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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  1. Dashawna says

    I also want to say Knott’s Berry Farm has free admission for military year around.. At least here in California they do.

    • Richard says

      One of the oldest restaurants in the country “Durgin Park” (in Boston) is having free meals (ANYTHING!) on November 12, 2012…..They have changed it a little this year for AFTER 2:00 P.M. because of a very large reservation they had already…..WOULD YOU PASS THIS ONE, PLEASE?

  2. Joe M says

    Thank you for this great website, it is very informative and helpful.
    I am a Vietnam Veteran and will always support our troops no matter where they are, and I would like to Thank all Veterans and thier families for the support over the years.

  3. E Wigfield CMSGT USAF(RET) says

    I shop at Home Depots several times a week and in more than one location. Each location has always honored my ID card. Please remember that this gesture on their part is intended for your personal use only and not for any business purpose or for friends and family. It was for you who served. Don’t take advantage of this privilege.

    • Holton says

      My husband is active and i am a veteran. The home depot by us only offers it on memorial or veterans day, but Lowes accepts everyday. in case anyone else experienced this. I would love it if someone would tell our home depots in Colorado to make it an everyday thing.

      • Frank Brown says

        Our Home Depot in North Carolina, offers 10% 24/7. If you mention that Lowes gives it, then they will match it.

      • Paul F. Msgt Ret. USAF says

        From the Home Depot website, with a number to call if any problems:

        The Home Depot Veterans Discount Program*
        The Home Depot offers a year-round, 10 percent discount, up to a $500 maximum, at our U.S. stores to all active duty military personnel, reservists, retired or disabled veterans and their immediate families. We offer this discount to thank them for their outstanding service to this nation and to help make their homes more comfortable and safe. Customers requesting the discount should present a valid military ID.
        In addition, a 10 percent discount is also offered in recognition of Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and Veterans Day at all U.S. Home Depot stores for all other military veterans.
        If you ever have difficulty getting your discount, or if you have questions about the discount programs, please call The Home Depot’s Customer Service line at 1-800-HOME-DEPOT (1-800-466-3337), or leave a message on our Customer Service page.

        • tj says

          It is very hard to get the military discount anytime at Homedepot, much less get it at all. I live in a town with 4 military instalations & there have been many times I show my ID card & the folks at homedepot thank my for my service but then say that they will not honor a discount. LOWES on the other hand is AWSOME!!!

      • Frank says

        I have never had a problem getting my! 10% discount at any Home Depot. I have even ordered from Home Depot over the phone and they gave me my military discount over the phone. All you have to do is be polite and ask for it!

      • willie hines says

        The Home Depot here in Mesquite Texas always give me 10% discount any time and so does Lowe’s.

    • Frank says

      Home Depot does not offer the 10% discount on everything, they exclude the 10% discount on building materials, I’m disabled Viet Nam Veteran and I shop at Home Depot forever and only for my own personal use I’m constantly doing remodeling in my own home, I recently swithched Lowes, where I get 10% off no questions asked

      • willie hines says

        The Home Depot here in Mesquite Texas always give me 10% discount any time and so does Lowe’s, Captain D’s, Furs Cafeteria, Harrah’s give 20% discount at the buffets.

    • mike says

      yuo must not go to coldsprings ky. you must have a service connected disability or you only get 10% off on vetera.ns day only.i am also a vietnam vet.

  4. Rosa says

    I appreciate a good meal or the discount, but I want a job! I served almost nine years in the Army, deployed three times and now that I am out and a RN working on my BSN. Need a full time JOB!

    • Mar says

      Contact your local JobCenter or Onestop. They have Veteran Reps (who were Veterans) who only assist with employment. But it is a joint effort. You only get out of it, what you put into it! They are wonderful and work hard for the Vets! I know, they helped guide me to get the job I have !

