Proof of Military Service. Most companies require some form of military ID. These include: a Military ID Card (active/reserve/retired), Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), Drivers License with Veterans Designation, Photograph in uniform, be wearing uniform (if your service permits), Veterans Organization Card (e.g., American Legion and VFW), DD214, discharge paperwork, or other form of identification. Other restaurants and companies may go by the honor system.
Participation. Second, always call ahead to verify locations, times, and participation. Many of the listed companies are franchises and may have different policies. We will do our best to keep this page updated as we find new info.
2012 Free Veterans Day Meals
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Applebee’s – free meal, Sunday,
Bar Louie, Free meal on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. 2012. Active duty military members and veterans can receive a free meal, up to $10 in value, and a free non-alcoholic beverage. Available at all locations, military ID or proof of service is required (source). Find a location near you.
BD’s Mongolian Grill, Nov. 5-11, 2012. 1/2 off Stir-fry with valid military ID. Only at participating locations. Find the location nearest you.
California Pizza Kitchen, Nov. 11-12, 2012. Free meal and non-alcoholic beverage for veterans and active military with valid ID or proof of service. Find a location near you.
Cheeseburger in Paradise,
Chili’s – free meal, Sunday,
Denny’s Veterans Day Appreciation Event,
Famous Dave’s – Sunday
http://themilitarywallet.com/free-dinner-at-golden-corral/ http://themilitarywallet.com/free-dinner-at-golden-corral/Golden Corral – Free meal, Monday Nov. 12: The 12th annual Golden Corral Military Appreciation Monday dinner will is available to any person who has ever served in the United States Military. If you are a veteran, retired, currently serving, in the National Guard or Reserves, you are invited to participate in Golden Corral’s Military Appreciation Monday dinner. For more information visit http://www.goldencorral.com/military/.
Special thanks to Golden Corral: To date, Golden Corral restaurants have provided over 3.2 million free meals and contributed over $6.1 million to the Disabled American Veterans organization. Amazing!
Hooters – Free Meal, Sunday,
Hy-Vee, Free Breakfast, Monday,
Krispy Kreme – Free doughnut,
Little Caesars® Pizza, Monday,
Lone Star Steakhouse, Monday,
LongHorn Steakhouse, Sunday,
Max & Erma’s, Sunday,
http://themilitarywallet.com/free-meal-at-mccormick-and-schmicks/ http://themilitarywallet.com/free-meal-at-mccormick-and-schmicks/McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants – free lunch or dinner, Sunday
On The Border, Sun.
Outback Steakhouse – A week of Free Bloomin’ Onions and Cokes Nov. 11-12, 2012. Outback Steakhouse is honoring America’s military veterans by offering active duty military and veterans a free Bloomin’ Onion and a Coca-Cola product during the week leading up to Veteran’s Day. This offer is available to Military Personnel with ID. Also receive 10% off your purchase from Nov. 13-Dec 31, 2012. More information.
The Outback understands commitment. For the past two years, The Outback, with the help of their patrons, has donated $2 Million to Operation Homefront, a non-profit organization providing everyday and emergency support for active troops, wounded warriors and their families.
Red Lobster – Sunday,
Red Robin, Monday,
Spaghetti Warehouse, Monday,
Subway. In honor of Veterans Day, SUBWAY® will donate $111,112 to the Wounded Warrior Project ‘s economic empowerment program
Texas Corral – Sunday,
Texas Roadhouse – free lunch, Monday
T.G.I. Friday’s – Free Lunch, Monday
The Olive Garden, Free entrée,
Tim Hortons – all US locations are offering a free donut to all veterans (check out the Star Spangled donut!).
Uno Chicago Grill, Nov. 11 -12, 2012. Free individual pizza or entrée with the purchase of a pizza or entrée of equal or greater value. Available for all active duty and veterans. No coupon necessary; proof of service required. Find a location near you.
7-Eleven – Free small Slurpee on Sunday, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Offer good to all current and former military members. ID or proof of service required.
