Veterans Day: Discounts and Freebies

The following is a list of nearly 100 Veterans Day discounts on goods, services and dining for 2013. 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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2013 Veterans Day Restaurant Offerings:

Applebees - Veterans and active duty military receive a free meal from a limited menu, on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11. 

Bar Louie – On Sunday, Nov. 10 and Monday, Nov. 11, all Bar Louie locations are offering veterans and military personnel a free meal up to a $12 value. 

Bob Evans – Veterans and active military personnel receive free all-you-can-eat hotcakes on Monday, Nov. 11.

Boston Market – Boston Market is offering a free whole chicken with the purchase of a family meal on Monday, Nov. 11 with a military ID.

California Pizza Kitchen – Veterans and active military receive a free pizza on Monday, Nov. 11.

Carrabba’s – All active and retired veterans get a free appetizer of your choice from Nov. 9-Nov. 11.

Champps -- On Monday, Nov. 11, Champps will offer a free handcrafted burger with waffle fries to veterans and active duty military.

Krispy Kreme – Krispy Kreme stores are offering a free doughnut and small coffee on Monday, Nov. 11 when presenting a military ID or wearing a uniform. 

Little Caesars – Veterans and active military members get a free order of Crazy Bread on Monday, Nov. 11. 

LongHorn Steakhouse – Veterans and current servicemembers receive a complimentary Texas Tonion appetizer and non-alcoholic beverage from Nov. 11 to Nov. 14.

Max and Erma's – On Monday, Nov. 11, participating Max & Erma’s locations are saluting veterans and active military personnel with a free Best Cheeseburger in America Combo meal.

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants – On Sunday, November 10, participating McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants will offer a complimentary entree to vets from a special menu.

Menchi's --  All veterans will receive a free 6 oz. frozen yogurt on Monday, Nov. 11.

Noah’s New York Bagels -- Active, inactive and retired military personnel receive a free Signature or Classic Bagel and Shmear (or any other topping) on Monday, Nov. 11.

O’Charley’s – Veterans and active duty servicemembers get a complimentary meal from a limited menu on Monday, Nov. 11.  

Olive Garden – On Monday, Nov. 11, all veterans and current servicemembers get a free meal from a limited menu. Family dining with them will also receive 10% off their meal.

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

Outback Steakhouse – All active and former servicemembers receive a free Bloomin’ Onion and a beverage on Nov. 11. Outback is also offering active and former servicemembers 10% off their meals Nov. 12 through Dec. 31.

Paciugo Gelato Caffè – Paciugo is offering a free 12 oz. Gelatte® to veterans and active duty military on Monday, Nov. 11 at participating locations.

Red Hot & Blue -- Veterans receive a free entrée with the purchase of a second entrée on Monday, Nov. 11. Coupon required.

Red Lobster – Veterans and current servicemembers receive a complimentary appetizer from a limited menu from Nov. 11 to Nov. 14.

Red Robin – Veterans and active duty military get a free Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries on Monday, Nov. 11.   

Shoney's -- Shoney's will be offering a free All-American Burger to veterans and active duty servicemembers on Monday, Nov. 11. 

Sizzler – Sizzler is offering active duty and veteran military members a free lunch from a limited menu on Monday, Nov. 11 until 4 p.m.

Souplantation – From Saturday, Nov. 9 through Monday, Nov. 11, current and former military personnel eat free with the purchase of one full price meal and 2 beverages. You can also purchase a single meal at 50% off with the purchase of a refillable fountain beverage.

Spaghetti Warehouse – On Sunday, Nov. 10 and Monday, Nov. 11, choose one original spaghetti entrée or 15-layer lasagna and get the second entrée free. This deal requires a coupon, which is available starting Nov. 6 at the Spaghetti Warehouse website, the Facebook page, and can be presented from a mobile phone.  

Starbucks – Former and active duty servicemembers and their spouses get a free tall brewed coffee on Monday, Nov. 11.

