2015 Veterans Day Free Meals and Discounts

Updated: Nov. 10, 2015. Veterans Day is soon approaching and there are many restaurants and companies who want to thank our veterans by providing them with discounts or a free meal. To those companies offering veterans a free meal or discount, the military community gives a collective thanks!

Download a PDF List of Veterans Day Meals & Deals!

Exclusive Veterans Day Giveaways!

Armed Forces Vaction Club Giveaway!Grand Prize (2): We have teamed with Armed Forces Vacation Club to offer a Resort Vacation Certificate to two lucky US military members or veterans. Each certificate is good for a 7 night vacation stay, valued at $399*USD. You can enter on our website until Nov. 12, at 7pm CST. Current and former US Military only. Details and rules on our site. Enter Here: http://themilitarywallet.com/giveaways/afvc-giveaway/

Republic-Wireless-Moto-X-2nd-Gen-125Cell Phone Giveaway (1): We have teamed with Republic Wireless to offer one lucky US military member or veteran a FREE Moto X 2nd Generation cell phone, plus one year of service. This prize package is valued at $549*USD. You can enter on our website until Nov. 12, at 7pm CST. Current and former US Military only. Details and rules on our site. Enter Here: http://themilitarywallet.com/giveaways/republic-wireless-giveaway/

Veterans Day free meals and discounts for military and veterans

Two notes before jumping in:

  • Proof of Military Service. Most companies require some form of military ID. These include: a Military ID Card (active/reserve/retired), VA ID card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), Drivers License with Veterans Designation, Photograph in uniform, wearing your uniform (if your service permits), Veterans Organization Card (e.g., American Legion and VFW), DD214, discharge paperwork, or other form of identification. Note, there is a New Federal Veterans ID Card coming soon. Other restaurants and companies may go by the honor system.
  • Participation. Second, always call ahead to verify locations, times, and participation. Many of the listed companies are franchises and may have different policies. We will do our best to keep this page updated as we find new info.

Please credit this resource: We are frequently updating this list with new deals and offers for the military community. If you use items in this list, please direct your visitors to this page so they can find the most up to date information: http://themilitarywallet.com/veterans-day-free-meals-and-discounts/ Thanks!

2015 Free Veterans Day Meals

Note: We are frequently updating this page with 2015 offers as they become available. Please verify dates, participation, and availability.

Applebees Veterans Day AppreciationApplebee’s – free meal, Nov. 11, 2015: Last year, Applebee’s served over one million free meals to military veterans and active servicemembers. Applebee’s is again offering a free meal to military veterans and active-duty service members on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. There will be 7 entrées to choose from, beverage and gratuity not included. Military ID or proof of service required. More.

Bar Louie America - Veterans DayBar Louie, Free meal on Nov. 10th and 11th, 2015. From open to close November 10th and 11th every Bar Louie location across the country will offer veterans and military personnel a free meal up to a $12 value. Available at participating locations, military ID or proof of service is required. Locations.

BJs Restaurant and Brewery Veterans DayBJs Restaurant and Brewhouse, Nov. 11, 2015. Free entree, up to $12.95 value. Offer valid to all active duty military and veterans, with proof of service. More info. Locations.

Bob Evans, Nov. 11, 2015. Free All you can eat hotcakes. For active duty military and veterans with ID or proof of service. More Info. Locations.

Bonanza Steakhouse, Nov. 11, 2015. Free Veterans Day buffet at participating locations. More info. Locations.

Brann’s Steakhouse and Grille. Free 6 oz Sirloin and two sides. Locations.

Buehler’s Grocery, Nov. 11, 2015. Free breakfast menu meal for veterans and active duty military. From 7:00 am until 11:00 am at participating locations. Locations.

Buffalo’s Cafe, Nov. 11, 2015. Free meal at participating locations. Locations.

Calhoun’s Restaurant, Nov. 11, 2015. Free meal, choice of Hickory Smoked Bar-B-Que Half Slab of Ribs, Hickory Smoked Bar-B-Que Pork Plate, “Ale” Steak, Fresh Chicken Calhoun, and Southern Fried Catfish. Proof of Service required. Locations.

California Pizza Kitchen, Nov. 11, 2015. Choose a pizza, full size salad, or pasta from the special Veterans Day Menu. Dine-in only. Please come in uniform or bring your military I.D. or other proof of service. Find a location near you.

Carraba’s, Monday Nov. 9 – Sunday Nov. 15, 2015. Free appetizer of your choice for active duty servicemembers and veterans. Military ID or proof of service required. Locations.

Cattlemens Steakhouse, Nov. 11, 2015. Free 8 oz Sirloin Steak Dinner on Veterans Day. Includes all-you-can-eat salad, sourdough bread, baked potato, and ranch style beans. Proof of service required. Locations.

CentraArchy Restaurants, Nov. 11, 2015. Free meal for veterans and 25% off meals for accompanying guests at Fiesta del Burro Loco, all California Dreaming restaurants, Carolina Roadhouse, all Chophouse 47 restaurants, Gulfstream Cafe, Joey D’s Oakroom all New York Prime restaurants, and The Tavern at Phipps. Locations.

