If you’re a veteran, you could enjoy a free meal at O’Charley’s this Veterans Day, with several fan favorites from the restaurant’s menu to choose from.
Alongside numerous restaurants, retailers, and attractions across the country, O’Charley’s takes Veterans Day as an opportunity to say thank you to our nation’s military for their service and sacrifice.
O’Charley’s maintains a long history of honor and respect for the military, from its founder serving in the military, to its continued initiatives to support the troops.
Below is an overview of O’Charley’s Veterans Day promotion, as well as details about their current work to support veterans outside of November 11.
How O’Charley’s Supports the Military
O’Charley’s is no stranger to supporting the nation’s active duty military personnel and veterans. The Nashville, Tennessee, headquartered chain of restaurants, O’Charley’s also participates in this commendable tradition.
On Veterans Day, they offer a free meal to any and all veterans of the armed forces and officers still serving.
O’Charley’s was started in 1971 by Charley Watkins, with its first restaurant located near Vanderbilt University in Nashville. The dishes on the menu were based on his wife’s recipes.
Since then O’Charley’s has grown to 230 restaurants (as of October 2018), spread across 17 states in Southern and Midwestern United States.
Pies are one of the specialties of O’Charley’s. The restaurant chain also emphasizes using fresh ingredients and claims to use fresh salmon and fresh steak that have never been frozen.
They are also known for their Sunday brunch and the free slice of pies served every Wednesday with the purchase of an entrée.
It’s worth noting that Watkins was himself a Marine veteran and so the restaurant chain has a deep regard for our troops. As part of their Hometown Heroes Program, O’Charley’s has honored over 150 veterans and active military officers.
They are also supporters of the non-profit Operation Gratitude that sends individual care packages to our troops serving overseas.
O’Charley’s is also one of the corporate sponsors of The Folded Flag Foundation, which provides scholarships and grants to the spouses and children of military officers who unfortunately have died in combat so they can get the best education.
There’s no mention of a military discount on O’Charley’s website or any of their social media accounts, but some third-party websites mention a 10% discount for veterans and active officers alike at O’Charley’s.
There’s no way to confirm the same except to get in touch with your local O’Charley’s restaurant and ask them directly.
2018 O’Charley’s Veterans Day Deal
in honor of Veterans Day, all active and retired military service members are invited to enjoy a free meal from O’Charley’s. Veterans can choose from O’Charley’s “Veterans Thank You Menu” all day on both November 11 and 12 simply by showing their military IDs. Restaurant participation may vary by location.* (more info).
Earlier this year, O’Charley’s had also offered a ‘Buy One Get One’ deal on Memorial Day for veterans as well as active duty personnel. The deal was also for the entrees in the company’s Over The Top And Under $10 menu.
It’s not clear if the same deal will be available on the next Memorial Day or not. Check back later for further details.
What You Need to Take with You
Typically, all restaurants that offer discounts and deals for veterans and active duty military officers require proof of service.
Below are a few forms of ID typically accepted at restaurants on Veterans Day:
- Proof of military service
- Military ID Card
- Veterans ID Card
- DD 214
- Drivers License with Veterans Designation
- Veterans Service Organization Membership Card
When Veterans Can Get Their Meal
The Veterans Day deal is only valid for dine-in and is available during regular business hours on Veterans Day.
Some restaurants will be offering their promotions on Monday when the federal government is observing the holiday; however, as of right now, there are no implications that O’Charley’s special will be held any day other than November 11.
If you are unsure, give your location a call ahead of time to double check.
Who Is Eligible for O’Charley’s Veterans Day Discount
All retired military personnel, those who have been honorably discharged and officers of the armed forces who are currently serving are all eligible for the Veterans Day deal.
Do note that most Veterans Day free meals and discounts pertain only to you, not your family or other guests.
In order to get the full benefits of O’Charley’s Veterans Day promotion, be sure to bring the proper ID.
Special Menu or Meal Restrictions
The complimentary meal on Veterans Day is offered from the $9.99 menu. While the menu is subject to change, last year’s offerings from the $9.99 menu should give you a good idea of what this year’s menu will look like:
- Low Country Shrimp (served with smoked andouille sausage and seasoned rice pilaf)
- O’Charley’s Famous Chicken Tenders and Fries (served with bacon smashed potatoes)
- Chopped Steak (served with rice pilaf and broccoli)
- Homemade Chicken Pot Pie (served with tartar dip)
- Santa Fe Tilapia (served with honey mustard dressing)
- Honey Drizzled Southern-Fried Chicken (served with broccoli)
- Hand-Battered Fish and Chips (served with mashed sweet potatoes and broccoli)
Enjoy Your Veterans Day Discounts
Military discounts allow restaurants to give back to veterans and bring more people into their businesses, and they allow you to enjoy a free meal.
If you’re looking for free or discounted meals this Veterans Day, you have plenty of options to choose from. But the savings don’t end with restaurants.
If you want a fun experience this November, take a look at our list of attractions and events offering you Veterans Day discounts and do something different with your Veterans Day.
Lastly, Veterans Day provides veterans with retail discounts at popular stores across the nation. However you choose to spend your Veterans Day, you can appreciate a whole host of rewards as you dine, shop, and explore.