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Veterans Day Freebies: America offers free meals, lodging and recreation to military and veterans

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One of the perks of serving your nation in the Armed Forces is the freebies American businesses offer to current and former military on and around Veterans Day.

We compiled our annual list of goodies, in no particular order. It’s by no means comprehensive; in fact, it barely scratches the surface. These are just the offers that crossed our desks in the last few weeks. But it will give you some idea of some of the amenities you can enjoy this weekend. You earned it, so enjoy.

Food (Who said there’s no such thing as a free lunch?)

  • Texas Roadhouse: On Monday, Nov. 12, veterans and active members of the U.S. military across America can enjoy free lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at all 330 locations in 47 states.
  • Applebee’s: On Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11, Applebee’s restaurants will again offer a free meal to veterans and active military to say “Thank You” to the neighborhood’s real heroes. Proof of current or former military service is required.
  • Chili’s: On Sunday, Nov. 11, all military veterans and active military can choose from seven free meals from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at participating Chili’s in the U.S. only. Beverages and gratuity not included. Veterans and active duty military must show proof of military service.
  • Denny’s: All active duty military and veterans with a valid military ID or proof of military service can enjoy free all-you-can-eat pancakes from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12. Offer available in every Denny’s nationwide.
  • Olive Garden: Veterans and active duty military are offered a free entre on Sunday, Nov. 11, during regular business hours at U.S. and Canadian locations.
  • T.G.I. Friday’s: All US Military personnel and veterans can enjoy free lunch at participating locations on Monday, Nov. 12. Must wear uniform (if permitted by your service) or present military ID or other proof of service.
  • Subway: Participating restaurants will offer a free 6-inch sub or flatbread to military veterans on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11. Military ID or proof of service required.
  • Outback Steakhouse: Outback Steakhouse is honoring America’s military veterans by offering active duty military and veterans a free Bloomin’ Onion and a Coca-Cola product on Nov. 11 and 12. This offer is available to military personnel with ID.
  • Max & Erma’s: On Sunday, Nov. 11, participating locations are offering military members and veterans a free Best Cheeseburger in America Combo, which includes tortilla soup or side Caesar salad, seasoned fries, and chocolate chip cookies.
  • Hooter’s: Military veterans and active duty military personnel can get a free meal all day on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11. Get 10 free wings – boneless or regular, drink purchase required. Offer valid at participating Hooters only.
  • Golden Corral: Free dinner is available from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, to any person who has ever served in the U.S. military. If you are a veteran, retired, currently serving, in the National Guard or Reserves, you are invited to participate in Golden Corral’s Military Appreciation Monday dinner.
  • McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants: Veterans will be treated to a complimentary lunch or dinner entrée from a special menu on Sunday, Nov. 11, at participating restaurants. Verification of service is required.


  • Red Roof: Veterans and active duty military get a special 15-percent discount for the month of November, Veterans Appreciation Month. To book Red Roof’s Veterans Deal, use code 608455 and visit RedRoof.com or call 800.RED.ROOF (800.733.7663). Proof of present or past military service must be provided. Offer only available at select properties.


  • America’s 398 national parks will offer everyone free admission during the Veterans Day weekend in honor of those that serve and have served in the United States military.

Posted by Dan Fazio at 11/07/2012 06:18:56 AM 


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