Cheeseburger in Paradise, Nov. 11 2015. Free All-American Burger with fries with purchase of beverage and military ID or proof of service. Available to active military or veterans. Beverages and gratuity not included, dine-in only, and participating locations only. More info. Find a location near you.

Chilis Restaurant Free Veterans Day DinnerChili’s – Free meal, Nov. 11 2015. Chili’s is offering all military veterans past and present their choice of any lunch combo, or your choice of a dinner meal from a select menu, including any full-size flatbread. Offer only available at participating Chili’s in the U.S. only. Dine-in from limited menu only; beverages and gratuity not included. Veterans and active duty military simply show proof of military service. Visit their website to find locations.

City Barbeque, Nov. 11, 2015. Free sandwich platter at participating locations. Proof of service required. Locations.

Claim Jumper, Nov. 9, 2015. Free entrée from select menu, with official proof of service. Dine-in only. Locations.

Cotton Patch Café, Nov. 11, 2015. Free meal for current and former military members. Choices include full-size chicken fried steak, or chicken fried chicken. Proof of service required. Locations.

Country Cookin, Nov. 10, 2015. Free meal for current and former military. Proof of service required. Please note the date – this is valid the day before Veterans Day! Locations.

Denny's Veterans Day DinnerDenny’s, Nov. 11, 2015. Free Build Your Own Grand Slam® on Nov. 11, from 5 a.m. to noon for all active, inactive, and retired military personnel. Participating locations only. Please call ahead. Locations.

Fatz Eatz & Drinkz, Nov. 11, 2015. Free World Famous Calabash Chicken® meal for current and former military members, 11am until close. Proof of service required. Locations.

Fox and Hound Bar and Grill Veterans Day OfferFox & Hound and Bailey’s Sports Grille, Nov. 11, 2015. Free Sandwich or Entree (up to $10) for active duty military and veterans with ID or proof of service. Dine-in only and at only at participating locations. Locations.

Friendly’s, Nov. 11, 2015. Free breakfast, lunch, or dinner with ID. Dine-in only. Limited to one per person. Offer available for active military and veterans with ID or discharge papers. Participating locations only. Locations.

Glory Days, Nov. 11, 2015. Free appetizer or an order or boneless wings. Dine-in only and at only at participating locations. Locations.

golden corral free veterans day mealGolden Corral – Free meal, Nov. 11, 2015 (5pm – 9pm): The 15th annual Golden Corral Military Appreciation dinner will is available to any person who has ever served in the United States 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 dinner. For more information visit http://www.goldencorral.com/military/.

Special thanks to Golden Corral: To date, Golden Corral restaurants have provided over 4.4 million free meals and contributed over $10.2 million to the Disabled American Veterans organization. Amazing!

See more Military Discounts and Veterans Day Deals.

Green Mill, Nov. 11, 2015. Free menu item for lunch or dinner. Offer includes any single item from our menu. Pizza restricted to a small one-topping Deep Dish. Proof of military service required. More Info. Locations.

Grub Burger Bar, Nov. 11, 2015. 50% off of meal, and a free Caramel Apple shake. Proof of military service required. More Info. Locations.

Hooters Veterans Day - Free MealHooters, Nov. 11, 2015. Hooters invites all veterans and current servicemen and women to enjoy a free meal from a select menu. Requires drink purchase. Only valid at participating locations. Locations.

Hoss’s Family Steak & Sea House, Nov. 11, 2015. Free meal form the American Values Menu, Nov. 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Dine-in only, valid ID or proof of service required. Valid at participating restaurants only. Locations.

Hurricane Grill & Wings, Nov. 11, 2015. Free meal from special menu at participating locations. Proof of service required. Locations.

Hy-Vee Celebrates Veterans Day with Free BreakfastHy-Vee, Free Breakfast, Nov. 11, 2015. Free Veterans Day breakfast from 7am – 11am at all participating Hy-Vee supermarkets with in-store dining. More info.

IHOP, Nov. 11, 2015, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free Red, White and Blue pancakes, or Red, White and Blue pancakes combo plate including eggs, bacon and hashed browns. Participating locations only. Please call ahead to verify participation. More info. Locations.

Little Caesars Pizza Crazy BreadLittle Caesars® Pizza, Nov. 11, 2015. Free pizza or $5 HOT-N-READY Lunch Combo to all US Armed Forces veterans and active military members between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. With proof of military service, at participating stores nationwide. Call ahead to verify participation. Locations.

Longhorn Steakhouse Veterans DayLongHorn Steakhouse, Nov. 11, 2015. Complimentary Texas Tonion and non-alcoholic beverage. Offer good for Veterans and active-duty military members. Proof of service required. Visit their site to find a location near you.

Max & Erma's free Veterans Day MealMax & Erma’s, November 11, 2015. Participating Max & Erma’s 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. Dine-in only. Call ahead to verify participation. ID or proof of service required. More info. Locations.

McCormick and Schmick's Veterans Appreciation DayMcCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants – free lunch or dinner, Sunday Nov 8, 2015: McCormick & Schmick’s is celebrating their 17th annual Veteran’s Appreciation Event on Sunday, November 8th. Veterans will be able to choose a complimentary lunch or dinner entrée from a special menu. Veterans must provide proof of military service. Be sure to contact your local McCormick & Schmick’s as this is valid at participating restaurants only. Also, space is limited and reservations are highly recommended. For more information visit: McCormick and Schmick’s Veterans Appreciation Event.

