Veterans Day 2017- Discounts for military personnel and veterans


This is a compilation of major chains offering discounts to military personnel and veterans on Friday Nov. 11. There are too many local places that have special offerings, so check your local internet news for these deals.

Chili’s is offering all US veterans and active duty personnel a free meal from a special menu all day on 11/11.

Texas Roadhouse invites veterans and active members of U.S. military to enjoy free lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on November 11. There will be a special menu available and the free lunch includes a choice of any Coca-Cola product, sweet tea/ice tea or coffee during lunch. Proof of service includes military or VA card, or discharge papers.

Olive Garden restaurants will offer a free entrée from a special menu to active-duty military and military veterans on Veterans Day. The special menu features six of Olive Garden’s most popular items.

Applebee’s is offering veterans and active duty military a free meal on November 11.

Little Caesars is giving veterans and active duty military members one free HOT-N-READY Lunch Combo all day on Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11) at participating Colorado locations. No ID required. Combo includes four slices of Detroit-style deep dish pizza with pepperoni and one Pepsi-Cola 20oz. product. No ID needed.

Red Robin will give active duty military and veterans a free Red’s Tavern Double Burger and fries on November 11. Proof of service required.

On The Border is offering veterans and active military service men and women a free Create Your Own Combo with a Choose 2 or Choose 3 selection. Free meals will be served from open to close with valid military ID or proof of military service. Good for dine-in only.

Hooters is offering veterans and active-duty military personnel an entrée on the house by presenting a valid military ID at any Hooters location across the nation. The Hooters Veterans Day Menu includes wings, a burger, a Buffalo chicken salad or Buffalo chicken sandwich.

California Pizza Kitchen is offering all veterans and active duty military a free entree from a limited menu on November 11. Dine-in only. Must be in uniform, show military ID or show other proof of service.

The Original Pancake House’s Cherry Hills and Denver Tech Center locations will offer free breakfast and drinks to any active duty or retired military on November 11. Must present a valid military ID.

Ameristar Casino Resort Spa Black Hawk will honor veterans and active duty military personnel by offering complimentary lunch or dinner at its Centennial Buffet 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. Veteran’s Day. A veteran’s card or valid military ID should be presented to the buffet cashier to qualify for the complimentary meal; one per person. Complimentary meal valid for veterans or active duty military personnel only; companion meals at full price. Ameristar will continue to offer complimentary meals to veterans on the first Wednesday of every month as part of its popular Hometown Heroes promotion.

Buffalo Wild Wings is providing a complimentary, small order of wings and a side of fries to veterans and active duty military all day on Friday, November 11. Dine-in only. Taxes not included. Proof of military service required.

Denny’s is inviting active, inactive and retired military personnel to stop by for a free Build Your Own Grand Slam on Friday, Nov. 11, from 5 a.m. to noon, on Veterans Day.

Golden Corral is offering a free dinner to any person who has served in the military on MONDAY, November 14 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dine-in only.


Outback Steakhouse is again honoring all active and retired military members with a free Bloomin’ Onion and a beverage to those showing a valid military ID at participating restaurants on Nov. 11. Outback is also offering all Military Mates, including active or retired military members and their families, 15% off their check from Nov. 12 – Dec. 31.

Red Lobster will offer a free appetizer or dessert to veterans, active duty military and reservists with a valid military ID on November 10 and 11.

Carrabba’s is offering veterans and active duty military a free appetizer Nov. 7-13 with proof of service. You’ll need to mention this offer to redeem it.

IHOP is offering free Red, White, & Blue Pancakes to all veterans and active duty military from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Veterans Day at participating IHOP Restaurants. Select IHOP restaurants will also offer a combo of two eggs, hash browns and choice of two bacon strips or pork sausage links as part of the Red, White & Blue Pancake promotion. Veterans and Active Duty Military simply show proof of military service to receive their free Red, White & Blue Pancakes. Proof includes: US Uniformed Services ID Card, US Uniformed Services Retired ID Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), veterans organization card (i.e. American Legion, VFW, etc.), photograph of self in US military uniform, wearing uniform, DD214, military dog tags, and citation or commendation.

Dunkin Donuts is giving one free coffee or donut (any variety) to all active duty or retired military personnel all day long on Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11). No ID required. Offer valid at participating Dunkin Donut locations throughout Colorado.

