Retailers/Restaurants offer Veterans Day Discounts


Many retailers and restaurants are offering special discounts for veterans this Veterans Day.

Keep in mind that most businesses require proof of military service, which can include a VA Universal Access Card, Military ID, DD-214, Veterans Service Organization Card (VSO’s include groups like the VFW, DAV, AmVets, MOAA, FRA, and the American Legion), a state-issued ID that shows veteran status or in some cases businesses will accept a picture of the veteran in uniform.

Not all franchise locations participate in their national chain’s Veterans Day programs — be sure contact your nearest establishment to make sure they are participating.


Veterans and Active Duty Military can select a free meal from a limited menu on Veteran’s Day. Provide proof of service required.

Golden Corral

On Monday, Nov. 13, from 5-9 p.m., Golden Corral will be giving out Veterans Day free meals and a beverage to any person who has ever served in the U.S. military or is on current active duty. This includes retirees, veterans, National Guard or Reserves. No identification is required to get your free dinner buffet and beverage.

Red Lobster
Active duty military, reserve and military veterans can stop by Red Lobster and get a free appetizer or dessert on Nov. 11. Valid proof of military service is required.

Olive Garden
Olive Garden is having a Veterans Day free meal, including an entrée from their special Veterans Day menu, for all active-duty military and military veterans on Nov. 11. Proof of service is required.

TGI Friday’s
TGI Fridays will be having free lunch for all veterans and active-duty military on Nov. 11, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Military ID is required for proof of service. Contact your local TGI Fridays for participation information.

Texas Roadhouse
Texas Roadhouse will be giving away Veterans Day free meals for lunch on Nov. 11 to active, former or retired military. Check your local restaurant for hours.

Red Robin
Veterans and active duty military can stop into any participating Red Robin location on Nov. 11 to get a free Red’s Tavern Double burger and Bottomless Steak Fries. Be sure to bring your military ID to take advantage of this Veterans Day freebie.

This year on Nov. 10, IHOP will be honoring veterans and active military men and women with a free stack of Red, White and Blue pancakes. Individuals must show proof of their service before receiving this offer, such as coming in their uniform, showing a photo of them in their uniform, or showing a military ID card.

Outback Steakhouse
Stop into any Outback Steakhouse on Nov. 11 to get a free Bloomin’ Onion and beverage. This offer is for all military personnel that have military ID. Outback Steakhouse is also giving out a military discount of 15 percent off the total check from Nov. 12 to Dec. 31 for anyone with a military ID.

BJ’s Restaurants & Brewhouse
BJ’s will be giving free meals to veterans both the day before and the day of Veterans Day, valued up to $12.95. Please contact your local BJ’s to get details on their Veterans Day promotion before heading out. A military ID or other proof of service is required.

If you are a veteran or active military member, you can stop by a Carrabba’s near you and get a free appetizer of your choice on Nov. 11.
There’s no purchase necessary or coupon required; you just need to bring military ID or come in your uniform.

Bonefish Grill
In honor of Veterans Day, Bonefish Grill is giving out free Bang Bang Shrimp appetizers to veterans and military members on Nov. 11. Contact your local Bonefish Grill for participation, and proof of service is required.

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
Visit a Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers near you this Veterans Day, Nov. 11, to get a free combo meal card. You must be a veteran or active duty military to pick up the card but it can be redeemed by anyone.

Participating Sizzler locations will be serving veterans and active military members a Veterans Day free meal until 4 p.m. on Nov. 11. You’ll get to choose from a 6-ounce tri-tip steak, single Malibu chicken, or half dozen fried shrimp. Individuals will also receive a free coffee, tea, or fountain drink. Bring proof of service such as your U.S. military-issue or veterans group ID card, current LES, a photograph of yourself in uniform, or wear your uniform to your local Sizzlers.

Coco’s Bakery
Active military and veterans who visit Coco’s Bakery on Nov. 11 will receive a free slice of pie. Just be sure to come in with your military ID so they can confirm that you are or were in the military. Check locally for participation.

Pizza Factory
In honor of Veterans Day, veterans who show up with a military ID to a Pizza Factory on Nov. 11 can get a free mini one topping pizza and a regular soda. Contact your local restaurant for hours.

Famous Dave’s Barbeque
The Veterans Day free meal at Famous Dave’s includes a two-meat barbecue salute. This offer is valid all day on Nov. 11 at participating Famous Dave’s locations only. Proof of service is required.

Receive one free hot dog, small drink and fries for active duty and veterans with proof of service on Nov. 11.

Chevys Fresh Mex
Active and retired military personnel can visit a participating Chevys Fresh Mex on Nov. 11 between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. to get a free three-item combo meal. To qualify for this offer, you must be wearing your military uniform or bring some other form of military identification.

Veterans and active duty military get a free slice of pie on Veterans Day at participating Carrows Restaurants. No purchase is necessary and you’ll need to bring along your military ID to your local Carrows. This offer is for dine-in only.

California Pizza Kitchen
by a participating California Pizza Kitchen location on Nov. 11 to choose a pizza, full size salad, or pasta from the special Veterans Day Menu when you dine-in. Proof of military service is required.

Nekter Juice Bar
If you’re a veteran or active military member, you can stop in to Nekter’s on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, for a free 16-ounce smoothie or juice. Proof of service required.

Visit a participating Chili’s on Friday, November 11, 2016, to get your Veterans Day free meal if you are a veteran or on active military duty.
Details of the Free Veterans Day Meal Including Menu Options at Chili’s
You’ll need to show proof of military service to get your Veterans Day free meal.

Krispy Kreme
Veterans and active-duty military can start their Veterans Day off with a free breakfast at Krispy Kreme that includes a doughnut and a small coffee. No purchase, ID or coupon is necessary. This offer is valid for dine-in only, not via the drive-through.

Little Caesar’s
Little Caesars Pizza is giving free pizza to all U.S. Armed Forces veterans and active military members this Veterans Day between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. This meal includes both a $5 HOT-N-READY Lunch Combo — four slices of Little Caesars popular Detroit-style DEEP!DEEP! Dish pepperoni pizza plus a 20-ounce Pepsi product. Proof of service is required.


Great Clips
On Nov. 11, customers who come in for a service can get a free haircut card to give to their favorite veteran. Veterans can also receive a free haircut or get the free haircut card. Haircuts are redeemable until Dec. 31.

Home Depot
Home Depot offers a 10 percent discount to all veterans on Nov. 11. Home Depot offers the 10 percent discount year round to for active duty and retirees.

Sport Clips
Participating locations are offering veterans and active duty service members free haircuts on Nov. 11.

Aquarium of the Pacific
This year, the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Calif., honors Veterans Day by giving free admission to veterans and military personnel from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Nov. 11.

National Parks

More than 100 National Parks will be admission free on Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day.

Knott’s Berry Farm
Active, retired, and veteran military members and one guest get free admission Knott’s Berry Farm from Nov. 1-18, and Nov. 28-Dec. 15. Six additional discounted tickets can be purchased for other guests. If you’re visiting Nov. 1-16, they are $35 each, but the price increases to $40 for a Nov. 27-Dec. 16 visit. Your Military I.D. card or DD 214 is required at a Knott’s Berry Farm ticket booth in order to get this offer.

Take an additional 10 percent off your in-store JCPenney order Nov. 8-12. It can be combined with other offers taking place that week too. A military or VA ID is required. 

Jo Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
Past and present military members plus their dependents get 10 percent off their total purchase at Jo Ann’s every day of the year. This is valid not only for regularly priced items but also anything on sale or clearance.