To celebrate the contributions of our military around the country, Chipotle Mexican Grill is offering a special buy-one-get-one (BOGO) offer from open to close on Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11, 2018. The BOGO promotion will be available for all active duty military, reserves, national guard, military spouses and retired military with valid ID, at all restaurants in the U.S. from open to close on Veterans Day. The offer is valid on burritos, bowls, salads and taco orders.
Chuck E. Cheese — As a small token of their gratitude and as a way to give back for your service, Chuck E. Cheese’s is proud to have special military discount food offers. When you come in, just ask about their specials for military families and show your Common Access Card, Uniformed Services ID Card, or Dependent ID Card, to be eligible for any of their special military discount food offers.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store — On November 11th, Cracker Barrel will offer veterans a choice of a complimentary piece of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola® Cake for dessert or a Crafted Coffee, such as the new limited-time Southern Praline Latte, along with menu staples, such as the signature Goo Goo® Cluster Latte, Latte, Vanilla Latte, Caramel Latte, or Mocha, at all 656 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations nationwide, to thank them for their service and sacrifice for our country.
Denny’s — Get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam® for all veterans and military personnel on Monday, November 12th from 5:00 am-12:00 Noon. This is for all active, non-active and retired military personnel. Dine in only. Must show valid military I.D.
Dunkin’ Donuts — Dunkin’ will once again celebrate Veterans Day with a sweet salute to those who serve our country. On Sunday, November 11, at participating Dunkin’ restaurants nationwide, veterans and active duty military are eligible to receive a free donut of their choice with no purchase necessary.
Famous Dave’s — On Sunday, November 11 and Monday, November 12 in honor of Veterans Day, Famous Dave’s would like to thank all former and current military personnel for their dedication and service to our country by offering a Free 2 Meat Salute.
Ganders Restaurant – Grand Rapids — On Sunday, November 11th and Monday, November 12th, current and former military personnel can receive 50% off their meal. Must show military I.D.
Golden Corral — On Monday, November 12th, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Golden Corral offers a free sit-in “thank you” dinner for Military veterans, retirees, and active duty members.
Hooters — Hooters welcomes all active-duty and retired military to stop in for a free meal this Veterans Day as a “Thank You” for their service. On Sunday, November 11, all veterans who present a military ID or proof of service and purchase a beverage at any participating Hooters location nationwide will receive a free entrée from the Hooters Veterans Day Menu (available for dine-in only).
Little Caesars Pizza — The Veteran’s Day and Little Caesars® Pizza Promotion will take place on November 11, 2018. Get a free $5 Hot-N-Ready Lunch Combo, which includes four slices of DEEP!DEEP! Dish pepperoni pizza and a 20 ounce Pepsi product for each veteran or active member of the United States military who comes into a Participating Store between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm and mentions this offer at the check-out counter along with presenting proof of military service.
Logan’s Roadhouse — This Veterans Day between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm, all Veterans and Military Personnel will receive a free meal from their American Roadhouse Meals menu (with valid military ID). Beverage not included.
On The Border — On The Border would like to thank active and former military members for their service on Sunday, November 11 with a free meal. Simply present proof of military ID or service, and enjoy a Free Create-Your-Own Combo 2 Meal. Choose any two items off the combo menu like tacos, enchiladas, empanadas, mini chimis and more! All served with Mexican rice and beans, plus endless chips & salsa. Veterans with proof of military ID or service receive a free create your own combo 2 entrée. Valid on Sunday, November 11, 2018. Dine-in Only. Beverage not included. Not valid with any other offer or promotion. Offer may vary by Market. At participating On The Border Locations.
Outback Steakhouse — They celebrate all servicemen and women, police officers, firefighters and all first responders with 10% off their entire check, all day, every day (with valid state or federal service ID).
Red Lobster — In honor of Veterans Day, Red Lobster will be offering a free appetizer or dessert to veterans, active-duty military and reservists with a valid military ID on Sunday, November 11 and Monday, November 12. Guests may choose an item from a special menu.
Red Robin — On Veterans Day, November 11th, Red Robin would like to thank you for your service this Veterans Day with a Free Red’s Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries. Just show proof of service and enjoy your meal.
Ruby Tuesday — This Veterans Day, all former and active duty service members of the military can enjoy a free appetizer (up to $10 value).
Starbucks — Starbucks is treating veterans, active duty service members, and spouses to a free tall (12 oz.) hot brewed coffee.
Texas Corral — Veterans and active duty service members can choose one entree from a special Veteran’s Day menu with ice tea, lemonade, or coffee.
Texas Roadhouse — Texas Roadhouse is inviting all veterans to a day of free lunch, to say thank you for their sacrifice. The restaurant chain is hosting their “8th Annual Texas Size Thank You for Serving Our Country” event, where across the country they invite veterans and active members of the military to enjoy a Free lunch on Sunday, November 11th. All veterans are welcome — active duty, retired and former military personnel. They can choose one of the 10 entrees from their special Veterans Day menu; including a 6-ounce sirloin steak, two made from scratch sides, and any Coca-Cola product, sweet tea/iced tea or coffee.
Major retailers are also thanking veterans and active military members with special deals, discounts, and freebies for Veterans Day 2018.
Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops — Cabela’s is pleased to offer the active military, veterans, retirees, National Guardsmen and Reservists of our Armed Forces a 5% discount every day, year-round at U.S. Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops stores, simply present proper ID at checkout.
Great Clips — For Veterans and Current Military Members, visit a Great Clips salon on Sunday, November 11th receive either a free haircut that day or the free haircut card to use at a later date. If you are a non-military customer, purchase a service at a Great Clips salon on Veterans Day and get a free haircut card to give to a veteran you know.
On The Move Quick Lube — On The Move Quick Lube loves honoring people in our community that make an impact in all of our lives. This Sunday, November 11th, is a day to pay our respects to those who have served. For one day we stand united in respect of all veterans. We celebrate and honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. For that and many more reasons they would like to offer our Veterans a great discount to show our thanks from On The Move Quick Lube. Call (616) 884-0008 to schedule anytime from now until Sunday and we will offer to you: $19.99 Basic Service Oil Change, $29.99 Full Service Oil Change, OR 10% Off Any Wiper Blade Replacement
Target — Target is proud to offer a 10% military discount on purchases made in-store and online at Target.com through Monday, November 12th, 2018.
DISCLAIMER: I recommend you call specific locations to make sure they are taking part in the promotions and what proof of service they require. Each company may have different requirements. Websites or Facebook pages have been provided for additional information.