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Veterans Day Deals & Freebies for Nov. 11

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Veterans Day freebies and deals are small tokens of appreciation to honor the bravery of our nation’s veterans. Many national chains really step up to say “thank you.” These acts of generosity include free meals, free haircuts, and more freebie perks. As a food holiday, Veterans Day is one of the best for our military members.

As a thank you to those who serve, we put together an annual list of exclusive freebies and discounts. Our hope here at KCL is that you get a chance to take advantage of as many of these freebie offers as you can! While we don’t have details on offers for Veterans Day 2024, the following offers from 2023 can give you an idea of what to expect next year. We’ll update this post as the holiday gets closer and offers become available.

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On Veteran’s Day, businesses and restaurants honor veterans with deals and freebies all day long.

On Veterans Day, lots of businesses express appreciation for veterans and active-duty military members by offering freebies and discounts. These include free meals at restaurants like Applebee's, Cracker Barrel, and Chili's, as well as free coffee from Dunkin' and Starbucks. Fast food chains like Chick-fil-A and Wendy's also offer free food or discounts, while retailers such as Kohl's and Target have special discounts.

There are a lot of other kinds of Veterans Day discounts, from free car care checks and discounted tires, complimentary collectible pins, free admission to tourist attractions, and even free coworking workspace.

Veteran’s Day happens every year on Nov. 11.

Veterans-Day

Veterans Day is Nov. 11 every year. In 2024, Veterans Day will be on Monday, Nov. 11. The day marks the end of fighting during World War I (often regarded as the war to end all wars) in the eleventh hour of the eleventh month in 1918. In 1938, the day became a national holiday. And, in 1954, President Eisenhower signed a bill proclaiming the holiday would be known as Veterans Day. The holiday is marked with national ceremonies, plus local parades, tributes, and more for those who serve.

When and where can I find Veterans Day freebies?

Each year the list of businesses offering free items or services to veterans and active military on Veterans Day grows. Typically these freebies are only offered on actual Veterans Day, Nov. 11. However, occasionally you’ll find a deal that extends the offer through a weekend. It’s important to pay attention to the hours a deal is being offered. For example, if it’s a restaurant, it may include a free breakfast. But if they only serve breakfast from 7 a.m. – 11 a.m., you’ll need to get the freebie within that window.

Restaurant Specials and Food Deals for Veterans Day

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Grab some grub with these Veterans Day restaurant free meals across the country. Here are all the restaurants offered free or discounted food and beverages for veterans and active-duty military in 2023. Most of these promotions were only available for Nov. 11 and required a military ID.

Grab some grub with these Veterans Day restaurant free meals across the country. Here are all the restaurants offered free or discounted food and beverages for veterans and active-duty military in 2023. Most of these promotions were only available for Nov. 11 and required a military ID.

Applebee's locations gave veterans, active-duty military, reserves, and the National Guard a free entree of their choice from a select menu on Veterans Day.

Arby's offered a free roast beef sandwich (reg. $2.00) at select markets. You had to check your local Arby's to see if they are giving away this freebie.

Bad Daddy's honored veterans and active-military personnel with a free burger and a side from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Veterans Day.

Bar Louie gave veterans and active-duty military personnel a free burger for dine-in on Nov. 11.

bb.q Chicken offered veterans and active-duty-military personnel 25% off on their in-store orders with an ID.

Biggby Coffee gave active-duty military personnel and veterans a free 24 oz coffee on Veterans Day

Biscuit Belly offered veterans a free meal with a coffee or fountain drink on Friday Nov. 10. Meal options were Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit Sandwich, Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit Sandwich, or a Chicken Biscuit Sandwich. Military personnel also get a 10% year-round discount.

BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse gave all veterans a free Chocolate Chunk Pizookie for dine-in only. Plus, veterans also received a coupon for a free appetizer (valid from Nov. 12 to Dec. 31).

Bob Evans offered veterans and active-duty military personnel a free meal off a select menu for dine-in only on Veterans Day.

Bonefish Grill gave veterans and service members an order of Bang Bang Shrimp with a beverage on Nov. 11.

Buffalo's Cafe offered dine-in veterans and active-duty military a complimentary entree (up to $17.99 value) on Veterans Day

Buffalo Wild Wings gave 10 free Boneless Wings (reg. $11.99) for free for all veterans and active-duty military personnel with a military ID. This deal was only available for dine-in.

BurgerFi offered a 20% discount to active military members and veterans on Nov. 11 at participating locations. This offer was for dine-in only. You had to show a valid military ID.

California Pizza Kitchen gave veterans who dined in a free entree and complimentary drink. Plus, veterans could get a BOGO free coupon that could be redeemed from Nov. 12 to 21. For non-veterans, 20% of your purchases went to support Disabled American Veterans from Nov. 6 to 8 when you showed the flier or social media post promoting this donation.

