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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.


Everywhere You Can Find Free Eats On Veteran’s Day

Although you can honor veterans any day of the year, Verteran’s Day puts a special emphasis on recognizing those who have been, or are in service.

As the U.S. celebrates this November 11, there are several food deals that can help make your Veteran’s Day breakfast, lunch, or dinner more affordable.

For most of these restaurant deals, you simply have to show proof of military service and you can enjoy a free, or discounted meal.

While it may be a small token of gratitude, it can be a nice way for service members to spend the day with family, or generally, enjoy some good eats:


Ruby Tuesday

Ruby Tuesday will kick off your veteran-celebrating night with a free appetizer.




If you go to Applebee’s, veterans get a free meal from their “Thank You Menu” which includes meals such as an American Standard All-In burger and even a 7-ounce sirloin.


Baskin Robbins

While not a discount, the classic ice cream shop will donate 11 cents of each ice cream scoop sold to the United Service Organizations.



Free build-your-own-Grand-Slam from 5 a.m. to noon.


California Pizza Kitchen


Free entree from their veterans menu which includes bbq chicken pizza, Hawaiian, mushroom pepperoni sausage, and five cheese.


Famous Dave’s

Free “One Meat Salute.” Choose from their ribs, chopped pork, brisket and chicken accompanied my some corn bread and a side.


Cooper’s Hawk Winery

Complimentary glass of wine with purchase of an entree.



Free chili dog and a small Pepsi.

Pollo Tropical

The chicken spot will be discounting 15 percent off purchase.


Del Taco

Free menu item, all day.


Olive Garden


Free entree and 10 percent off the bill for family members.


Red Lobster

Free Appetizer, or dessert until November 12.



Free pancakes from 7 a.m. To 7 p.m.


Outback Steakhouse

Free Bloomin’ Onion and a soft drink.


Veterans Get Free Hot Coffee at Starbucks


Who: Starbucks Coffee Company.

What: In honor of Veterans Day, anyone having served or are currently serving will receive a free tall, 12 oz, hot coffee. This offer also extends to spouses.

Where: The Veterans Day giveaway will be available at all participating Starbucks locations.

When: Free coffee will be avaialbe to veterans on all day Tuesday, Nov. 11.


Outback Steakhouse Giving Away Free Bloomin’ Onions to Military on Veterans Day


Who: Outback Steakhouse

What: In honor of Veterans Day, Outback is giving away a free order of Bloomin’ Onion and a beverage for anyone presenting a valid military ID. Outback will also be offering a 15 percent discount to retired military personnel and family with a valid ID.

Where: The Veterans Day deal will be available at all participating Outback Steakhouse restaurants.

When: The giveaway will be available on Tuesday, November 11. The discount will be available from November 12 through December 31.


Top 10 Veteran’s Day Free Food Specials 2013


In honor of those who have served or are currently serving our nation, we’ve collected a round-up of all the free specials offered on Monday, Nov. 11, Veteran’s Day. From donuts and coffee at Krispy Kreme to hand-crafted burgers at Champs, we’ve compiled the top 10 Veterans Day deals across the nation.

*Remember to check the company sites for any details listed, such as identification requirements, exact dates and locations where offers are valid, etc.


Krispy Kreme


Krispy Kreme will be offering all active-duty, retirees & veterans a free doughnut and small coffee, Nov. 11, 2013.




Shoney’s will be offering free All-American Burgers to all Vets and Actives Monday, Nov. 11.




Champp’s Americana is offering Veterans and Active Duty Military a free hand-crafted burger and fries all day Nov. 11.


On the Border



On the Border will be offering Veterans and Active a free meal from their “Create Your Own Combo” menu Nov. 11.




Paciugo Gelato Caffe is offering Veteran’s and those in service a free Gelatte for serving on Nov. 11.




Any Veterans or those in Active duty be sure to swing by Menchie’s for a free frozen yogurt on Monday, Nov. 11.


Little Caesar’s


Little Caesar’s is offering a free bag of crazy bread to those who have served or are currently on active duty Nov. 11.


Twin Peaks


Service Men and Women get a free meal on Monday, Nov. 11 at Twin Peaks Mountain Lodge.


Olive Garden

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Service members receive a complimentary entree at Olive Garden on Nov. 11 from a special menu, which includes Venetian Apricot Chicken, Sausage & Peppers Rustica and Spaghetti with Meat Sauce. Family dining with the service member receive a 10 percent discount on their meals throughout the month of November.


Red Lobster


Red Lobster is offering a free appetizer to all Veterans and those in Service from a list of 10 menu items which includes Crispy Fried Green Beans, Lobster Crab and Seafood Stuffed Mushrooms and Sweet Chili Shrimp from Nov. 11 through Nov. 14.


