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Veterans Day freebies and deals are a small token of appreciation to honor the bravery of our nation’s veterans. Many national chains are really stepping up to say “thank you.” These acts of generosity include free meals, free haircuts, and more freebie perks.
Every year we honor our military veterans on Nov. 11, which happens to be today. Originally called Armistice Day, the holiday was established to commemorate the 1-year anniversary of World War I’s end. In 1954, the holiday’s name officially changed to Veterans Day, but the date remained the same. And that concludes our brief history lesson; now onto the Veterans Day freebies.
This list was compiled because we at Krazy Coupon Lady thank you for your service, too. Our hope is you get a chance to take advantage of as many of these freebie offers as you can today!
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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 Veteran’s 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 snag the freebie within that window.
Restaurant Specials and Food Deals for Veterans Day
Grab some grub with these Veterans Day restaurant free meals across the country. Here you’ll find 44 eateries with free or discounted food and beverages for veterans and active-duty military. Unless stated otherwise, these promotions are for Nov. 11 only and require a military ID.
Restaurants: A – C
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 serving up 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. All Veterans who dine with CPK will also receive a buy-one-get-one free voucher, redeemable for any pizza, pasta or salad from Nov. 12-21. Additionally, for the fourth consecutive year, CPK will be donating 20% of all sales from Nov. 7-9 to Disabled American Veterans (DAV).
Charley’s is offering gourmet fries. No purchase necessary. Plus, any customer can get free fries with an entree on Veterans day.
Chili’s Veterans Day offering is a free meal from a select menu.
Cici’s Pizza will be offering active and retired military personnel a free adult buffet on Nov. 11 (dine in only).
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.
Restaurants: D – J
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 carryout 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. 14 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).
Restaurants: K – 0
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’re 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 entree 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).
Restaurants: R – W
Red Lobster is offering a free appetizer or dessert (dine in only).
Red Mango is offering $2 off any item.
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.
Schlotzsky’s is offering free drinks and a small drink with the purchase of an entree. Not valid online and you must show your military ID.
Shari’s is offering a free meal. Call your location to verify participation. Valid for dine in or carryout.
Shoney’s is offering 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 2023.
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.
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More Veterans Day Savings
Free Haircuts For Veterans Day
Get a trim on Nov. 11 at these locations offering free services to veterans.
- Head to Sports Clips, where active-duty U.S. service members and veterans receive a free haircut at participating locations with proof of service. Because they want their support to go further, Sport Clips will donate $2 from every haircut to Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). This is part of their Help a Hero Campaign.
- Great Clips gives free haircuts (or a free haircut card valid through Dec. 10) to veterans and current military members on Nov. 11. But how can you give back if you’re nonmilitary? 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.
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Retail Savings For Veterans Day
Veterans and active duty military can find savings at select stores offering discounts on and around Nov. 11.
- Academy Sports + Outdoors will give both active-duty military and veterans 10% off their purchases. This can be used both online and in store from now through Nov. 13.
- 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. Of course, you have to sign up by clicking “Get discount” prior to shopping so they can verify your eligibility.
- Kohl’s offers veterans, active and former military, plus their immediate families 30% off in-store purchases from Nov. 11 – 13. Furthermore, the retailer holds Military Mondays all year long. This includes a 15% in-store discount for the aforementioned groups. But it may only be applied in store. Show a military ID to receive the discount.
- Veterans get a 25% discount on their entire purchase when shopping in store at The Vitamin Shoppe from Nov. 10 – 13.
- Qalo Rings are giving away rings to Veterans and military personnel when they validate their ID from Nov. 1 – 11.
- Fitbit has Veterans Day deals on some devices now through Nov. 25. These include: 35% off Fitbit Sense 2, Versa 4, Charge 5, Inspire 3; 40% off Fitbit Luxe. The offer is valid on up to two devices. Veterans, active military and military spouses with military IDs and ID.me accounts are eligible. To redeem, users must verify their eligibility via the ID.me landing page and will receive a promotion code upon eligibility verification. Users can then shop and redeem on the FHS Veterans Storefront.
Miscellaneous Veterans Day Freebies
From complimentary U.S. National Park entry to free car washes, there are so many more deals to be had.
- Military veterans and Gold Star families can enjoy the beauty of U.S. National Parks for free. Congressional legislation passed earlier this year offering a free lifetime pass to national parks and other federal recreation areas. These lifetime passes are available in late 2022.
- Get a free car wash on Veterans Day when you visit a Grace for Vets partner. Car wash companies in four different countries have partnered with Grace for Vets to give veterans a free car wash. There are 4,360 locations participating.
- Take 5 Car Wash is offering Veterans a Pro5 car wash ($25 value) for free when they show their ID.
- True REST Float Spa — the world’s largest float therapy brand with 40 locations in 22 states — will close all spas to the public on Nov. 11 and offer their flotation therapy experience complimentary to active-duty military members, reservists, and/or veterans . Each flotation therapy session is 60 minutes and encourages rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation.
- Play a round of free Veterans Day golf in Fort Wayne, Indiana. With military ID, active military and veterans can play free on Nov. 11. Just keep in mind, electric golf cart not included.
- Veterans, active military members, and their families save 20% at Walgreens from Nov. 11 – 14 with a myWalgreens card and proof of service.
- Get some R&R when veterans enjoy a free night at bed and breakfast inns. Sleep off your Veterans Day freebies with one free night’s stay on Nov. 11. Find the list of participating bed and breakfasts.
- Lighten your grocery bill at Publix on Veterans Day. Veterans, active military members, and their families can save 10% on groceries at Publix on Nov. 11.
- Vets get $5 off their bill at World of Beer on Veterans Day. Call ahead to make sure your local WOB is participating.
But Wait, There’s More
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.
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.
- Ben’s Soft Pretzels
- Bruegger’s Bagels
- Cattlemen’s Steakhouse
- Coffee Beanery
- Huddle House
- Hurricane Grill & Wings
- Juice It Up!