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Veterans Day 2020: List of free offers & discounts

Posted November 10, 2020 12:00 a.m. EST
Updated November 11, 2020 9:08 p.m. EST

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To thank veterans and current military members for their service, many businesses are offering free meals, restaurant deals, grocery store discounts, free haircuts, free car washes and more for Veteran's Day this year!

The majority of these offers take place on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11, but some offers take place on other days. As always, with offers like these, they are valid at participating locations. Not every restaurant or retailer will be participating so you may want to call your local store before heading out.

Most of the stores and restaurants require that you present some form of military ID or proof of service. Some restaurants require that you dine-in to get the free offers.

Read on for the growing list of offers. We'll continue to update this list through November 11 as more stores confirm their deals.

My deepest thanks to all who have served and who are currently serving, including my favorite veteran, my dad!

Restaurant Offers

BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse: On 11/11, current and former military can enjoy a free entree up to $14.95 and a free Dr Pepper beverage. The offer is valid for dine-in only. Must present Military ID or other proof of service. See the details on their website. See the details on their website.

Boston Market: In honor of Veterans Day, Boston Market is offering a $5 Rotisseries Chicken Individual Meal with the coupon on their website HERE. It is valid for anyone to use and includes 1/4 white or 3 piece dark meat. Valid in stores at participating locations.

Bubba's 33: According to Bubba's 33: "Fayetteville’s Bubba’s 33 will continue its annual Veterans Day tradition of welcoming veterans and active U.S. military to enjoy FREE lunch on Wednesday, November 11. For veterans and active military unable to attend this year’s event, the restaurant will distribute raincheck vouchers, good through June 30, 2021. Veterans and active military can pick up a raincheck in Bubba’s 33 parking lot tent. All veterans - including active, retired or former U.S. military - can choose one of six entrees, including a Classic Cheeseburger, Bubba’s Bacon Burger, Bacon Chicken Mac-n-Cheese, Grilled Chicken Salad, Chicken Tender Salad or 12-inch pepperoni pizza plus 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. The offer is valid Wednesday, November 11 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm at Bubba’s 33, 500 Westwood Shopping Ctr., Fayetteville, NC 28314.

Buffalo Wild Wings: Past and present armed services members will receive a free order of 10 boneless wings and fries on Veterans Day, November 11 at participating locations. The offer is available for dine-in or takeout and proof of service must be shown to receive the deal. See the details on their website.

Carrabba's Italian Grill: Veterans, active-duty military and first responders receive 10% off on Nov. 11 and every day with valid ID. See all the details on their website.

Chili's: Veterans and active military members will receive a free meal on Nov. 11. Meal choices include Chicken Crispers®, Margarita Grilled Chicken, Bowl of Chili or Soup & Salad, Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadillas, Just Bacon Burger, Oldtimer with Cheese or Cajun Chicken Pasta. The offer is valid at participating Chili's Grill & Bar restaurants for in-restaurant dining only. See their website for details.

Cicis Pizza: Veterans and active-duty military personnel can enjoy a free Adult Buffet on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 with a valid active-duty Military I.D. and the Cicis Veteran’s Day Deal coupon found HERE. The offer is valid for dine-in only at participating locations and does not include a drink. See the details and list of valid military IDs on their website.

Cracker Barrel: On Wednesday, Nov. 11, Cracker Barrel is offering all U.S. military veterans a free slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola® Cake when dining at any Cracker Barrel location nationwide. See the details on their website.

Denny's: All active, non-active and retired military personnel receive a free Build Your Own Grand Slam on 11/11 from 5 AM to noon at participating locations. The offer is valid for dine in only with valid military ID or DD 214. See the details on their website.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit: On Wednesday, Nov. 11, Veterans will receive a free Pulled Pork Classic Sandwich with a military ID or valid proof of service. The offer is available in store at participating locations. See the details on their website.

Dunkin': On Wednesday, November 11, veterans and active duty military will receive a free donut of their choice, with no purchase necessary, participating Dunkin’ restaurants nationwide. See the details on their website.

Einstein Bros. Bagels: For Veterans Day, Einstein Bros. Bagels is giving away a free hot or iced medium coffee to any active or retired veteran on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. No verification needed, all they need to do is state that they are a veteran. This offer will be available at participating stores excluding license stores inside of colleges, airports, hotels and hospitals.

