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Looking for some Veterans Day freebies and deals? In honor of our nation’s veterans and active duty, these national chains are really stepping up and saying “thank you.”

We at KCL thank you, too, and hope you get a chance to take advantage of as many of these offers as you can on Nov. 11!


1. Check out 43 restaurants giving away free or discounted food or drink on Veterans Day.

Elderly man with family and server inside Applebee's resturant

via Applebees

Restaurants are offering free and discounted food and beverages to veterans and active-duty military in honor of Veterans Day. Unless stated otherwise, these promotions are for Nov. 11 only and require a military ID.

  • 54th Street Grill is honoring veterans and active military with a free meal up to $14 (dine in only).
  • Applebee’s is offering a free meal to any veteran or active-duty military (dine in only), plus $5 towards your next meal. Simply show proof of military service.
  • Bar Louie is offering a free craft burger or flatbread to all military service members, active or retired (dine in only).
  • BJ’s Restaurant is giving away a free meal from a select menu and beverage.
  • Bob Evans is honoring veterans and active military with a free select breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
  • Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant & Market is offering military personnel and their families a 15% discount on Veterans Day.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings is offering a free order of six boneless wings.
  • California Pizza Kitchen is honoring veterans and active-duty military by giving away a free entree.
  • Chili’s Veterans Day offering is a free meal from a select menu.
  • Country Kitchen is offering a free Country Scramble (two pancakes, scrambled eggs with ham and cheese) any time on Nov. 11.
  • Cracker Barrel will thank veterans with a piece of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake.
  • Crooked Pint Ale House is offering a free meal to veterans and active military on Nov. 11. They also offer military 10% off year-round.
  • Denny’s is offering a free Build Your Own Grand Slam breakfast from 5 a.m. to noon on Nov. 11 (dine in only).
  • Dunkin’ Donuts is giving away a free donut to veterans and active-duty military.
  • Famous Dave’s is offering all former and current military a free Georgia Chopped Pork Sandwich and side all day for dine-in and carry-out orders.
  • Farmer Boys is honoring all military, past and present, with a free Big Cheese cheeseburger from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. ET on Nov. 11.
  • Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers is giving out free combo meal comp cards to veterans and current military that can be used between Nov. 11 – 30.
  • Friendly’s is offering veterans and active military an All-American Cheeseburger and soda on Nov. 11.
  • Golden Corral is giving away free “thank you” meals Nov. 11 from 5 p.m. to close (dine in only).
  • Green Mill is offering a free menu item for lunch or dinner. Valid for dine in only.
  • Hooters is offering 10 free wings with the purchase of 10 wings.
  • Hy-Vee is serving free dine-in or curbside pickup breakfast from 6 a.m. – 10 a.m. to veterans and active-duty military at all of their stores.
  • Joe’s Crab Shack is offering a 20% discount for veterans and active-duty military (dine in only).
  • Krispy Kreme is offering veterans and active-duty military a free doughnut with small coffee on Nov. 11.
  • LaMar’s Donuts is offering a free donut and 12-ounce coffee on Nov. 11.
  • Little Caesars Pizza is offering a free HOT-N-READY lunch combo from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (in stores only)
  • Max & Erma’s is giving out free cheeseburgers, endless fries, a fountain drink, and a chocolate chip cookie.
  • Menchie’s is offering the first six ounces of frozen yogurt free.
  • Mission BBQ is offering a free sandwich to all military, past and present, on Veterans Day.
  • O’Charley’s offers veterans a 10% discount year-round, but on Nov. 11 they are offering veterans and active-duty military a free dine-in-only meal.
  • Olive Garden is honoring active military and veterans with a free meal on Nov. 11. The meal includes an entrée from a special menu, unlimited soup, salad, and breadsticks.
  • On the Border is offering all active and retired military a free Pick-2 combo meal on Nov. 11 (dine in only).
  • Red Lobster is offering a free appetizer or dessert (dine in only).
  • Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery offers active military and veterans a 10% discount year-round.
  • Romano’s Macaroni Grill is offering a free Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs and Spaghetti entree. Valid for dine-in or carryout.
  • Shari’s is offering a free meal. Call your location to verify participation.. Valid for dine-in or carryout.
  • Shoney’s Free all-you-care-to-eat breakfast from 6 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Smoothie King is offering veterans and active-duty military a free 20-ounce smoothie on Nov. 11.
  • Starbucks is giving away free tall (12-ounce) brewed coffees to current/retired members of the military and their spouses.
  • Texas Roadhouse is honoring veterans and active-duty military with a free meal voucher from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Voucher is valid until June 2022.
  • Twin Peaks is offering a free Veterans Day meal from a select menu for all active and retired military members. Contact your local Twin Peaks Restaurant to make sure they’re participating.
  • White Castle is giving out a free Combo meal #1 – #6 to active military and veterans on Nov. 11.
  • Wienerschnitzel is offering veterans and active military a free chili dog with small fries and a small Pepsi on Nov. 11.


2. Save 25% on your entire purchase at Bed Bath & Beyond or buybuy Baby on Veterans Day.

Bed Bath & Beyond store front

Veterans save 25% on their entire purchase online or in stores at Bed Bath & Beyond or buybuy Baby. In past years, these discounts have taken place during Veterans Day weekend. You have to sign up by clicking “Get discount” prior to shopping so they can verify your eligibility.


3. Veterans get a free haircut from Great Clips.

Great Clips has given free haircuts (or a free haircut card valid through Dec. 10) to veterans and current military members on Nov. 11.

If you’re non-military, purchase a service at Great Clips on Veterans Day and get a free haircut card to give to a veteran you know. Limit one card per customer.



4. Veterans can visit any US National Park for free, anytime.

The U.S. National Park Service waives day-use entrance fees for any active-duty or veteran on Veterans Day.


5. Receive a 20% discount at Walgreens during Veterans Day weekend.

A curbside pickup sign in front of Walgreens.

Veterans and active military members and their families save 20% at Walgreens with a myWalgreens card and proof of service.


6. Sport Clips offers veterans a free haircut, too.

Men getting haircuts at Sport Clips

Active-duty U.S. service members and veterans can receive a free haircut at participating Sport Clips locations with proof of service. Sport Clips will donate $2 from every haircut to Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) as part of their Help a Hero Campaign.


7. Get a free car wash on Veterans Day when you visit a Grace for Vets partner.

Automatic car wash

Car wash companies in four different countries have partnered with Grace for Vets to give veterans a free car wash.


8. Veterans enjoy a free night at bed and breakfast inns.

A sign that reads bed and breakfast.

Need a place to sleep off your free Veterans Day food? Get one free night’s stay on Nov. 11. Find the list of participating bed and breakfasts.


9. Get $5 off your check at World of Beer.

world of beer

Vets get $5 off their bill at World of Beer on Veterans Day. Call ahead to make sure your local WOB is participating.


10. Search locally for free or discounted Veterans Day offerings at MilitaryBenefits.info.

MilitaryBenefits.info provides a list of free or discounted local meals, parks, and museums for US Armed Forces members and military families.


11. Save 10% on your groceries at Publix on Veterans Day.

Veterans and active military members and their families can save 10% on groceries at Publix on Nov. 11.


12. Play a round of free Veterans Day golf in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Empty golf cart on a golf course

With military ID, active military and veterans can play free golf at Foster Park golf courses in Fort Wayne Indiana on Nov. 11. Electric golf cart not included.

Although we’ve seen past Veterans Day specials at the following restaurants, we were unable to verify that they’ll continue. We suggest you contact your local favorite restaurant to check before heading out.

Veterans Day Freebies and Deals for Those Who Serve