Sticky Fingers Smokehouse -- Veterans, receive a free entrée with the purchase of a second entrée on Monday, Nov. 11. Coupon required.

Sweet Tomatoes -- From Saturday, Nov. 9 through Monday, Nov. 11, current and former military personnel eat free with the purchase of one full price meal and 2 beverages. You can also purchase a single meal at 50% off with the purchase of a refillable fountain beverage.

Texas Corral – Active duty servicemembers and veterans receive a free entrée from a limited menu on Monday, Nov. 11.

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

TGIFridays – Veterans and active duty military get a free lunch from a select menu on Monday, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Greene Turtle – Veterans and active duty military receive a free lunch from a limited menu on Monday, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tim Hortons Café & Bake Shop – Active duty military and veterans receive a free donut all day long on Monday, Nov. 11. 

Tony Roma’s – Current and former military members can come in on Monday, Nov. 11 and receive a voucher for a free entrée ($15 maximum value) to use on their next visit.

Tucanos Brazilian Grill -- Active duty, reserve and retired military and veterans receive a free Churrasco meal on Monday, Nov. 11. They are also offering 10% off the entire bill for veterans and troops who dine with their families, from Friday, Nov. 8 through Veteran’s Day, Monday, Nov. 11.

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

Uno Chicago Grill – Veterans and active military get a free entrée or individual pizza with an entrée or pizza purchase of equal or greater value on Monday, Nov. 11. Valid military ID or proof of service required. No coupon necessary.

Village Inn – All veterans and active military personnel receive a free breakfast on Monday, Nov. 11. Choose between Buttermilk Pancakes, Belgian Waffle, or French Toast. 

2013 Veterans Day Travel and Recreation:

24 Hour Fitness – Servicemembers receive a weekend of complimentary workouts at clubs nationwide Nov. 8 – Nov. 11. 

Colonial Williamsburg – Active duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans and their dependents receive free weekend-long admission tickets Nov. 8 through Nov. 11.

Knotts Berry Farm – Knott's Berry Farm is offering free admission for veterans and active duty military personnel and one guest from November 4, 2013 to January 5, 2014. 

National Parks - On Veterans Day weekend (Nov. 9-11) veterans will have access to over 100 National Parks that require entrance fees for free.

Red Roof Inn - Red Roof Inn is offering 15% off at more than 350 properties nationwide in the month of November to veterans, active duty military and their families.

Sea World Parks and Entertainment – Veterans and active duty military can get 50% off single-day admission tickets through Nov.11, 2013.

The McGladrey Classic – Active and retired military receive free tickets with official military ID, and veterans pay $25 with verified coupon from Nov. 7 through Nov. 10.

World of Coca-Cola -- Military members receive complimentary admission year-round, but in honor of Veterans Day they also may purchase up to four half-price tickets for their friends and family Nov. 9-17.

2013 Veterans Day Retailer Offerings:

ACE Jiffy Lube – On Sunday, Nov. 10 and Monday, Nov. 11, veterans and active duty military receive a 50% discount on a Signature Service Oil Change at participating ACE Jiffy Lube locations.

Bed Bath and Beyond – Bed Bath and Beyond is offering veterans 20% off their entire purchase on Nov. 9, 10, and 11. This is good for active duty, DoD, reserves, guard, retirees, veterans, and military spouses.

Big Lots – Veterans, active duty, reserve, and retired military personnel and their immediate family receive 10% off their entire purchase on Saturday, Nov. 9.

Buy Buy Baby – Active duty, DoD, Reserves, Guard, retirees, veterans and military spouses get 20% off their entire purchase on Nov. 9, 10 and 11.

Build-a-Bear Workshop – Build-a-Bear is offering 15% off all military-themed gifts online and 15% off entire in-store purchase with military ID. Offer good now through Nov. 11.

