UPDATED on 11/11/2021
Looking to try a new or favorite restaurant this Veteran’s Day? Check out this list for freebies and discounts offered to the military and veterans as a way of saying thank you for your service.
54th Street Grill: Active Duty and veterans get a free meal up to $12 on November 11th. Dine-in only.
7-11 : Active duty, retirees, veterans, Reserve, National Guard, and their dependents can get a free coffee or Big Gulp in 7-11 stores or through the 7-11 app
Applebee’s : Veterans and Active Duty can choose a free meal from their Veteran’s Day Menu on November 11th. Dine-in only. Anyone who dines in will get $5 bounce back bucks to use on any dine-in, to-go or delivery order for the following three weeks.
BJs Restaurants: All current active duty and veteran military get a free meal up to $14.95 and a free Dr. Pepper beverage on November 11th. Dine-in only.
Blank Angus Steakhouse: Order in or place a takeaway order, active duty and veterans get an All-American Steak plate with 8 oz Angus Beef, mashed potatoes, broccoli with garlic butter with a non-alcoholic beverage for $10.99.
Bob Evans: Active Duty and veterans get a free meal from their special menu on November 11th, dine-in only, and beverage not included.
Buffalo Wild Wings: On November 11th, veterans and active duty military receive a complimentary order of 10 boneless wings and fries. This goes for dine-in or takeout ordered in the location.
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.: Military active duty members and their families receive 20% off food on Veteran’s Day at the restaurant, not valid at theme park locations. Year-round they offer 10% off food and merchandise.
California Pizza Kitchen: CPK is offering a free entrée and beverage from their special Veteran’s Day menu to those who come in uniform or bring their ID or proof of service on Veteran’s Day. The restaurant chain will also offer buy one get one coupon redeemable from November 12 – 20.
Chili’s: Active Duty and Veterans can enjoy a meal on their special menu on November 11th. Dine-In Only.
Coco’s Bakery and Restaurant: All veterans and active duty service members can receive a buy one entree, get one free with proof of service on Veteran’s Day. Can be used for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store: Veterans and Active-duty military receive a complimentary slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola cake when dining in on November 11th. November is military family appreciation month and the restaurant will be offering in-store specials throughout the month.
Denny’s: From 5 am to noon on Veteran’s Day, all active and retired military personnel can get a free build-your-own grand slam breakfast at participating diners.
Friendly’s: Complimentary free cheeseburger, fries, and a soft drink to active-duty and veterans on November 11th. Dine-In Only.
Golden Corral : Offering free dinner to active duty military, veterans, retirees, National Guard, and Reserves, and due to capacity limitations the promotional card for a free “Thank You” meal can be picked up during the month of November. The card can be redeemed from November 1 2020 to May 31, 2021.
IHOP: From 7 am to 7 pm on Veteran’s Day, active duty military and veterans can enjoy a free “Red White and Blueberry Pancakes” or “Red White and Blueberry Combo.” The “Red White and Blueberry Pancakes” comes with three pancakes with strawberries, blueberry compote and whipped topping. The “Red White and Blueberry Combo” is two pancakes with strawberries, blueberry compote topping with two eggs, hash browns, and choice of bacon or sausage.
Logan’s Roadhouse: Free American Roadhouse meal to the military from 3:00pm -6:00 pm on November 11th.
Luna Grill: Veterans and active duty military can get 10% off their purchases on November 11th for dine-in and to-go orders.
McCormick & Schmick’s: Veterans, Gold Star Parents and Gold Star Spouses are offered ½ price entrees on November 7th at their restaurants. It is typically a busy day so reservations are highly recommended.
Mission BBQ: Veterans and active duty members get a free sandwich on November 11th.
Olive Garden: Veterans and active duty can choose a free entree from their special menu. Dine in only.
Outback Steakhouse: The steakhouse chain is offering a free bloomin’ onion and Coca-Cola product on Veteran’s Day.
Red Robin: Join the Red Robin Royalty program and active duty and veterans can enjoy a complimentary Red’s Tavern Double Burger and Steak Fries anytime between November 1 and November 14th for either dine-in or to-go.
