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Veterans Day is fast approaching – 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.
Veterans Day deals & freebies
Food and restaurant deals for veterans
- Applebee’s: On Saturday, November 11, all veterans and active military can receive one of seven signature entrées for free at participating Applebee’s locations. Must show proof of military service. Beverage and gratuity not included. Dine-in only.
- Back Yard Burgers: All veterans and active duty military will receive a free Classic Burger on November 11. Must show up in uniform or show proof of service.
- Bakers Square: Honoring all who have served, as well as active military, Bakers Square is offering free buttermilk pancakes, french toast, or a Belgian waffle on November 11. Please bring in proof of service or military ID.
- BJ’s Restaurant: Veterans and active military receive a complimentary entree worth under $12.95 with a military ID. Offer good November 10 and 11.
- Bob Evans: Veterans and active military can receive one of six free menu items on November 11. Must show proof of military service or come dressed in military uniform.
- Bonanza Steakhouse: Come Saturday, November 11 for a free buffet for all veterans and active military.
- Buffalo Wild Wings: All active and retired service members receive a free small order of traditional or boneless wings and a side of fries on November 11. Dine-in only. Must show proof of military service.
- California Pizza Kitchen: All veterans and active military are eligible for a free entree from a special Veterans Day menu at California Pizza Kitchen. Dine-in only. Must be in uniform or show proof of service. Valid November 11.
- Cheeseburger in Paradise: All active and retired military are eligible for a free All American burger with fries on November 11. Dine-in only with proof of service and a beverage purchase of $1.99 or more
- Chipotle: On Tuesday, November 7, from 5pm to close, Chipotle is offering a buy one/get one burrito, bowl, salad or taco order for all veterans, active military and military spouses. Offer good for dine-in only. Limit one free menu item per U.S. military ID.
- Chuck E. Cheese: Retired service members with proof of service receive one free personal one-topping pizza on November 11. Use promo code #5500.
- Cracker Barrel: All veterans and active duty military receive a free piece of double chocolate fudge Coca-Cola cake on November 11.
- Denny’s: Active, inactive and military personnel receive a free “Build Your Own Grand Slam” on November 10 from 5am-noon. Valid at participating locations. Military ID is required.
- Dunkin’ Donuts: All veterans and active duty military can enjoy a free donut on November 11. No purchase necessary.
- Fazoli’s: Retired and active military personnel can receive a free spaghetti with marinara or meat sauce with proof of service or by showing up in uniform. No purchase necessary. Offer valid November 10-12.
- Golden Corral: All active and retired military are invited from 5pm to 9pm on Monday, November 13 for a free dinner on Military Appreciation Night.
- Hooters: All military eat free on November 11 from a special Veterans Day menu. Dine-in only. Offer valid only at participating locations. Beverage purchase required. Military ID or proof of service required.
- IHOP: On Friday, November 10, participating IHOP restaurants will offer veterans and active military a complimentary stack of Red, White & Blue pancakes or a Red, White & Blue pancake combo (depending on location) from 7am to 7pm. This is dine-in only with proof of military service. Offer and participation vary by location.
- IKEA: Enjoy a complimentary entrée at the IKEA restaurant on November 11. Must show proof of service. Dine-in only. Soup, garden salad, beverage or dessert not included.
- Little Caesar’s: All United States veterans and active military are invited to Little Caesar’s Pizza for a free $5 HOT-N-READY® Lunch Combo from 11:00am to 2:00pm at participating stores nationwide this Veterans Day, November 11.
- Logan’s Roadhouse: All former and active-duty military receive one of eight free entree options. Valid November 11 from 11am-6pm.
- On the Border: Veterans and active military can enjoy a free create-your-own combo meal (choose 2 or choose 3 option) on November 11. Dine-in only. Must show proof of military ID or service.
- Outback Steakhouse: Get a free Bloomin’ Onion and a beverage with show of military ID 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: Enjoy a free Red’s Tavern Double® Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries®. No purchase is necessary. Just show proof of service.
- Ruby Tuesdays: A free appetizer, up to $10 in value, is being offered to all active and retired military members. Only valid for dine-in at participating locations. Bring proof of service.
- 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 6-11am.
- Sizzler: Active duty and former members of the military receive the choice of one of three free lunch options and beverage on November 11 until 4pm.
- Texas Roadhouse: Active, former, or retired military receive a free lunch entrée from a special Veterans Day menu on November 11, plus a choice of iced tea, sweet tea, soft drink or coffee. Dine-in only and please show proof of military service.
- T.G.I. Friday’s: Veterans who show valid military identification can enjoy a free ½ rack of Big Ribs or any entree up to $12. Offer valid from 11 A.M. to 2 P.M. on November 11.
- Tim Hortons: All veterans and active military are welcome to stop by Tim Hortons on November 11 to receive a free star spangled vanilla dipped donut. No purchase necessary. Must be in uniform or present proof of service.
- White Castle: Veterans and all members of the military receive a free combo meal or breakfast combo on November 11. Dine-in only. No purchase necessary. Valid at participating locations.
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Free admission for veterans
- 9/11 Memorial and Museum: Veterans receive free museum entry November 8-12 and half-price tickets for two family members.