Dollar General – Veterans, active military, members of the National Guard and Reserve and immediate family members get 11% off the total purchase on Nov. 11.

Food Lion – Active duty and retired military personnel receive a 10% discount on Monday, Nov. 11.

Grace for Vets - Car washes from around the world who join this program offer free car washes to veterans and servicemembers on Nov. 11.

Great Clips – On Monday, 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% discount to all veterans during Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day. Home Depot offers the 10% discount year round to for active duty and retirees.

JCPenney – Veterans, active duty and family members receive an extra 20% off in stores Nov. 6-11 with coupon.

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores – Past or present members of the armed forced and their families receive 20% off their total purchase Sunday, Nov. 10 through Friday, Nov. 15.

Jos. A. Bank – Customers who purchase a regular-priced men’s suit (excluding Traveler and Signature products) in-store or online will receive an additional two free suits of equal or lesser value from Nov. 12-17. 

Lowe's – All veterans receive a 10% discount on Veterans Day, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. The offer is available in stores only.

Massage Envy – Participating Massage Envy locations in the Washington DC, Maryland, and northern Virginia region are offering a complimentary 1-hour massage to active military, veterans and spouses on Monday, Nov. 11.

Meineke Car Care Centers – On Monday, Nov. 11, all veterans and active duty military personnel, as well as spouses of deployed members receive free basic oil changes.

Sport Clips – Participating locations are offering veterans and active duty servicemembers free haircuts on Monday, Nov. 11.

Steve Madden – Steve Madden is offering 20% off the entire purchase with a valid military ID on Monday, Nov. 11.

Toys“R”Us – At Toys“R”Us and Babies”R”Us, military members and their families can get 20% off one regular-priced item from Sunday, Nov. 10 through Saturday, Nov. 16.

Under Armour – Veterans and active duty servicemembers get 15% off plus free shipping on all orders from now until Monday, Nov. 11.

Walgreens – Walgreens is offering 15% off eligible store items and 20% of Walgreens, Nice! And W brand products on Monday, Nov. 11. This discount is available to all veterans and active duty military personnel.

Other:

Amazon – Amazon.com is offering a free MP3 album download of “Veterans Day Honor” on Monday, Nov. 11.  

America's Parade – Veterans are invited to march in this New York City parade on Nov. 11.

"Honor Flight" movie – Veterans can see the movie “Honor Flight” for free in theaters nationwide on Monday, Nov. 11. 

Kiplinger’s, Social Security Solutions and Wells Fargo – On Nov. 11, Kiplinger’s Social Security Solutions will offer veterans free one-day access to its online tool for a personalized report to help maximize retirement benefits.

Medal of Honor Stamps -- The U.S. Postal Service will issue special Medal of Honor stamps on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. 

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.

Year-Round Veterans Discounts:

Foot Locker – Veterans, servicemembers (active, guard, and reserve), and their immediate families with a Foot Locker Veterans Advantage Card receive a 20% discount every day of the year. That offer is good both online and at any store location, including Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Footaction and Champs Sports — even on sale items.

Home Depot  – Home Depot offers a 10% discount (up to a $500 maximum) to all active military, reserve, retired or disabled veterans and their family members with a valid military ID. All other veterans qualify for a 10% discount during Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day.

Lowe's – Lowe's offers a year-round 10% discount offer for all active duty, National Guard and Reserve, retirees and disabled servicemembers and their immediate families. All other veterans receive the 10% discount on Veterans Day, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. The discount is available on in-stock and special-order purchases of up to $5,000. The offer can't be used on sales at Lowes.com, on previous sales or on sales of services or gift cards. You must present a valid military I.D. card to receive the discount.

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Veterans Day gives Americans the opportunity to celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of all U.S. veterans. However, most Americans confuse this holiday with Memorial Day, reports the Department of Veterans Affairs. It's imperative that all Americans know the history of Veterans Day so that we can honor our former servicemembers properly.
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