Gold Corral has offered free military and veteran buffet meals and drinks for over 20 years. While many restaurants offer free meals on Veterans Day, Golden Corral will offer its Military Appreciation Night promotion on the Monday after Veterans Day weekend.
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Golden Corral Free Veteran Meal Eligibility
Veterans, active-duty, National Guard and reserve service members can eat free on Monday, Nov. 13, 2023, from 5 to close, according to Golden Corral’s website. However, military family members must pay for their meals.
Golden Corral’s website does not list a proof of service requirement. Please don’t abuse the rule if your Golden Corral location uses the honor system on military appreciation night. Claiming you are a veteran just for a free meal cheapens the service and sacrifice of actual service members and veterans.
If you need documentation to prove your military service, you can bring a:
Most restaurants will accept these forms of identification for Veterans Day offers. Some may also accept a photo of you in your uniform or a membership card for the VFW, American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of America, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America or another veteran service organization.
Golden Corral Military Appreciation Night Exclusions
Veterans and service members can only eat for free dining at Golden Corral. The restaurant won’t provide free takeout orders on military appreciation night. You may run into an extended wait time due to this requirement, so call ahead to find out if you’ll be able to get in.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, some Golden Corral locations offered vouchers and rain checks on Veterans Day to adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s indoor dining capacity limit recommendations.
However, Golden Corral won’t offer rain checks or vouchers in 2023, according to its website. The Military Appreciation Night offer is only valid on Monday, Nov. 13, 2023.
How Golden Corral Supports the Military
In 2019, Golden Corral provided over 300,000 free meals to veterans and service members, according to its website. It has provided more than six million meals since it began celebrating Military Appreciation Night over 20 years ago.
Guests and restaurants combined to contribute over $1.3 million to support local initiatives for veterans in 2019. Over the last two decades, Golden Corral and its customers have contributed over $16 million to the Disabled American Veterans organization.