Caribou Coffee offered a free small coffee of the day or cold press to veterans, active-duty military personnel, and spouses on Veterans Day.

Carrabba's gave veterans and active-duty military a free appetizer or dessert with a soft beverage when you showed your ID.

Casey's gave veterans, active-military, first responders, law enforcement, fire, and EMS workers a free coffee or fountain drink on Veterans Day.

Charley's Cheesesteaks offered a free order of Gourmet Fries to all veterans and active military members on Nov. 11, 2023, no purchase was necessary. Offer was for in-store orders only.

Chicken Salad Chick gave all veterans and active-duty military personnel a free meal on Veterans Day.

Chick-fil-A offered a chicken biscuit from open -10:30 a.m. (local time), and a Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich from 10:30 a.m. – close (local time) for veterans and active military members on Nov. 9 at participating D.C. locations. The offer was one per customer.

Chili's offered veterans and active-duty military personnel a free entree of their choice from a select menu on Veterans Day.

Circle K offered veterans and active military members a free cup of coffee on Nov. 11.

City Barbeque gave veterans and active military members a free meal on Nov. 11, 2023. The meal included one sandwich, one side and a regular beverage. Offer was only valid in store for dine in or carryout.

Claim Jumper offered all veterans and active military members a free meal from a select menu on Monday, Nov. 13. Menu included BBQ chicken salad, classic cheeseburger, southern fried chicken, Black Tie chicken pasta, country fried steak, and meatloaf & mashed potatoes.

The Copperfield offered a free menu item from a select menu.

Cotton Patch Cafe gave veterans and active-duty military personnel a free Country Fried Steak or Chicken Fried Chicken with their military ID.

Cracker Barrel offered all veterans and active-duty military personnel a free Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake with any purchase on Veterans Day. Plus, from Oct. 27 to Nov. 13 everyone could get 25% off military-themed items.

Crooked Pint Ale House gave a choice of a Classic Lucy and Fries, Grilled Clubhouse and Fries, Chicken Pot Pie, or Bourbon Cranberry Chicken Salad for free.

Dave & Buster's offered veterans a free entree (up to $20) and a $10 Power Card with valid card.

Denny's offered a free Original Grand Slam for veterans, non-active military, and active military members on Friday Nov. 10 from 5 a.m. (or store opening) to 12 p.m. (local time). Offer was for dine-in only.

Dunkin' gave veterans and active-duty military personnel a free donut.

El Fenix honored veterans and active-duty military personnel with a free enchilada or taco plate for dine-in orders on Veterans Day.

Famous Dave's gave a free meal to veterans for dine-in or to-go orders with the code VETERAN.

Farmer Boys offered a free Big Cheese burger for all veterans and active-duty military personnel.

Fazoli's customers who provided a valid veterans or active-duty military ID received a free Regular Spaghetti with meat or marinara.

Friendly's gave veterans a free cheeseburger lunch on Veterans Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers offered all veterans who dined in on Nov. 11 a Double with Cheese combo meal card that was until Nov. 30. No purchase was necessary to receive or redeem the card.

Gold Star Chili offered veterans and active-duty military a meal of their choice (up to $12) for dine-in, carryout, or drive thru.

Golden Corral gave active military and veterans access to the dinner buffet and a beverage from 5 p.m. to close on Nov. 13.

Green Mill honored veterans with their pick of a freebie from a select menu all day long.

Hacienda Fiesta offers a 10% year round military discount. Plus, on Nov. 11 they gave veterans and active military members a free large Wet Burrito (dine in or carryout). You had to show proof of service.

Hamburger Stand offered veterans and active military members a free hamburger, regular fries, and a small soda at participating locations on Nov. 11, 2023. You had to present valid military ID or wear uniform.

Happy Joe's Pizza & Ice Cream gave veterans and active duty military free entry into their lunch buffet and a drink.

Hat Creek offered a free Big Hat Burger on Veterans Day.

Hawaiian Bros gave veterans and active military a free classic plate lunch on Nov. 11.

Hooters honored veterans and active military personnel with a free dinner from a select menu with a free beverage.

Hurricane Grill & Wings gave veterans and active-duty military personnel a complimentary entree off a select menu.

Hy-Vee hosted their free annual Veterans Day breakfast from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 10. Additionally, veterans and active-duty military personnel received 15% off their groceries all day long on Nov. 10.

IHOP gave veterans and active-duty military personnel a free pancake combo for dine-in only.

Insomnia Cookies provided veterans and active-duty military personnel a free 6-pack of cookies from Nov. 6 to 12.

Kolache Factory offered veterans and active-duty military a free kolache and a cup of coffee from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Veterans Day.