    • Holton says

      Thank you my husband and I are both veterans and he still is in the guard. We are blessed that we were able to serve. Thank you and God Bless America

  5. Daisy says

    Thank you for the info, it is unbeleivable how many Veterans and their families don’t have any idea of the amount of bussinesses who give discounts or free entrances to many locations. I just wish they would honor both past and present Veterans, many places only give discounts to active military. My husband served and has been out for 15 years and alot of bussinesses won’t honor the discount, because he is no longer active.

  6. says

    If you are into offroading or just drive a 4×4, Tennessee Offroad in Lebanon TN offers a 10% Military discount every day and another 10% on Veterans and other Military Days. The owner and employs are all vets.

  7. IHOP2015 says

    The IHOP Restaurant in Newport News on Warwick Blvd. near Ft Eustis, is honoring veterans by giving them 50% off there entire meal, on Friday November 11, 2011, between 4:00 P.M. and 10:00 P.M. 15447 Warwick Blvd. Newport News, VA 23608. This location only. 757-877-3991. Valid I.D. required.

  8. Trulena Soares says

    I feel absolutely spoiled when my community celebrates this day. It makes me sad to know that our country wasn’t always as appreciative to our vets as today. And I’m not just referring to the free food, I’m talking about the common knowledge that any soldier can feel supported in general by people around him/her. So I want to thank everyone for their support, because the job would have been harder to do without it!!!

  9. KeithC says

    The Home Depot in Petoskey Michigan offer the discount everyday to all active, retired and disabled vets. All Vets get it on those 3 Holidays. They are always very nice and respectful about it (there’s Vets that work there too).

    I’d like to thank all the businesses for recognizing we Veterans as a whole on this day. Even if it’s just a free drink or a burger…the point is, is that we’re recognized and appreciated. None of us signed up for free stuff once a year, but it’s a great gesture that’s appreciated. 😉

  10. Ary says

    Hi Debbie. Please don’t take this offensively, but I’m not sure what sort of recognition you are looking for other than a “We thank your son for his service” and a hand shake. I’m saying this from the viewpoint of a military spouse who feels I shouldn’t be entitled to anything. Our job as family is to support their decision to serve and pray for our troops, not benefit from their hard work through occasional freebies and discounts.

    • Angie says

      I’ve been a military wife for 17 years and I’m pretty sure we have earned a little bit of a thank you. We are the ones that hurt the most when our spouses leave and we are the ones that have to explain why Daddy can’t come home or be there for our childs birthdays and some never come home. I agree that they work hard and I don’t agree with wives “wearing their husbands rank” but I am proud to except a Thank you and I feel that if you offer my husband a free meal, I will gladly buy my own to be able to eat with him. It would be nice to get honored as well but we are the silent ranks and thats ok. It takes a certain type of person to do what we do. Not everyone is cut out to handle deployments, army life in general is a hard life for families but it is all what you make it. In the end, I think family members are not recognized enough but that is what sets us apart, we don’t NEED it.

    • Dan says

      Ary, thanks for supporting your husband and other vets. But, my dear, you are actually dissing those businesses and organizations who offer discounted items and/or free meals with your comments. These folks are not obligated to do anything but they are doing it out of the goodness of their heart. It’s not an “entitlement” they are offering – you can get that from the government.

  11. PROUD ARMY GIRL says

    Thank you to all veterans young and old, it is nice to see the older veterans getting the recognition they deserve after all this time. I proudly tell any vet thank you when I see them. whether they know I am a vet or not. I dont do it for the thank you back but its nice to see the smile on their faces when someone acknowledges them, especially someone young. As to all the things being said about the free meals, you dont have to partake of them. Although every restaurant I frequent , also gets my patronage the rest of the year. So I also give back.

  12. STEVEN R. says

    I wish to thank all the businesses for doing this for me and for my brother and sisters who have served. No matter when you served you are my brother & sisters. No one who has never been in the military can truly understand that. When I served very few businesses did this so I would like to thank them all. My family has served this country for over 7o years and we still and always will answer that call…


    The colors of our flag never run and never will the members of this family as we will always answer the call to serve.