Menchie’s, Nov. 11, 2015. All veterans and current servicemembers will receive a free 6 oz. frozen yogurt on Veterans Day. Locations.

Misison BBQ, Nov. 11, 2015. Free sandwiches to active duty military members and veterans at participating locations. Locations.

MOD Pizza, Nov. 11, 2015. free pizza or salad to for active duty military and veterans with ID or proof of service. Dine-in only and at only at participating locations. Locations.

O’Charley’s, Nov. 9, 2015. Free entree from the $9.99’er menu for all active military and veterans with proof of service. Find a location near you.

The Olive Garden Veterans Day entreeOlive Garden, Free entrée, Nov. 11, 2015. Offer good for veterans and active duty military; proof of service required. Guests that dine with a Veteran also receive 10% off of their bill as well! Locations.

On the Border Veterans Day SpecialOn The Border, Nov. 11, 2015. Veterans and current servicemembers will receive a free choose 2 or choose 3 “Create Your Own Combo”. Dine-in only, proof of service required. Find a location near you.

Orange Leaf, Nov. 11, 2015. Free frozen yogurt (up to 11 0z.). Proof of service required. Locations.

Outback Steakhouse Veterans DayOutback Steakhouse, Nov. 11, 2015. Outback Steakhouse is honoring America’s military veterans by offering active duty military and veterans a free Bloomin’ Onion and a non-alcoholic beverage. This offer is available to Military Personnel and veterans with ID. Also receive 15% off your purchase from Nov. 12-Dec 31, 2015. Locations.

PDQ Tenders, Nov. 11, 2015. PDQ Free 3 piece Tenders or Sandwich with a military ID or uniform. PDQ also offers 50% off the entire order for all active/retired military personnel on the first Monday every month. Locations.

Pinnacle Entertainment (Casino Chain), Nov. 11, 2015. Select locations are offering a free buffet meal for current military members and veterans. Some locations include Ameristar Casino Resort Spa Black Hawk, Colorado, L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles, Louisiana, Cactus Petes Resort Casino, Jackpot, Nevada, and Retama Park, Selma, Texas. Please call ahead to verify times and participation. ID or proof of service required. More info and locations.

Ponderosa Steakhouse, Nov. 11, 2015. Free Veterans Day buffet at participating locations only. More info. Locations.

Primanti Bros, Nov. 11, 2015.. Free Sandwich for veterans and active duty military. From 4pm to close at participating locations. More info. Locations.

Red Lobster Veterans DayRed Lobster – Monday, November 9 through Thursday, November 12, 2015. Free Appetizer or Dessert during the week of Veterans Day with military ID or proof of service. Vets may choose from a select list of appetizers and desserts. Find a location near you.

Red Robin Veterans DayRed Robin, Nov. 11, 2015. Free Red’s Tavern Double and Bottomless Steak Fries for all Red Robin guests with a military ID or proof of service. Locations.

Rock & Brews, Nov. 11, 2015. Complimentary pulled pork sandwich with a side choice of natural fries, house potato salad, pasta salad or coleslaw. Proof of military service required. More Info. Locations.

Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill, Nov. 11, 2015. Free garlic cheese bread or hummus with grilled herb flatbread for active duty military and veterans with ID or proof of service. Dine-in only and at only at participating locations. Locations.

Sheetz, Nov. 11, 2015. Free lunch at participating locations. Free car wash also available at participating locations, Proof of service required. Locations.

Shoney’s, Nov. 11, 2015. Free All-American Burger to veterans and active duty servicemembers. Dine-in only, Proof of Service required. Shoney’s also offers a 15% everyday hometown heroes discount (military, fire, Police, EMT). Locations.

Sizzler Restaurant logoSizzler Restaurants, Nov. 11, 2015. Free lunch served until 4pm. Choice of 3 entrees, and a free coffee, tea, or fountain drink. Not valid for salad bar or gratuity. Valid with proof of military service. Dine-in only at participating locations. Locations.

Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill, Nov. 11, 2015. Free meal from special Veterans Day menu at participating locations only. Locations.

The Spaghetti Warehouse Veterans DaySpaghetti Warehouse, Mon Nov. 9th through Wed Nov. 11th, 2015. Buy one entrée, get one free. Coupon Required (available on their website and FaceBook page on Nov. 3). Choose any of 11 Original Recipe Spaghetti entrées and receive a second entrée free. Friends and relatives are encouraged to treat a veteran to a meal. More Info. Locations.

StarBucks, Nov. 11, 2015. Free tall brewed coffee for active duty, veterans, and their spouses. Participating stores only. Please call ahead.

Tap House Grill, Nov. 11, 2015. Free meal for servicemembers and veterans with proof of service. Dine-in only. Locations.

Texas Roadhouse Veterans Day MealTexas Roadhouse, Nov. 11, 2015. Free lunch event to honor the men and women of our armed forces. Choose from one of 10 free meals, plus sides and a soft drink, coffee, or tea. Offer good for All veterans – including all active, retired or former U.S. military. ID Required. Dine-in only. Call ahead to verify times and locations. Find locations.