Rodizio Grill is offering a free full Rodizio meal free to veterans November 7-11, 2016 WITH the purchase of another adult full Rodizio meal. Proof of service or military ID required.

Mimi’s Cafe is offering veterans and active duty military a free entrée from a special all-day ‘Veterans Day’ menu on November 11 with the purchase of any non-alcoholic beverage. On Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13, veterans and active duty military will also receive their choice of breakfast, lunch or dinner entrees on the ‘Veterans Day’ menu for a special price of only $5.99 with the purchase of any non-alcoholic beverage.

Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse is offering all military veterans and active duty personnel with valid military ID 50% off their meal on Veteran’s Day. Up to three additional guests will receive 10% off their meals, as well. Beverages, dessert, tax and gratuity not included.

Panera Bread is offering all active and retired military personnel a free coffee and bagel with cream cheese on Friday, November 11 in Colorado. Just show military ID to receive the offer. Thanks to Dani for this tip.

Starbucks hasn’t officially released its Veterans Day deal, but Starbucks is offering a buy one holiday drink and get one free special from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 10 to14.

Applebees: A choice of seven different free meals are available to military personnel on Veterans Day; they will also receive a $5 coupon valid from November 12 to 27.

Ben’s Soft Pretzels: Free Jumbo Soft Pretzel offered as a Veterans Day freebie on November 11.

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse: Free entrée valued up to $12.95 on November 11.

Bob Evans: Free breakfast, served all day on Veterans Day, and a special offer of 10 percent off your bill for future visits anytime through the end of the year.

Bonefish Grill: Free order of Bang Bang Shrimp on November 11.

Boston Market: Active or retired military members can get a free brownie or cookie with any purchase on November 11. No ID is required and the Veterans Day freebie offer extends to family.

Chipotle: Buy one get one free when a burrito, bowl, salad, or order of tacos is ordered. Offer valid from 3 p.m. until closing on Veterans Day.

Cracker Barrel: All military members get a Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake free on November 11.

Denny’s: Complimentary Build Your Own Grand Slam breakfast on Veterans Day from 5 a.m. until noon.

Golden Corral: The restaurant is hosting a Military Appreciation Night from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, November 14. Military members get a free meal.

IHOP: Free order of red, white, and blue pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Veterans Day. Pancakes are served with strawberries (red), whipped cream (white), and blueberry compote (blue). Select locations are providing alternate free meals that include a combo order of two eggs, hash browns, and choice of two bacon strips or pork.

McCormick & Schmick’s: Military members and Gold Star honorees, including parents and spouses of active-duty personnel, are offered free entrées that consist of salmon rigatoni and tender beef medallions on Sunday, November 6.

Olive Garden: Free meal from select menu items on Veterans Day.

On the Border: Choice of free combo meals on November 11.

Outback Steakhouse: Free Bloomin’ Onion and a beverage on Nov. 11. Outback extends an offer to all military members with a 15 percent off discount off their meals between November 12 and December 31.

Shoney’s: Military members get a free All-American Burger on Veterans Day.

Red Lobster: Free appetizer or dessert on November 10 and 11 for military personnel.

Red Robin: Free Red’s Tavern Double Burger in addition to unlimited steak fries on November 11.

Ruby Tuesday: Free appetizer (value up to $10) on Veterans Day.

Sizzler: Free lunch for retired and active duty military personnel that include a choice of three entrées and coffee, tea, or fountain drink. Offer on November 11 valid until 4 p.m.

TGI Fridays: Lunch menu item worth up to $12, free of charge to military members from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on November 11.

Bob Evans — Veterans and active duty receive free breakfast from six menu options.

Bonefish Grill – Free Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer for vets and military on Nov. 11.

Boston Market – Free brownie or cookie with purchase of any meal Nov. 11. For vets, active duty and retired military – and their families.

Back Yard Burgers
This Veterans Day, 11/11/2016, all Veterans and Active Duty Military who present their military ID or are in uniform will receive a free Back Yard Classic Burger.

Baker’s Square Free Breakfast
Veterans and active duty get a complimentary breakfast on Veterans Day at participating locations. Choose between Buttermilk Pancakes, three slices of French Toast or a Belgian Waffle.

