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Major Chains Are Thanking Troops This Year With Free Veterans Day Deals

Each year, on November 11th, the United States sets apart a day meant to spend thanking and honoring those who have served our country via the military. Thousands of active duty and veteran service members put everything on the line for the nation every single day, and while it definitely merits continual respect and gratitude, it’s also warming to have a special day set aside to thank them. Several major restaurant chains feel the same way, as they’ve posted free Veterans Day deals for active or retired armed forces members to enjoy in remembrance of this honorable day.

This year, since Veterans Day happens to fall on a Saturday, federal government offices will close on Friday the 10th instead to observe the occasion. As a result, some chains will be offering their deals for that day as well, so you’ll want to pay attention to which dates each chain is offering their free Veterans Day deals for.


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All military personnel that show a valid ID on the morning of Friday, November 10th, will receive a free Build Your Own Grand Slam breakfast. The offer is valid between 5 am to noon on that day.


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On Saturday, November 11th, all veterans, active duty military and their spouses that visit Starbucks will get a free tall coffee. Additionally, those who aren’t current or prior military can also give back through the coffee chain on this day and beyond. Through November 15th, you can purchase the above Veterans Day card, and Starbucks will donate $5 to three different veterans organizations: Team Rubicon, Team Red, White, & Blue, and The Mission Continues.

Starbucks employees can also donate their weekly coffee bag through November 15th to troops overseas.

Red Lobster

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Red Lobster is offering up a special menu of free appetizers or desserts for veterans, active duty, and reservists on Saturday, November 11th. Those who show a valid military ID or proof of service can choose one starter or one sweet from the below lists:

Appetizers: Sweet Chili Shrimp, Mozzarella Cheesesticks, Jumbo Coconut Shrimp, Seafood-Stuffed Mushrooms, Lobster and Langostino Pizza, or Shrimp Cocktail.

Desserts: Vanilla Bean Cheesecake, Key Lime Pie, Warm Apple Crostada, Chocolate Wave, or Brownie Overboard.

TGI Fridays

On Saturday, November 11th, TGI Fridays will be giving free lunch items that are $12 and under to active duty and retired military members that show proof of service. You’ll also receive a $5 coupon for your next visit.


Veterans and active duty members can receive a free entree from a special Veterans Day menu that Applebee’s is offering on Saturday, November 11th. The menu includes the following seven items: American Standard Burger, Butcher’s Meat (Top Sirloin) with potatoes, Three-Cheese Chicken Cavatappi, Chicken Tenders Platter, Fiesta Lime Chicken, Double Crunch Shrimp, or an Oriental Chicken Salad.

Dunkin’ Donuts

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Anyone who shows a military ID at a Dunkin’ location on November 11th will receive a free donut. Dunkin’ will also be donating $10,000 to Homes For Our Troops, an organization that builds and donates homes for severely injured post-9/11 vets. 100 of those service members will be receiving a new Keurig brewing system and a year’s supply of K-cup pods courtesy of Dunkin’.


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Wienerschnitzel is giving away full meals to those who present their military ID or wear their uniform on Saturday, November 11th. Veterans and active duty military who do so will receive a free chili dog, small fries, and a 20 oz. drink.


Photo courtesy of Hooters.

Veterans and active duty members who show proof of service and purchase a drink on Veteran’s day will get to choose one of five different entrees to eat on the house. These include a 10-piece traditional or boneless wings, a buffalo chicken sandwich or salad, and a burger.

Red Robin

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On November 11th, all current and former military service members will receive a free Red’s Tavern Double Burger, served with bottomless steak fries. Proof of service is all that’s needed to enjoy this free burger meal.

California Pizza Kitchen

In total, 13 different entrees are on CPK’s special Veterans Day menu for current and former military members. Proof of service is required for access to the free menu, which includes a variety of pizzas, salads, and pasta entrees.

Little Caesar’s

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From 11 am to 2 pm on Veterans Day, all armed forces members past and present will receive a free $5 Lunch combo at Little Caesar’s. The combo includes a 20 oz. drink and four slices of Detroit-style pizza.

Buffalo Wild Wings

Veterans and active duty who show up to Buffalo Wild Wings on Veterans Day will receive a free small order of traditional or boneless wings and a small side of fries. The deal requires proof of military service, like an ID or photo of yourself in uniform. BWW’s promotion also includes the above feel-good short film for those who’ve served or are serving.

By Constantine Spyrou

Constantine's life revolves around eating, studying, and talking about food. He's obsessed with eggs, gyros, and the future of food.