More Veterans Day Discounts! Please click through to Page 2 – Parks and Related and Page 3 – Retail and Regional Discounts to see more Veterans Day deals, including free National Park Admission, Amusement parks, and retail and regional discounts.
2012 Veterans Day Free Meals and Discounts
Free Park Admissions for Veterans Day 2012
http://themilitarywallet.com/anheuser-busch-salute-to-heroes/ http://themilitarywallet.com/anheuser-busch-salute-to-heroes/Anheuser-Busch Parks. Anheuser-Busch Parks offers Active Duty Service Members free admission for them and up to 3 dependents to any of their parks once a year. Throughout 2012, members of the military and as many as three direct dependents may enter SeaWorld, Busch Gardens or Sesame Place parks with a single-day complimentary admission. The Here’s to the Heroes program is only available to Any active duty, activated or drilling reservist, or National Guardsman. Eligible parks include: Adventure Island, Busch Gardens (Tampa Bay or Williamsburg), SeaWorld (Orlando, San Diego, or San Antonio), Sesame Place, and Water Country USA. Not valid at Discovery Cove and Aquatica. Christmas Town at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va. is not included as part of this program. For more information and to register, visit: Free admission summary, and ticket application.
Colonial Williamsburg Free Admission. Colonial Williamsburg offers free weekend-long admission tickets to active-duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans, and their immediate dependents from Thursday, Nov. 9 through Monday, Nov. 12th. The complimentary ticket includes admission to Colonial Williamsburg exhibition sites, art museums, and most daytime programs, as well as free parking and use of the shuttle bus system. Tickets are only available at on-site ticket sales locations. Tickets are also available to families of deployed servicemembers. Tickets available on the following dates: Nov. 9-12, 2012.
Fee Free Day at National Parks. To honor America’s service men and women, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that areas managed by the National Park Service would not charge entrance fees for Veterans Day weekend – November 10-12, 2012. Everyone is eligible, not just veterans. Over 100 national Parks will be participating in this event.
Historic Jamestowne – Free Admission. The National Park Service commemorates Veterans Day with Fee Free days at Historic Jamestowne November 10-12. Free admission for everyone. See events calendar.
Knotts Berry Farm Military Tribute Days – Free Admission – 2012. Knott’s Berry Farm has an annual Military Tribute event in which they offer military members past and present by offering free park admission. This year the Military Tribute Days run from November 1 – 21 November. Veterans or current serving military personnel plus one guest get in
Bed and Breakfast for Vets
In the third year of the program, B&Bs for Vets has organized over 230 (and counting) participating Bed and Breakfasts and Inns across the US and Canada which will be offering veterans a free night’s stay on November 10th, the night before Veterans Day. This offer is available to both active duty military members and veterans with ID, but space is limited. Each Inn and B&B has at least one room available for this promotion and reservations must be made directly through the participating Inns and B&Bs. For more information visit B&Bs for Vets.
Home Depot and Lowe’s Military Coupon Updates
http://themilitarywallet.com/resources/homedepot.php?tag=VetsDay http://themilitarywallet.com/resources/homedepot.php?tag=VetsDayHome Depot Military Discount: The Home Depot(R) is offering all active duty personnel, reservists, retired military, veterans and their families a 10 percent discount off their purchases in honor of Veteran’s Day. The offer is valid on purchases of up to $2,000 for a maximum of $200 and is available at The Home Depot stores, The Home Depot Design Center locations, Yardbirds and
http://themilitarywallet.com/resources/lowes.php?tag=VetsDay http://themilitarywallet.com/resources/lowes.php?tag=VetsDayLowe’s Military Discount: Lowe’s Companies, Inc. will offer all active, reserve, honorably discharged, retired military personnel and their immediate family members a 10 percent discount on in-store U.S. purchases made during the Veterans Day holiday. The discount is available Nov. 7 – Nov. 11. The discount is available on in-stock and special order purchases up to $5,000. To qualify, individuals must present a valid military ID or other proof of service. Excluded from the discount are sales via Lowes.com, previous sales, and purchases of services or gift cards. Like Home Depot, Lowes offers this discount daily to active duty military members, but not to veterans. However, they extend the offer to military veterans on military holidays. You can also find exclusive discounts at Lowe’s.com.