Kona Grill gave active-duty military personnel and veterans 50% off orders from Nov. 10 to 13.

Krispy Kreme gave veterans and active military members a free doughnut of choice and small coffee, hot or iced, no purchase was necessary. This offer was limited to one per guest, and valid for in-shop and drive-thru only.

Lion's Choice offered a free original roast beef sandwich for veterans and active-duty military personnel with their ID. Plus, they have a 20% discount year-round to veterans and active-duty military members.

Logan's Roadhouse gave a free meal with an ID from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Main Event honored veterans with a double cheeseburger, fries, and thirty minutes of free play on Veterans Day.

Max & Erma's offered a free cheeseburger, endless fries, fountain drink, and chocolate chip cookie.

Menchie's celebrated Veterans Day for the 11th year in a row with a 6 oz frozen yogurt for free.

Metro Diner offered 50% off to veterans and active military members on Nov. 11.

Mission BBQ gave a free sandwich to all military, past and present, on Veterans Day.

Native Grill & Wings offered veterans and active-duty military their choice of a half-pound Stripper Combo, half-pound Boneless Combo, or Native Burger with fries for free.

Nothing Bundt Cakes had a BOGO free for their rewards members, in store only. You had to show your military ID or veteran ID to claim the offer.

O'Charley's offered a free lunch menu to veterans and active military members from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (local time) on Friday, Nov. 10 and Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023. You could select one of the following menu options and/or a slice of pie: tenders and fries, classic cheeseburger, honey-drizzled southern fried chicken, southern fried chicken tender salad, and Bayou shrimp pasta. Offer was dine-in only.

Olive Garden gave a free entree to all veterans and active-duty military personnel.

Outback Steakhouse offered a free Bloomin' Onion and beverage to all veterans and active-military personnel with the purchase of an adult entree. Plus, any active or retired service member who visited on Veterans Day will receive a $10 off coupon that they can use from Nov. 12 to Dec. 17.

Peet's Coffee gave a free small drip coffee or tea to active-duty military and veterans on Nov. 11.

Perkin's offered a free Magnificent 7 platter to veterans on Nov. 11.

Perry's offered a free pork chop with an entree purchase to veterans from 10:30 am to 5 p.m. on Oct. 10. On Veterans Day, you also had access to a 3-course menu when you made a reservation for dine-in between 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

PJ's Coffee gave veterans and active-duty military personnel a free 12 oz cup of coffee on Veterans Day.

Pilot Flying J celebrated service members and their families with a free meal from Nov. 10 to 12.

Playa Bowls gave a free bowl to all veterans with an ID.

Pokeworks offered veterans and service members 20% off an order with a military ID from Nov. 11 to 12.

Potbelly offered veterans and active military members a free drink or cookie with the purchase of an entree on Nov. 11, 2023. This offer was available in store only. You had to show a valid ID.

Red Lobster gave all veterans and active-duty military personnel a voucher (valid Nov. 13 - Dec. 10, dine-in only) for a free Shrimp & Chips from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Veterans Day.

Red Robin honored veterans and active-duty military personnel with a free Big Red's Tavern Burger with Bottomless Fries for dine-in only during Veterans Day.

Romano's Macaroni Grill offered a free Mom's Ricotta Meatballs and Spaghetti entree for dine-in or carryout.

Round Table Pizza gave customers 15% off your order with the code VET15.

Scooter's Coffee offered a free handcrafted drink (any size) for veterans and active military members on Nov. 11, 2023.

Sheetz gave veterans and active-duty military personnel a free half turkey sub and a medium drink on Veterans Day.

Smokey Mo's offered veterans a free breakfast taco from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Smoothie King celebrated veterans and active-duty military personnel with a 20 oz smoothie of their choice. Each location gave their freebie at a different time, so you had to contact your local Smoothie King for the most up to date information.

Starbucks offered veterans, active-military, and spouses a free tall (12 oz) coffee at participating Starbucks stores on Veterans Day.

Snuffer's gave veterans and active-duty military a free burger or sandwich of their choice at participating Snuffer's locations.

Sugarfire Smokehouse honored military personnel and veterans with a free burger on Veterans Day.

Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe gave veterans a free chicken gyro on Veterans Day.

Texas Roadhouse gave a free lunch to veterans and active-duty military from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 11.

The Greene Turtle offered veterans and active duty military a free entree (up to $15 value) on Veterans Day.

Tijuana Flats offered veterans and active military members a free adult entree with a purchase of a medium drink or purchase of $2.79. You had to use the promo code VETSFREE. This offer was only valid for in-store or to-go orders only on Nov. 11, 2023.

Tim Hortons gave veterans a free small coffee to any active-duty military or veterans on Nov. 11.

