If you are a United States veteran, in addition to celebrating Veterans Day with your friends and family this year, you can take advantage of a number of special discounts and services.
Each year on November 11, retailers and restaurants across the country offer promotions to veterans as a way of honoring their service. If you served or are actively serving in the military, you may be able to enjoy a free breakfast at IHOP this year.
Like many restaurants, IHOP’s Veterans Day promotion is only available at select locations, so you’ll want to double check with your location to be sure they are participating. Read on for an overview of IHOP’s Veterans Day menu and what you need to do to take advantage of it.
How Does the IHOP Military Discount Work?
With their patriotic pancake special on Veterans Day and other initiatives geared towards the community, IHOP looks to give back to the people it serves.
In addition to its Veterans Day promotion, IHOP also hosts a one-day benefit called National Pancake Day to raise funds for critically ill children, donating proceeds to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Shriners Hospital for Children, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Founded in 1958 and headquartered in Glendale, California, IHOP now has over 1700 restaurants across all 50 states, including the District of Columbia. To see where your nearest IHOP is, you can locate all of IHOP’s restaurants here.
IHOP restaurants are also present in Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Panama, and Guatemala in the Americas, as well as The Philippines and Guam in South-East Asia and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Qatar in the Middle East.
IHOP’s leadership values the service of veterans, with its president Darren Rebelez having served as an Army Ranger and a Gulf War veteran. With that value in mind, they are one of several restaurants offering free meals or discounts on Veterans Day.
To take advantage of the Red, White, and Blue pancake promotion and the additional special menu offered to veterans at select locations, you simply need to show up between 7 am and 7 pm with the proper ID in hand, and enjoy your breakfast.
Once again, note that not all IHOP restaurants participate in the Red, White, and Blue pancake special, so get in touch with your location to find out if this offer is available to you.
The select group of IHOP restaurants that offers the additional combo can also be found out by directly getting in touch with the restaurant.
What You Need to Take with You
IHOP is one of many companies that offer military discounts. As stated above, getting IHOP’s military discount is as easy as showing proof of military service.
Whether you are a retired army personnel or still in active duty, below are some of the ways you can prove your military service at IHOP. Essentially, any standard proof of military service is accepted, including the options here:
- US Uniformed Services ID Card
- US Uniformed Services Retired ID Card
- Veteran ID Card or VA healthcare card
- Drivers license with Veteran Designator
- A current copy of their Leave and Earnings Statement (LES)
- Any Veterans Organization Cards such as American Legion or VFW
- A photograph of yourself in your US military uniform, in which you’re wearing the uniform
- A copy for your discharge from active duty DD Form 214, which is commonly referred to as DD214. You can get it on the Department of Defense managed eBenefits website
- Military dog tags
- Citation or Commendation
2018 Veterans Day Discount
The Red, White & Blue Pancake promotion is strictly a Veterans Day deal. This year, participating IHOP restaurants are offering a free Red, White & Blue Pancake meal to current and former military members on Nov. 12, 2018, from 7 am – 7 pm. More info on their Facebook page.
In addition to their Veterans Day deal, IHOP offers a 20% discount to all veterans and active duty servicemen and servicewomen at participating locations. To take advantage of their daily discount, you simply need to show a valid military ID.
Again, you can check out IHOP’s website or call your nearest outlet to confirm what offer they have in store before you make a visit.
When Veterans Can Get Their Meal
IHOP’s Veterans Day deal will be available on November 11 at participating locations. You can order from IHOP’s Veterans Day special menu any time between 7 am and 7 pm on Veterans Day.
All retired and active duty military personnel are eligible for IHOP’s Veterans Day discount. Do note that the free meal promoted is limited to you, meaning any family or friends who go to IHOP with you will be paying full price for any menu items they order.
As long as you bring one of the forms of ID specified above and your IHOP location is participating in the offer, you should be able to enjoy a stack of flapjacks on the house. But depending on where you go, pancakes might not be the only free meal available to you.
Special Menu or Meal Restrictions
Who doesn’t love a good patriotic pancake? IHOP’s red, white, and blue short stack consists of three buttermilk pancakes, which, you guessed it, are red, white, and blue with strawberries, blueberries, and whipped cream toppings.
Additionally, some IHOP’s offer a traditional breakfast combo to veterans which consists of eggs cooked to order, hash browns, and bacon strips or sausage links.
Each eligible guest gets one free meal.
Enjoying Your Veterans Day Discounts
The Red, White & Blue Pancake offer is an awesome way to say thank you to veterans for their service.
If you served or are serving in the military, you could celebrate Veterans Day among your fellow Veterans Day with a hearty breakfast at IHOP. There is also a long list of companies offering special Veterans Day discounts and events and attractions you can enjoy at a discount.
We salute your service and hope you have a wonderful Veterans Day!