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Veterans Day Discounts 2013

Every year, my Veterans Day discount post is super-popular.  I hope that many of you will find it useful again this year.  Not all venues have announced their plans for 2013, so I will be updating it as new information becomes available.  There are also many offers that I can not verify, so I've put them at the end in their own section.  If you can provide a link to these offers, please let me know and I'll update as I can manage.  Please share with your friends!

As always, please remember these guidelines:

  • Please be sure to contact individual locations to verify hours and restrictions.
  • If you are using a restaurant deal, please be sure to tip on the total amount of the bill before the discount.  Let's show our country's servers that military vets do the right thing.
  • This is a nice thing that companies do for the military and I hate to see it being turned into something negative due to miscommunication or disagreements about documentation.  Each business gets to make their own rules about what they consider acceptable identification in order to qualify for the promotion.


applebeesApplebees continues their tradition of offering free meals to veterans and active duty servicemembers.  This offer is available only on Monday, 11 November 2013 during regular business hours.  Beverages and gratuities are not included.  Acceptable identification card includes DoD-issued uniformed services ID cards, DoD-issued retired ID cards, current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), veterans organization card (such as American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars), DD214, commendation or citation, picture of veteran in uniform.

bar louieBar Louie is offering a free meal, up to a $12 value on either Sunday, 10 November 2013 or Monday, 11 November 2013.  The press release mentioned that valid ID is required, but it doesn't specify what sort of ID is acceptable.

california pizza kitchenCalifornia Pizza Kitchen is offering a free pizza for currently serving military and veterans on Monday, 11 November 2013.   Proof of service is required.  This offer excludes location in Guam, at airports, stadiums, or universities.  Dine-in only.  (The promo details are in the carousel of pictures at the top.  You can wait for it to come around, or click on the first little circle in the scroll to go to it directly.)

charlie browns steakhouse

Charlie Brown's Steakhouse is offering a free meal to veterans on Monday, 11 November 2013.  I can't find this offer on their website, but it is published at their Facebook page.  The food looks pretty yummy, too.  I've never heard of Charlie Brown's Steakhouse, but apparently they are based in New Jersey and spread out across the US.

cheeseburger in paradiseCheeseburger in Paradise is offering a FREE All- American Burger and Fries on Monday 11 November 2013.  A $1.99 beverage purchase is required.  Available to anyone who has a valid active duty ID card, retiree ID card, Veterans Organization ID card, or photograph in uniform.  The list doesn't mention DD214; if that's the ID you have, you might want to call first.  

friendly'sFriendly's is giving veterans and active military a free Veterans Day breakfast which includes a Big Two Do Breakfast and coffee on Monday, November 11 during breakfast hours.  You'll need to present your military ID or honorable discharge certificate to get this Veterans Day freebie at a Friendly's near you.  Make sure you call ahead to see if your Friendly's is participating.

golden corral

Golden Corral may be the big granddaddy of all Veterans Day deals.  They have offered free meals to Veterans for the last 12 years, including over 375,000 meals in 2012.  Also in 2012, Golden Corral and their guests collected over one million dollars for the Disabled American Veterans.

For 2013, Golden Corral is again offering free meals to all veterans on Monday, 11 November 2013 from 4 pm to 9 pm.  Families are welcome to dine at the regular price.  There are no take-outs available for this offer.  No identification is required for the veteran.

o-HOOTERS-LOGO-570Hooters has just put up a banner on their website's homepage, that states "On Veterans Day Monday, Nov 11, get a free meal for all veterans and active duty military.  Restrictions apply.  See stores for details."  It's a start - hopefully, more details will be forthcoming.  Usually, they offer a free wing meal with a beverage.  I'll keep looking.

max and ermasMax & Erma's is offering a free Best Cheeseburger in America Combo Meal including soup or salad and a fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie.  The picture looks fabulous!  Identification is required, but the type of identification isn't listed on the advertisement.  This offer is good on Monday, 11 November 2013.

mccormick and schmickMcCormick and Schmick's offers a free meal to veterans on Sunday, 10 November 2013.  I've heard this restaurant is fabulous...maybe one day we'll be able to take advantage of this deal.  The offer includes a free meal from a limited menu.  Reservations are strongly recommended.

olive gardenOlive Garden restaurants are offering a free meal on Monday, 11 November 2013 from a selected menu.  Accompanying family members are eligible for a 10% discount off of their meal.  In addition, Olive Garden is offering 10% off the entire bill for veterans and their families throughout the month of November.  I've recently eaten at an Olive Garden for the first time, and I thought the food was pretty darn good.

on the borderOn The Border is giving veterans and active duty military members a free Create Your Own combo meal, including the Choose 2 and Choose 3 options.   Must present proof of service.   Participation may vary at particular locations, especially in CA, ID, MT, NV, OR and WA.  Be sure to check with your location before you go.

red robinRed Robin is offering a free Tavern Double burger with bottomless fries on Monday, 11 November 2013.  This offer is available to veterans or active duty folks.  Acceptable identification includes "military ID, proof of service or who are in military uniform."