Tocaya gave veterans 50% off all in-store purchases with a military ID.

Twin Peaks offered veterans a free lunch on Veterans Day.

TXB gave veterans a free medium cup of coffee or cappuccino on Nov. 11.

Wendy's thanked veterans and active military members with a free Breakfast Combo during breakfast hours on Nov. 11.

White Castle gave veterans and active-duty military personnel a free combo meal (#1 to #7) or a Breakfast Combo Meal on Nov. 11.

Wienerschitzel offered veterans and active military members a free chili dog, small fries and a small soda on Nov. 11.

Yogurtland offered $5 off online orders of $30 or more (before taxes and fees) between Nov. 10 - 12, 2023. You could place your order online at Yogurtland.com or through the mobile app. You had to use the promo code FALL5 during checkout. Offer was not valid for in-store orders.

More Veterans Day Savings

Free Haircuts for Veterans Day

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  • Sport Clips offered active-duty U.S. service members and veterans a free haircut at participating locations with proof of service. They also donated $2 from every haircut to Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). This is part of their Help a Hero Campaign.

  • Great Clips offered free haircuts to veterans and current military members on Nov. 10 (federal holiday) and Nov. 11, 2023. If you're nonmilitary you could purchase a service at Great Clips on Veterans Day (free haircut card) on either of these days to give to a veteran you know. There was a limit of one card per customer.

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Retail Savings for Veterans Day

     

Academy Sports + Outdoors resumed their 10% discount (on entire purchases) for active-duty military and veterans on Oct. 22 through Nov. 12. You could use the discount online and in store.

Aquarium of the Pacific offered free admission to veterans and active military members on Nov. 11.

Dollar General offered a 20% in-store discount to veterans and active military members from Nov. 9 - 12. This offer was in addition to DG's 11% military discount on the second Wednesday of each month.

Food Lion offered a 10% discount for veterans and active military on Nov. 11. You must have a Food Lion MVP card and valid military ID. Offer was only valid for in-store purchases.

Kohl's offered a 30% discount to veterans, active military members and their immediate families from Friday Nov. 10 through Sunday Nov. 12. You had to show a valid military ID. Kohl's also has Military Mondays with a 15% discount every Monday, year round.

Kroger offered veterans a 10% discount on in-store purchases, Nov. 11, 2023.

Office Depot offered veterans and active-duty military personnel 25% off qualifying regular and sale-priced purchases from Office Depot and OfficeMax stores nationwide from Nov. 11 to 13.

Rite Aid offered a 15% discount (off regular priced items) to customers with a valid military ID from Nov. 10 - 12. You had to be a Rite Aid Rewards program member. This offer was valid for in-store purchases only.

Sam's Club gave veterans and their immediate family a $20 club membership and $5 off an in-club purchase. This offer was only available online. Current Sam's Club veterans members could renew their membership plus $10 off an in-club purchase.

Target brought back their 10% off Circle discount for veterans and their families. From Oct. 29 through Nov. 11, 2023, eligible military members can save 10% on two qualifying purchases. You need to be a Target Circle member (free to sign up) and verify your eligibility (upload your government ID or other proof) online at Target.com or in the Target app.

The Vitamin Shoppe offered a 25% discount (on entire in-store purchases) for veterans and current military members from Nov. 11 - 13, 2023.

Tractor Supply gave active military members, veterans and their dependents a 15% discount on Nov. 11, 2023. This offer was for in-store purchases only.

Walgreens offered veterans, active-duty military, and their families 20% off eligible store items from Nov. 10 to 13.

Miscellaneous Veterans Day Freebies

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  • Goodyear gave veterans, military members, and first responders free Car Care Checks and an additional 10% off on tires and additional services. This was valid from Nov. 10 to 14.

  • Grace for Vets offered a free car wash when you visited one of their partners on Veterans Day. Thousands of car wash companies in four different countries partnered with Grace for Vets to give veterans a free car wash.

  • Lowe's handed out a free collectible pin to the first 150 veterans that visit each store on Nov. 11, 2023. Lowe's also offers a 10% military discount year-round.

  • Nashville Zoo offered free admission to veterans, active military members and their immediate families on Sunday Nov. 12 for the zoo's Military Appreciation Day. Reservations were not required.

  • U.S. National Parks lets military veterans and Gold Star families enjoy the parks' beauty for free. Congress passed legislation 2021 that offers a free lifetime pass to national parks and other federal recreation areas.

  • Venture X & Office Evolution offered free coworking workspace for the month of November for veterans. Amenities included coffee, refreshments and high speed internet.

But Wait, There’s More

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Search locally for free or discounted Veterans Day offerings at MilitaryBenefits.info. The site provides great resources for local meals, parks, and museums for U.S. Armed Forces members and military families.

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