These 22 Companies Will Give You Free Stuff on Veterans Day to Thank You for Your Service

Veterans Day freebies
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While more than 100 companies offer year-round military discounts, this Veterans Day, servicemembers can enjoy even more savings — from free food to discounted car maintenance.

Most of these offers are good for both active-duty and retired servicemembers, but be sure to check each offer for specifics before heading out.

Free Food

From breakfast to dessert, you’ll enjoy all sorts of freebies and savings on food and drinks.

1. Denny’s

Start your day off with a free Build Your Own Grand Slam from 5 a.m. to noon on Veterans Day.

2. Bob Evans

Find more breakfast options at Bob Evans, where you can get a free Stack of hotcakes, country biscuit breakfast and more.


If pancakes are your breakfast go-to, you’re in luck: IHOP is offering active service members red, white and blue pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time.

4. Friendly’s

Friendly’s has a couple options for you: Get a free Big-Two-Do® breakfast and complimentary cup of coffee, or enjoy a free All American Burger for lunch or dinner.

5. Applebee’s

The national restaurant chain is offering a special Veterans Day menu with seven entrees you can enjoy for free with proof of service.

6. T.G.I. Friday’s

Get a free lunch from a list of menu items that includes burgers, salads, pairings and more from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

7. Chili’s

Get a free entree from Chili’s special Veterans Day menu, which includes lunch combos, dinner choices and more.

8. Starbucks

Vets, active-duty members and their spouses can get a free tall coffee on Nov. 11.

9. Krispy Kreme

Get some more caffeination (and a sugar jolt) later in the day courtesy of Krispy Kreme, where you can get a free small coffee and donut.

10. Red Robin

Sink your teeth into a free red’s Tavern Double™ burger and Bottomless Steak Fries® all day long.

11. Golden Corral

Attend this chain’s Military Appreciation Night from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the 11 and receive a free “thank you” dinner.

12. Texas Roadhouse

Get a free lunch and beverage from Texas Roadhouse’s Veterans Day lunch menu.

13. Outback Steakhouse

Love Outback’s famous Bloomin’ Onion®? Enjoy one for free along with a complimentary non-alcoholic drink.

If you’re currently deployed (or know someone who is), you can claim a rain check voucher here.

14. Longhorn Steakhouse

Chase one onion appetizer with another by hitting up Longhorn Steakhouse for a free Texas Tonion® and non-alcoholic beverage for eligible servicemembers.

15. Olive Garden

Enjoy a free entree from Olive Garden’s Veterans Day menu, as well as 10% off the meals of any family members dining with you.

16. Carrabba’s

Participating locations are offering servicemembers a free appetizer of their choice.

17. Red Lobster

Extend the Veterans Day freebies by choosing a complementary appetizer or dessert from a special menu at this seafood chain, an offer that’s good from Monday, Nov. 9 through Thursday, Nov. 12.

18. Little Caesar’s

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 11, get a free $5 HOT-N-READY® Lunch Combo.

Other Deals

Once you’ve eaten your fill, enjoy one of these other great freebies.

19. National Parks

Enjoy America the Beautiful with free admission to 100+ National Park Service sites on Veterans Day.

20. Great Clips

If you’re a servicemember, visit a Great Clips location to get a free haircut on Nov. 11, or give a free haircut to a servicemember you know.

Non-servicemembers who stop in for a haircut on Veterans Day can receive a “Thank a Veteran Free Haircut Card” to give to a military member, which is redeemable until Dec. 31, 2015.

21. Firestone Complete Auto Care

From Nov. 8 through Nov. 15, servicemembers qualify for an additional 10% off the lowest advertised price for any automotive service.

22. Red Roof Inn

Get 15% off your stay at any Red Roof Inn for the whole month of November by calling 1-800-RED-ROOF (1-800-733-7663) or booking online using the coupon code “618669.”

Your Turn: Which of these Veterans Day deals will you be enjoying? Do you know of any others? (If so, please share them in the comments!)

Kelly Gurnett is a freelance blogger, writer and editor who runs the blog Cordelia Calls It Quits, where she documents her attempts to rid her life of the things that don’t matter and focus more on the things that do. Follow her on Twitter @CordeliaCallsIt.

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