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill: Dine with a Veteran or Active Duty Service Member on November 11 and their lunch or dinner is free. Valid ID required. The offer is valid for dine in only. See the details on their Facebook page.

Golden Corral: This year, due to the pandemic, their Military Appreciation Event will be very different than in past years. This year, it is taking place from November 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021. According to their website, "Promotional cards for one FREE “Thank You” Meal will be distributed during the month of November, and can be redeemed November 1, 2020 – May 31, 2021." The free meal must be redeemed for dine-in. See the details on their website.

Grace For Veterans: On Nov. 11, veterans and active duty military can get a free car wash from multiple are businesses. See the details and participating locations on their website. You may want to confirm with a car wash before going that they are participating. See the details on their Facebook page.

Greek Fiesta: If you are signed up for the Greek Pita Club Mailing List from Greek Fiesta, you should have received a coupon in your inbox for 50% off a kabob or veggie platter when you buy any kabob or veggie platter at regular price. This offer expires on 11/11/20. To get the deal you have to show the e-mailed certificate on your smartphone or in print when placing your order. Sign up for their Greek Pita Club Mailing List on their website to receive future offers and get a free hummus and pita when you sign up. See the details on their website.

IHOP: Veterans and Active Duty Military can receive a free Red, White and Blueberry Pancakes on Wednesday, November 11. The offer is available for dine-in from 7 am to 7 pm at participating locations. Beverages and gratuity not included. Proof of military service will need to be shown and there is a limit of 1 per guest.

Insomnia Cookies: Veterans and active Military members get a free 6-Pack of Classic cookies with any in-store purchase all-day. on 11/11. To redeem, show your military ID to an employee when you place your order in-store. See the details on their website.

Little Caesars: Veterans and active duty service members will receive a free Lunch Combo on Nov. 11 from 11 a, - 2 pm. The combo includes a 4-slice DEEP!DEEP!™ Dish pizza with Pepperoni and one 20 oz. PEPSI® product. The deal is valid for in-store purchase only. There is a limit of one per veteran or active member of the U.S. military and you'll need to present proof of service (such as an ID card with veteran designation, DD-214 form, or a current military issued ID card). The deal is available at participating locations. See the details on their website.

Logan's Roadhouse: On November 11 between 3 and 6 pm, veterans and military personnel receive a free meal from the American Roadhouse Meals menu. Valid for dine-in with proof of service. See the details on their website.

McCormick and Schmick’s: Veterans of the U.S. Military, National Guard, Gold Star Parents and Gold Star Spouses will receive a half priced entrée on Sunday, November 8, 2020 from a select menu. The offer is valid for dine-in only at participating locations. See the details and menu on their website. We do not have any locations here in the Raleigh area, but there are some in Charlotte.

McDonalds: Multiple area McDonald’s restaurants are offering sandwiches or meals on Veterans Day. See the details and participating locations below.

* The Huebner Family McDonald’s restaurants are offering all active military and veterans a free breakfast, lunch or dinner sandwich all day on Wednesday, November 11. All military who visit a participating McDonald’s lobby or drive-thru and show valid ID or wear a uniform can enjoy a free sandwich of their choice. Participating locations include: Zebulon at 141 Wakelon St., Benson at 27 Crepe Myrtle Dr. and 600 E. Main St., Raleigh at 6320 Battle Bridge Rd., Four Oaks at 6163 US 301, Clayton at 11351 Hwy. 70 W., Smithfield at 884 W. Market St., Dunn at 1185 E. Cumberland St., Garner locations at 1567 Hwy. 70 W.50 Glen Rd., 101 Timber Dr., 110 Carillon Dr. and 5141 Hwy. 42.

* All active military and veterans who visit a participating Fayetteville McDonald’s lobby or drive-thru and show valid ID or wear a uniform can enjoy a free Extra Value Meal of their choice. The offer is valid at these Fayetteville, NC locations: 5009 Santa Fe Dr., 1942 Pamalee Dr., 3701 Bragg Blvd., 6779 Raeford Rd., 7770 Good Middling Dr., 6415 Ramsey St., 2904 Traemoor Village Dr., 1903 Owen Dr., 207 Murchison, 3000 N. Main St., 2066 Cedar Creek Rd., 542 Grove St., 4115 Raeford Rd., 3075 Legion Rd., 3851 Overhills Rd.

