With Sunday, Nov. 11, being Veterans Day several restaurants will once again offer free meals or provide discounts on meals in their way of saying thank you to veterans who serve or continue to serve our country.
Companies are also expressing their thanks to our veterans and those currently serving in the military on Sunday, Nov. 11, and Monday, Nov. 12, in providing discounts on merchandise or food.
In order for veterans to take advantage of these Veterans Day 2012 deals you are asked to show proof of military service or military identification:
Military ID Card - active/reserve/retired; Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES); Drivers License with Veterans Designation; Photograph of you in uniform; Wearing your uniform (if your service permits); Veterans Organization Card (e.g., American Legion and VFW); DD214, discharge paperwork, or other form of identification
More than 24,000 businesses will offer discounts for vets and service members on and around this Veterans Day, according to the Military and Veterans Discount Center and The Military Wallet website.
Applebee's – free meal, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012: After serving over 1 million meals in 2011, Applebee's is again offering a free meal to military veterans and active duty service members on Veterans Day. Applebee's is offering seven entrees to choose from. Beverage and gratuity are not included. Military ID or proof of service required.
Chili's – free meal, Sunday, Nov. 11 2012, from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Chili's will offer all military veterans past and present their choice of one of seven meals. Beverages and gratuity not included. Military ID or proof of service required.
Denny's Veterans Day Appreciation Event, Nov. 12 2012 - Free all you can eat pancakes from 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12 for all active, retirees, and veterans with a valid military ID or proof of military service. Offer available in every Denny's nationwide.
Subway - FREE Veterans Day 6-inch Sub. Many Subway restaurants are offering FREE 6" subs to military veterans on Veterans Day 2012. Enjoy a free Subway sub or flatbread of your choice for lunch or dinner. Subway restaurants are franchises, so not all locations are participating. Please call ahead to confirm before heading over to Subway on Nov. 11. In honor of Veterans Day, Subway will donate $111,112 to the Wounded Warrior Project's economic empowerment program.
Hooters - Offering a free meal on Sunday, Nov. 11 2012; 10 free wings - boneless or regular. Hooters is serving up a free meal to military veterans all day on Veterans Day. Offer good for all veterans and active duty military personnel. Drink purchase required. Offer valid at participating Hooters only; open to all active duty and military veterans with valid military ID or proof of military service.
Krispy Kreme – Free doughnut, Nov. 11, 2012. Available only at participating Krispy Kreme stores. Offer available to all active-duty, retirees and veterans. Be sure to call ahead to verify your local Krispy Kreme is participating.
Little Caesars Pizza, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 - Little Caesars is honoring the men and women of the United States armed forces this Veterans Day by providing veterans and active military members with a free Crazy Bread with proof of military status or proof of service at participating stores nationwide. Call ahead to verify participation.
Lone Star Steakhouse, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 - All veterans and active duty military will receive a FREE entree from the Stars and Stripes menu. Military identification required, please call ahead for verification.
On The Border, Sun. Nov. 11, 2012 "Sizzling Salute to Veterans" promotion - Mention this special, and On the Border will donate 15% of your purchase to Carry the Load, a non-profit military organization. Veterans and service members with Military identification who dine at On The Border on Nov. 11, 2012, will receive a certificate for a free entree (up to $10) valid from Nov. 12-30, 2012. (valid at corporate locations only).
Outback Steakhouse – A week of Free Bloomin' Onions and Cokes Nov. 11-12, 2012. 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 Veterans Day. This offer is available to military personnel with ID. Also receive 10 percent off your purchase from Nov. 13-Dec 31, 2012. For the past two years, The Outback Understands Commitment, with the help of their patrons, has donated $2 Million to Operation Homefront, a non-profit organization providing everyday and emergency support for active troops, wounded warriors and their families.
Red Lobster – Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. Free appetizer on Veterans Day with military ID or proof of service. Vets may choose from a select list of appetizers.
Red Robin, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 - Free Red's Tavern Double and Bottomless Steak Fries for all Red Robin guests with a military ID or proof of service. Red Robin is also partnering with Heinz for Veterans Day to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Red Robin will also donate $10,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Spaghetti Warehouse, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 - Buy one entree, get one free, coupon required. Choose any of 11 Original Recipe Spaghetti entrees and receive a second entree free. This offer is open to everyone, not just veterans. Download the coupon at their website (available starting Nov. 5th).
Olive Garden FREE Veterans Day Meal - Olive Garden is offering a free entree on Veterans Day to all veterans and active duty military members. Choose from one of six delicious Olive Garden entrees: Seafood Alfredo, Chicken Parmigiana, Unlimited Soup Salad & Breadsticks, Braised Beef & Tortelloni, Cheese Ravioli, or Spaghetti & Meatballs. All entrees include garlic breadsticks and choice of homemade soup or garden-fresh salad. Proof of military service required. This offer valid on Nov. 11, 2012 during regular business hours at Olive Garden locations in all U.S. states and territories.
Texas Roadhouse – free lunch, Monday Nov. 12, 2012. 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. Offer good for All veterans – including all active, retired or former U.S. military. ID Required. Find locations.
T.G.I. Friday's – Free Lunch, Monday Nov. 12, 2012. Valid for all US Military personnel and veterans. Must wear uniform (if permitted by your service) or present military ID or other proof of service. Only valid at participating locations for anyone with an old or current military ID.
Fee Free Day at National Parks. To honor America's service men and women, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that areas managed by the National Park Service would not charge entrance fees for Veterans Day weekend – November 10-12, 2012. Everyone is eligible, not just veterans. Over 100 national Parks will be participating in this event.
Sport Clips – Veterans Day. Sport Clips offers a Heroes discount which includes active and retired military. Please call ahead to verify participation.
Home Depot Military Discount - The Home Depot is offering all active duty personnel, reservists, retired military, veterans and their families a 10 percent discount off their purchases in honor of Veteran's Day. The offer is valid on purchases of up to $2,000 for a maximum of $200 and is available at The Home Depot stores, The Home Depot Design Center locations, Yardbirds and EXPO Design Center locations. The 10 percent military discount is available everyday for active duty and retirees, but not all veterans. Home Depot makes this offer available to all veterans on most military holidays.
Lowe's Military Discount - Lowe's Companies, Inc. will offer all active, reserve, honorably discharged, retired military personnel and their immediate family members a 10 percent discount on in-store U.S. purchases made during the Veterans Day holiday. The discount is available Nov. 7–11. The discount is available on in-stock and special order purchases up to $5,000. To qualify, individuals must present a valid military ID or other proof of service. Excluded from the discount are sales via Lowes.com, previous sales, and purchases of services or gift cards. Like Home Depot, Lowes offers this discount daily to active duty military members, but not to veterans. However, they extend the offer to military veterans on military holidays.
Amazon.com – Free MP3 album download "Veterans Day Honor" Available at Amazon on Veterans Day. Download the album (album will be full price again starting Nov. 12).
Big Lots – 10 percent off your entire purchase. Offer available to active duty, Guard/Reserve, veterans, retirees and their immediate family members, with valid ID. Please call ahead to verify.
Dollar General - 10 percent discount on entire purchase on Veterans Day. Offer good for all active-duty military, retirees, veterans, Guard and Reserve and immediate family members. The coupon can be found in the store circular, or by asking an employer. Also good online from Nov 11-13, use Coupon Code VETERANSDAY.