T.G.I.-Fridays Veterans Day Free MealT.G.I. Friday’s, Nov. 11, 2015. Free lunch for all current military members and veterans from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Valid ID or proof of service required. Dine-on only at participating locations. Be sure to contact your local T.G.I Friday’s for details. Locations.

Tijuana Flats, Nov. 11, 2015. Free lunch at participating locations. Locations.

Tony Roma's Veterans Day Free MealTony Roma’s, Nov. 11, 2015. Free half rack Baby Back Ribs at select Florida locations. For current and former military members with valid proof of service. Valid at select locations only. Please call ahead to verify participation. Locations.

Tubby’s Sub Shops, Nov. 11, 2015. Free small Grilled Steak N’ Cheese or Tubby’s Famous Sub at participating Tubby’s locations. Take out only. Locations.

Twin Peaks Restaurants Veterans DayTwin Peaks, Nov. 11, 2015. Free menu item at participating locations. Please call ahead to verify participation. Locations.

UNO's pizza Veterans DayUno Chicago Grill, Nov. 11, 2015. Free individual pizza or entrée with the purchase of a pizza or entrée of equal or greater value. Available for all active duty and veterans. No coupon necessary; proof of service required. Don’t forget to tell the staff you are there that day to support Wounded
Warrior Project, and a portion of your party’s check will go to benefit the Wounded
Warrior Project, an awesome military charity. Find a location near you.

Village Inn Veterans DayVillage Inn, Nov. 11, 2015. Free breakfast any time of day (choice of buttermilk pancakes, French toast, or a Belgian waffle). Wednesday is also Free Pie day, and veterans will be able to receive a free slice of pie. Veterans who visit on Veterans Day will also receive a “Thank You for Your Service Card” valid for 20% off their total bill on their next visit. Participating locations only. Please call ahead. Locations.

Wienerschnitzel, Nov. 11, 2015. Free hot dog and small soft drink at participating locations. Locations.

54th Street Grill, Nov. 11, 2015. Free meal, up to $12 value, valid for current and former service members. Proof of service required. Locations.

Awaiting updates for 2015:

Many restaurants and companies offer an annual Veterans Day promotion. The following deals were active last year, but have not yet been confirmed for 2015. Please feel free to contact me if you have information about 2015. Please do not assume these deals are in place for 2015 – call ahead to verify! (We will continue to update this list until Veterans Day 2015, so check back!).

Champps Americana Veterans Day MealChampps Americana, Nov. 11, 2014. Participating Champps locations are offering veterans and active duty servicemembers a free cheeseburger. Dine in only, valid at participating locations (call ahead to verify local participation). Locations.

Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse, Nov. 11, 2014. Free meal for active and former military members with ID or other valid proof of service. Find a location near you.

Chick-fil-A, Nov. 11, 2014. Participating locations are offering a free meal to all veterans and those currently serving. ID required. Please call ahead to verify. Locations.

East Coast Wings, Nov. 11, 2014. Free Appetizer or Desert. Proof of service required. Locations.

Einstein Bros Bagels, Nov. 11, 2014. Free coffee at participating locations. Available to all active duty members and veterans with ID or proof of service. Locations.

Famous Daves Veterans Day CelebrationFamous Dave’s, Nov. 11, 2014. Free meal (one meat, a side and a corn muffin). Participating locations only more details.

Fire & Ice Grill & Bar, Nov. 11, 2014. Free meal for military and veterans. Proof of service required. Locations.

HoneyBaked Stores, Nov. 11 – Nov. 17, 2013. Free lunch to current servicemembers and veterans with valid ID. Lunch includes sandwich, chips, cookie, and a drink. Valid only at the St. Louis, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City and Albuquerque locations, Please call ahead to verify participation. Locations.

Krispy Kreme free doughnut for Veterans DayKrispy Kreme – Free doughnut and small coffee, Nov. 11, 2014. Available only at participating Krispy Kreme stores. Offer available to all active-duty, retirees, & veterans. Be sure to call ahead to verify your local Krispy Kreme is participating. Locations.

Lone Star Steakhouse Veterans DayLone Star Steakhouse, Nov. 11, 2014. All veterans and active duty military will be eligible for a free Starter. ID or proof of service required. Please call ahead for verification. Locations.

Noah’s Bagels, Nov. 11, 2014. Free coffee for active duty and veterans. Proof of service required. Locations.

Perkins Veterans DayPerkin’s Restaurant & Bakery, Nov. 11, 2014. Participating restaurants are offering current servicemembers and veterans a free Magnificent Seven meal which includes two eggs, three buttermilk pancakes, and a choice of two bacon strips or two sausage links. Beverage not included. Call ahead to verify participation. ID or proof of service required. Locations.

Red Hot & Blue, Nov. 10-12, 2014. Free Entrée with purchase of another entrée of equal or greater value. Coupon. Proof of Service required. Website.

Rib City (St. Louis, Missouri), Nov. 11, 2014. 50% Military Appreciation Meal Discount everyday to all Veterans and Active Duty Military. Eat in or carry out. (Des Peres and Cottleville, MO) More info.

Ruby Tuesday’s, Nov. 11, 2014. Free appetizer at participating locations, proof of service required. More info. Locations.

Ruby’s Diner, (Awaiting update – this is last year’s offer). Free Cinnamon Roll French Toast until 11:30am. Valid for all military service members past and present. Coupon required.

Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes, (Awaiting update – this is last year’s offer). Free meal with purchase of another regular priced meal. Available to current and former military members with valid ID. Available at all Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes locations. More info.

Texas Corral Veterans DayTexas Corral – Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. Free entrée (dine-in only). Offer available to all active duty members and veterans with ID. Locations.

Texas De Brazil Churrascaria, Nov. 11, 2014. 50% off for all current and former servicemembers at participating locations (please call ahead). Locations.

Texas Land and Cattle Steak House, Nov. 11, 2014. Free appetizer or shared plate for current servicemembers and veterans. ID or proof of service is required. Locations.

Tim Hortons, Nov. 11, 2014 – all US locations are offering a free donut to all active duty servicemembers and veterans. No purchase necessary. Proof of service required. Locations.

Travel Centers of America, Nov. 11, 2014. Free meal for CDL holders who are also veterans. Participating locations only; proof of service required. More info.

Download a PDF List of Veterans Day Meals & Deals!

More Veterans Day Discounts! Please click through to Page 2 – Parks and Entertainment and Page 3 – Retail Discounts to see more Veterans Day deals, including free National Park Admission, Amusement parks, and retail and regional discounts.

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Date published: November 4, 2015. Last updated: November 10, 2015.

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Ryan Guina is the founder and editor of this site. He is a writer, small business owner, and entrepreneur. He served over 6 years on active duty in the USAF and is currently serving in the IL Air National Guard. He also writes about money management, small business, and career topics at Cash Money Life. You can also see his profile on Google.


  1. York. C says

    I wish to say Thank You to all of my Brother’s and Sister’s. Past, Present and Future. I come from a long line of military family. I was a Seabee 71 to 75. My father was in WW two. 3 rd army 102 inf. Patton’s army. My grandfather in WW one AEF. Many of my cousin’s also. The most famous Sgt York. We all served this country to keep it free, not for free deal’s. All gave some, some gave all.

    • Steve S. says

      York. C, HOORAH Seabee. I was a CM in NMCB-1 from 1993-1998. Thank you for your service as well.

    • Wayne W. says

      York, I too come from a long line of military family. My grandfather was in the very first division of green berets when they first started. My father retired from the U.S. Navy being in 26 years. I was in the U.S. AirForce for 9 years. And I have three other brothers who also served in other branches of service, some still do. I have been deployed to the middle east 5 times, but many other places as well. Your right, we all serve to keep our country free but Ryan Guina put this site together to help veterans like us find places for a free hot meal. Some and many of us are on the brink of being homeless and this, I believe is a good thing for us veterans. People need to quit complaining and be generous for some of the help people are trying to give us!

    • says

      Hi York,
      I stumbled across your reply. It is very interesting to me as my third cousin was Gracey Williams who married Sgt. Alvin York. Perhaps you knew my 2nd cousin, Sgt. Jerry Campbell, that gave his all fighting in Vietnam? God bless his family! I was in the 3rd Army 73-75; my dad was a top sergant that refused 3 offers to go to officer candidate school….he told them it was the sergant’s that win wars. Not a very common attitude in the U.S. today. My grandfather went to grammar school with Alvin. Would love to hear from you.

    • Don says


      I am a 22 year Vet of the Marines and Navy and come from a Family of Seven Brothers and 6 of us served in the Military. My oldest brother and I both made it a career. My father also served during WW 2 Thanks to all Veterans for their service.

    • says

      Thanks, Tom. I wasn’t able to verify this from their website, and since they are franchises, this may be on a location by location basis. So it’s recommended everyone check first before assuming it applies across the chain!

  2. says

    First, thank you to Ryan Guina for putting together this website, this list of generous merchants, and giving veterans a place to express their feelings. Second, I wholeheartedly agree with many of the comments. Citizens don’t join the military and serve their country with the hope of a free meal. Excluded from these offers are those who paid the ultimate price, those who lost a loved one and don’t hold a military ID, and our brave women and men currently serving in dangerous and/or distance deployments. God bless them and let us not forget them. And to all veterans, have a good Veterans Day, free meal or not, and thank you for your service.

  3. Rodney Edelman says

    Thank you so much for putting this information together – Thank you for your service.

  4. Michael Migel says

    This information is HIGHLY appreciated, especially to those of us who have been more than 12 months/currently unemployed!

  5. Ron Fetty says

    I even think that the BX/PX, Navy/Marine Corps. Exchange, and the Commissaries should open their doors as well. Especially the Commissaries as they are DoD anyways. I work, and shop at them but I think, (at least) for Veteran’s Day all Veteran’s, and dependants should be eligible.

  6. J.R. says

    PEP Boys also gives a 10% discount year round, they have it on display on a tiny little poster by their window. It’s only for active personnel though.

  7. Bob Swindler says

    This site is absolutely fantastic. I am passing along all the above to as many
    veterans as I can. Thank you for your service and for your much needed and
    appreciated information.

    Thank a veteran today and every day!!

  8. Eileen Gery says

    Thank you for the info, Ryan. Beef O’Brady’s is supposedly offering free meals on Veteran’s Day, too.

