In honor of Veterans Day, a number of stores, restaurants and even hair salons are offering discounts to veterans and active or retired military personnel. Unless otherwise stated, these offers will be available on Nov. 11 and require military ID or other proof of service, such as uniform, photograph in uniform or discharge paperwork.
Get Your Groceries
Instead of stocking up on food over the weekend, consider visiting the store on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11, when a number of grocery stories are offering veterans and military personnel a discount on food shopping. (Alcohol is exempt from the discounts.)
- The North Carolina-based grocery chain Lowes Food is offering a 10% discount to active and retired military personnel.
- Food Lion grocery stores offer active, retired and honorably discharged military personnel a 10% discount. The chain can be found on the East Coast and in the Southeast.
- At Harris Teeter, active and retired military personnel can receive an 11% discount. The grocery chain has stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Maryland and Delaware.
- Publix offers military personnel, veterans and their family members a 10% discount. The supermarket chain has locations throughout the Southeast.
Grab Some Grub
Whether you’re looking for a free breakfast, quick snack or lunch out with the family, there’s a broad selection of free and discounted food options for veterans and active military personnel, including salads, entrees, pizza, beverages and more.
Make sure to check whether your choices are limited to a specific menu and whether the restaurant requires a purchase to qualify for a free meal. Offers at nationwide chains may not be available at all locations, so make sure to call in advance to confirm whether your local restaurant is participating.
- At 54th Street Grill, all current and former service members can receive a free meal up to $12 in value.
- Applebee’s is offering veterans and active-duty military personnel a free meal from a special menu.
- For a complimentary lunch entree up to $9.95 in value, veterans and active-duty military can stop by BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse. The chain has more than 150 locations across the West Coast and Southeast.
- At California Pizza Kitchen, veterans and military personnel can receive a pizza, full-size salad or pasta from a special Veterans Day menu.
- Carrabba’s Italian Grill is offering veterans and active-duty military a free appetizer. You can find locations across the Midwest, East Coast and South.
- Chili’s is offering a free meal to any veteran or service member on active military duty.
- Active, nonactive and retired military personnel can drop by Denny’s from 5 a.m. to noon to build their own Grand Slam. Offered at all Denny’s locations, the promotion is available for dine-in customers only.
- At participating On the Border restaurants, veterans and active-duty military personnel can receive a free Create Your Own Combo entree.
- In a bonus for a day other than the actual holiday, family-style restaurant chain Golden Corral is offering any past or present military personnel a free buffet and beverage on Military Appreciation Monday. The promotion lasts from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, and does not require ID.
- At Texas Roadhouse, active, former and retired military personnel can receive a free entree and drink from a special menu.
- At Red Lobster, veterans, active-duty military personnel and reservists can get a free appetizer from a select menu. The offer is available from Monday, Nov. 10, through Thursday, Nov. 13.
- Rib City in in St. Louis, Mo., is offering a 50% discount to all veterans and active-duty military personnel. The discount applies equally to dine-in and take-out options.
- At the Southeastern chain Kangaroo Express, active military and veterans can order a grilled food item for only a quarter. The deal is limited to one per person.
- At LongHorn Steakhouse, veterans and active-duty military can receive a free Texas Tonion and nonalcoholic beverage.
- Marco’s Pizza is offering a free medium one-topping pizza to veterans and active military members.
- At participating locations, Max & Erma is offering veterans and active military a free Best Cheeseburger in America combo, which includes a tortilla soup or side Caesar salad, seasoned fries and chocolate chip cookies. The offer is not available for takeout.
- Ruby Tuesday’s is featuring a free appetizer at participating locations.
- At Olive Garden, veterans and active-duty military can choose a free entree from a special menu of the restaurant’s most popular items. Freshly baked garlic bread sticks and a choice of unlimited soup or salad are included.
- At Outback Steakhouse, veterans, active-duty and retired military personnel can receive a free Bloomin’ Onion and beverage. On top of the free items, the restaurant chain is offering a 15% military discount on customers’ entire order from Nov. 12 through Dec. 31.
- The Southern fast food chain PDQ is offering a free sandwich or three free tenders to active and retired military personnel.
- Veterans and current service members can get a free breakfast at Perkins Restaurant & Bakery. Participating restaurants are offering a Magnificent Seven meal including two eggs, three buttermilk pancakes and a choice of bacon strips or two sausage links.
- At select locations of the casino chain Pinnacle Entertainment, veterans and current military members can receive a free buffet meal.
- Red Robin Gourmet Burgers is offering veterans and active-duty military a free Red’s Tavern double burger and “bottomless” steak fries at participating locations.
- From Nov. 10-12, Red Hot & Blue is offering a free entree with purchase of another entree of equal or greater value. You can download the coupon online.
- Sizzler is offering a free lunch until 4 p.m. The dine-in-only offer includes a choice of three entrees, as well as a free coffee, tea or fountain drink. The deal is not valid for the salad bar.
- Veterans and active-duty military can get a free all-American burger at Shoney’s. The offer is dine-in only.
- For a free meal, veterans and military personnel can visit Tap House Grill. The offer is dine-in only.