Starbucks: Free tall coffee to active duty military, veterans, and military spouses on November 11th.
Texas Roadhouse: The steakhouse will be handing out dinner vouchers at their stores’ parking lots on November 11th and veterans and active-duty military members can redeem their vouchers when they open for dinner through the voucher’s expiration of May 30, 2022.
Yard House : Active Duty military and veterans receive a complimentary appetizer on November 11th, dine-in only
Colonial Williamsburg: Active-duty, Reservists, National Guard, Retirees and Veterans receive complimentary admission once annually for themselves and up to three direct dependents on Veteran’s Day Weekend, proof of service required
Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Tampa: Active-Duty military, Reservists and National Guard are offered complimentary one-day admission for the service member and up to three direct dependents. Veterans can receive up to six discounted tickets. Verification of service is done online through ID.me.
The San Diego Zoo offers free admission to active duty military year round.
Sea World San Diego: Active-Duty military, Reservists, National Guard and Veterans are offered complimentary one day admission for the service member and up to three direct dependents.
Sea World Orlando: Complimentary one-day admission is offered to Active-Duty military, Reservists, and National Guard and up to three dependents.
Mount Vernon: Complimentary admission to Mount Vernon for all active duty, former or retired military personnel on November 11th.
Apparel & Retail
Columbia: Columbia employee stores in Oregon, California, and Kentucky are open to active, retired, reserves, veterans, and dependents. Military personnel and their families also receive a 20% discount on November 11th at all Columbia and outlet stores.
Great Clips: Free haircut for military personnel on November 11th or receive a free haircut card to use at a later date.
Kohls: All active duty and those who have served and their immediate families can get 30% off in-store purchases on November 11th – November 14th.
Office Depot: 25% discount is offered for veterans and active duty military and their dependents for qualifying regular and sale-priced purchases on November 11th – November 13th.
Target: Active Duty, Veterans, and their families can register on Target Circle to get a 10% coupon off an entire cart. These purchases can be done in-store, for order pick-up, drive-up or shipping. There are restrictions so read the fine print. Coupons can be used twice from November 1 -13.
Chains that offer discounts year-round:
Apple offers 10% off their products year-round to veterans and active duty military using their online verification. Check your local military exchange too, because it may be cheaper to buy on base without tax than with the discount.
AT&T offers military and veteran families a 25% discount off their wireless plan.
Big Lots has announced they will offer a year-round 10% discount for active duty and veterans who are part of their Big Rewards program.
Colonial Williamsburg: Active-duty, Reservists, National Guard, Retirees, and Veterans can purchase an annual pass for themselves and up to three dependents for 25% off.
Dell offers an additional 10% off personal computers and electronics on their website by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hometown Buffet and Old Country Buffet offer a 15% discount to all military personnel in uniform or with a valid ID. They also offer Military Monday with a special discount for active duty, reserve, and veterans plus up to 3 family members for dine-in orders.
Home Depot offers a 10% discount in the store all year long.
L.L.Bean offers 10% off for active duty, veteran, and reservist personnel of the U.S. Armed Forces. Verification of service is completed on their website.
Lowe’s offers a 10% discount in-store. You can link your military service to your Lowe’s card.
LuLulemon offers 25% discount off in-store purchases to military members and military spouses. *This will be changing to 15%, date TBD.
Michaels offers 15% discount on all purchases year round. Confirm military service through ID.me when setting up the Michaels account.
Microsoft offers up to 10% off select products to active, former, and retired military personnel and their families.
Outback Steakhouse offers a Heroes discount of 10% off for veterans and active duty off their dining check.
Pottery Barn offers 15% discount to military and veterans and their families for in-store purchases. Check your local store to see if this offer can be utilized for curb side pick-up as well.
T-Mobile offers hefty discounts on its wireless plans to active duty and veteran families.
Verizon also offers a discount on wireless plans which is dependent on plan type and the number of lines.
Before you head to enjoy these discounts, make sure you have your CAC card, DD214, or other proof of service as required and check the location of the place you will visit to determine if they are participating.
If you have found a Veteran’s Day deal or discount, let us know!