WRAL SmartShopper

WRAL SmartShopper

Updated: Veteran's Day freebies and deals

Posted November 11, 2013

Here is a list of businesses that are thanking our military personnel, both past and present, on Veteran’s Day, by offering free or discounted meals or services. Most of these offers are valid on Monday, November 11, 2013. Please share any other offers you find.

I suggest you call ahead if you are going to any of these places to make sure they are participating.

My thanks to all military, past and present, who have served our country!  A special thanks to my Dad who served in the Navy many years ago! My girls and I are taking him out for lunch on Monday!

Thanks to ncveteranswife and shoegal for posting many of the following deals and freebies for military on the blog!

Updated Again Monday morning with these additional offers. Thanks to all who shared them below!  Remember, it's a very good idea to call ahead to make sure your specific location is participating:

Lowes Foods offering 10% off on 11/11 to veterans.

Zoes Kitchen is giving any active duty or retired military a free entree when they show their military ID. (Valid 11/11/13 only.)

PDQ is offering three tenders or a sandwich for all active duty military and veterans who have military ID.

LLBean is offering 10% purchases until 11:59pm on November 11th with code NOV10.

Stick Boy Bread and bakery in Fuquay:  Show your Military I.D for a FREE cup of coffee and a FREE cookie on Monday, 11/11.

Updated offers: The following additional deals  were posted by fellow blog readers below. Thanks to everyone who posted these additional offers! Remember that not all locations of a store participate in these offers so be sure to call your local restaurant or store before heading over to see if they are participating.

Champs Restaurants is offering a FREE burger and fries on Monday, 11/11. You can see more information here: including a menu. Valid proof of service required.

Sheetz is giving Veterans and Active Duty members a free 6" turkey sub and a 20 oz. large fountain drink all day on 11/11. More information is on their Facebook page here:

Carrabbas - free appetizer

Red Lobster - free tonion (?) & drink according to a website but you may want to verify - TV news said free meal. *

Longhorn Steakhouse - free appetizer

All national parks - free admission to veterans Nov.9 thru 11

FREE annual pass to National Parks for military members & dependents {currently an $80 value} :

FREE oil change at Meineke Nov 11

BIG LOTS Veterans receive 10% off total purchase Saturday November 9th only . Here is the webpage :

Select Bed & Breakfasts (B&B’s) and Inns are providing free rooms on Monday, November 11th, to honor servicemen and women currently serving or who have previously served their country. Reservations need to be made directly with the participating Inns and B&B’s. A valid Military or VA ID will be required for each reservation.  See for more information.

Grocery stores

Harris Teeter: Veterans and active duty personnel save 11% off your purchase on 11/11/13. You will need to show military ID and VIC card to get the discount, which applies after all other discounts and coupons are deducted. Excludes alcohol, tobacco, tickets, and gift cards.

Food Lion: On Monday, November 11, active, retired and honorably discharged military personnel get 10% off their entire shopping order. Does not include alcohol, tobacco, gift cards, lottery, postage and services. To get the discount, you will need to show your military ID and Food Lion MVP card.

Dollar General is offering 11% off your total bill when you show a Military ID on Veteran’s Day. No coupon needed. This discount is offered for Veterans, active military, members of National Guard and Reserve and immediate family members. You can see more details at


Applebee’s: Veteran’s and Active Duty Military get a FREE Signature Entrée on Veteran’s Day, 11/11. Dine in from limited menu only. Beverages and gratuity not included. See more details including menu, acceptable proof of service at

Bob Evans Restaurant: Free All You Can Eat Hotcakes for Veteran’s and Active Duty Military on 11/11. Bring valid military ID or wear your uniform. You can see the details on

Boston Market: Receive a free whole chicken with the purchase of a family meal on 11/11 then you show your military ID.

California Pizza Kitchen: On 11/11, Veterans and active military get a free pizza from their menu. Dine in only. Come in uniform or bring proof of service. At participating restaurants.

Chili’s: FREE entrée on 11/11 for Veterans and Active Military Personnel. Pick from a special menu found at Dine in only. Beverages and gratuity not included. Show proof of military service. Dine with Chili’s on Sunday, 11/10 and they will donate 10% of sales to the Wounded Warrior Project with flyer found at

Denny’s: FREE All-You-Can-Eat pancakes for active, inactive and retired military personnel on 11/11 from 6 am to 2 pm. Bring valid military id to a participating location.

Golden Corral: On November 11, from 4 pm – 9 pm, service members can enjoy a free dinner buffet and beverage. No ID is required. Dine in only.

Hooters: On Monday, Nov. 11, all veterans and current servicemen and women can enjoy a free meal, up to $10.99 with any drink purchase. Show a military ID or proof of service at any Hooters location across the country according to the press release on

Krispy Kreme: Present your military ID or wear your uniform on Veteran’s Day, 11/11 and get a free doughnut and small coffee. No purchase or coupon necessary. Limit one per person per visit. Valid in-store only – not at drive through. You can see a list of participating stores at

Little Caesars Pizza: Free order of Crazy Bread for US Veterans on 11/11. Must present military ID. Valid at participating locations (so you may want to call ahead to verify your store is participating)

McCormick & Schmick’s: Sunday, November 10 (day BEFORE Veteran’s Day), Veterans can enjoy a FREE meal from a set menu on their website. Official verification required. Dine in only.

