On Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11, 2015, many area businesses are thanking veterans by offering free meals, free haircuts, grocery discounts and more! Some locations are also extending the offers to those currently in the military.
Read on for the long list of offers. This list will continue to grow until November 11 as more stores confirm their offers.
My deepest thanks to all who have served and who are currently serving, including my dad!
As always with offers like these, they are available at participating locations. Not every store will be participating so you may want to call ahead to verify your store is taking part in the promotion. Most of the stores and restaurants require that you present some form of military ID or proof of service. Most restaurants require that you dine-in to get the free offers.
Feel free to post any other offers for veterans that you hear about in the comments section. If you own or work for a business and would like your Veterans Day offer included on this list, send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREE RESTAURANT OFFERS
Applebee’s: On 11/11, Veterans and active duty military will receive a free entrée from a select menu. Beverage and tip not included. ID required. See the details and menu on their website.
Bob Evans: Veterans and active duty members can enjoy free breakfast all day long on 11/11. ID required. See the details on their website.
Bonefish Grill: On Wednesday, November 11th, all active and retired service members with a valid military ID will receive a Complimentary Bang Bang Shrimp at all Bonefish Grill locations. All non-military guests can enjoy Bang Bang Shrimp on Veterans Day for $6, offered every Wednesday at all Bonefish Grill locations.
Buffalo Wild Wings: On 11/11, veterans and active-duty military personnel who show proof of service will receive free small wings and a side of fries from 4 pm - 7 pm. Dine-in only. See additional details on their website.
California Pizza Kitchen: Veterans and active military receive any entrée from the menu above, dine-in only. No substitutions. Must be in uniform or show your military ID or other proof of service. See the details on their website.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill: Veterans' and active duty military enjoy a free appetizer 11/9 - 11/15. Valid with proof of service, military ID or in uniform.
Chili’s: Veterans and and active military receive a free lunch combo or dinner meal from a select menu on November 11. Dine-in only. Drink and tip not included. ID required.
City Barbeque: On 11/11/15, Vets and Troops get a free sandwich platter. See the details on their Facebook page.
Deans Seafood Grill and Bar: On November 11, veterans and active or retired military personnel receive a free meal with the purchase of another entree. Drink and tip not included. Military ID required. Valid only for dine-in. . See more information on their website.
Denny’s: Those with a valid military ID will receive a free Build Your Own Grand Slam on Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 5 a.m. to noon at participating locations. See more information on their website.
Golden Corral: At all of its restaurants nationwide, Golden Corral will serve free dinner buffets with beverage from 5PM to 9PM on Wednesday Nov. 11 to any person who is serving or has served in a United States Military branch, including the National Guard and Reserves. Identification is not required. Dine-in only. See all the details on their website.
Hooters: All active-duty and retired military nationwide receive a free entree on November 11. Veterans that present proof of service can choose from a select menu including 10-piece traditional or boneless wings, burger, Buffalo chicken sandwich or Buffalo chicken salad. No coupon required. See more details on their website.
IHOP: On 11/11, all Veteran's and active duty military will receive one free stack of Red, White & Blue Pancakes (3 pancakes) from 7am-7pm. Offer only valid for Veterans and Active Duty Military. Available at participating restaurants only. Military ID or proof of service is required. Some restrictions apply; see restaurant for details. See more details on their Facebook page.
Krispy Kreme: Veterans and active duty military personnel will be given a free doughnut and small coffee. No ID required. No purchase necessary. Limit 1 per person. See more details on their website.
Little Caesers: On November 11, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., veterans and active military members receive a free $5 Lunch Combo, which features four slices of Little Caesars popular Detroit-style DEEP!DEEP!™ Dish pizza and a 20-ounce Pepsi product. See more details on their website.
Longhorn Steakhouse: Veterans and active military received a free appetizer (select) and a non-alcoholic drink (possibly with purchase). ID required.
McCormick & Schmick’s: On Sunday, November 8, 2015 (NOT on 11/11), Veteran’s are invited to enjoy a free meal from a set menu found on their website. Reservations required. Military ID required. Only available for dine-in.
Menchie’s: Veteran’s and active duty members receive a free 6 oz frozen yogurt all day on 11/11.
O’Charley’s: on Monday, November 9 (NOT 11/11), they will offer Veterans and active military a free entrée from their $9.99er menu. See more information on their Facebook page.
Olive Garden: On Tuesday, November 11, Olive Garden is offering Veterans and active members of the military a complimentary entrée with ID or proof of service. Choose from the set menu located on their website. Family members who join them will also get 10% off their meal.
On the Border: Veteran’s and active duty members can enjoy a free Create Your Own Combo Meal on 11/11.
Outback Steakhouse: Veterans and active military receive a free Bloomin’ Onion and drink on November 11. ID required.
PDQ: Veterans and active duty military in uniform or with military ID receive three free chicken tenders or a free sandwich on 11/11. See more information on their website.
Red Hot and Blue: Veterans and active, inactive or retired military receive a free entrée with coupon and the purchase of two drinks and a second entrée of equal or greater value (up to a maximum value of $10), and proof of military service. Offer valid Monday, 11/9 – Wednesday, 11/11. Get the coupon from redhotandblue.com/central/veterans2015. This offer is only available in NC at the Cary, Raleigh and Winston-Salem locations.
Red Lobster: Veterans, reserve and active-duty military will receive a free appetizer from a specific menu from Monday, November 9 until Thursday, November 12.
Red Robin: Those with military ID get a free Red’s Tavern Double and Bottomless Steak Fries on November 11.
