Veterans Day: Discounts and Freebies

The following is a list of Veterans Day discounts on restaurants, goods, services and events for 2014. Please check back frequently as the list is updated.

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

Note: 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.

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2014 Veterans Day Restaurant Offerings:

54th Street Grill -- Veterans and active duty military get a free meal (up to $12) on Tuesday, November 11.

Applebee’s -- Veterans and active duty military receive a free meal from a limited menu, on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11

Bob Evans -- Veterans and active military personnel receive free all-you-can-eat hotcakes on Tuesday, November 11.

*NEW* CentraArchy Restaurants – Veterans and active duty service members get a free entrée and 25% off to their accompanied family and friends on Tuesday, November 11 at participating restaurants.

Cheeseburger in Paradise -- Active and retired military personnel receive a complimentary All-American Burger with fries on Tuesday, November 11.

Claim Jumper -- On Monday, November 10, all Claim Jumper locations will provide veterans with a complimentary meal from a special menu.

Friendly’s – Friendly’s is treating veterans and active military to a free breakfast, lunch or dinner from a limited menu on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11

Golden Corral -- Golden Corral Restaurants' Military Appreciation Monday free dinner will be available on Monday, November 17, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Military retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard and Reserves are all welcome. 

JJ’s Red Hots – Veterans and active duty military get with an unlimited free meal on Tuesday, November 11.

*NEW* Krispy Kreme – Krispy Kreme is offering a free doughnut and small coffee to all veterans on Tuesday, November 11 at participating locations.

LongHorn Steakhouse – Veterans and current service members receive a complimentary Texas Tonion appetizer and non-alcoholic beverage from a select menu on Tuesday, November 11.

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants -- On Sunday, November 9, participating McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants will offer a complimentary entree to veterans from a special menu.

Olive Garden – On Tuesday, November 11, all veterans and current service members get a free meal from a limited menu.

On the Border -- Veterans and active duty military can enjoy a free meal from the “Create Your Own Combo menu” on Tuesday, November  11.

Outback Steakhouse – All active and former service members receive a free Bloomin’ Onion and a beverage on November 11. Outback is also offering active and former service members 15% off their meals Nov. 12 through Dec. 31.

Pinnacle Entertainment -- Veterans and active duty military get a free meal at select casinos on Tuesday, November 11.

Red Hot & Blue -- Veterans receive a free entrée with the purchase of a second entrée on November 10, 11 and 12. Coupon required.

Red Lobster -- Veterans, retired and active-duty military personnel receive a complimentary appetizer from a limited menu from Monday, November 10 to Thursday, November 13

Shoney's -- Shoney's will be offering a free All-American Burger to veterans and active duty service members on Tuesday, November 11

Sizzler -- Sizzler offers active duty and veteran military members a free lunch from a limited menu on Tuesday, November 11 until 4 p.m.

Texas Roadhouse -- Texas Roadhouse locations nationwide will offer veterans a free lunch on Tuesday, November 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Offer is good for active duty, retired or former U.S. military. 

*NEW* Tim Hortons Café & Bake Shop – Active duty military and veterans receive a free donut all day long on Tuesday, November 11.

Travel Centers of America -- On Tuesday, November 11, all CDL drivers who are military veterans eat free at participating full-service restaurants. 

Zoes Kitchen – Active duty military and veterans get a free entrée, and family members get 10% off on November 11.

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2014 Veterans Day Travel and Recreation Discounts:

Army Corp of Engineers Recreation Areas -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will waive day use fees for veterans, active and reserve component service members, and their families at the USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide on November 11.

Busch Gardens -- Veterans and active duty military can get 50% off single-day admission tickets through November 11

Colonial Williamsburg – Active duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans, and their direct dependents receive free Colonial Williamsburg admission for Veterans Day weekend (November 7–11).

Harley-Davidson Museum -- The Harley-Davidson Museum is offering free admission to military members and families on November 8, 9, and 11 in honor of Veterans Day. 

Jefferson Lines -- Jefferson Lines offers free travel to veterans on Tuesday, November 11

Kingsmill Resort  – Veterans and active duty military enjoy a 25% discount off regular room rates on stays from November 7 to 13.

Knotts Berry Farm -- Knott's Berry Farm is offering free admission for veterans and active duty military personnel and one guest from November 2, 2014 to January 4, 2015.