Bandana’s Bar-B-Q
Veterans and active duty eat free on Friday, Nov. 11th (up to a $10 value).

BLT Steak
50% off for parties of two or less, 25% off for parties of three or more at BLT Steak Atlanta, Charlotte, DC, NYC, and White Plains. 25% off at BLT Steak Las Vegas. 35% discount regardless of party size at BLT Steak Waikiki. Military ID required.

BJ’s Restaurant
All veterans and active military can enjoy a complimentary entree under $12.95 on Friday, 11/11/2016. Please present your military ID to receive this offer.

Black Angus Steakhouse
On Veterans Day, all veterans and active duty personnel will receive a free Top Sirloin Steak Dinner, with home-style mashed potatoes,fresh broccoli with garlic butter and sweet molasses bread. Offer is good Veterans Day November 11th 2016.

Bricktown Brewery
Free meal (up to $14) for all veterans on November 11th. They will also receive a $10 gift certificate for their next visit. This offer is available at all locations except Remington Park Race Track and Casino.

Buffalo Wild Wings Free Wings
All day long on Friday, November 11, veterans and active duty military who dine at their local B-Dubs can receive a free small order of 10-12 traditional or boneless wings and a side of fries. At participating U.S. locations only.

California Pizza Kitchen – Veterans and active military receive a free pizza, salad or pasta from a special menu.

Carrabba’s – All active and retired veterans get a free appetizer Nov. 7-13.

Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse
Veterans and active-duty military eat lunch for free on Veterans Day from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Cheeseburger in Paradise
Receive a complimentary Veteran’s Burger with fries to veterans, active and retired military personnel on Veterans Day. Dine  in only, must purchase a beverage, and must present proof of service.

Chevy’s Fresh Mex – Free choice from special menu from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Nov. 11 for active and retired military.

Chili’s – Active duty and veterans can choose a free meal from five options, including chipotle chicken and Margherita flatbread.

Chipotle – Buy one burrito, bowl or salad from 3 p.m. to close Nov. 11 and get one free. Vets, military and spouses.

City Barbecue – Free sandwich platter for military and vets.

Coffee Beanery – Free tall coffee for vets and active duty.

Cracker Barrel — Free slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake to all dine-in veterans.

Chuck E. Cheese – Free personal pizza to active and retired military.

Famous Dave’s – Get a free Two Meat BBQ Salute – your choice of two from ribs to cod – on Nov. 11.

Farmer Boys
Veterans and active duty military may receive a free Big Cheese® burger on Friday, November 11. To receive offer show valid ID or proof of service. Limit 1 per guest, and not valid in the drive-thru.

Figaro’s Free Pizza
Veterans and active service members get a free medium 1 topping pizza on Nov. 11, 2016.

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill
Veterans and active military may receive a free lunch or dinner entree on Friday, Nov. 11th. Valid form of ID is required, one offer per guest, tax and gratuity not included. If dining with family or friends, the free entree will be whichever is of lesser value

54th Street Grill – Free meal (up to $12) for veterans.

Friendly’s – Veterans and active military get a free breakfast, lunch or dinner with beverage from a limited menu.

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurants
Participating locations will offer a complimentary craft beer to active and retired military personnel.

Granite City Food & Brewery
Lunch and a coke on GCFB for all veterans and active military members on Veterans Day.

Green Mill Restaurant and Bar
Veterans and Active Duty Military will receive a free lunch or dinner dine-in meal at participating locations on Veterans Day. Must show proof of service, and beverages and gratuity are not included in free meal.

Glory Days Grill – Free appetizer or an order of boneless or regular wings Nov. 11 for veterans.

Golden Corral — Free buffet dinner and beverage will be available from 5-9 p.m. Nov. 14 for retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard and Reserves.

Greene Turtle – Free entrée from special menu, with free upgrades to fries, from 11 a.m. to close Nov. 11. For veterans and active duty.

Hickory Tavern
50% off of all food and non-alcoholic drinks for Veterans and Active Duty Military on Veterans day 11/11/16. This offer includes Hickory Tavern’s 24 locations in 13 communities in the southeast and a certificate for 20% off of your next meal.

Hometown Buffet
Free buffet and drink for all veterans and active duty military on Veterans Day.

Hooters Free Meal
Hooters invites all veterans and current servicemen and women to a Hooters Veterans Day free meal from their select Veterans Day menu by presenting a military ID or proof of service at any Hooters location across the country on 11-11-2016.

Hoss’s Family Steak & Sea House Free Meal
Veterans and active duty military will have a choice between four meals and must show proof of military status. Valid I.D. is required.

11.11.16 active military and veterans receive one free entrée with purchase of an additional entrée.

Hurricane Grill & Wings
All veterans and active duty military receive a free entrée and non-alcoholic beverage from their special Veterans Day menu. Choose from wings, burgers and more.

Hooters – Veterans and active duty military get a free meal from special menu with a drink purchase.

IHOP – Free stack of red, white and blue pancakes from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 11 for veterans, active duty and retired.

IKEA café – From Nov. 8-11, free entrée for veterans.

Krystal – Free sausage biscuit for veterans on Nov. 11.

Krispy Kreme Free Doughnut & Coffee
On Veterans Day 2016, a free doughnut and small coffee will be given to anyone who identifies themselves as a veteran or active military personnel (no ID required).

LongHorn Steakhouse – Veterans and current service members receive a free appetizer and dessert from a select menu. Check about the 10 percent discount for “eligible customers.”

Max & Erma’s – Free ½ cheeseburger, endless fries and beverage for vets and active duty personnel.

McCormickk & Schmick’s Seafood and Steaks – Free meal for vets and Gold Star Families on Nov. 6 from a special menu that includes salmon, fish and chips, and beef medallions. Reservations recommended.

Menchi’s — Free 6-ounce frozen yogurt for veterans and active duty.

Mission BBQ – Free sandwiches and cake to vets and active duty after a live performance of the National Anthem.

O’Charley’s – Vets and active duty get a free meal Nov. 11.

Olive Garden – Free meal from limited menu for vets and active duty.

On the Border – Free meal from “Create Your Own Combo” meal for veterans and active duty military.

Outback Steakhouse – All active and former service members receive a free Bloomin’ Onion and a beverage on Nov. 11. Outback is also offering active and former servicemembers 15 percent off their meals Nov. 12-Dec. 31.

Peet’s Coffee & Tea – Free small coffee or tea on Nov. 11. For troops and vets.

Perkins – Vets get a free Magnificent 7 breakfast.

Red Hot & Blue — Veterans receive a free entrée (up to $10) from Nov. 9-11 with the purchase of a second entrée and two beverages.

Red Lobster — Veterans, retired and active-duty military personnel receive a free appetizer or dessert from a limited menu Nov. 10 and 11.

Red Robin — Free Red’s Tavern double burger with Bottomless Steak Fries for vets and active duty.

Ruby Tuesday – Free appetizer (up to $10) for vets, active duty and reserves.

Free buffet and drink for all veterans and active duty military on 11/11/16.

Sheetz – Free lunch Nov. 11 for vets and active duty.

Shoney’s — Free All-American Burger to veterans and active duty service members.

Sizzler — Active duty and veteran military members get a free meal and beverage from a limited menu on Tuesday until 4 p.m. Nov. 11.

Spaghetti Warehouse – From Nov. 11-13, buy one entrée and get the second entrée free – lasagna or spaghetti. Coupon required. For veterans.

Sticky Fingers Ribhouse
On Friday, November 11 Veterans can enjoy a free pulled pork sandwich with baked beans and cole slaw.

Tahoe Joe’s
Free 6oz steak for all veterans and active duty military on Friday, Nov. 11th, 2016.

Texas De Brazil
Monday, November 7th thru Friday, November 11th get 50% off the regular dinner pirce for veterans and active duty military plus 1 guest. 20% off for up to 6 additional guests.

Texas Steakhouse & Saloon
All veteran and active duty personnel receive a complimentary meal from a select menu on Frday, Nov. 11th.

Texas Roadhouse — Free lunch Nov. 11; hours may vary. Choose from 10 menu options, from pulled pork sandwich to sirloin steak. Offer is good for active duty, retired or former U.S. military.

Twin Peaks
All Military men and women (past and present) enjoy a free menu item from their Annual Veterans Day Appreciation Menu. Present valid military ID to receive offer.

