Military members and veterans know the importance of being ready for just about anything. When it comes to pizza making, the staff at Little Caesars has a similar mindset.
The Detroit-based company specializes in turning out pizza orders quickly. In fact, you don’t even need to call ahead if you’re getting basic pizzas like cheese or pepperoni. Stores keep the oven conveyors running so they can 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 November 11, current military personnel and veterans can stop by a Little Caesars location for a free Hot-n-Ready® Lunch Combo.
Below are all the details you need to take advantage of this generous offer.
What is a Hot-n-Ready® Lunch Combo?
The Hot-n-Ready® Lunch Combo is available between 11 am and 2 pm 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 bottle of drink from the refrigerator case.
Little Caesars carries Pepsi products, so expect to find Pepsi, Mountain Dew, and Sierra Mist sodas and Aquafina brand bottled water along with a few other options depending on your market.
You can usually add condiments like crushed red pepper or some kind of dipping sauce without extra charges, though this policy can 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, they will want to see proof you’re a veteran before giving you a complimentary combo.
Any standard proof of military service is accepted at Little Caesars, including:
- U.S. Uniformed Services ID card for active duty members
- U.S. Uniformed Services Retired ID card
- Veterans ID Card for veterans and honorably discharged members.
- 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 form issued when you were discharged from active duty. This can be procured from the Department of Defense managed eBenefits Web site in case you don’t already have a copy.
- State-issued Drivers License or ID Card with Veterans Stamp
You can make things run more smoothly by having your proof of service available when you arrive at the register. And, of course, you’ll be on your way faster that way so you can enjoy the rest of the day.
Other Stipulations and Limitations to this Offer
A lot of restaurants have started giving veterans and military service men and women free or discounted meals on Veterans Day.
It’s great having so many choices for Veterans Day specials, including discounts at your favorite retailers. Some promotions can be harder to activate, though, especially if they require other purchases.
Little Caesars’ deal isn’t one of them. After showing your proof of service you’re entitled to the store’s signature lunch combo at no charge. There’s no need to buy your own drink or tip anyone.
Like any offers, though, it helps to know the limitations going in:
- 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 itself, Sunday, Nov. 11, even though the federal government will observe the holiday the following Monday.
- And unlike some restaurants which offer discounted or free food throughout the day, this offer applies only between 11 am and 2 pm because the Hot-n-Ready® Lunch Combo typically is available only during those hours.
Little Caesars Shows a Commitment to Veterans
Veterans appreciate the show of support and appreciation from restaurants, retailers, and attractions on Veterans Day. Little Caesars’ commitment to veterans runs deeper than a one-day promotion, however.
The company also runs a veterans program to help retired armed forces personnel start a Little Caesars franchise of their own after returning home.
Little Caesars co-founder Mike Ilitch started the program after hearing about an injured veteran’s difficulty readjusting to civilian life. In its 12 years, the program has helped more than 200 veterans start their own franchises.
What to Expect at Little Caesars
Little Caesars was founded by Mike and Marian Ilitch in 1959. Ten years later the company operated 50 stores, and now it’s now approaching 5,500 stores which you’ll find in all 50 states and in 22 other countries.
The Illitches also own 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.
For a while, many Little Caesars locations were inside Kmart retail centers, but most are now standalone buildings or located in busy shopping centers.
If you’ve never eaten at a Little Caesars, expect fast service, especially for smaller orders, and fresh, simple ingredients. Most locations now feature a walk-up counter and a few chairs where customers can wait for their orders if necessary.
The stores are now rolling out a new feature allowing customers to order online or on a smartphone app, receive an access code, then use the code to open a heated case to get their own pizza — yet another way to serve customers quickly.
Most newer locations do not have much of a dining area, though some do feature outdoor seating. Sandelman & Associates has frequently named Little Caesars the best value in America for pizza.
Simple, Quick, and Free: Little Caesars on Veterans Day
If you’re not sure where to eat lunch on Veterans Day but think pizza may hit the spot, give Little Caesars a try. You’ll get a free, simple lunch and quick, courteous service.
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.
Pizza, respect, and support. It’s a win-win-win. To keep up to date with all of the military discounts available to you, check out our military discounts page and Veterans Day offers, which we update as details become available.