Here's A List Of Deals & Freebies For Veterans This Veterans Day

Happy Veterans Day concept. American flags against a dark stone  background. November 11.

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It's a SMALL token, a small way to say THANK YOU FOR SERVING to so many Veterans in honor of Veterans Day this Friday, Nov. 11th. So PLEASE spread the word and make sure EVERY Veteran you know, sees this list and takes advantage of the love! Thanks to check out some 50+ opportunities for veterans and their families to celebrate - including free meals, food deals, entertainment and travel discounts, retail reductions, and more.

Free Meals for Veterans

  • ACAPULCO RESTAURANT & CANTINA: Veterans & active duty military, with valid ID, can receive a free meal on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov 11 — a three-item combo with selections of tacos, enchiladas, chicken taquitos, chicken tamale or chile relleno. Website infoLocations in Costa Mesa, Downey, Glendale & Long Beach.
  • APPLEBEE'S: Continuing its 15-year, Veterans Day tradition, the chain offers active duty military, veterans, reserves & National Guard a free full-size entrée from an exclusive menu Friday, Nov. 11. These special guests also receive $5 Bounce Back Card to redeem for dine-in, to-go or delivery. Meal options include: 6-ounce sirloin; Double Crunch Shrimp; Fiesta Lime Chicken; chicken tenders; bacon cheeseburger; Oriental chicken salad; & Three-Cheese Chicken Penne. InfoLocation finder.
  • BLACK ANGUS STEAKHOUSE: Current & past military can enjoy a free meal on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. The dine-in offer from 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. features a 6-ounce top sirloin steak, mashed potatoes & broccoli for those with photo ID verifying military service. It is dine-in only, not available to-go. And do note, throughout the year, the steakhouse offers 15% discount to all servicemen and women. Find locations statewide.
  • BUCA DI BEPPO: Veterans & active duty military receive complimentary lunch-size entrée all day Nov. 11. Valid ID for active military or veteran status required. Find locations throughout California.
  • BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse: For Veterans Day 2022, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse is once again thanking current and former military who dine-in with a complimentary meal and Dr. Pepper beverage
  • California Pizza Kitchen: Veteran and active-duty guests are invited to California Pizza Kitchen to enjoy a complimentary entree and beverage when they dine in.
  • CHEVYS FRESH MEX: Vets will be treated to a free, three-item combo meal Veterans Day at all locations Nov. 11. Included are rice, sweet corn tamalito, beans & choice of tacos, salsa chicken, picadillo beef, pork or vegetarian, enchiladas, pork tamale, chile relleno or chicken flautas. Website. Valid ID required. Find sites in Elk Grove, Emeryville, Fairfield, Roseville, Sacramento, Santa Rosa, South San Francisco, Union City & Vallejo.
  • CLAIM JUMPER STEAKHOUSE & BAR: The tradition to celebrate vets & active duty with a free dine-in meal on Veterans Day continues Nov. 11. Meal options include BBQ chicken salad, classic cheeseburger, Black Tie Pasta, meatloaf & mashed potatoes, grilled shrimp, country fried steak or southern fried chicken. Verification ID required. Locations: Buena ParkCosta MesaLa MesaPalmdaleRancho CucamongaRosevilleSan BernardinoSan Diego.
  • Cracker Barrel: Cracker Barrel has long supported U.S veterans and this year is no different as the restaurant is offering a complimentary slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake with an in-store or online purchase.
  • Chili’s: On November 11, veterans can dine-in at their local Chili’s and enjoy a free entree. It’s a token of appreciation from the restaurant for serving our country.
  • Denny’s: Continuing a long-standing tradition of honoring our service men and women, Denny’s is once again offering a complimentary Build Your Own Grand Slam breakfast to all active, inactive and retired military personnel. Offer valid for dine-in from 5 a.m. until noon with valid military ID.
  • EL TORITO: On Nov. 11, veterans with valid ID can choose a free, three-item combo for lunch or dinner. Options include chicken machacha or beef barbacoa crispy tacos, cheese, beer barbacoa or chicken machacha enchiladas, chicken tamale, chile relleno or chicken flautas. Each combo plate includes refried beans, rice & sweet corn cake. Locations statewide. See website.
  • IHOP: Red, White, & Blueberry Pancakes are free for veterans & active duty Friday, Nov. 11 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dine-in only, one order per guest & military ID or proof of service required. Details. Confirm participation with your local IHOP. Location finder here.
  • LITTLE CAESARS: As part of 16-year tradition of honoring U.S. military men & women, a Veterans Day freebie — a HOT-N-READY Lunch Combo — is offered Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at participating shops. Vets and active duty can receive four slices of Detroit-style, Deep Dish pizza & 20-ounce Pepsi product. No coupon required, but proof of service (such as ID card with veteran designation, DD-214 form or current military-issued ID card) is needed. Website.
  • Red Lobster: On November 11, veterans and active-duty military can receive a Free Walt’s Favorite Shrimp, Fries and Coleslaw while dining in at a local Red Lobster. Offer is only valid with proof of service or military ID.
  • ROCK & BREWS: In honor of Veterans Day, a free pulled pork sandwich or Strawberry Fields salad is offered Friday, Nov. 11 to vets, military & first responders, too. Don't forget your ID & confirm participation with your nearest restaurant. Locations finder.
  • TGI FRIDAYS: Veterans & active duty personnel are treated to a free meal Friday, Nov. 11. Choices: cheeseburger with seasoned fries; chicken fingers with fries & coleslaw; 6-ounce sirloin, mashed potatoes & broccoli; or grilled chicken Caesar salad. Offer is for dine-in at participating locales from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Valid military ID required. Location finder.
  • 7-ELEVEN: On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, score a free Quarter-Pound Big Bite, all-beef hot dog. Available to military & veterans for one day only in-store & via delivery through 7NOW app. Don't forget ID and hot dogs can be customized with such condiments & toppings as hot chili, melted nacho cheese, onions, jalapeños & pico de gallo.