  9. Ron says

    This is always refreshing. I was in Iraq for 15 months, and Afghanistan for 12 months. Given, it is a volunteer job just like any other, but it’s a bigger step than most. I like seeing promotions like this because it shows that it’s really not a forgot thing in America. Many places say they have military/veteran preference for jobs.. that’s not true. Some do, but most just say it because they’re being watched. So from a recent Vet, Thank You!

    • Tricia says

      Thanks goes to YOU Ron! Also to the other volunteers who have served and those who continue to serve.

      THANK YOU!

    • Korean War Vet says

      Thanks, Ron, for your unflinching service to the United States of America, and for the many sacrifices you, AND your loved ones endured during your time of service. My wife and I salute you!

  10. joe says

    Home Depot actually does 10% for ALL Veteran’s everyday. When I shop there I show them my VA Card and that works just as fine.

    • Steve says

      No Home Depot does not. I stopped shopping there. Only Lowe’s appreciates Vets, 365 days a year.

      • Shannon says

        Have always gotten a discount with my military spouse ID at Home Depot. Lowe’s was mad when I asked, demanded to see my husband’s ID instead and refused to offer it because he was only a reservist. And the manager was rude. Will never return to Lowe’s.

        • Soldier says

          Home Depot does indeed offer a 10% discount everyday to Military personnel, as does Lowes. Since the ID cards are the same, they should not be discriminating between Active military and Guard/Reserve.

          The difference here is that HD only offers 10% up to $500 normally. On Veterans Day, it goes up to $2000.

          • Kim says

            I think it really depends on which home depot you are at and who is working. My husband is a veteran and sometimes they honor it and then sometimes they don’t.

    • Drew says

      Closest HD to me (35 miles) offers the discount 365 days, I will not return to Lowes (5 miles from me) because they will not offer it 365, plus the manager was rude and I was told by him that he didnt care for the discount and really wished they wouldnt offer it to any of the military! Needless to say I have excersised my right not shop there.

      • Korean War Vet says

        Drew; fortunately, this is just a local problem of which you speak. Our Home Depot and Lowe’s both provide Military and Veteran discounts throughout the year, and are cheerful about it (Home Depot is 2 miles away, and Lowe’s is about three miles distant). Perhaps it’s because we live in Nebraska and not very far (12 miles) from an Air Force installation that folks here are so gracious to the active duty, Reserves, retireds that we receive such greatly appreciated recognition from them, and a host of other businesses, both large and small. My personal thanks go out to you, Drew, for your service and sacrifices to the Country!

  11. says

    I am offering photos for all vets in my studio on friday the 11th from 10AM til 7PM. Digital copies will be emailed to the vets or they can order a print for a hugely reduced price as well….located in COLOMA, WI, at 159 front street (huge grey building on the main drag) you can see my work at ootophoto.com.

  12. John says

    I took my 90-year old father to Lowe’s to get a 10% veterans discount earlier this year. We had his original discharge papers from the end of World War II. Lowe’s refused to give the discount. Check carefully as to what Lowe’s considers acceptable documentation.

    • Chrystal says

      John, that is horrible that they wouldn’t give your father a discount! Especially for a WWII vet, that makes it a million times worse!!!!! I hated Lowe’s before I read this; even more so now.

  13. Gabe DeFabrizio, (Army Vet.) says

    “OUT FREAKIN STANDING,” ………..to all of those businesses honoring our past and present Heroes!!! Keep up the good work, because if it wasn’t for our Brave men and women fighting for our freedom, you’d most likely be speaking German or Japanese……..or even Arabic……..Think about it!!! “USA, ALL THE WAY!!!!”

  14. Al in SoCal says

    Hey All,

    Got an email from Sizzler – buy one steak dinner get one free w/ proof of service.


  15. doug walters says

    the hy-vee grocery stores in and around omaha ne. are offering free breakfasts to vets. 63ARMORED DIV. BIG RED ONE

  16. Christina says

    Boscovs offers military discount with ID as well. 15% off clothing and 10% or 5% off other items in store. You have to go to their service desk to get the paper to use at the checkout desks.

  17. pete ruiz says

    god bless all veterans and those who are serving now far away willnot be forgotten bless all for the freedom we have today amen

    • Soldier says

      Thank you, never knew that, shop there all the time. Always use my ID card too. Of course I always used my ID card at Home Depot, but never got the discount until I asked.


    Real military wives don’t ask for recognition either. This offer of free meals is nice because of the gesture. Whether or not military families active or retired choose to go we should all recognize that ANY recognition is a nice thing for others in our country to do. Vietnam vets got crapped on and the vets that are from our newest wars are coming back w problems the health care system they were promised is not equipped to deal with. They ask for understanding. That simple. These offers are a step towards that.
    Semper Fidelis

  19. CAROL J. says

    I know the military men + women didn’t serve for rewards after they got out (other than what they knew about going in), or while they are still serving, but I think it’s great that all these corporations have chosen to use part of their budget (prolly billed to advertising or public relations) to give these folks a treat on Veterans Day.

  20. JACK GROSHANS says


  21. Ron says

    I’ve lost my Veterans Military ID Card. Anyone know how I can get another one?? I was in the Navy stationed at Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1976 to 1980.
    Thanks ….Rocket


      Ron/Rocket I know you can call the armory nearest you and make an appointment to get a new one. Also if you have a VA near you they will give you a VA ID card for just getting in the system. If there is a base near you, you can get an ID there as well, by appointment. I don’t know about the losing it part, if it’s expired I don’t think they care. If it active there might be an additional process to go through. Good Luck and Thank You!

