Upcoming Veterans Day Offers

Posted by Jason Van Steenwyk

military discountNovember 11th is Veterans Day. And every year, there are more and more special deals for veterans. Veterans get a free meal or at least an appetizer out of the deal – and the businesses themselves get to generate some brand goodwill for themselves – and reach customers they might otherwise never see. It’s a win-win. 

Our colleague Ryan Guina at TheMilitaryWallet does a great job of doing the roundup every year. He’s been at it since 2008, so full credit to him.

A few highlights:

  • Applebee’s offers a good selection of free entrees each year. This year you can choose from seven of them.
  • The Golden Corral Veteran’s Day buffet I went to last year was fantastic. In that Air Force chow hall kind of way. Golden Corral does a first-rate job – and has donated more than $6 million to Disabled American Veterans over the years. 4 to 9 p.m. only.
  • Hooters. God bless America. Ok, all you get are 10 boneless wings. And you have to buy a drink first. But hey! Hooters!
  • McCormick & Schmick’s. Free lunch or dinner. This one is more upscale than the others. This is probably the most upscale offer on the list. You’re going to have to wear a shirt for this one.
  • Sizzler. Vets eat free until 4 pm. Great way to boost the lunch crowd. And what warrior doesn’t appreciate a steak.
  • TGIFriday’s. Free lunch on Monday! That’s the 12th! The day after Veterans Day! That means you can take advantage of two lunch offers! Smart move on their part, too!
  • Olive Garden. Free entrée.
  • Red Robin. Like TGIFriday’s, they are doing their offer on Monday the 12th, not the 11th. They’re also donating $10,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project.
  • Outback. Free “bloomin’ onions” and Cokes. I’m including this offer as a highlight because it’s good all week long. Also, they’ve donated some $2 million to Operation Homefront over the years – a great charity that helps veterans in need nationwide.
  • Denny’s. Get an early start – free all-you-can-eat pancakes from 6 a.m.

You should bring a military ID or other proof of service. Also, be sure to tip your waitress as if you were paying full price. Don’t be “that guy.”

And bring some family members who aren’t freebies. Like the food? Go there the rest of the year, too! The more successful these events are for restaurants, the more of these offers we’ll see.

Also, keep in mind that some of these restaurants may have independently-owned franchises, which may or may not participate. So you may want to call ahead and confirm.

There are lots more discount offers, including theme parks like Knott’s Berry Farm and Anhauser-Busch theme parks, as well as special offers from regional restaurants at the link.

Happy Veterans Day.


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