shoneysShoney's is offering a free All-American Burger to veterans on Monday, 11 November 2013.  Identification is required but the acceptable types of identification are not specified.  This offer does not include tax, tip or beverage.  Not valid with any other offers and only for dining in the restaurant.  One offer per veteran.

texas roadhouseTexas Roadhouse is offering a free lunch to active duty and veterans on Monday, 11 November 2013.  There will be a special 10 item menu available from 11 am to 2 pm, plus a choice of any Coca-Cola product, sweet tea/ice tea or coffee. Proof of service includes military or VA card, or discharge papers.

tgifridaysTGIFridays is offering a free lunch, from a selected menu, to veterans and active duty military members on Monday, 11 November 2013.  This deal is available from 11 am to 2 pm.  Check with your local restaurant for participation and details. Proof of military service is required, though valid proof is not listed. Beverages are not included unless an eligible lunch combo is ordered.

TATravel Centers of America, who operate both the TA and Petro branded stopping centers, are offering a free meal, up to $15 value, to veterans who hold a Commercial Driver's License (CDL).  This offer is available on Monday, 11 November 2013.  Acceptable identification includes a DoD Issued Retired identification card, DD214, veterans organization card, photo in uniform.

Travel and Recreation

knott's berry farmKnotts Berry Farm is offering Military Tribute Days including free admission for veterans and active duty military personnel and one guest from 4 November 2013 to 5 January 2014. This deal also includes the purchase of six additional tickets for just $22 each from 4-27 November 2013  and $27 each from 28 November 2013 to 5 January 2014.

national parks serviceThe entire National Parks Service offers free admission to everyone on Veterans Day weekend, 9-11 November 2013.  This offer includes entrance fees and transportation entrance fees.  This does not include add-on fees such as camping, tours, and concession fees.

SeaworldSeaWorld Parks and Entertainment – Veterans and current servicemembers can get 50% off single-day admission tickets (off the front gate price) through Nov.11, 2013. This offer is available only online or at participating military bases, not at the front gate.  This is in addition to the Waves of Honor program that offers free admission for currently serving military members.

Retailers and Services

bed bath and beyondBed Bath and Beyond is offering veterans 20% off their entire purchase on 9-11 November 2013 for their U.S. Armed Forces Appreciation Weekend. This is good for active duty, DoD, reserves, guard, retirees, veterans, and military spouses.

grace for vetsGrace for Vets organizes individual car washes from around the world to offer free car washes to veterans and servicemembers on 11 November 2013.  I think this is so cool because it is international!  It's also a little different...I would never have thought of a car wash offering a Veterans Day deal.

Great ClipsGreat Clips hair salons is offering a unique offer:  with any haircut on Monday, 11 November 2013 patrons will receive a card for a free haircut that they can give to a veteran in their life.  Also on Monday, 11 November 2013, veterans can get a free haircut or pick up a card for a future haircut.  The gift cards are valid until 31 December 2013.  I love how this involves non-veterans in the act of honoring veterans, and spreads the value out beyond the single day.

home depotThe Home Depot offers a 10% discount to all veterans during Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day weekends.  The Home Depot also offers the 10% discount year round to for active duty and retirees.  There are restrictions - check with your store for more details.

lowesLowe's offers all veterans receive a 10% discount on Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day weekends.  They also offer active duty and retired military a 10% discount all year round. The offer is available in stores only and there are restrictions.  Be sure to ask before you load up your cart.

massage envyUnfortunately, this is only available in the greater Washington, DC, area, but regional Massage Envy spa locations are offering free 1 hour massages for active duty, vets and their spouses.  I don't think they even understand what a big offer this is.  Appointments are an absolute must - make one today!

sport clipsParticipating Sport Clips locations are offering veterans and active duty servicemembers free haircuts on Monday, 11 November 2013 with proof of service.  Be sure to use the tool to find a participating location so you don't feel silly.

Offers From Last Year, or Rumors That I Can Not Verify

These offers are either from last year, or I have heard about but I can not find documentation to verify.  I also could be that I'm just not fast enough to track down each and every offer.   Please let me know if you find a website that establishes the validity of these offers:

I heard that Carrabba’s is offering a FREE Appetizer  for veterans on Monday, 11 November 2013. Will need proof of Military Service.

Champps is offering a free burger and fries on Monday, 11 November 2013.  Available to all retired, former and current military a free handcrafted hamburger and fries. Franchise participation may vary, so be sure to call ahead and verify that your location is participating.  Champps Locations.

Chili’s is offering a free meal on Monday, 11 November 2013.  Active military and veterans may choose a free meal from a selected menu.   The offer is available all day and is only valid for dine-in purchases. Beverages and gratuity not included. Military ID or proof is required. Chili’s Locations.

Denny’s is offering Free All You Can Eat Pancakes from 6 am to 2 pm on Monday, 11 November 2013.   Military ID or proof is required. This offer is valid in every Denny’s nationwide. Denny’s Locations.