    • Michelle says

      Go to your VA hospital or you can go online and register but you will still have to get one at the VA.

    • Robin says

      take your discharge paperwork to the VA in your area and they should be able to help you, local military ID should be able to hook you up as well

    • Pat Brady says

      All the places I’ve gone to have honored my VA medical benefits card. Please, and ALL VETERANS, go to your nearest VA medical center and REGISTER. It doesn’t matter whether you use their services or not. VA funding is based on the number of veterans in each facilities service area. So, help other vets by registering.
      Thanks …Sail Army

    • erik esquerra says

      if it’s still a valid (not expired) id card then any mil installation should be able to replace it for you. regardless of branch, any installation should be able to help you out.

    • Boats says

      Try your Veterans Representative through your local, county job service, or employment bureau. Or, call the American Legion, VFW, or AMVETS, and ask for their Service Officer. I got copies of my DD-214 for free. Fair winds, and following seas…

    • Bill says

      You have to currently be enlisted or be a retired veteran to have a Veterans Military ID Card. Otherwise you use your DD214.

  22. Coleen W says

    This is to everyone serving or retired etc in the Military. You may not expect anything and say it was just your job, but there are many of us who deeply appreciate the sacrifice you have made to protect our lives and freedom. To us a mere Thank You just doesn’t seem enough. So enjoy a dinner or discount or whatever is offered where you live, you deserve it! It takes special people to do what you have done or are doing. Happy Veterans Day and Thank You Very Much :)

    • Korean War Vet says

      Thanks for your good wishes, Collen! Many of us, retired and beyond active military duty age, would be more than happy to return to active duty; you see, the “old man” is one cranky individual now, and so, the enemy wouldn’t dare try to face us down…cross us and beware! What have WE got to lose? The young man is too interested in girls and as a result he won’t concentrate on the demon facing him. That’s meant to be a joke, incidentally. I salute the military people of today and hold them in very high esteem. Thanks again, Friend.

  23. Garry says

    You need to add Bojangle’s Restaurants to your list. They were offering 50% off, but had to cut it down to 25% due to rising food prices. They offer this every day and every meal. My wife and I make it a point to eat there once a week.

    If you are a vet who is making a living wage, honor others who are not so fortunate. Simply ask the manager to create a gift card in the amount of your discount and tell him or her to pass it on to a needy vet, firefighter, teacher, or policeman who could use it. The managers know who is needy and who the players are. They will make sure the gift card goes to someone who truely deserves and needs it. Don’t let a person go hungry just because you wanted a discount you really didn’t need.

  24. Debbra Salo says

    Thanks! Good information. I hope the word gets out to the scores of homeless vets that could REALLY benefit from these appreciative meals.

  25. Lynn says

    Ponderosa in Johnstown Pa at least, offers free breakfast every year to the vets and active members, proof of service req.

  26. Mike F. says

    I would just like to say as a veteran, thank you to all the companies that show their appreciation to us. Coming home from Afghanistan on my second tour I was walking through the airport and I don’t think I made it ten feet without either someone thanking me or shaking my hand. I have never been more humbled in my entire life. I think it is really amazing that there are so many companies willing to give us freebies and discounts. It just goes to show that we as a nation stand together for each other. Thank you!

    • Korean War Vet says

      Mike: WELCOME HOME, Soldier; than you for a job well done, and thank you and your family for the sacrifices endured by both of you! We hope that your tours of duty are over. Your country thanks you!

  27. Ric R. says

    Here in Grand Rapids,MI the Home Depot offers 10% of all year with some sorat of proof of service. I show them my V.A. card and always get it, no problem. On the other hand, we asked at the Lowes stores and we were told Lowes wants to treat everyone the same and does NOT give any discounts to service people or others.

    • Michelle says

      How odd. I get a 10% discount at lowes all the time. No issues or hassles, just show my va card….. There is no amount limit either of what I am purchasing at Lowes or Home Depot.

    • Robin says

      Lowes does the military discount with your VA card as well as military ID no matter if you are active or retired, some stores you have to get a override for it but we honor our military vets regardless of status.

  28. Soldier says

    Buffalo Wild Wings in MN, 15% all day every day. Never knew it till I went in with my Assault Pack on. Cashier asked me if I was current and when I showed my ID card I got the discount.

  29. Leslie Q says

    It’s interesting that so many of you are having problems with Lowe’s and not with Home Depot. In San Antonio, Texas, it’s exactly opposite. The Lowe’s near my home has won my business by giving myself and my husband 10% off everything, including installed products. Home Depot will not give the discount on installed products and were really nasty about it. I guess it varies from place to place.

    Thank you Veteran’s, for your sacrifice and service. Without you, I wouldn’t be free to write this comment.

    • Michelle says

      I have noticed folks also having issues with one or the other too….interesting. Here in Tennessee I have not had an issue with Lowes or Home depot, they give me the discount 365 days a year, no $ limit. They won’t give it to my husband if I am not present, but that is it. Must be the managers.

