Golden Corral Military Appreciation Night – Free Dinner for Veterans on Veterans Day 2020!

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Golden Corral Military Appreciation Night - Current and former military members can eat a free meal at Golden Corral on Veterans Day. This is the 20th consecutive year Golden Corral has participated in this event.

It has become popular over the last few years for restaurants to offer free meals on Veterans Day. But Golden Corral has one of the longest-running military appreciation events among national restaurants. This is the 20th consecutive year that Golden Corral has provided a free buffet meal and drink to current military members and veterans.

The 20th annual Golden Corral Military Appreciation Night has changed from previous years. Due to the pandemic and capacity limitations, Golden Corral is celebrating the Military Appreciation Event November 1, 2020 – May 31, 2021.

To participate, you need to stop by Golden Corral during the month of November to request a FREE “Thank You” Meal promotional card. These cards will be given away while supplies last and can be redeemed from November 1, 2020 – May 31, 2021, for Dine-in Only, Monday-Thursday. Limit one free meal per person while supplies last. More info.

Military Appreciation Night is offered to anyone who has ever served in the US armed forces. In the past the only requirement to receive the free meal was to inform the restaurant you are a veteran.

Golden Corral usually goes by the honor system, and no proof of service is required. That being said – please don’t abuse the system. Claiming you are a veteran just for a free meal is an insult to those who have served our country.

Golden Corral Free Meal for Military Veterans FAQ’s


  • Any person who has is currently serving or who has served in the US Military (retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard or Reserves).

Are Family Members Eligible? 

  • Everyone is welcome to attend Military Appreciation Night. However, the free meals are only for the member who served. Many people choose to celebrate with their friends, family, and fellow serivcemembers and veterans.

Other important information:

  • Dine-in only; no rainchecks.
  • Call ahead: Some locations may have limited availability or local restrictions may prevent some locations from participating.

Here is more information about proving your military service:

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

Golden Corral Military Appreciation Night Facts

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

  • Last year, Golden Corral provided over 300,000 free meals for veterans and active duty service members. Guests and restaurants combined to contribute over $1.3 million to support local initiatives for veterans.
  • To date, Golden Corral has given veterans and active duty servicemembers nearly 6 million free dinners to veterans and contributed over $16 million to the Disabled American Veterans organization.

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

For more details, visit Golden Corral’s website or the DAV page.

More Veterans Day Discounts & Offers:

More Restaurants offering Free meals on Veterans Day include Applebee’s, Bob Evans, Chili’s, Little Caesar’s, McCormick & Schmick’s, Red Robin, Ruby Tuesday, Texas Roadhouse, and many others. Visit our Mega-list of Restaurants offering free meals on Veterans Day for more information!

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  1. Mary Lee says

    I our golden corals are closed for good in Florence ky area what can we do with our cards since we can’t get too any of the others out of state we got these before we closed I need a reply soon thank you

  2. John C. Davis says

    You should know, there are some locations (at least two in Texas and probably more across the nation) that are not honoring this. I tried today in Conroe, Texas, to pick up my card for a free meal later on, but the manager there said he handed out all the cards on Veterans Day and had no intention of honoring this for the whole month. Very misleading.

    • Ryan Guina says

      John, I can understand your frustration. However, I can also understand each store setting limitations on the offer. The website announced there would be a limited number of cards for each location and they would be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. This seems to me like a reasonable approach. Otherwise, there are some veterans (or people posing as veterans) who might take advantage of this, and try to get multiple cards throughout the month.

  3. Dara says

    My husband and I went to Golden Corral to eat on 1/3/2020 and any other time he always received his veterans discount but today he was told they don’t give that anymore it’s only for active duty as my husband sat and ate his food he felt more and more like he was worthless like he did his duty he didn’t matter anymore I just don’t understand

  4. TJ Fackler says

    Golden Corral Rapid City is the only Golden Corral that I’ve been to that does NOT offer s military discount daily.

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