Uno Pizzeria and Grill – Free meal or personal pizza Nov. 11 with purchase of meal or pizza. Veterans and active duty.

Village Inn – Free breakfast anytime Nov. 11 for veterans and active duty.

Wayback Burgers
All Wayback Burgers locations will offer active military personnel and veterans a free Wayback Classic Cheeseburger with the purchase of a side and drink. Additionally, Wayback Burgers locations on naval bases will be giving away free Crispy Chicken Sriracha Sandwiches to all active military personnel and veterans.

White Castle – Free breakfast combo or Castle combo meal for veterans and military Nov. 11.

Wienerschnitzel: Free chili dog meal (with small fries and 20-ounce drink) on Veterans Day.

Yard House: Free appetizer on November 11.

World of Beer – A free beer (or $5 off a check) for veterans and active duty. Check local location.

Zoe’s Kitchen – Active duty military and veterans get a free meal.

Other discounts, specials

Mount Vernon — All active duty, former or retired military personnel are admitted free on Veterans Day.

National Parks — On Veterans Day, veterans will have free access to over 100 national parks that require entrance fees.

Great Clips – On Nov. 11, customers can get a free haircut card to give to their favorite veteran. Veterans also receive a free haircut or haircut card. Haircuts are redeemable until Dec. 31.

Home Depot — Home Depot offers a 10 percent discount to all veterans. Home Depot offers 10 percent discount year-round to for active duty and retirees.

Lowe’s — All veterans receive a 10% discount on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. The offer is available in stores only.

Rack Room Shoes — Military personnel and their dependents get a 10 percent discount off entire purchase Nov. 11.

Sport Clips — Participating locations are offering veterans and active duty servicemembers free haircuts on Nov. 11

Cabela’s — Increased discount for military personnel as well as law enforcement, irefighters and Emergency Medical Service personnel.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering free admission to all veterans and active duty members of the military, military reserve and National Guard to any Colorado state park on Nov. 11. The National Park Service is waiving entrance fees for everyone on November 11. Active duty military members and their dependents can pick up a free military annual pass at any national park that usually charges a fee. A free lifetime pass is also available to disabled veterans. Read more about the passes here.

Westgate Resorts is giving away 1,000 free vacations to current, active duty military personnel who have served in combat and their families on Veteran’s Day. The 3-day, 2-night vacation must be taken May 5-7, 2017 at Westgate Town Center in Central Florida. Learn more and eligible candidates can register starting at 9 a.m. EST on Nov. 11.  In addition to the 1,000 complimentary vacations, Westgate Resorts will offer a special 25 percent savings on Veteran’s Day for rooms across their entire portfolio of 28 properties for all U.S. military veterans.

American Family Care (AFC) is offering military veterans free flu shots on Friday, November 11.

Gordmans is offering all active duty, reserves, guard, retirees and veterans a $10 Gordmans Savings Card with any in-store purchase on Veterans Day. In addition, they will receive 15% off their entire purchase. This 15% discount is on top of Gordmans’ everyday discounts. Those who wish to receive the Savings Card and discount are invited to show their military ID or to shop in uniform.

JCPenney is offering a five percent discount from Nov. 10-13 to current and former military personnel and their immediate family members with valid military or VA identification provided in-store.

Tips Before Heading Out

  • Review the official site information and rules before heading out.  Many websites are listing previous years promotions that are no longer valid.  We link to the official information.
  • Be sure to bring proof of military service, uniform photo or be in uniform.  Proof of military service varies by company.  See the list of states now offering a Veterans designationon a driver’s license.
  • Pay attention to the dates on the Veterans Day offer as some offers are for days to other than Veterans Day or extended over several days.
  • Most of the restaurant free meals are for dine in only.
  • Verify that you’re eligible for the offer.
  • You should tip your server.  They’re working hard to serve you and depend on the income. We recommend tipping on the actual cost of the meal.
  • Many of these promotions include small print that says participating locations only.  Unfortunately individual franchisees may choose not to participate.  Fortunately, some franchisee’s participate even if the corporate company does not.
  • Call ahead if you’re unsure about anything.


Deb Stanley Denver ABC

Heather Tooley – Inquisitr


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