      • erik esquerra says

        yes, i’ve also been very fortunate with Lowe’s in my area. always honoring the discount and giving great service. have had repeated trouble with Home Depot, but i still appreciate the recognition very much.

  30. daniel says

    Ryan, Thanks for all the good info on special deals for Veterans Day. I had 35 years of combined service and its nice to receive a freebie now and then. I look forward to future mailings. Regards, Dan Taylor

  31. Hawk says

    Awesome job Tom, thanks,

    Also, Famous Daves offers 10% to military everyday, you just have to ask for it.

  32. John H says

    In OH, Lowe’s used to be great – polite and pleasant – about the 10% vet discount. Now they require manager verification, act put out, and tell you that it’ll be going away.

    Last time they said “You’re lucky because this is for active service and retired, not just veterans”.

  33. Notachance says

    So becuase you birthed someone that is in the military you think you should get free stuff too??? Wow typical american thought process we have a day to honor their service but all you can think about is what about me!! Get a life!

  34. kb says

    I do not feel that it is right for you to ask for recognition. Your recognition is that as a mother/father you raised an incredible human being that regardless of the risk, he/she is willing to stand up and fight for our country. That should be enough empowerment and recognition. The offering of a free meal is just a way for this country to say thank you. A free meal is minimal to the life threatening job that they do, but we as a country will do what we can to support our military men and women, even if it is a free meal on veterans day, its something that doesnt have to be given, but it is proudly. Not that I do not respect you, your patience, your strength, and your ability to go day to day without knowing if your child is ok. But you have to have faith in our troops, that on their end, they are doing everything they can for us, and for themselves. To be able to come home, and bring home everyone they can. God Bless America and its people!

  35. Roy says

    If Lowes or Home Depot fail to give an active, retired, or disabled veteran the 10% discount contact their corporate office. just do a serch for their website.

  36. Linda S Bowden says

    I am looking forward to going to eat a free meal on Veterans Day. Plus the establishments that offer this gratitude will benefit because we will bring other family members with us to enjoy our day. Thankyou to all businesses that remember veterans on this day and every day.. linda b

  37. Cindy O says

    As a person who has fought for Veteran’s for thirty years, it’s nice to know that these companies in this economy are truely SUPPORTING OUR VETERANS. Now if we could get better financial support for the VA, our bases, DAV, and Salvation Army, my Veterans would be good to go. Thanks to all corporations and businesses for saying “Thanks.” (22 year wife of a Veteran of three wars).

  38. Frank Romaniello says

    There are so many special days in a year, Mothers Day, Fathers day, Etc…..I believe that if not for our BRAVE Soldiers, we would not be celebrating these days. These discounts; Wow, such a small way of saying Thank You…I don’t think that there are 10,000 Soldiers visiting one restaurant or store…Give em a break…they really deserve it…Thank you for keeping us safe….

  39. Heath says

    Last time I checked, your CHILD joined the military, not you. No offense, but your child is the one who deserves the recognition and the appreciation. Why you feel like you’re doing just as much as he is and deserve the same recognition, I may never know. Try not to be selfish, and let him have the well earned glory. I’m also in the military, and I hate when those who didn’t sign their life over to protect the citizens of our country think that they, too, deserve something for it just because they are family it close friends. Please realize your child gave up everything, and the only thing you gave nothing. You can’t say you gave your child, because he makes decisions on his own.

  40. Julie says

    Thank-you for this site, it has really helped. Thank you to ALL the men and women who have fought for our Country, including the Vietnam Vets who sacrificed a lot, which whom many of them suffer from Agent Orange. They are ALL HERO’S… God Bless!

    • Korean War Vet says

      Julie, I know that you didn’t purposely forget the Korean War Veteran, but you failed to mention him/her in your comments. It seems rather odd, that for all the conflicts that this nation of ours was involved in, from the Revolutionary War, right on down to the present war in Iraq, the only war that has become “The Forgotten War” was the Korean War (1950 – 1953), in which many thousands of American lives were lost, many are still missing, and who knows probably incarcerated somewhere in the Frozen North or in China; both places where life is worthless.

  41. amanda says

    Yes your support we all need it, but your not going over seas and risking your life, so you do not deserve the free stuff for it.

  42. Robert says

    I served 23 years of active duty and never thought of how civilian business acknowledge the service of the men and women who served. I would like to thank you for all of your support and thank you for the years that you have continued to support our troops of the past, present, and the future. Thank you!

  43. John & Geraldine says

    We both served over 50 years ago. John Army, Me Air Force. Very proud of our present day service people, but ashamed of the treatment they received when they come home. Come on America can’t we do better than this?

  44. RJ Ronyak says

    Just a Thank You to the Business that are honoring us Veterans, I really appreciate it. My oldest brother was killed in the Korean war, he was in the AirForce died at 27, my other 2 brothers, both servced in Germany, One was Army, Other was Air Force, I myself Vietnam Vet 67-68 AIR FORCE , Don’t know why I was sent there, but Uncle Sam needed me, so I went their to serve our country, We are damn proud of this country even if it has a few problems, so THANKS all you veterans for job well done, an GOD BLESS THE USA RJ

  45. Ky Towers says

    Just like to say wow! Never knew there was so many discounts or free offers for vets! Thanks for putting this out there for all to look into. Thank you for your service as well.