All East Coast Wings & Grill locations will be offering all veterans a free appetizer or dessert on Monday, 11 November 2013.  You’ll need to bring along your Military ID, U.S. Uniform Services Retired ID Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans Organization Card, or a photograph of you in uniform, or be wearing your uniform.

54th Street Grill is offering a free meal up to a $12 value for veterans on Veterans Day. No proof is needed.  This chain is located in the St. Louis, Kansas City, and San Antonio metropolitan areas.

Hoss's is offering a free meal off their American Values Menu which includes the choice of sirloin, chicken parmesan, tilapia, salad and soup bar, fried shrimp, meatloaf, grilled or fried chicken tenders, or a steak tip bowl.  All of these are served with soup, salad, dessert bar, and a beverage.  This offer is good for all veterans on Monday, 11 November 2013.  This is valid on dine in only. Be sure to bring your military proof for this freebie.

Stop into any Hy-Vee grocery store with in-store dining and get a free breakfast on Monday, November 11, 2013. Call to confirm that they are participating and verify the hours.

Krispy Kreme is offering a free doughnut to veterans on Monday, 11 November 2013.   . Military ID or proof is required. Krispy Kreme Locations.

Little Caesars Pizza is offering Free Crazy Bread on Monday, 11 November 2013Call to verify participation. Military ID or proof is required. Little Caesars Locations.

Lone Star Steakhouse is offering a free appetizer on Monday, 11 November 2013.   Military ID or proof is required. Lone Star Steakhouse Locations.

LongHorn Steakhouse is giving away free Texas Tonions and non-alcoholic beverages to veterans who stop into their local Longhorn Steakhouse on Monday, 11 November through Thursday, 14 November 2013.  You’ll need to bring proof of service with you for this freebie such as wearing your uniform or showing Military ID.

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt  is offering Free Yogurt, Monday, 11 November 2013Veterans and active duty personnel get a a free 6 oz. frozen yogurt. Show a valid ID or be in uniform to receive. Menchie’s Locations.

O’Charley’s is offering a free meal from $9.99 menu. Will need proof of Military service.

Outback Steakhouse is offering a free Bloomin’ Onion and a Coca-Cola beverage on Monday, 11 November and Tuesday, 12 November 2013.  Military ID or proof is required. Outback Steakhouse is also offering receive a military discount of 10% everyday from November 13-December 31. Outback Locations.

Paciugo's will be giving veterans and active duty military service members a free 12 oz. Gelatte on Monday, November 11, 2113.  This offer is for participating Paciugo's only. Be sure to call your local location before heading out.

Red Lobster is offering a free appetizer from Monday, November 11 to Thursday, 13 November 2013.  Choose from Spicy Buffalo Chicken Bites, Lobster Pizza, Sweet Chili Shrimp, Crispy Calamari & Vegetables, Lobster-Artichoke-and-Seafood Dip, Lobster Pizza, Lobster-Crab-and-Seafood-Stuffed Mushrooms, Parrot Island Coconut Shrimp, Crispy Fried Green Beans, Mozzarella Cheesesticks, or Chilled Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail.

7-Eleven is offering a free Small Slurpee on Monday, 11 November 2013. Military ID or proof is required. 7-Eleven Locations. Sheetz convenience store locations will be giving veterans a free lunch on Monday, November 11. The Veterans Day free meal will include a 6 inch turkey sub and a 20 oz. fountain drink.  Be sure to bring in proof of service to get your free lunch.Participating Subway will be giving away 6-inch subs to all active military and veterans on Monday, 11 November 2013.  Military ID or proof is required. Call ahead to check that the location near you is participating, as this is one offer that definitely varies dramatically by locations.. Subway Locations. All U.S. locations of Tim Hortons are giving away free donuts to all active and inactive U.S. military veterans on Monday, 11 November 2013.  Proof of service is required.  No purchase necessary.

Tony Roma’s is offering a free entree up to $15 for veterans on Monday, 11 November 2013.

Participating Village Inns will be giving veterans and active military their choice of a free stack of buttermilk pancakes, free french toast, or a Belgian waffle.  Grab your military proof before you head out to the Village Inn near you. Not all locations are participating so be sure to check ahead.

The Dollar General is offering veterans, service members (Active, Guard, and Reserve), and their immediate families will receive a 10% discount with a Veterans Day coupon. The coupon may be found in store circular ads or by asking a sales associate. Military ID or proof is required. Dollar Store Locations.

Sam’s Club will give away 36,000 collapsible Hugo Canes on Veterans Day to military veterans in need of mobility assistance. Sam’s Club will require membership for this offer. Military ID or proof is required. Sam’s Club Locations. is offering a free Veterans Day Honor MP3 album download. The album includes 12 songs by The Bands and Ensembles of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Cabela’s Outdoor Store will be offering their employee discount to all veterans, active-duty military and reserves, law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel on 11 November 2013. Discounts vary from 5% to 50%, depending on the item. Military ID or proof is required. Cabela’s Locations.

Build-a-Bear Workshop is offering military and veterans  a 20% discount from 11 November - 15 November 20132 on any one transaction at Build-A-Bear Workshop. Military ID or proof is required. Build-a-Bear Locations.


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