  13. Mr.Formula says

    There will also be free shots given out to all who have military I.D.s at Liam’s Irish Pub in Colton, CA there is going to be live music and lots of great drink specials if you’re in the area don’t miss out.

  14. John A Whiting says

    USMC Viet Nam 1971 – 1975. Thanks America. Don’t forget my Brothers & Sisters Who Gave Their All and are not here to receive your Love & Thoughts.

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    It is a beautiful presentation of the honor, commitment and pride that today’s heroes share with yesterday’s. It is touching to the point of tears.., and questions of how any American, even if everyone cannot fight, would not support and be loyal to this country and the remarkable, courageous people who do give their all.

    If you know a Marine, or a soldier of any branch of the Military (of any age), make sure he or she sees this. It wouldn’t hurt if all other Americans saw it too!

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  15. JEN says

    AWESOME Articale I just posted the Link on my Facebook page being that my husband is a soldier and most our friends They got really excited for the Free CarWash! Thanks again for putting this together!

  16. Janaye Lawson says

    Hello Vets and active duty…

    A Big thanks and a note to let ya’ll know that any pharmacy will bill your RX’s if you have your ID card. Lots of people don’t know this and pay for RX’s all the time. Next ti me you get one filled , give them your ID card and have them bill them before your ins co…most time your copays are free… :-) Have a great Valentines Day everyone…

  17. Julio says

    Does anyone know where I can find a list of discounts at restaurants for Veterans on Memorial Day?

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  19. says

    Veterans Day is observed annually on November 11th.

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  20. Ms Shoshona Perelman says

    I’m a proud female Army Brat who also served (medic, Vietnam Era). My late Dad served for 28 years as both officer & enlisted (received battlefield commission during WWII & became a Military Governor in Japan following the war, fought in Korea, retired just before Vietnam ratcheted up). Between my Dad, my brothers & myself, we served in every branch of the US Military except for the US Coast Guard.

    I’ve always been patriotic & supportive of our troops. Back in Jr High School, during the 60s, there was a contest to design a poster encouraging people to hire veterans. I eagerly jumped in and designed a poster — not because of the prize, but because of the cause. I was ecstatic when I discovered I had won the contest — but my joy gave way to having my heart broken when I discovered that mine was the only entry! None of my classmates cared about our veterans, whether out of ignorance or by getting swept up in the nuttiness of the hippies…

    The 60s & 70s saw our veterans being assailed, called all sorts of slurs, being spit upon, and so on — it made me SOOOO angry… BUT, I refused to follow that hateful mindset and always showed rock-solid support for our troops & our veterans…

    BUT… The tide has finally turned and now there is so much being done for our troops and veterans. There are numerous incredible organizations that are helping the wounded (both with physical & mental/emotional issues) & very specialized groups that help the most severely wounded by building them custom homes to accommodate their disabilities. There are celebrities who work tirelessly for vets (for example, look at all Gary Sinise does) — and, surprisingly, some come from the far left!

    It does my heart GOOD every time I hear of a program or something special is done to show appreciation to our troops & vets. It isn’t that I’m a vet & sometimes benefit. My service was nothing compared to those who were ACTUALLY in harm’s way, served in combat zones, and those who suffered for that experience — whether a physical injury or PTSD or something as complex & difficult to treat as TBI. Whoever coined this phrase gave the USA one of the most aptly put & profound statements in decades: “Some Gave All, All Gave Some”…

    So… I thank ALL those who give so generously to support our awesome active duty troops and those who are now vets. It is incredible for people to genuinely say “Thank you for your service” — something that has taken me aback to hear directed at me, someone who never set foot anywhere near any combat, who worked thousands of miles away in a safe environment. I also go out of my way to thank our troops & vets, seldom revealing my own background (unless they happen to see my National Defense Service Medal ribbon on my khaki baseball cap & it opens a dialog) — because, it is about THEM, serving now and being in harm’s way during this horrible, protracted War on Terrorism.

    God Bless our Troops…
    God Bless our Veterans…
    and Thank You to ALL for your Service!!!