2012 Veterans Day Discounts – Retail Stores & More
Here are some additional Veterans Day Discounts. In all cases, be sure to provide proper ID or proof of service. In addition, some of these stores are franchises, so verify participation before assuming the discount is in place.
Amazon.com – Free MP3 album download “Veterans Day Honor” Available at Amazon on Veterans Day. Download the album (album will be full price again starting Nov. 12).
Big Lots – 10% off your entire purchase. Offer available to active duty, Guard/Reserve, veterans, retirees and their immediate family members, with valid ID. Please call ahead to verify.
Cabela’s. Cabela’s is giving their standard employee discount to all US military veterans, active duty military, Guard/Reserves, law enforcement, fire and
Dollar General. 10% discount on entire purchase on Veterans Day. Offer good for all active-duty military, retirees, veterans, Guard/Reserve, & immediate family members. The coupon can be found in the store circular, or by asking an employe. Also good online from Nov 11-13, use Coupon Code VETERANSDAY. More info.
Free Business Cards and Checks. Get 25
Free Car wash,
GameFly: Video game rentals – Gamefly – Free Trial
http://themilitarywallet.com/resources/josabank.php?tag=VetsDay http://themilitarywallet.com/resources/josabank.php?tag=VetsDayJos. A. Bank Specials: Veterans Day Sale- 1 Day Only! JoS. A. Bank Veterans Day Sale Orders.
Meneike Car Care Centees. Free basic oil change,
Sports Authority – 15% off all purchases. All Veterans and Military personnel please stop by your local Sports Authority store to receive 15% OFF YOUR ENTIER PUCHSASE on 11.11.11 ONLY! Please show proper identification or proof of service at check-out to receive this special offer.
Sport Clips – Veterans Day. Sport Clips offers a Heroes discount which includes active and retired military. Please call ahead to verify participation. Find a location near you.
Steve Madden. We’d like to salute our heroes by doubling our everyday military discount of 15% to 30% OFF for Veteran’s Day ONLY. Valid with a form of Military identification (past or present) in Steve Madden stores only (not valid online). *Full priced merchandise only. Find a store near you.
VA Loan Rates. VA Loans and mortgage rates are currently the lowest they have been in over 50 years.
Regional Veterans Day Discounts
There have been multiple request to include local and regional Veterans Day discounts. We are happy to include these in our list. Please use our Contact Page to send us the information. Please be sure to include a link to the website so we can verify it and share it with our readers. If a website is not available, then please use the company e-mail address so we can verify the offer.
America’s Incredible Pizza Company, Nov. 11th. Free meal Nov. 11th. Not all locations participate. Please call ahead to verify availability, hours and locations.
Aquarium of the Pacific (Long Beach, CA),
Barmuda (Iowa) – free meal (TBA). Barmuda is offering a free meal to all active duty members and veterans in all restaurants. More information.
Brevard Zoo (Melbourne, FL), Nov. 9-11, 2012. Free Admission to military veterans with proof of service. More info.
Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse (NY, NJ, PA),
Des Moines Botanical Center,
Jiffy Lube, Nov. 11-12, 2012. (Select FL locations only). Half off Signature Service® Oil Change in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Tampa and Myrtle Beach locations. Use coupon Code: 4M5G32. Find participating locations.
Phoenix Zoo, Friday, Nov 9 – Monday,
San Antonio Symphony and the United States Air Force Band of the West. Free Veterans Day Concert
2011 Veterans Day Specials (Awaiting Confirmation for 2012)
BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse, Fri. Nov. 11th (2011 – awaiting 2012 update). Complimentary lunch entree or a one topping mini pizza for dinner. Offer valid to all active duty military and veterans, with proof of service. More info.
Twin Peaks, Friday, Nov. 11 (2011 – awaiting 2012 update). Free entrée for service men and women (up to $10). Good for veterans and active service personnel with valid ID or proof of service. Dine in only; gratuity not included. Find a location near you.