If you like your pizza hot, fresh and NOW, consider giving Little Caesars a try.
The Detroit-based company specializes in turning out pizza orders quickly. You don’t need to call ahead if you’re getting popular pizzas like cheese or pepperoni. Stores keep the conveyor ovens running to deliver these popular items throughout the day, on-demand and at a great price.
This Veterans Day, Little Caesars is one of many restaurants offering free Veterans Day meals. On Nov. 11, 2022, current military personnel and veterans can stop by a participating Little Caesars location between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for a free HOT-N-READY Lunch Combo.
Below are all the details you need to take advantage of this generous offer.
Simple, Quick, and Free: Little Caesars on Veterans Day
A proud supporter of the military, Little Caesars runs an annual promotion to give current and former military members a free meal on Veterans Day. The Military Wallet reached out to the popular pizza chain and asked if Little Caesars plans to continue the tradition in 2022.
“As part of a long-standing tradition of giving back and honoring U.S. military men and women, Little Caesars is offering all United States Armed Forces veterans and active military a free HOT-N-READY Lunch Combo at participating stores nationwide this Veterans Day,” Little Caesars spokesperson Annie McGraw said in an email.
“On Friday, Nov. 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., veterans and active military members can receive their free Lunch Combo, which features four slices of Little Caesars popular Detroit-style Deep Dish pizza, paired with a 20-ounce Pepsi product,” McGraw said.
What is a Hot-n-Ready® Lunch Combo?
The HOT-N-READY Lunch Combo is available between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at most locations.
In most cases, the combo will be ready and waiting for you when you walk in and ask for it. (You may have to wait a few minutes if the store is unusually busy and has gotten a little behind.)
The combo includes a 4-piece Detroit-style deep dish pepperoni pizza and a 20-ounce Pepsi product.
Expect to find Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Sierra Mist sodas and Aquafina bottled water, plus a few other options depending on your market. You may be able to add condiments like crushed red pepper or some dipping sauce without extra charges, though this policy may vary from location to location.
How to Prove You’re a Veteran
Though your local Little Caesars should have your deep-dish pizza ready and waiting when you walk in, staff may ask to see proof you’re a veteran before giving you a complimentary combo.
Little Caesars will accept any standard proof of military service, including:
- A U.S. uniformed services ID card for active-duty military members
- A U.S. uniformed services retired ID card
- A veterans ID card for veterans and honorably discharged members.
- A copy of your Leave and Earnings Statement (LES).
- An ID card from veterans organizations like the American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars.
- A copy of the DD 214 discharge form. If you don’t have one, you can print a copy from the Department of Defense-managed eBenefits website.
- A state-issued driver’s license or ID card with a veterans designation
Little Caesars Military Discount Restrictions
Many restaurants have give veterans and military service members free or discounted meals on Veterans Day. Some require an additional purchase, but Little Caesars’ deal isn’t one of these. After showing your proof of service, you can receive the store’s signature lunch combo at no charge. You don’t have to buy your own drink or tip anyone.
However, there are some restrictions:
- If you bring your family or friends, they’ll have to pay (unless they’re also veterans or active-duty military members).
- Little Caesars’ offer applies only on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2022.
- Unlike some restaurants which offer discounted or free food throughout the day, this offer applies only between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. when the Hot-n-Ready lunch combo is available.
Little Caesars Supports Veteran Entrepreneurs
Not only does Little Caesars honor veterans and active-duty military members with a free lunch on Veterans Day, but the company also supports veterans by helping them set up shop with their own Little Caesars franchise.
Little Caesars co-founder Mike Ilitch started the veteran franchise program after hearing about an injured veteran’s difficulty readjusting to civilian life. In its 12 years, Little Caesars has helped more than 200 veterans start their own franchises, according to the company website.
What to Expect at Little Caesars
Little Caesars has nearly 5,500 stores in 50 states and 22 other countries.
Mike and Marian Ilitch founded the company in 1959. The pair also owns the National Hockey League team Detroit Red Wings and Major League Baseball’s Detroit Tigers. The Detroit Pistons pro basketball team now plays in Little Caesars Arena.
Many Little Caesars locations were inside Kmart retail centers for a while, but most are now standalone buildings or located in busy shopping centers.
If you’ve never eaten at a Little Caesars, expect fast service and simple ingredients. Most locations now feature a walk-up counter and a few chairs where customers can wait for their orders if necessary. Some may have outdoor seating.
Pizza, respect and support. It’s a win-win-win. To keep up to date with all of the military discounts available this year, check out our military discounts page and Veterans Day offers, which we’ll continue to update as more details become available.