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Veterans Day deals & freebies: 70+ great ways to save!

Veterans Day deals & freebies: 70+ great ways to save!
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Veterans Day is here, a day in which we remember and honor those who have served in the U.S. armed forces. Although we can never express our gratitude enough, many companies are providing free or discounted goods and services to both veterans and active-duty service members as a small token of appreciation. (And if you’re a veteran or member of the military, we have a free financial guide to help you get your finances in tip-top shape!) 

Here is a list of some of the best deals being offered throughout the week in honor of Veterans Day.

RELATED: Military & Veterans Guide: Free resources for getting your finances in order

Veterans Day deals & freebies

Food and restaurant deals for veterans

  • Applebee’s: On November 11, all veterans and active military can receive free meals at participating Applebee’s locations. Must show proof of military service. Beverage and gratuity not included. Dine-in only.
  • BJ’s Restaurant: Veterans and active military receive a complimentary entrée and a free Dr. Pepper beverage with a military ID. Offer good November 11 only for dine-in service.
  • Bob Evans: Veterans and active military can receive one of 7 free menu items on November 11. Must show proof of military service or come dressed in military uniform. Dine-in only.
  • California Pizza Kitchen: All veterans & active military receive a free entrée. Valid November 11. In addition, you can donate 20% of your sale to disabled veterans from Nov. 8-10 when you dine in or order online with promo code DAV at checkout.
  • Chick-fil-A: Local restaurants may be offering deals to veterans such as a free chicken sandwich. Check your local restaurant for details.
  • Cracker Barrel: All U.S. military veterans can get a complimentary slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake when dining at any Cracker Barrel location nationwide on November 11. For online orders, use promo code VETSDAY21.
  • Chili’s: On November 11, veterans and active military members can get a free meal from a special menu with a valid military ID. Dine-in only.
  • Dunkin’ Donuts: Veterans and active duty military can enjoy a free donut on Thursday, November 11, no purchase necessary.
  • Famous Dave’s: All former and current military personnel get a free Georgia chopped pork sandwich plus a side on November 11. Valid for dine-in, to go and online ordering. Use code VETERAN at checkout for online orders. Must present valid proof of service.
  • Golden Corral: Active or former military members who have served in the U.S. Military can get a free thank you meal from 5 p.m. to close on Veterans Day.
  • Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt: Veterans and active duty military can enjoy their first 6 ounces of froyo free on November 11!
  • Red Lobster: All active and retired military personnel can receive a free appetizer or dessert from a special menu on November 11. Must show proof of service to redeem offer.
  • Red Robin: Veterans and active military who are Red Robin Royalty members (sign up at no cost) can get a free Red’s Tavern Double Burger with Bottomless Steak Fries any time between 11/1 and 11/14 for dine-in or to-go.
  • Shoney’s: All active and retired military with valid military ID are welcome to a free all-you-can-eat breakfast on November 11 from open to 11 a.m.
  • Starbucks: Starbucks is honoring those who serve with a free tall hot brewed coffee for veterans, military service members and military spouses on November 11 at participating U.S. Starbucks stores.
  • The Human Bean: all Veterans and active military with their military ID or in Uniform will receive a free 16-oz. drink of their choice on Veterans Day!

See more restaurant deals here.

Free admission for veterans

  • Aquarium of the Pacific: Free admission on Veterans Day for veterans and military personnel with military ID. Advance reservations required. Limited capacity.
  • Boston Duck Tours: Veterans, active military and first responders ride free during the week of Veterans Day.
  • B&B for Vets: Receive a complimentary one-night stay on November 10 with military ID to enjoy local Veterans Days celebrations across the country.
  • Colonial Williamsburg: Get one complimentary admission ticket per year (and for as many as 3 direct dependents) on either Memorial Day weekend or Veterans Day weekend.
  • Harley-Davidson Museum: On November 11, the Harley-Davidson Museum will offer free Museum admission for all
    active Military, Veterans and their families.
  • Mount Vernon: Free admission for military/veterans on November 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • National Parks: Get fee-free entrance on November 11. This is for everyone! In addition, ALL Veterans & Gold Star Families will be granted free access to national parks, wildlife refuges and other Federal lands managed by the Department of the Interior starting on Veterans Day, November 11, and every day onward. See details here.
  • National WWI Museum and Memorial: Admission is free for veterans and active duty military personnel November 11 through 14. Meanwhile, admission for the general public is half off.
  • National WWII Museum: Veterans get free admission on November 11.
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame: Veterans and active military, plus one guest, receive free entry and free parking on November 11. Plus, get a 20% discount at the HOF Store.
  • Thomas Jefferson Monticello: Free admission for veterans on November 11. Admission for active-duty military personnel is free year-round for select tours and passes.
  • USS Midway Museum: Free admission for active military and veterans on November 11.
  • Veteran Ticket Foundation: This is a way for veterans to receive free tickets to events!
  • World of Coca-Cola: Admission is free year-round for veterans and active military, but those customers can purchase up to 4 World of Coca-Cola general admission tickets at half-price for their friends and family for use through November 12.

Retail & service deals for veterans

  • Academy Sports: Veterans, active-duty and reserve service members and their immediate family members get 10% off their entire purchase both in-store and online. Ends November 14.
  • Adidas: 30% off or 20% off at outlet factory stores.
  • American Giant: 20% off to active duty, reservists, national guard, veterans, and military family members. Valid through November 13.
  • Army & Air Force Exchange Service: Take 20% off featured furniture brands.
  • Backcountry: 20% discount on select full-price purchases for active duty military personnel, veterans, military family members, and government employees.
  • Bass Pro Shops: 5% off for active military, veterans, retirees, guards and reservists of our U.S. Armed Forces.
  • Bear Mattress: Military community gets 35% off sitewide.
  • Bed Bath & Beyond: Military and veterans will receive 25% off their purchase through November 11 in stores.
  • Best Western: Military discounts to active duty and retired service members who can present a valid military ID upon check-in. Exclusions apply.
  • Brooklyn Bedding: Military get 25% off + free shipping.
  • buybuyBaby: Take 25% off your purchase for military members through November 13.
  • Cabela’s: Save 10% sitewide for military members and hometown heroes, which includes law enforcement, firefighters and EMTs. Ammo is also 5% off. These discounts are valid through November 14.
  • Casper Mattress: 20% off military discount.
  • Cheryl’s: Offers free shipping to APO/FPO addresses.
  • Choice Hotels: Discounts on select room rates to active duty and retired military personnel with valid ID.
  • Clarks: 10% military discount to veterans, retirees, and active duty U.S. military personnel.
  • Converse: Military personnel get 15% off.
  • Dell Refurbished: 36% off any item (excludes clearance, warranty & previous sales), plus free ground ship. Unlimited items on order. Use coupon Code VET2020DEAL. Valid November 11-12.
  • Discount Tire: 10% military discount for active duty, veterans and their families.
  • Dollar Tree: All active- duty & retired military, first responders, and their families can enjoy 10% off purchases of $10 or more in stores on November 11.
  • Duke Cannon: Portion of proceeds directly supports Veteran causes.
  • Eddie Bauer: Extra 10% off your purchase to all active and former military personnel, veterans and families (in-store only).
  • Ergobaby: 20% off all products to military and veterans.
  • Game Stop: All active and former military personnel will receive a 10% discount off all new video game software and accessories; all pre-owned software, hardware and accessories; and all collectibles.
  • Great Clips: Visit a Great Clips location on November 11 for a free haircut or a free haircut card to use at a later date.
  • Great Wolf Lodge: 30% Howlin’ Heroes Discount to active and retired U.S. military personnel when they use the code heroes. Contact your nearest lodge for reservations.
  • Home Chef: U.S. military personnel can get 50% off their first order at Home Chef, and 10% off every subsequent order. Sign in and verify using a valid account. Available for new customers only.
  • Hotwire: 10% military discount on hotel bookings of $100 and above.
  • IHG Hotels & Resorts: Current and former U.S. armed forces personnel are eligible for discounts at participating IHG hotels. Bring a valid military ID.
  • Joann: Former and current members can get 15% off their purchase at JOANN when they apply for a JOANN Military Rewards Discount Card
  • Jiffy Lube: Select locations are offering 25% OFF as a “Thank You” to the men and women of our Armed Forces for their service to our country. I.D. required. No coupon necessary. Excludes batteries and brakes, alignment and diagnostic services.
  • Karen Kane: Military personnel can enjoy 20% off every purchase.
  • Kohl’s: Offers active military, veterans, retirees and their immediate family members a 15% discount on purchases made on Mondays, in store only.
  • La-Z-Boy: Save big in-store and online during the Veterans Day sale.
  • LL Bean: 10% off your order for active, veteran, retired & reservist personnel.
  • Lululemon: 15% off to military members.
  • Macy’s: 20% to 65% off furniture, mattresses & rugs. Ends November 11.
  • Mattress Firm: Military discount allows you to save an extra 10-20% off.
  • Michaels: 15% off entire purchase, including sale items.
  • NTB Tire Service CentersThis automotive and tire service center offers a year-round discount program to military personnel.
  • Publix: Save 10% on groceries on November 11 with military ID. Excludes prescriptions, alcohol, tobacco, gift cards, lottery tickets, postage stamps and money services. Valid for in-store purchases only.
  • Qalo: Vets and active duty soldiers can order a ring from Qalo’s U.S. Military line for free in November.
  • Red Roof Inn: Save 10% off with VP code 606732.
  • Rosetta Stone: Get an extra 10% off military discount.
  • Sears: Up to 35% off select appliances.
  • Sport Clips: Select stores will be offering complimentary haircuts on November 11 for all active duty military and veterans, with proof of service.
  • Target: 10% discount to active-duty military personnel, veterans and their families. The discount can be used on two separate transactions and applies to all in-basket items, online and in-store. Valid through November 13.
  • Under Armour: 20% off for military.

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