Ruby Tuesday: Veterans, active duty and reserve service members with proof of service receive a free appetizer on November 11. Valid at participating locations. See more information on their website.
Ruckus Pizza: All 4 Ruckus Pizza locations in the Triangle are offering a free meal to veterans on November 11 with military ID. You can pick any 1 entree on the menu including a beverage. There is a coupon you can print out and present from their website, but I was told that you don't actually have to have it.
Sheetz: On Wednesday, Nov. 11, veterans and current military receive a free 6 inch turkey sub, regular size fountain drink and a carwash at all Sheetz locations, by presenting a military ID or proof of service.
Shoney’s: Veterans and current military receive a free All-American burger on November 11 with coupon found on their website.
Shuckers Oyster Bar and Grill is offering complimentary entrees (up to $20 value) to any military veterans who present an ID on Veterans Day 11/11/15. The offer is good for lunch or dinner at both locations:
510 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC – 919-307-8087 – 11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
3309 Rogers Rd., Wake Forest, NC – 919-453-1593 – 11:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Starbucks: Active duty service members, veterans and military spouses receive a tall (12 fl oz) hot brewed coffee for free on November 11. See more details on their website.
Texas Roadhouse: Active and former military will receive a free lunch from a set menu on 11/11. See more information on their website.
T.G.I. Friday’s: Veterans and current military receive a free lunch from 11 am – 2 pm on November 11. ID or proof of service required. Dine-in only.
The Daily Planet Café: On November 11, veterans and active or retired military personnel receive a free meal with the purchase of another entree. Drink and tip not included. Military ID required. Valid only for dine-in. . See more information on their website.
Tijuana Flats: Free entrée for Veterans and active military on November 11. See more information on their website.
Waffle House: Everyone can get a free waffle from Waffle House in honor of Veterans Day with the printable coupon. Coupon is valid through 11/18/15. Dine-in only. Toppings are extra.
Dollar General: Veterans, active military, and their families receive an 11% discount on November 11. The ad indicates to see the store for details.
Food Lion: All veterans and their immediate family receive a 10% discount with a valid military ID on Veterans Day.
Harris Teeter: All Veterans receive 11% off the total purchase on November 11.
Just Save: Active and retired military receive a 10% discount on Veterans Day. In addition, they can enjoy free hot coffee and warm donut in the bakery area. Store loyalty card and military ID required for discount. Alcohol, services and gift cards will be not be discounted.
Lowes Foods: All veterans receive a 10% discount with a valid military ID on Veterans Day.
Publix: On Wednesday 11/11, Publix will offer a 10% discount to Veteran’s, Military Personnel and their families. You will need to show your military ID. The discount cannot be used on prescriptions, alcohol, tobacco, gift cards, Ticketmaster, lottery tickets, postage stamps, and money services. See ad or store for details.
MISCELLANEOUS FREE OFFERS & DISCOUNTS
Fleet Feet Sport: They are offering a free Fitsok running sock with the purchase of any shoe or insole. This is in addition to their regular 10% military discount. The offer is is valid Wednesday through Sunday at the Raleigh locations and Morrisville location. See their website for more details.
Great Clips: Veterans who visit Great Clips in the U.S. on Nov. 11 receive either a free haircut that day or a free haircut card to redeem by Dec. 31. After Nov. 11, veterans must have a free haircut card to get the free haircut. Customers who come into any U.S. Great Clips salon on Nov. 11 and purchase any service will receive a free haircut card to give to a veteran. The free haircut cards are redeemable by veterans at any U.S. Great Clips from Nov. 11–Dec. 31, 2015 with proof of service.
Home Depot: Veterans will receive a 10% discount on November 11. Active, Reserve, Retired or disabled Veterans receive a 10% discount year round.
Lowes: Veterans receive a 10% discount on November 11. A 10% discount is offered to military personal who are Active, Reserve, Retired or disabled Veteran and their family with government issued military ID card all year long.
Meineke: On November 11, 2015, all veterans will receive a free Basic Oil Change at participating Meineke locations. Valid Military ID required. Valid at participating locations. See more information on their website.
O2 Fitness: Veterans and active duty military can work out for free at any O2 Fitness location from Wednesday, 11/11 through Saturday, 11/14. The offer also includes access to the group exercise classes, club locker rooms and free club childcare. This free offer is valid at all ten O2 Fitness locations in the Triangle and both O2 Fitness locations in Wilmington. See more details on their website.
Rack Room Shoes: Active military and veterans get 10% off through November 11 with military ID.
Sleep Number: From October 19 through November 15, active and veteran military members will receive exclusive discounts on Sleep Number products available at all Sleep Number stores and online at SleepNumber.com. During this time, Sleep Number will donate a portion of its proceeds, from each bed sold, to Blue Star Families. The specific offers can be found at www.sleepnumber.com/military.
Wright Brothers National Memorial: National park units across the country are honoring current and former servicemen and women and their families this week, including the Wright Brothers National Memorial. Entrance to Wright Brothers National Memorial will be free to all park visitors on Wednesday, November 11, 2015. See more details on their website.
Donations to Support U.S. Military
Cinnabon: For every CinnaPack purchased, they are making a $1 donation to the military.
Marie Callender's: Through the end of January, Marie Callender’s will donate $.50 to USO Operation Celebration for each code entered from specially marked frozen meals and desserts. A real-time tracker displays how close we are to the goal of 600,000 codes entered. The donations will support USO Operation Celebration; a program that brings food, decorations and games to USO locations around the world so that our nation’s military community can celebrate special occasions no matter where they are serving.
For additional offers and information on national events, see themilitarywallet.com.