    (and thank you again to all the service organizations, as well as the generous support shown by so many businesses!!!)

  21. Justin says

    I do not expect to be thanked all the time for my service. Being a Recruiter after serving 12 years in the Infantry and going to some of these schools and having kids ask me if I think of myself as a fascist, really gets my blood boiling. What hatred are they being taught at home and in school to come up to somebody they do not know and ask questions like this? But I just smile and thank them for their support and continue my day and actually talk to people who do show a genuine interest and support for the military. I would just like to say as one Service Member to all the others who may read this- I appreciate what you do everyday and what you have done to all veterans, regardless of what your MOS was!

    • Derrick Shoemake says

      I served for 23 years (active duty)…….it was just a job to me, and no one owes me a thing. Why do so many feel that they have a sense of entitlement ? I got paid to do a job just like the individual who works in a factory, drives a cab, or sits behind a desk all day. Just like Sunday morning Christian’s, there are a lot of Sunday morning patriots . Up until 911 occurred, there wasn’t too many supporters of the military out there…..now everybody flies a flag, and everybody loves a soldier. This quote says it all: ” God and the soldier we adore in times of trouble and not before…..when the danger has passed and all things righted, God is forgotten, and the soldier is slighted.”

      • Paul Robinette says

        Yeah, know what you mean. Getting shot at – told how to dress and what to wear; cut my hair and oh yeah, told when to move and where to live- everyone does that – right? It was not “just a job” for the kids who came home in a box. Therefore, we do thank you and your family for your service! May God bless you and yours this Veterans’ Day.

  22. Holly says

    You mention Olive Garden is having a free entree on Veteran’s Day, but it says Friday, November 11th. I’m wondering if this is current or from last year since November 11th is a Sunday, or maybe the free entree is actually on Friday, November 9th.

  23. ATCS(USN) Robert Reid says

    Thanks for the information. It is important to note that Champps Americana, Krispy Kreme, and Outback Steakhouse all advertise a special for “Friday” November 11th, 2012. The problem is that last year (2011) November 11th fell on Friday…this year (2012) November 11th is on Sunday…I believe this is going to cause confusion amongst patrons and the restaurants involved. Note: Champps states Friday in the body of the text and the other two state Friday Nov 11th, 2012 in the title.

  24. Chris says

    As a retired Navy vet (20 years) I am much honored to have served my country and wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. I’m always appreciative on those rare occasions when someone actually thanks me for my service. I am NOT, however comfortable with being considered a hero because I am not. Technically I can call myself a vet of the Afghan war immediately following 9/11. I was in the area of operations so I received hazardous duty/imminent danger pay, but the truth is my job consisted of sitting in an air conditioned office onboard ship about 10 or so miles off the coast of Pakistan and a good 900 miles away for actual combat. I’m in more danger everyday just driving to work every day than when I was “at war”. I did my job which contributed to the overall mission, but really was never in any real danger.

  25. Viet Nam Vet says

    I’m a US Army disabled Viet Nam veteran with cronic PTSD, ’69 – 71; career military; retired; I can certainly speak to how WE were treated back then; it’s much better now – but still a hell of a fight with the VA to get anything; BUT – what is so, so, sad is that state employees in Missouri at the management level can discriminate against ‘Nam vets, like myself, and get by with it. I’ve got all the credentials in the world, but cannot get my job back because one individual doesn’t like strong, male ‘Nam vets. Go figure. I’ve been everywhere with my grievances, up to and including the Governor of Missouri, the EEOC, and various state elected officials, to no avail. I’m frustrated, don’t know where to go with my grievances, and no one wants to assist an old combat vet. Does it sound like I’m complaining? Yep.

  26. SFC F Paul (Ret) says

    I consider my 22+ years in the military as the fulfillment of my own goal to serve this wonderful country. It was my way of carrying on a family tradition including every male since the 1900s and some prior. It was an honor to be able to serve and count myself as one of the few that protects the rest. As my shirt says “I’m here to serve and protect you, whether you like it or not!”