Veterans Day 2011 — A List of Free & Discounted Meals

It’s Veterans Day this November 11 and that means our wonderful service men and women will have their fair share of great food options on the cheap this week, this Friday and into the weekend and next week. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best deals across our favorite brands. Some of them are even opportune for non-vets!

Thank you to all veterans and current men and women in the service. We appreciate all that you do!

Assume everything from the following list requires proof of service. We’ll update as the deals as they come in:


Applebee’s — Free Signature Entree

  • With proof of service (as identified here), you will be able to endulge in a Dine-in experience of one of Applebee’s Signature entrees. Of those included are the Three-Cheese Chicken Penne, 7 oz. House Sirloin, Chicken Tenders Platter, Fiesta Lime Chicken, Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger, Oriental Chicken Salad and Double Crunch Shrimp. The offer is available during business hours on November 11, 2011 at participating Applebee’s only. Beverages and gratuity not included.
Champps Americana — Free Burger
  • All veterans and active military will receie a free burger on November 11th. Proof of service required. The offer is not valid for the Pepperjack Bacon stack Burger or Kobe Burger.
Chili’s — Free Meal
  • All military veterans past and present will get their choice of one of 6 meals. The offer is valid from 11am – 5pm on November 11, 2011 at participating Chili’s in the U.S. only. Dine-in only; beverages and gratuity not included. Proof of military service required.
Denny’s — Free Grand Slam Breakfast
  • Participating Denny’s will be serving free Grand Slam Breakfasts to veterans. Markets include select diners in MAryland, Virginia, Arizona, New MExico, Texas, Indiana, Colorado and Washington, DC). Highly recommended to call ahead to your local Denny’s and see what the deal is.
Golden Corral — Free Meal
  • Golden Corral will be celebrating their 10th annual Military Appreciation dinner this year. On Monday, November 14th, 2011 from 5 pm to 9 pm in all Golden Corral Restaurants nationwide will be giving a free “thank you” dinner to any person who has ever served in the National Guard or Reserves. More info here.
Famous Dave’s — Free Meals and/or Disounts
  • Famous Dave’s deals vary greatly by region, but the BBQ chain has put together a helpful page on their website that will show you what Veterans get depending on the area you live in.
Hooter’s — Free Meal
  • Free meal to military veterans al day on Veterans Day, November 11th. 10 Free Wings — Boneless or Regular, drink purchase required. More info at
Krispy Kreme — Free Doughnut
  • Available only at participating Krispy Kreme stores and is available to all active-duty, retirees & veterans on Friday, November 11th.
Little Caesars Pizza — Free Crazy Bread
  • With proof of military status or proof of service at participating stores, veterans can come up on a free order of Crazy Bread.
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants — Free Lunch or Dinner
  • On Sunday, November 13th, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood veterans will be able to choose a complimentary lunch or dinner entrée. Participating locations only, make sure to give a call to your local restaurant and see what’s available (and to make a reservation!).
  • From November 7th — Friday November 11th, Outback Steakhouse will be honoring America’s military veterans by offering a free Bloomin’ Onion and a Coca-Cola product during the week leading up to Veteran’s Day.
Sizzler — BOGO 6 oz. Steak Entree
  • On November 11th, buy one get one free 6 oz. Steak Entreee witht he purchase of a second one. Valid with proof of military service. Learn more here.
Spaghetti Warehouse — $0.11 lasagne or original recipe spaghetti entree
  • On Friday, November 11th, using this downloadable coupon from their website, you (Veterans or non-veterans alike, open to everyone), customers can get lasagna or any original recipe spaghetti entree for $0.11 with the purchase of one at regular price.
Subway — Free Six Inch Sub
  • On November 11th, participating Subway restaurants will be offering free six inch subs or flatbread sandwiches to military veterans. Participating locations only.
Texas Roadhouse — Free Lunch
  • On Friday, November 11th from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., every Texas Roadhouse location across the country will be honoring veterans, active, retired and former U.S. military with a free lunch. Learn more here.
T.G.I. Friday’s — Buy one Entree, get one free
  • Valid only on November 11th, all veterans and active military personnel who buy one entree will reeive another entree for free. More information here.
The Olive Garden — Free entree
  • Friday, November 11th veterans will get a free entree including baked garlic sticks and choice of soup or salad.
Twin Peaks — Free entree
  • Free entrees up to $10 in value on November 11th.
Sources: Military Wallet /



Tim Hortons Giving Out Free Donuts to Veterans on Veterans Day

In celebration of all U.S. military veterans and their service and dedication, Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop is offering them a free treat this forthcoming Veterans Day. On November 11th, every inactive and active U.S. military veteran who stops by an area Tim Hortons will receive a free Star Spangled Vanilla Dip donut, no purchase necessary.

The only thing you need is to be in uniform or show your military ID. Tim Hortons now has 600+ restaurants in the U.S. and 3,811 restaurants systemwide, and the U.S. locations will be offering this promotion all day on Veterans Day, or until supplies last.

[Thx QSR]