- Aquarium of the Pacific: Free admission on Veterans Day for veterans and military personnel with military ID.
- Boston Duck Tours: Veterans, active military and first responders ride free November 6-10. Dependents receive discounted $10 tickets. Proof of service or employment is required.
- B&B for Vets: Receive a complimentary one-night stay on and around Veterans Day with military ID.
- Colonial Williamsburg: Get one complimentary admission ticket per year (and as many as three direct dependents). Retired military and Veterans qualify for 50% discount on single-day tickets or on annual passes for up to five direct dependents.
- Harley-Davidson Museum: On November 10-12 Harley-Davidson Museum® will offer free Museum entry for all active Military, veterans and their families.
- Des Moines Botanical Center: Veterans get in free on November 11.
- Killington: All active duty, retired and honorably discharged members of the U.S. Military who visit Killington on Veterans Day will receive a complimentary lift ticket plus being eligible for the Killington/Pico Express Card.
- Knott’s Berry Farm: Active, retired or veteran U.S. military personnel may receive free admission for themselves and 1 guest (maximum of 2 complimentary admissions will be issued.) Show your Military I.D. card at a Knott’s Berry Farm ticket booth November 1 – 16 and November 27 – December 15.
- Main Event: Veterans and active duty receive one free entree and $10 FUNcard on November 11 until 5pm.
- Mount Vernon: Free admission for military/veterans on November 11 from 9am – 4pm.
- National Parks: Get fee-free entrance on November 11 and 12. This is for everyone!
- National WWI Museum and Memorial: Admission is free for veterans and active duty military personnel November 10-12. Admission for the general public is half off.
- National WWII Museum: Veterans get free admission on November 11.
- New Mexico Museum of Space History: Veterans and active military, along with spouses and up to two children, get free admission on November 11.
- Newseum: Veterans, plus one guest, receive free admission November 10-12.
- Pro Football Hall of Fame: Veterans and active military, plus one guest, receive free entry during the entire month of November.
- Queen Mary: Free admission for all active service members and veterans. Special discounts will also be offered for family members. Valid November 11.
- Six Flags Over Georgia: The park will be hosting Military Appreciation Days November 11 and 12. Admission is complimentary for active military members and up to three dependents. For deployed service members, a spouse and up to three dependents can receive complimentary admission with a current military ID card. Active service members can purchase an unlimited amount of additional tickets for family members or friends at half price. Veterans can receive one free admission ticket and purchase an unlimited amount of additional tickets for family members or friends at half price.
- Sunset Zoo: All guests receive free admission in honor of American soldiers and their families. This is valid November 11.
- The Billy Graham Library: Military veterans of all ages are invited to the Veterans Day Breakfast and Tour at the Billy Graham Library on Friday, November 10 from 8-10am. Register here.
- Thomas Jefferson Monticello: Free admission for veterans and active duty military Friday, November 10, 2016 – 8:30am to Sunday, November 12, 2016 – 5:00pm.
- USS Midway Museum: Free admission for active military, veterans and their families on November 11 with a Veterans Day celebration.
- 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 half-price general admission tickets will be available for their friends and family November 2-12.
Retail deals for veterans
- Big Lots: U.S. military veterans can save 11% in stores on November 11.
- Cost Plus World Market: As part of the U.S. Armed Forces Appreciation Event, running November 9 – 12, veterans, active military and military spouses receive 25% off an entire store purchase. In-store only. Excludes alcohol sales. Military ID required at time of purchase.
- Dick’s Sporting Goods: Save $20 off your order of $100 or more through November 11.
- Dollar General: The discount retailer will provide an 11% discount on all qualifying purchases on November 11 for veterans, active military and their families.
- 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.
- The Home Depot: Receive a 10% discount for all veterans on November 11. This discount is offered year-round to active military and retirees, upon request.
- Kohl’s: Take $10 off when you spend $25 or more with code VETSDAY on November 10.
- Macy’s: Save an extra 20% with coupon code VETS, or save $10 off your sale and clearance priced purchase of $25 or more with coupon code VETS25. Some exclusions apply.
- Oakley: Get an extra 10% off all standard issue eyewear on November 11 and 12.
- Publix: Save 10% on groceries on November 11 with military ID.
- Sport Clips: Select stores will be offering complimentary haircuts on November 11 for all active duty military and veterans.
- Target: All military personnel, veterans and military families are eligible for a 10% discount November 7 – 11.
- Toys R Us/Babies R Us: All customers with a valid proof of service will receive 15% off in-store purchases November 4-11.
- Walgreens: Save 20% on all eligible, regular-priced items for veterans, active service, and military families with Balance® Rewards card and proof of service. Valid in-store only.
Deals supporting veterans
- Cracker Barrel: From October 30 to November 11, Cracker Barrel will donate 20% of the proceeds of eligible online and in-store purchases of Lodge Cookware to Operation Homefront. The proceeds will be used to help provide holiday meals to military families.
- Starbucks: Purchase a Veterans Day Starbucks Card or eGift and Starbucks will contribute $5 to veterans organizations, including Team Rubicon, Team RWB and The Mission Continues.
- Texas Roadhouse: Purchase a limited edition Homes for Our Troops gift cards and Texas Roadhouse will donate 10% back to the Home for Our Troops organization.