    I still get choked up when standing at attention for the national anthem. My flag is the first thing I look for when gazing out across my ranch every morning. It’s a quarter of a mile away on a 30′ flagpole, flying just inside our
    entrance. It can be seen from just about any direction, and I catch myself
    and others looking for it all the time…

    • Sheila says

      Awesome Thank you . I only served for 4 years 83 to 87. I still think in military time and the experience of serving is with me everyday. I still get “chocked up” also.

  27. Tina says

    Outback’s website states that they are giving away the coke product and bloomin’ onion on the 11th & 12th–NOT from the 7th forward. Just wanted to save someone potential embarrassment. Thank you for putting this list together, we appreciate it very much.

  28. Ed says

    Lowes gives a 10% discount everyday to all active duty and veterans with a valid ID card on everything.

  29. says

    Add Cheeseburger in Paradise to the list for Monday the 12th. This link just came in to me a few minutes ago. If the link I posted works, the information is there. It is under the “our company” heading.

  30. Neil says

    HI, this is a great site, i am making a copy of all the places offering their services to vets. I will post it in the Veterans Hospital in West palm beach, Fl. Thanks to all the Vets for their service and to the ones still out there giving their best. Never let the ******** win.

  31. Tom says

    Does anyone else think it’s a little rude for Gamefly and Netflix to be on here?
    They offer 1 month free trials year round to anyone not signed up. This isn’t something for V-day.

  32. Alishia Mason says

    Wow~I am so glad to see all this! Makes me very happy, to see supporters for our veterans and service members.. Hope everybody enjoys!

  33. Scott says

    If you live in the Northeast, Friendly’s restaurant is offering a free BIG TWO DO breakfast before 11 am on Monday, November 12th. That was e-mailed to me by Friendly’s. You may want to check to see if you need to be in their e-mail list for that special.

  34. Dr William B. Mount says

    Again – Thank You.

    I will use my spot on APFN to boost your readership.

    Thank you again for your work for us vets.

    If you are a sick vet – Please type into Google: THE CURE FOR GULF WAR ILLNESS UPDATE 1

    If you have no job then go to the DAV and apply for the VETERAN’S PENSION

    Its $1021 per month for the rest of your life if you have no other income.

    Thank you for serving.

    Honorable Grace
    Dr William B. Mount
    Cpt (Ret) USA

    • eblastman says

      Also for Vietnam Vets – check out the expanded Agent Orange coverages for heart, diabetes, etc. Its well worth the time to go to the VA website and check.

  35. Monique says

    Its so good to know you are thought of on Veterans Day! And all the offers are just wonderful thank you to you all…..

  36. Paul Robak says

    Great site for veterans info. Thank you to ALL who support present and past service members. You do not realize how much we appreciate the thanks we receive. I salute you all, and my brothers and sisters who serve now and in the past.

  37. eblastman says

    I’ve gone to the Applebees here in MN the last 3 years and have gotten a great Vet Day meal each time. I leave a 25% tip of the value of the meal and buy one of the expensive drinks, makes me feel less cheap. I show my VA card but they don’t ask for an ID. Thank you Applebees. Signed a Vietnam Vet.

  38. Elizabeth says

    Olive Garden has a free meal on Sunday too. Last year when I went, they presented me with a $10 gift card at the end of the meal!

    This year will be different. I will go out to eat on Sunday and Monday. Then on Tuesday I will send a check that was the cost for the meals to Toys for Tots and the American Red Cross.

  39. larry lanier says

    I am a veteran from the vietnam war era. I dont believe that many vets from that many years ago have a military ID card. I certainly dont but I do have my discharge papers as well as a photo in uniform. I have been refused the offered discount and been told that I can get a copy of my military ID from the veterans administration. The VA told me that every year they are inundated by vets who have been mistakenly told they can get a copy of the ID and it aint true.
    It would seem to me that if you have your discharge papers and a photo in uniform it should be enough to prove that you served. I think sometimes requiring the ID is just an easy way to get out of giving the discount or free meal.