2014 Veteran’s Day Freebies and Discounts {updated}

by Mackenzie on October 30, 2014

Military US FlagIf you or someone you know is a military veteran then check out this long list of freebies and great discounts for Veteran’s Day. Be sure to check the dates on the offers and to call ahead to confirm your store or restaurant is participating this year. As always, remember to bring proper ID or come in uniform to receive the discount.

Veterans Day Restaurant Deals:

Applebees Free Meal
On November 11th, veterans and active duty military can choose from a free signature Thank You Meal menu that includes some of Applebee’s favorite items, including a 7 oz. House Sirloin, Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger, Three-Cheese Chicken Penne, Fiesta Lime Chicken, Double Crunch Shrimp, Chicken Tenders Platter or Oriental Chicken Salad. Must present valid Veteran’s form of identification or be in uniform.

Bar Louie Free Lunch or Dinner
From open to close November 10th and November 11th every Bar Louie location across the country will offer veterans and military personnel a free appetizer or meal when you show valid military I.D. or other proof of service.

BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse
On November 11th – free lunch entree up to $9.95 value to all active duty military and veterans, with proof of service.

Bob Evans Restaurants
On November 11th – Free all you can eat hotcakes for active duty military and veterans with ID or proof of service.

California Pizza Kitchen – Veterans and active military can choose a pizza, full size salad, or pasta from the special Veterans Day Menu. Dine-in only on Nov. 11.

Carraba’s Restaurants
On November 11th – Free appetizer of your choice for active duty service members and veterans. Military ID or proof of service required.

Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse Eat Free
Veterans and active-duty military eat free on November 11th. Valid ID required or in uniform or photo in uniform.

Cheeseburger in Paradise
On November 11th get a complimentary All-American Burger with fries to active and retired military personnel. Dine in only and must purchase a beverage and present proof of service.

Chili’s – On November 11th, Chili’s is offering all military veterans past and present their choice of one of 7 meals during the dinner hour, or any lunch combo during lunch. Offer only available at participating Chili’s in the U.S. only. Dine-in from limited menu only; beverages and gratuity not included. Veterans and active duty military simply show proof of military service.

Famous Dave’s
On November 11th enjoy One Meat Salute – choose from one meat, a corn muffin, and a side at participating locations.

Denny’s — Active, inactive and retired military personnel can get free Grand Slam on Veterans Day nationwide.

Einstein Bros Bagels
On November 11th – Free coffee at participating locations. Available to all active duty members and veterans with ID or proof of service.

Fatz Eatz and Drinkz
On this Veteran’s Day, Veterans and Active Duty military can enjoy a free entrée up to a $13 value.

Fire & Ice Grill & Bar
On November 11th – Free meal for military and veterans. Proof of service required.

Friendly’s Restaurant
Free breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Breakfast is a Big Two Do breakfast, which includes a coffee and the choice between French toast, buttermilk pancakes, or regular toast along with bacon or sausage links, and two eggs. Lunch or dinner is an All-American Burger served with fries and a beverage. Offer available veterans and active military, with a valid military ID or honorable discharge card. Participating locations only

Golden Corral Free Meal
Monday November 17th from 5 PM to 9 PM get a free Veterans Day buffet and beverage to any veteran who has served in the United States military or is a current active duty service member. All Golden Corral locations will be participating.

Hooters –Veterans and active duty military receive a free meal up to $10.99 with drink purchase on November 11th.

Hoss’s Family Steak & Sea House Free Meal
November 11th from 11 AM to 9 PM veterans and active duty eat free from a select menu.

Krispy Kreme
On November 11th – Free doughnut and small coffee. Participating Krispy Kreme stores only. Offer available to all active-duty, retirees, and veterans. Call ahead to verify your local Krispy Kreme is participating.

Lone Star Steakhouse
On November 11th – All veterans and active duty military will be eligible for a free Starter. Must show ID or proof of service. Call to confirm participation.

Longhorn Steakhouse
This Veteran’s Day enjoy free Texas Tonion and non-alcoholic beverage. Offer good for Veterans and active-duty military members. Proof of service required.

Max & Erma’s Free Cheeseburger Combo Meal with Dessert
On Veterans Day, November 11th, participating Max & Erma’s locations are celebrating veterans and active military personnel with a Cheeseburger, choice of soup or salad and a chocolate chip cookie. Dine-in Only.

McCormick and Schmick’s Free Entree
Enjoy a complimentary entree on Sunday November 9th. All veterans must show official verification. Dine-in only.

Menchie’s Free Frozen Yogurt
On Veterans Day, November 11th veterans and active duty personnel get a a free 6 oz. frozen yogurt. Show a valid ID or be in uniform to receive.

Olive Garden Free Meal
All veterans and military active duty will receive a free meal from a special menu on Veterans Day. Also, their families get 10% off their orders.

On The Border Free Entree
All veterans and active duty military will receive a free entree from the “Create Your Own Combo menu” on November 11, 2014.

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt
On Veteran’s Day, November 11th, all veterans, retired and active-duty military personnel receive a free cup of frozen yogurt, up to 11 ounces. Proof of military service, such as a military ID card, uniform photo, honors, badges, or come dressed in their military uniform is required. Go here for locations.

