Since a McDonald’s franchise owner opened the chain’s first drive-thru in 1975, franchise owners have looked for ways to support military members.
A Sierra Vista, Arizona, franchise owner made the vehicle-friendly building modification at this restaurant to accommodate soldiers from Fort Huachuca, which forbade soldiers from wearing uniforms in off-post establishments, according to an Arizona news outlet.
Note: Many McDonald’s locations are franchises. Discounts and participation may vary and are at the discretion of the owner. Please call ahead to verify participation.
Many McDonald’s restaurants offer free meals on Veterans Day, and some offer year-round military discounts.
“Certain McDonald’s locations may offer a special discount for seniors, those in the military or veterans, or teachers,” the McDonald’s corporate website said. McDonald’s encourages guests to check with their local McDonald’s to see what military discounts and Veterans Day meals are available.
If your local McDonald’s store is participating, you might score a breakfast or a free extra-value meal on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. If it isn’t, you can still find a good burger on our list of restaurants offering free or discounted meals this Veterans Day.
First, Prove Your Status with Documentation
You may need to present military identification to take advantage of Veterans Day promotions at McDonald’s.
Commonly accepted documents include:
- Military ID Card
- Veterans ID Card or VA issued Health Card Card
- DD 214
- Driver’s License with Veterans Service Designator
- Veterans Service Organization Membership Card
If you’re worried about being able to prove your status quickly and easily, call ahead to ask the manager whether your form of identification will suffice. Remember, each franchise owner can choose whether or not to participate in these offers.
When Veterans Can Get a Free Meal
At participating McDonald’s locations, free Veterans Day meal offers are valid on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022.
McDonald’s has more than 37,000 locations around the world, and many never close. Call ahead or check online to confirm your local restaurant’s operating hours.
So What’s on the Menu for Veterans?
Due to McDonald’s franchise policies, specific Veterans Day promotions vary by location.
Some restaurants have advertised free breakfast this year; others offer free value menu items and combos.
Lunch and dinner combos may include an entree item like a Big Mac, double cheeseburger or chicken sandwich with a medium-sized order of fries and a medium fountain drink. Breakfast items may include egg McMuffins and sausage burritos.
What’s In an Extra Value Meal?
Extra Value Meals at McDonald’s come with fries and a cold drink at lunch and dinner. Breakfast meals come with hash browns and coffee.
Entrees options at lunch or dinner may include:
- Big Mac
- Quarter Pounder with Cheese
- Double Quarter Pounder Cheese
- Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Sandwich
- Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich.
Breakfast entrees options may include:
- Egg McMuffin
- Sausage McMuffin
- Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit
- Sausage McGriddles
- Sausage Burritos.
Lunch options usually aren’t available before 10:30 or 11 a.m., depending on your location. Breakfast options are available all day, almost everywhere in the country.
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Leland Reed says
Tried 3 different McDonald’s on Veterans Day for the free value meal in San Diego, all said no. Home to the second largest Naval Base in the US and no support. If McDonald’s were serious about giving the discount they would mandate it and fully reimburse the Owner/Operator stores. Will McDonald’s put the number of stores that actually participated? I don’t think they will.
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