Menchie's: Veterans and active military personnel get their first 6 ounces of frozen yogurt for free on November 11 at participating locations. Must present valid military ID or proof of service. See the details on their website.

Metro Diner: Active and retired military members will receive 50% off with valid military ID on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11. Guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in the diner, for pick-up or delivery of their signature Fried Chicken & Waffles, Chicken Pot Pie, Meatloaf and latest chicken wing offerings. Visit their website at metrodiner.com to find your nearest diner or to place your order today.

MOD Pizza: All active-duty and retired military personnel can get a buy-one, get-one free MOD-size pizza or salad on 11/11 when you sign up by this Sunday, 11/8, while supplies last. They will send you a coupon on 11/9 that you can redeem on Nov. 11. According to their website, they are only giving away 13,000 free offers so sogn up soon. You can sign-up on their website at: modpizza.com/veterans-day

O'Charley's Restaurant: Veterans and Active Duty Personnel will receive a free entrée from a special menu on Nov. 11. Valid military or veteran ID required. Valid for dine-in at participating locations. See the details and menu on their Facebook page.

Outback Steakhouse: All active & retired military will receive a FREE Bloomin’ Onion and Coke product on 11/11 for Veterans Day. Additionally, Outback Steakhouse continues to support Operation Homefront to help make life easier for military, veterans and families. Beginning on Veterans Day, customers will have the opportunity to donate (round up their check or add an open dollar amount) via their dining check in support of Operation Homefront thru the end of the year. Outback Steakhouse also offers a heroes discount daily. All servicemen and women, police officers, firefighters and first responders with 10% off their entire check all day, everyday with a valid state or federal service ID. See the details on their website.

Perry's Steakhouse & Grill: U.S. Veterans and active military will receive a free dinner pork chop for dine-in when you dine with another customer purchasing a dinner entree on November 11, 2020. This offer is valid for dine-in only from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Crabtree Terrace location in Raleigh. Reservations and military id are required.. See the details on their website.

Pilot Flying J: U.S. military veterans will receive a free Pilot Coffee of any size and one free breakfast item from Nov. 9-15. Their Veterans Day Breakfast Combo offer is available through the Pilot Flying J app and is valid at participating U.S. Pilot and Flying J travel centers. See the details about the app on their website.

Red Hot & Blue: Veterans and active military will receive 50% off of their order (up to $10 off) on Nov. 11 with valid proof of service at participating locations. Not valid with any other discounts. The offer details were sent via e-mail to subscribers on 11/10/20.

Red Lobster: Veterans, active duty military and reservists will receive a free appetizer or dessert from a special menu on Wednesday, November 11 when they dine in. Valid military ID or proof of service is needed to redeem this offer. See the details and menu on their website.

Red Robin: Active and retired military members who are also Red Robin Royalty® Program members wil get a free Tavern burger served with Bottomless Steak Fries® at participating restaurants nationwide from Nov. 12 - Noc. 30, 2020. You have to have been signed up as a reward member by Nov. 5 to get this offer. It's valid for dine-in or to-go order. See the details on their website.

Sheetz: Veterans and active duty military personnel can enjoy a free half turkey sub and a regular size fountain drink at any of Sheetz’s 614 store locations on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. Sheetz locations that offer car washes will also provide a free car wash to veterans and active duty military. Military ID or proof of service must be presented in order to redeem these offers. To locate your nearest Sheetz location, visit www.sheetz.com.

Shoney's: On Wednesday, November 11, Shoney’s is offering a free All You Care To Eat, Freshly Prepared Breakfast Bar from open until 11 am. The offer is valid for dine-in only and no purchase is required. Coffee and beverages will be regular cost and are not included in the free offer. There is a limit of one per military member and proof of military service is highly recommended, according to their press release.

Smashburger: Veterans and active duty military will receive a free Double Classic Smash on Nov. 11 in stores at participating locations. Must present military ID. See the details and list of participating locations on their website.

Smoothie King: Veterans will receive a free 20 oz smoothie on Nov. 11 with military ID. Valid at participating locations. See the offer posted on their Facebook page.

Starbucks: Veterans, military service members and military spouses will receive a free tall (12-ounce) hot brewed coffee on Nov. 11, 2020. In addition, according to the Starbucks website, "Starbucks is also donating 25 cents for every cup of hot brewed coffee sold nationwide on Nov. 11 to be divided evenly between Team Red, White & Blue and Headstrong to support the mental health and the wellbeing of military communities." See the details on their website.

