Businesses, restaurants offer deals for veterans

Military.com has compiled a list of Veterans Day discounts on restaurants, goods, services and events for 2020. Click below to search for discounts by category. Visit daily as the list is updated frequently!

Popular Veterans Day Restaurant Discounts

  • Dunkin’ Donuts — On November 11, veterans and active-duty military receive a free donut at participating locations. Offer available in-store only.
  • Olive Garden — On November 11, veterans and current members of the military who dine in get a free entrée from a special menu.
  • Texas Roadhouse — Texas Roadhouse will hand out dinner vouchers at the stores’ parking lots on November 11, from 11am to 2pm. Veterans and active-duty military can redeem their dinner vouchers when they choose in-store until June of next year.
  • Veterans Day free food, meal dealsThe following offers are available Wednesday unless otherwise noted. Most are for dine-in only and some require a mobile app.

    Applebee’s: Free meal from a special menu but offers can vary.

    Biggby Coffee: Free hot brewed coffee up to 24 ounces.

    BJ’s Restaurant & BrewhouseFree meal up to $14.95 and free Dr  Pepper beverage.

    Bob EvansFree meal from a special menu.

    Bonefish Grill: Ongoing 10% discount daily.

    Buffalo Wild WingsFree order of 10 boneless wings and fries.

    Captain D’s: 10% off meals for veterans.

    Carrabba’s Italian Grill: Free order of calamari with any purchase to all veterans, active military, police officers and firefighters with a valid ID through Wednesday. The chain also has an ongoing 10% discount for active and retired service members.

    Chili’s Grill & BarFree meal from a special menu.

    Cracker BarrelFree slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake.

    Denny’s: Free “Build Your Own Grand Slam” from 5 a.m. to noon Wednesday.

    Dickey’s Barbecue Pit: Free Pulled Pork Classic Sandwich.

    Dunkin’: Free doughnut of your choice.

    Fazoli’s: Free spaghetti Wednesday.

    Golden Corral: Through Nov. 30, Golden Corral is handing out free meal and beverage cards to all active-duty military and veterans. The cards can be used once through May 31 for lunch or dinner Monday through Thursday.

    Hooters: 10 free boneless wings with the purchase of 10 wings.

    Huddle House: Free MVP Breakfast Platter.

    Krispy KremeFree doughnut of choice and small hot or iced coffee. Little Caesars: Free lunch combo between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday.

    Logan’s Roadhouse: Free meal between 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday from the American Roadhouse menu.

    Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores: Purchase one roller grill item and get a second free and a fountain drink or coffee of any size for free.

    Macaroni Grill: Free Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs + Spaghetti.

    O’Charley’s: Free meal from special menu Wednesday. Plus, the chain has a 10% military discount daily.

    Outback Steakhouse: Free Bloomin’ Onion and Coke product Wednesday. Also, the chain has a daily heroes discount offering 10% off entire checks to all servicemen and -women, police officers, firefighters and first responders with a valid state or federal service ID.

    Pilot Flying J: Free breakfast combo, which includes coffee, for veterans and military on the Pilot Flying J app through Nov. 15.

    Qdoba: 50% off any entree Wednesday.

    Red Lobster: Free appetizer or dessert.

    Red Robin: This deal starts the day after Veterans Day. From Thursday through Nov. 30, veterans and active military who are current Red Robin Royalty members can get a free tavern burger served with bottomless fries.

    Shoney’sFree breakfast bar from open to 11 a.m.

    Smashburger: Free Double Burger with any purchase.

    Smoothie King: Free 20-ounce smoothie of choice.

    Sonny’s BBQ: Free pork sandwich Wednesday, plus service people that stop by on Veterans Day will also receive a voucher for a free BBQ Egg Roll appetizer, redeemable with a valid military ID from Dec. 1-15.

    Starbucks: Free tall hot brewed coffee for veterans, active service members and their spouses Wednesday.

    Travelcenters of America: Free meals for veterans at participating Country Pride, Iron Skillet or a TA Petro quick service restaurants.

    TCBYFree six ounces of frozen yogurt.

    TGI Fridays: Free select meal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Wendy’s: Free small breakfast combo with valid military ID from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. Hours can vary by location. Service members enrolled in the Veterans Advantage program can get a free breakfast sandwich with any breakfast purchase from Wednesday through Dec. 31.

    White Castle: Free combo meal or breakfast combo.

    Zaxby’s: Free Boneless Wings Meal with proof of military service Wednesday.

    See All Veterans Day Restaurant Offerings

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Popular Veterans Day Retail Discounts
  • Bed Bath & Beyond — Veterans, active duty and spouses get 25% off their entire purchase November 11 through 14.
  • Dollar General — Veterans, active-duty military and their families get an 11% discount on in-store and online purchases on November 11.
  • Food Lion — Active-duty military, veterans and their families get a 10% discount on November 11. This offer is valid in-store only and not available through Food Lion To-Go pick up or delivery.

See All Veterans Day Retail Offerings

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All of the Veterans Day discounts featured by Military.com have been confirmed, either through press release or direct communication with the company.

Keep in mind that to access your Veterans Day discounts most businesses require proof of military service.

What identification do you need to prove that you’re a veteran?

If you’re an active duty military member, reservist member of the National Guard or military retiree, the easiest way to access Veterans Day discounts is to use your military ID card.

For veterans who receive Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health benefits, the VA benefits photo ID card should serve as easy proof of veteran status at most businesses.

If you don’t have a VA benefits card, the VA can provide you with a Veterans ID Card. Rolled-out in 2017, the Veterans ID Card program allows all honorably discharged veterans to apply for online and receive by mail a card meant to function as proof of service. While not an official form of government ID, most businesses accept it as proof of service. Learn more about getting a Veterans ID Card.

Some states include veteran status on their state ID cards and drivers licenses, offering another ID card option for veterans looking to show businesses proof that they served.

And, if all else fails, most businesses will accept a copy of your DD-214 as proof of service.

Note: Not all franchise locations participate in their national chain’s Veterans Day programs — be sure to contact your nearest establishment to make sure they are participating.

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