Milton's Pizza: Free entree or buffet for active or former military with proof of service on Veteran's Day. Wakefield location confirmed they are participating.

O’Charley’s: All Veterans and active duty military receive a free meal from their $9.99er menu on Monday 11/11.

Olive Garden: On 11/11, Veterans and current service members get a free meal from their special menu. Family dining with them also get 10% off their meal. Dine in only. Proof of military service required. All November, current military and their families get 10% off. You can see the menu at

On the Border: Veterans and all active military receive a free meal from their Create Your Own Combo Menu on 11/11 at participating locations. Contact your local OTB to make sure they are participating.

Outback: Military who have id will get a free Bloomin Onion and beverage on 11/11. They also get 10% off their meal from 11/12 – 12/31 with ID. See for more information.

Red Robin: On November 11th, 2013, Veteran’s and Active Duty Service personnel will receive a FREE Red's Tavern Double Burger. Provide your military I.D., proof of service, or wear your uniform at participating Red Robin restaurants. Dine in only.

Sweet Tomatoes: BOGO buffet for Veterans and active military with proof of service. Drink not included. Only valid at participating locations so call ahead to verify if your local one is participating.

Texas Roadhouse: Free lunch for active, former or retired military on 11/11 from 11 am – 2 pm from the list of available entrees. Show proof of military service. Dine in only. Drink (Coke product, tea, coffee) including.

TGI Fridays: Free lunch for Veterans and Military personnel at participating locations. You may want to call ahead to verify your store is participating. Proof of service is required.

Tijuana Flats: Veterans and active military receive a free entree on 11/11 with proof of service.


Great Clips is offering free haircuts to all Military on Nov. 11th. Also, any civilians who come in for a haircut will be given a "free haircut card" that can be given to a member of the Military to use in the future.

JC Penney: Receive 20% off in-store purchases November 6-11 for current and former military with coupon that you can print from Proof of service is required.

Sports Clips: Free haircuts to the Military and former military on Nov. 11th. Not all stores are participating so be sure to call ahead. They are also raising money for the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) & will donate a $1 from every haircut.

Starbucks: Active Duty, Veterans & Spouses can enjoy a free tall brewed coffee on November 11.

From ncveteranswife: Morehead City is having their Veteran's Day Parade on Saturday starting at 11 am. My husband & I will be walking & participating in the parade. Morehead City has the biggest parade in the State. You are invited to come & join us!!

Bed, Bath & Beyond and Walgreens may also be offering Veteran’s Day discounts according to ncveterans mom, but I could not confirm at this time. Hoepfully we’ll know more in the next couple days. 


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  • jdouglas13 Nov 11, 2013

    My deepest thanks to all of the very courageous and selfless men and whomen who have served, as well as to their families, for the huge sacifices you have made for all of us.

    Dr. T. Sanchez -- looks like you've changed your name from Inside the Beltline? Please do us all a favor and go harrass someone else. Your rude and negative behavior and presence here is neither appreciated nor welcomed.

  • ncveteranswife Nov 11, 2013

    JustAnotherPointofView: I don't see why you could not use your Shellback card. Thanks for your service!

  • JustAnotherPointofView Nov 11, 2013

    I wonder if I show my Shellback card as ID. I left my DD-214 at home in a safe place.

  • DianeNC Nov 11, 2013

    To celebrate our veterans, Pei Wei is offering 20% off online orders at when you use promo code HERO at checkout. (This offer appears to be open to everyone.)

  • Black HelicoptersNFood Insurance Nov 11, 2013

    The Mitsubishi dealership on 70 in Durham has a sign that says ‘free oil changes for Vets.’

  • SummerlovinWinterhater Nov 11, 2013

    Relish, in Raleigh, is offering a free meal to Veterans today. From their Facebook page: To thank you for your service, all veterans eat FREE today at Relish! Happy Veterans Day! Love, The Relish Team

    Relish is delish!

  • busyb97 Nov 11, 2013

    I was hoping someone had put a list together....after the first few years it seemed just a few places but now LOTS of them have gotten on board with this idea.

    Very cool, and Thank you to all of our military veterans.

  • rescuefan Nov 11, 2013

    Olive Garden: On Nov. 11, service members receive a complimentary entree from a special menu, including Venetian Apricot Chicken, Sausage & Peppers Rustica and Spaghetti with Meat Sauce. Family dining with the service member receive a 10-percent discount on their meals as well. All entrees include freshly baked garlic breadsticks and choice of homemade soup or garden fresh salad.

    Red Lobster: From Nov. 11 – Nov. 14, service members receive a complimentary appetizer from a list of 10 delicious options, including New! Crispy Fried Green Beans, Lobster-Crab-and-Seafood-Stuffed Mushrooms and Sweet Chili Shrimp.

    LongHorn Steakhouse: From Nov. 11 – Nov. 14, service members receive a complimentary Texas Tonion appetizer and non-alcohol beverage.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Nov 11, 2013

    clif4 - First - THANK YOU for your service!! It is very much appreciated!

    Second - I have read on some military deal blogs where Veteran's have reduced their DD-214 in size via copy machine and had it laminated so it could be carried around more easily in a wallet. I am sure Staples or other office store could do this.

    Again, thank you for your service!

  • DianeNC Nov 11, 2013

    The Grace For Vets website, below, shows all the companies in NC that will be offering a free car wash for vets today: