Military members serve for many reasons, recognition is generally not high on the list. We serve to defend our country, defend freedom, and be a part of something bigger than ourselves. Though we don’t serve for recognition, it can be nice to have someone thank us for what we have done for our country. Veterans Day started almost a century ago with local celebrations and parades. Through the years, it has grown into a national celebration to remember those who have sacrificed more than most of us will ever know.
Now, many restaurants and retailers offer discounts as a way to say thanks to those who have served. This is very generous of them, and we want to thank all of those who support the military. If you are a military member or veteran, then I hope you can take part of this national celebration and enjoy a meal as a thanks for your service.
Please share this with your friends and fellow servicemembers and help them enjoy a meal as well!
Free Meals & Appetizers on Veteran’s Day 2017
Please note that many of these offers are franchises, and the offer and participation may vary by location. We recommend calling ahead to verify both the offer and participation before you show up.
ID is almost always required, and again, this can vary by location. Some forms of ID include your current military ID card, a state ID with a veterans designation, a service organization ID card (e.g. VFW, American Legion, or other service organization), DD 214, and sometimes a photo of you in your uniform or other proof of service.
Veterans Day is Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 this year, which means it is officially recognized by the government on Friday, Nov. 10th. Because of this, many organizations are celebrating Veterans Day on Friday, while others choose to celebrate on Saturday. This makes it more fun for those who want to enjoy Veterans Day all weekend!
We have these offers broken out by date, to make it easier for you to find an offer that works with your schedule.
Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017:
- McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant. Free lunch or dinner from special menu. Please call ahead to verify participation. More info.
Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017:
- Chipotle. Buy 1 Get 1 Free from 5pm-close, at all US locations. More info.
Friday, Nov. 10, 2017:
- BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse. Free Entrée up to $12.95. Locations.
- Denny’s. Free Build Your Own Grand Slam, from 5 a.m. to Noon. Participating locations only. Please call ahead. Locations
- IHOP. Free Red, White, & Blue pancakes at participating locations. Locations.
- Spaghetti Warehouse (Nov. 10-12). Buy any original Recipe Spaghetti entrée, get one free. Coupon required (see website). More info.
Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017:
- Applebee’s – free meal. See the Veterans Day Menu.
- Bar Louie. Free appetizer or entrée. More info.
- Bob Evans. Free All you can eat hotcakes. Locations.
- California Pizza Kitchen. Free meal from the special Veterans Day Menu. Dine-in only. Locations.
- CiCi’s Pizza.Locations Free pizza buffet with military ID. .
- Famous Dave’s. Free 2 Meat Combo served with choice of side and corn bread muffin. Locations.
- Friendly’s. Free breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Participating locations only. Locations.
- Hooters. Free meal from select menu, with any drink purchase. Locations.
- Logan’s Roadhouse. Free entrée from special menu. Locations.
- Max & Erma’s – free Best Cheeseburger in America Combo. Locations.
- O’Charley’s.Locations Free $9.99er with ID. .
- On the Border. Free Choose 2 or Choose 3 Combo. Locations.
- Outback Steakhouse. Free Bloomin’ Onion and a non-alcoholic beverage. Also receive 15% off your purchase from Nov. 12-Dec 31, 2016. Locations.
- Red Lobster. Free Appetizer or dessert from special menu. Locations.
- Red Robin. Free Tavern Double™ burger with Bottomless Steak Fries®. Participating locations only. Locations.
- Ruby Tuesday’s. Free appetizer (up to $10) at participating restaurants. Locations.
- Shoney’s. Free All-American Burger. Dine-in only. Locations.
- Sizzler Restaurants. Free lunch until 4pm. Choice of 3 entrees, and a free coffee, tea, or fountain drink. Locations.
- Texas Roadhouse. Free meal from special menu. Locations.
- Village Inn. Free INN-credible V.I.B. breakfast. Participating locations only. Please call ahead. Locations.
Monday, Nov. 13, 2017:
- Golden Corral. Free meal (5pm – 9pm). For more information visit the Golden Corral Military Appreciation Page.
Veterans Day Retail Discounts
- Free Car wash at thousands of locations at across the US. Find locations at Grace for Veterans.
- Great Clips. Free Haircut. Nov. 11, 2017. More info.
- Home Depot Military Discount – with proof of military service.
- Lowe’s Military Discount – with proof of military service. (more info on Home Depot and Lowe’s Military Discount)
- Sport Clips. Free haircut. More info.
We recommend sharing this resource with any other Veterans you may know. You can also find more Veterans Day offers and resources at The Military Wallet:
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