Food Deals for Veterans (

  • Bonefish Grill: In celebration for all you do service members, veterans, and first responders receive a 10% off Heroes Discount off their meals at Bonefish Grill all year round.
  • Carrabba’s: All service members and first responders receive 10% off any visit to Carrabba’s on Veterans Day and year-round.
  • El Pollo Loco: On Veterans Day (and year-round), El Pollo Loco offers a 15% discount (maximum value of $1.50) to those who serve the community, which includes police officers, firefighters, EMTs, federal law enforcement agents and military personnel.
  • Fresh Brothers: To give thanks for all that you do, veterans will receive 20% off pick up, walk-up, or dine-in orders at Fresh Brothers.
  • ​​Luna Grill: Veteran and active-duty service members can enjoy 10% off on purchases at Luna Grill on Veterans Day and all year round. Service members simply show a valid military ID or uniform to take advantage of the offer.
  • Texas de Brazil: Offering a Heroes Discount, at Texas de Brazil on Veterans Day (and year-round) they offer a 20% discount on dinner and lunch prices (salad area also) for service members.

Retail Reductions for Veterans

  • Academy Sports + Outdoors: From October 23 until November 13, members of the military and first responders receive 10% off in-store and online purchases at Academy Sports + Outdoors.
  • Carhartt: Maker of iconic men and women’s work gear, Carhartt offers all verified members of the military a 25% discount on apparel and accessories, on Veterans Day and year-round.
  • Champion: Saluting members of the military, Champion offers a discount in thanks for your service. Get 10% off your online purchase on Veterans Day and year-round.
  • Cole Haan: Saluting U.S. military members including active-duty, reserves, Guard, retirees and veterans, Cole Haan offers an exclusive 20% discount for online purchases on Veterans Day and year-round.
  • Dickies: Famous for its durable workwear, Dickies offers a 10% military discount on Veterans Day, as well as year-round.
  • Eastbay: Athletic footwear, sports equipment and apparel retailer Eastbay is offering a 10% discount to all active and retired U.S. military personnel, on Veterans Day (and year-round).
  • Foot Locker: To active duty, reserve and retired military members, on Veterans Day (and year-round), Footlocker offers a 10% discount.
  • HYLETE: Veterans, reservists and active members of the U.S. armed forces can get 30% off their purchase of affordable athletic wear at HYLETE on Veterans Day and (year-round).
  • Lululemon: Active-duty members of the military, (and their spouses) and active emergency first responders receive a 15% in-store and online discount at Lululemon.
  • Michael’s: Military members and veterans can enjoy 15% off their purchases at Michaels on Veterans Day (and year-round).
  • The North Face: In appreciation for their service, The North Face proudly offers a 10% discount to all active, reservists, veteran and retired U.S. military personnel and to spouses and dependents of active personnel.
  • Samsung: Veterans, active military members, and their families can receive as much as 30% discount when they sign up for Samsung’s Military Discount Program. You can save money on phones, tablets, smartwatches and more when shopping on
  • Under Armour: Veterans can count on Under Armour® to provide a 20% discount on purchases made by active-duty service members, retirees, veterans, military spouses and military family members.
  • Vera Bradley: To honor military personnel, Vera Bradley proudly offers a special 15% discount on online purchases on Veterans Day (and year-round).
  • Vineyard Vines: Throughout the year, Vineyard Vines shows their appreciation for active-duty military and veterans by offering a 15% discount on almost every item in the store.
  • Office Depot: Office Depot is thrilled to offer a 25% in-store discount for veterans, reservists and active duty and retired military personnel this year. From November 11 to 13 you can claim this discount by bringing a valid military ID and a veterans day coupon to your local Office Depot store.
  • Goodyear: To celebrate Veteran’s Day this year, all active, former and retired military members and first responders can take advantage of Goodyear’s free inspections on tires, brakes and batteries. Not to mention they can also get an extra 10% off tires and services. Eligible guests can resent a valid ID and schedule appointments between November 10 and 14, with services being redeem until November 17.

Entertainment & Travel Discounts for Veterans

  • 9/11 Memorial and Museum: Paying tribute to our country’s veterans during their annual Salute to Service, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum is offering FREE admission to veterans. This offer is good from Saturday, Nov. 9 through Saturday Nov. 13.
  • Aquarium of the Pacific: On Wednesday, Nov. 11, in honor of Veterans Day, the Aquarium of the Pacific is offering FREE admission for veterans and military personnel from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
  • Columbus Zoo and Aquarium: On Veterans Day from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. veterans, including their immediate family, can enjoy half priced admission at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.
  • Mount Vernon: In honor of our nation’s veterans, Mount Vernon offers FREE admission to all active duty, former or retired military personnel on Nov. 11, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. for a special event showing.
  • Nashville Zoo: The Nashville Zoo invites active military personnel, military veterans and their immediate families to receive FREE admission for its Military Appreciation Day on Sunday, Nov. 13, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
  • National WWI Museum and Memorial: Admission to the National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, MO is FREE for veterans and active-duty military personnel, Saturday, November 11 through Sunday, November 13.
  • World of Coca-Cola: From November 4 through November 13, members of the Armed Forces receive a 50% discount on up to four general admission tickets when purchasing using the code VETS2022.

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