- The Texas de Brazil Steakhouse is featuring a 50% discount for all current and former military personnel. Only participating locations of the churrascaria are offering the deal, so make sure to call ahead.
- For a free appetizer or shared plate, veterans and current service members can stop by the Texas Land and Cattle Steak House.
- At Texas Roadhouse, active, retired and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces can receive a free lunch. The meal, not available as takeout, must be selected from a list of 10 options and includes sides and a drink.
- From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., T.G.I. Friday’s is offering free lunch to all veterans at participating locations.
- Calling all truck drivers! Travel Centers of America is offering a free meal to all veterans with a commercial driver’s license.
- Uno Chicago Grill is offering a free individual pizza or entree to veterans and active-duty military personnel who purchase a pizza or entree or equal or greater value.
- Free breakfast (with a choice of three menu items) is available at any time of day at Village Inn. Additionally, veterans who dine at participating locations will receive a coupon for a 20% discount on their next meal.
- Veterans and active-duty military will get 25% off all food purchases at Village Tavern Restaurant.
Score a Cuppa Joe and Some Dessert
Kick off the day with an energy boost, or follow up lunch with a latte and a doughnut. Or maybe some frozen yogurt is more your style. Whether you’re looking for caffeine, sugar or both, free options in both coffee and desserts abound for veterans and active-duty servicemen and servicewomen.
- Get all-you-can-eat hotcakes at Bob Evans restaurants from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Participating Krispy Kreme locations are offering veterans and active-duty military personnel a free doughnut and small coffee. No purchase or ID is required.
- Menchie’s is offering a free 6-ounce frozen yogurt to veterans and military personnel with ID or dressed in uniform.
- Active-duty and veterans can grab a free coffee at Noah’s Bagels.
- In the mood for more frozen yogurt? Retired and active-duty military personnel can get up to 11 ounces by stopping by Orange Leaf.
- At participating Starbucks, veterans, active military personnel and their spouses can receive a 12-oz coffee for free.
- Veterans and active-duty service members can stop by Tim Hortons for a free doughnut. No purchase necessary.
Fix Up Your Digs
Free food isn’t the only discount a veteran or active member of the Armed Forces can receive on Veterans Day. Pick up some tools and supplies for the home at a discount.
- Home Depot offers a 10% discount to active-duty, National Guard, reserve, retired and disabled service members and their dependents. The discount, which is also offered on Memorial Day, the 4th of July and Labor Day, applies to in-store purchases only. Check with your nearby location to see if it offers the discount.
- Every Memorial Day, 4th of July and Veterans Day, Lowe’s offers a 10% discount for active and retired members of the Armed Services, along with their immediate family members. Like Home Depot, the offer is only valid in stores.
Snag Sheets, Shoes, Tools
Beat the Black Friday crowds by doing some holiday shopping early. A number of retailers, including major department stores, are offering a Veterans Day discount to veterans, military personnel and their families.
- Bed Bath & Beyond is featuring a 20% discount for veterans, active-duty, Defense Department, reserve, guard and retired military personnel, as well as their spouses. The promotion lasts through Nov. 11.
- JCPenney is offering veterans, active-duty military personnel and their families a 20% discount on purchases. The offer is valid from through Nov. 15. For more information, see the store’s website.
- Macy’s is offering a 20% discount on sale items through Nov. 11.
- At Rack Room Shoes, military personnel and dependents can get 10% off their entire order.
- Sears is featuring a 40% discount on regularly priced tools and 10% off tools on sale. The offer applies to active, retired and reserve military personnel.
Take a Little Off the Sides
Hair growing a little too long? Nov. 11 is the perfect opportunity to get a trim. The holiday features a number of discounts on hair cuts for veterans and other military personnel.
- At hair salon chain Great Clips, veterans and active-duty military personnel can get their hair cut for free. Alternatively, you can pick up a coupon for a free haircut any time before Dec. 31.
- For more haircuts, visit a Sports Clips location near you. The chain is giving free haircuts to veterans and active-duty personnel.
Take a Ride on a Slide (or Into the Past)
If you’ve got time off, consider making a day trip to a nearby theme park or museum. Veterans, active-duty service members and their families can take advantage of free admission and discounts at a number of major attractions across the country.
- At Colonial Williamsburg, active-duty, reservist, retired and veteran military personnel and their dependents can receive free admission through Nov. 11.
- Veterans and active military can visit the Georgia Aquarium for free, with a 30% discount for military family members accompanying them.
- Theme park Knott’s Berry Farm is offering free entrance to past and present members of the U.S. Armed Forces. The promotion includes a free guest, and up to six additional tickets can be purchased for the discounted price of $24 each through Nov. 21 and $29 from Nov. 22 through Jan. 4.
Clean Your Car, or Clean Up on Coupons
Before we wrap up the list for this year, here are a couple more offers that diverge from the traditional offers found every year on Veterans Day.
- Veterans looking for a free car wash on Nov. 11 can look up participating locations in their area by using an online search tool offered by the website Grace for Vets.
- The first 100 veterans and service members to show up at Twin Peaks restaurants on Veterans Day will receive a free 2015 calendar with $160 in coupons. Select locations are also offering a free meal.
Know of any more great discounts for veterans and military families? Leave a comment below.
Written by Melinda Szell
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