Perkin’s Restaurant & Bakeries
On November 11th – Active service members and veterans enjoy a free Magnificent Seven meal which includes two eggs, three buttermilk pancakes, and a choice of two bacon strips or two sausage links at participating locations. Beverage not included. Must show ID or proof of service.

Red Robin Free Burger and Fries
All Veterans and Active Duty Military get a free Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries on Nov. 11. (waiting on update)

Red Lobster
Enjoy a free Appetizer from a select list on Veterans Day with military ID or proof of service.

Shoney’s Offers Free All-American Burger
Shoney’s says ‘Thank You’ to America’s heroes by offering Shoney’s All-American Burger to All Veterans and Active Duty Military Members on November 11th.

Sizzler Free Lunch
Active duty and retired members of the military get a free lunch on Veterans Day, November 11, 2014 until 4 p.m. Guests with proof of military service will select a six-ounce six-ounce Tri Tip Steak, single Malibu Chicken or a half dozen Fried Shrimp entrée with a choice of side dish.

Spaghetti Warehouse Buy 1 Get 1 Free Meal
On November 11th choose 1 original spaghetti entrée or 15-layer lasagne, get the 2nd entrée free. Find a location near you.

Free tall, brewed hot coffee (12oz) for veterans, active duty military, and active duty spouses on Veteran’s Day.

Texas Roadhouse
On November 11th at every Texas Roadhouse location enjoy a free lunch by choosing from one of 10 free meals, including sides and a drink. Offer good for all active, retired or former U.S. military with ID or proof of service. Dine-in only.

TGI Fridays Free Lunch
Veterans and active duty military service members are invited have lunch on T.G.I Friday’s this Veterans Day, November 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tim Horton’s
On November 11th all US locations are offering a free donut to all active duty service members and veterans. No purchase necessary but must show ID or proof of service.

Travel Centers of America Free Meal
On Veterans Day, November 11, all CDL drivers who are Military Veterans eat FREE at participating full-service restaurants with proof of service. Must present valid ID.

Tucanos Brazilian Grill
All active duty, reserve and retired military and veterans receive a complimentary free Shrimp Skewer Nov 8 through Veteran’s Day, November 11th. Also receive a Tucanos Veteran Card and enjoy 25% off 4 Churrasco Meals and send in a picture of a loved one in uniform to receive a free dessert coupon.

Twin Peaks Free Meal
On November 11th the first 100 servicemen and women will receive a free Twin Peaks calendar with $160 in coupons. In addition all active and retired members of the Armed Forces are invited to visit Twin Peaks for lunch or dinner and select any meal from the Twin Peaks menu.

Uno Chicago Grill
On November 11th enjoy a free individual pizza or entrée with the purchase of a pizza or entrée of equal or greater value. Available for all active duty and veterans with ID or proof of service required.

Free Admissions or Store Discounts & Deals

Bed and Breakfast Inns in the U.S. and Canada
Get a free stay with the 5th Annual B&Bs for Vets military specials that takes place on Sunday, November 10 and Monday, November 11, 2013. See site for participating B & Bs.

California Association of Bed and Breakfast Inns
Some B&Bs belonging to the CABBI association are offering military specials in conjunction with Veterans’ Day (November 11th). Some Inns are extending the special through the month of November or keeping year round.

Free Car Wash in the U.S., Australia, Canada & New Zealand
On Monday November 11th Veterans or active duty military can receive a free car wash at over 2,000 participating locations. No proof of service is required but everyone is asked to honor this program. Some of the participating car washes include 7-11, Mister Car Wash, Simoniz Car Wash and Mike’s Car Wash. See list of participating locations

Free Hair Cut
While too many to list many local hair clip and barber shops offer free hair cuts on Veterans Day to Veterans and active duty armed forces members. Call stores in your local area to confirm.

Free Oil Change
Oil changes are free to Veterans and active duty armed forces members at many participating local oil change centers including participating name brand oil service centers. Call stores in your local area to confirm. Many are offering the free oil change for several days around Veteran’s Day.

National Parks Free Veterans Day Admission
Everybody gets free entrance to our National Parks on Veterans Day, November 11th.

Sports Clips Free Haircut
All veterans and active-duty U.S. service members can get a free haircut on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, 2013 with valid proof of service. Sports Clip is also raising money for the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ (VFW) Operation Uplink program and will donate a $1 for every haircut service to the program.

US Forest Service Free Veterans Day Admission
The U.S. Forest Service is waiving fees at most of its day-use recreation sites over the Veterans Day holiday weekend, Nov. 9-11. Go online to find a national forest or grassland near you.


This list will be updated as more information is provided by restaurants, retail and other vendors.

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Mackenzie is the mother of three beautiful little girls and the wife to a wonderful man who is a Navy Reservist and lives in New Hampshire. She enjoys bargain hunting, photography, and working outside! Above all, she enjoys family life and soaking up every moment. She shares her tips on parenting, saving money, green-living and more on her blog The Centsible Family.

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