Many companies, businesses and retailers show their gratitude to those who have served in the military by offering freebies and discounts on Veterans Day. Veterans and active duty can receive free or discounted meals, appetizers, desserts and more. Not to mention a free haircut and oil change.
Most of the freebies listed below require proof of military service. Some examples include: Military ID Card, VA ID card, current Leave and Earnings Statement, Driver’s License with Veteran Designation, wearing your uniform, photograph in uniform, Veterans Organization card, DD214, and discharge paperwork.
While most locations honor the Veterans Day freebies and discounts, some may not. We suggest calling ahead and verifying your location’s participation. Find even more deals with our discounts for active military and veterans.
Veterans Day Freebies
- Applebee’s: Free meals for veterans and active duty military on 11/11. Choose from the American Standard All-In Burger, Butcher's Meat + Potatoes, Three-Cheese Chicken Cavatappi, Fiesta Lime Chicken, Double Crunch Shrimp, Oriental Chicken Salad Chicken Tenders Platter.
- Bar Louie: All veterans and active military personnel receive a free app or entree on 11/11.
- Bob Evans: Free meal for veterans and active military personnel on 11/11. Choose from six favorites: Country Biscuit Breakfast, Brioche French Toast, Mini Sampler, Hotcakes, Bob Evans Farm Boy or Country Fried Steak.
- California Pizza Kitchen: Free Veterans Day entree for veterans and current military servicemen on 11/11. Meal includes pizza, full-sized salad or a pasta from the special Veteran’s Day menu.
- Carrabba’s Italian Grill: Receive a free appetizer if you are a veteran or active military personnel on 11/11.
- Chili’s Restaurants: Veterans and active duty military can receive one free meal on 11/11.
- Chipotle: BOGO burrito, bowl salad or tacos with U.S. military ID on 11/7 from 5:00 PM until close.
- Cracker Barrel: Receive a free Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake on 11/11.
- Denny’s: Build your own free Grand Slam from 5:00 AM to Noon on 11/11. Offer valid for active, inactive and retired military personnel.
- Einstein’s Bros. Bagels: Veterans can get a free cup of coffee on 11/11.
- Friendly's: Veterans and active military with a valid military ID or honorable discharge card receive a free Big-Two-Do breakfast or All American Burger during lunch or dinner hours.
- Golden Corral: Receive a free “thank you” dinner from 5pm-9pm on 11/13. For retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard or reserves.
- Hooter’s: Free meal available for veterans and active military personnel with purchase of drink. Choose from 10 Piece traditional Wings, 10 Piece Boneless Wings, Hooters Burger, Buffalo Chicken Salad or a Buffalo Chicken Sandwich.
- IHOP: From 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM on 11/10, veterans and active duty military can receive a free stack of three Red, White & Blue pancakes at participating U.S. locations. Select IHOP restaurants will also offer a Red, White and Blue pancake combo.
- Krispy Kreme: Free doughnut and one small coffee for veterans and active military personnel on 11/11.
- Max & Erma’s: On 11/11, past and present military members can get a complimentary meal including a cheeseburger, endless fries and a fountain drink.
- Red Lobster: All military personnel can receive a free select app or dessert with military ID or proof of service 11/10 through 11/11. Choose from Appetizers: Sweet Chili Shrimp, Mozzarella Cheesesticks, Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp, Seafood Stuffed Mushrooms, Lobster and Langostino Pizza and Signature Shrimp Cocktail. Desserts: Warm Chocolate Chip Lava Cookie, New York-Style Cheesecake, Brownie Overboard, Key Lime Pie, Warm Apple Crostada and Chocolate Wave.
- Starbucks: Active duty members and veterans can enjoy a free tall hot brewed coffee on 11/11.
- Red Robin: Veterans and active duty service members can get a free Red’s Tavern Double Burger with Bottomless Steak Fries on 11/11.
- Sheetz: Receive a free 6” turkey sub and regular size fountain drink when presenting military ID or proof of service.
- Texas Roadhouse: Free lunch for veteran and active duty military on 11/11. Choose from 10 free meals & choice of beverage.
- Meineke: Free basic oil change for veterans and active duty on 11/11.
- Great Clips: Veterans and current military members receive a free haircut on November 11 or a free haircut card to use for another day. Anyone who purchases a service on November 11 can pick up a free haircut card that can be gifted to a veteran. Thank a veteran free haircut cards can be redeemed through 12/31.
- Dollar General: Vets, active military and family members receive an 11% discount on qualifying purchases in-store and online on 11/11. Shop online with promo code VET17.
- National Parks: Free Entrance into National Parks on 11/11. Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees and transportation entrance fees.
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