Tijuana Flats: On Wednesday, November 11, Veterans and Active Military receive 50% off their entrée for in-store or order takeout online or through our app when you use code HONR7553 and present valid ID. There is a limit of one per check, per person. See the offer posted on their Facebok page.

Wendy's: Veterans and active military will receive a free breakfast on November 11 with ID. See the offer on their Facebook page.

Yard House: Veterans and active duty military can receive a complimentary appetizer on Veteran's Day. See the details on their website.

Zaxby's: Show proof of military status on Nov. 11 and you'll get free boneless wings at participating locations. See the offer posted on their Facebook page.

Grocery and Retail Discounts

Dollar General: Veterans, active duty and their families will receive 11% off on Nov. 11, 2020 in stores and online. See their website for details.

Food Lion: On Wednesday, Nov. 11, Food Lion is offering a 10% discount to active and retired military personnel who are serving or have served in the United States Armed Forces. According to their press release: "To receive the discount, active military, veterans and their families should present their MVP card, along with military identification, if available, at the time of checkout. Customers will then receive 10 percent off their entire grocery bill. This offer is valid in-store only on Wednesday, Nov. 11, only. The discount does not apply to the purchase of alcohol, tobacco, gift cards, lottery, postage stamps or services. This offer is not available through Food Lion To-Go pick up or delivery." See the details on their website.

Gabe's: Members of the military and veterans get 10% off with military ID from Nov. 11-15. Members of the military and their families receive 10% off every Tuesday with ID. See the details on their website.

Harris Teeter: Active duty military or veterans will receive 11% off their purchase on 11/11/20 with VIC card and military ID. Discount applies after all coupons and Vic discounts have been deducted. The offer excludes pharmacy, alcohol, fuel, tobacco, tickets and gift cards.

Kohl's: Active + Former Military personnel get 30% off November 11 through November 15 in stores. Present valid ID for discount. See the details on the Kohl's website.

Lowes Foods: Veterans get 11% off your total purchase on 11/11 in stores with military ID. See website or ad for details.

Publix: Veterans, active military and their families can save 10% on groceries on Wednesday, Nov. 11. To get this discount, present a veteran ID card, military ID card, discharge document, or a driver’s license with veteran designation. The offer is valid for in-store purchases only and excludes prescriptions, alcohol, tobacco, gift cards, lottery tickets, postage stamps, and money services. See the details on their website.

Staples: Active-duty personnel, reservists, retired or disabled veterans, and their immediate families will receive 25% off at all U.S. locations from 11/8 – 11/14. Customers will need to present a valid Military ID, to get the 25% discount off all in-store purchases. Some exclusions apply. See your store for more details.

Target: Target is offering a 10% discount to veterans and active-duty military through Nov. 11 to commemorate Veterans Day! The discount is valid online and in stores. This is the fourth year they have offered the discount and it is available to all U.S. active-duty military personnel, veterans and their families between Nov. 1-11. To get the discount, you'll need to visit target.com/circle/military, sign in to your Target Circle account and then verify your military status.

Walgreens: Veterans and military get a 20% off discount valid on regular price items in store with reward card from Nov. 11-15, 2020. See ad or store for details.

Additional Offers

Autobell Car Wash: Veterans and active-duty service members receive a free Ride-Thru car wash at all locations of Autobell on November 11, 2020. See the details and locations on their website.

Epic Axe Throwing & Social House: Veterans and current military receive 50% off axe throwing on Wednesday, 11/11/20 from 4 pm to 9 pm at their Wake Frest location. Use Promo Code: vetsrock when you book online for their Wake Forest location (the only one open on Wednesdays). They will check military IDs upon arrival. See the company locations and book online at https://epic-axe.com/book-now/. See the offer details posted on their website.

Great Clips: Active or veteran military service members will receive a free haircut on Nov 11 or they can pick up a free haircut card to use on a later date. In you are a non-military customer and you get a haircut at a U.S. Great Clips salon on Veterans Day, they will give you a free haircut card to give to a military service member you know. See the offer on their website.

There are a number of additional businesses that offer discounts to active duty military and veterans every day. See a long list of offers at mililtary.com HERE.

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