Golden Corral Military Appreciation Monday – Free Dinner for Veterans

It has become popular over the last few years for restaurants to offer free meals on Veterans Day. But Golden Corral has one of the longest running military appreciation events among national restaurants. This is the 14th consecutive year that Golden Corral has provided a free buffet meal and drink to current military members and veterans. This year, the 14th annual Golden Corral Military Appreciation Monday event is scheduled for November 17, 2012, from 4pm to 9pm.

Golden Corral Military Appreciation Monday

Veterans and active duty servicemembers can receive a free meal at Golden Corral!

Military Appreciation Monday is offered to anyone who has ever served in the US armed forces. In the past the only requirement to receive the free meal was to inform the restaurant you are a veteran. They usually go on the honor system, and no proof required. That being said – please don’t abuse the system. Claiming you are a veteran just for a free meal is an insult to those who have served our country.

Here is more information about proving your military service:

These forms of ID are usually acceptable for most restaurants or Veterans Day offers. Many other places will accept a membership card from the VFW, American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of American, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, or another service organization. A photo of your time in the service may also be sufficient proof of service, depending on the location.

Golden Corral Military Appreciation Monday Facts

Golden Corral has been a wonderful supporter of the military community – providing millions of free meals to veterans and servicemembers, and contributing millions of dollars to support veteran organizations. Here are a few amazing facts about Golden Corrals’ support:





  • Last year, Golden Coral provided over 433,500 free meals for veterans and active duty service members. Guests and restaurants combined to contribute over $1,409,000 for the Disabled American Veterans organization. These funds are used to assist disabled veterans.
  • In the 13 years this event has been running, Golden Corral has given veterans and active duty servicemembers over 4.0 million free dinners, and contributed over $8.7 million to the the Disabled American Veterans organization.

I would like to extend my thanks to the folks at Golden Corral for making this possible, and to all Americans who have served – thank you for your service!

For more details, visit Golden Corral’s website.

Visit our Mega-list of Restaurants offering free meals on Veterans Day. for other free meals and deals this Veterans Day!




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Date published: October 23, 2014.

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Comments

  1. J. L. Hickman says:

    I’m a Vietnam Veteran, retired after twenty years service, and we will not be visiting our local Golden Corral. Why? Because it’s extremely difficult to find parking and wait through the interminable line. I’d just as soon visit a Dennies where we won’t have to wait 1-2 hours just to be seated, even if we do pay full price for our meals.

    • Comment for J.L. Hickman and others fearing the long wait. Anytime something is offered for free, there will always be long waits, but this offering of appreciation from Golden Corral is more than just a free meal. It’s a time to socialize with other Vets (present and past) in support of this day in which we served for the freedom of this great nation. I suppose if you don’t have the time to wait, then this is your decision or you can wait in the lines and start a conversation in rememberance of the times spent serving your country. you might just meet a new friend to share lifes journey.

    • They usually have a VA rep there to ensure all benefits are being received and such as well as usually people who know/knew each other are in abundance. So it tends to alleviate the waiting sensation.

  2. To the gentleman who complains about the long lines at the veterans appreciation meals…they don’t have to do it yet they spend lots and lots of money to give us vets a meal to show their gratitude for our service to country. You should show alittle more appreciation to the businesses that honor us. I for one feel honored that my service in the Navy did not go unnoticed by these great people and sponsors including the great jobs that the BSA and the GSA do. I am honored and I say thank you to all the sponsoring restaurants.

  3. Sharon Johnson says:

    To the gentleman complaining about the long lines and the wait. Enjoy yourself and stay home. We have enjoyed these various offers for several years. We love the lines and the wait. We love the opportunity to meet and visit new people who have shared many of the same experiences that we have. We are very thankful for the business’ that appreciate our vets, what they have done for our country and are willing to show their appreciation in this great way. We feel honored that they are willing to donate their service and money in this way.

  4. If you want free food and don’t mind the wait then you should check it out. It’s a great opportunity to get some free food and hang out with other vets, but for the sake of God… Don’t believe that they are doing this because they care about you. A lot of companies “care” about veterans because it sounds great, looks great, and gives you repeat business from veterans, their families, and all those that support the United States military and the sacrifice they have made. Don’t get me wrong because I’m not trying to say anything rude towards those who have served, but please remember that if people cared as much about veterans as they did about…oh…say.. Cops. Then I’m sure they would have a big day honoring police officers with a free dinner and it would be announced on both the news and radio weeks in advance.

    • i would like to say I admire what the police and firemen do but the day is meant to honor veterans not the police and firemen if they want a day I’m sure that nobody would complain about those organization petitioning for their own day at a restaurant. But keep the days separate. No disrespect intended. its our day thank you

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