Mariners’ Museum -- Active duty and retired military, veterans and their families receive $5 off admission price Saturday, November 8 to Tuesday, November 11

Mohegan Sun -- Mohegan Sun offers active and retired military members a special hotel $99.00 room rate available from Monday, November 10 to Thursday, November 13.

Mount Vernon -- All active duty, former, or retired military personnel are admitted for free on Veterans Day, November 11

National Parks -- On Veterans Day, November 11, veterans will have access to over 100 National Parks that require entrance fees for free. 

Professional Association of Innkeeping International -- Inns and B&Bs throughout the country will open their doors to thank veterans for their service on Monday, November 10 and Tuesday, November 11 with free or discounted stays.  

Queen Mary -- The Queen Mary offers free admission to active service members, retired military personnel, veterans and special discounts for their family members on November 11

SeaWorld -- Veterans and active duty military can get 50% off single-day admission tickets through November 11

Sesame Place -- Veterans and active duty military can get 50% off single-day admission tickets through November 11

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2014 Veterans Day Retailer Offerings:

Grace for Vets -- Car washes from around the world who join this program offer free car washes to veterans and service members on Tuesday, November 11

Great Clips – On Tuesday, November 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% discount to all veterans on Veterans Day November 11. Home Depot offers the 10% discount year round to for active duty and retirees. 

Lowe's -- All veterans receive a 10% discount on Veterans Day, November 11. The offer is available in stores only. 

Rack Room Shoes -- Military personnel and their dependents get a 10% discount off entire purchase on Veteran’s Day, November 11

Sleep Number -- From October 14 through November 16, Sleep Number is providing special offers for current and past military personnel.  Save $400-$700 on selected Sleep Number mattress sets. 

Sport Clips -- Participating locations are offering veterans and active duty service members free haircuts on Tuesday, November 11.

Steve Madden -- Steve Madden is offering 20% off the entire purchase with a valid military ID on November 11

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2014 Veterans Day Events:

America's Parade -- Veterans are invited to march in this New York City parade on November 11. The theme for this year’s Parade is Land of the Free/Home of the Brave, in honor of the 200th Anniversary of the writing of the “Star Spangled Banner.” 

Cabela’s -- Cabela's hosts a Hometown Heroes event on Veterans Day, November 11 with an increased discount for military personnel as well as Law-Enforcement, Firefighters and Emergency Medical Service personnel. 

Letters from War: A Tribute to Veterans -- On November 7 at 7 PM, the Washington National Cathedral presents a 75-minute concert tribute featuring the U.S. Marine Corps Orchestra, Washington National Cathedral Choir and selections from American War Letters. This tribute event is free and open to the public with no ticketing required.

National Veterans Day Ceremony -- The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held on November 11 at Arlington National Cemetery. It begins at 11:00 AM with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors.

There are many national and state cemeteries throughout the country that may also be holding Veterans Day ceremonies. Click here for a cemetery listing.

NFL Salute to Service – To honor Veterans Day, the NFL will donate $100 to each of its non-profit partners (the Pat Tillman Foundation, USO and Wounded Warrior Project) for every point scored during the 32 Salute to Service games. 

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Giving Back:

The following are organizations who are making a special effort to recognize Veterans Day by donating a portion of their sales to veteran causes or featuring special programs that give back to veterans during the month of November.

*NEW* AARP –From October 30 to November 13, get 20% off AARP membership dues, and when a new membership is purchased, AARP will use a portion of the dues to help provide RealPad™ computer tablets to veterans to help them stay connected.

*NEW* Heinz – Thank a veteran and Heinz will donate $1 for every Thank You e-card and $.57 for social media share to Wounded Warrior Project —up to $250,000. Plus your Thank You e-card will be added to their Gallery of Gratitude. Click here to create an e-card.

*NEW* McDonald’s -- For the entire month of November, all 97 locally owned and operated McDonald’s of Hampton Roads restaurants will donate a portion of all sales of Big Mac and Quarter Pounder with Cheese Extra Value Meals to the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program (VAWWP). 

*NEW* National Veterans Day Run – The National Veterans Day Run takes place on November 11 with races throughout the country, and their National Charity Partner for 2014 is Operation Gratitude. Operation Gratitude will be onsite at each of the races to give care packages to all veterans and active duty military in attendance. They also offer all veterans and active duty military a reduced-rate entry into the race, as well as discounted rates to their spouses and children between 13 and 18 years of age. Click here to register for a race.

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