Veteran’s Day–November 11–is approaching: the day we honor the nearly 22 million men and women who have served in the United States armed forces. Many US restaurants and other businesses offer special “thank you” freebies on this day to vets, active service personnel and sometimes their families.  For 2011, the following restaurants have announced special Veteran’s Day offers (more will be added to this list as they are announced.) Most require that you be in uniform or show a military ID.

  • Golden Corral – On November 14, 2011, Golden Corral is offering free dinner buffet and beverage to veterans, reservists and active and retired US military personnel. In 2010, the restaurant chain served more than 330,000 meals for military appreciation day.
  • Applebee’s – Though they haven’t yet announced their plans for 2011, Applebee’s has traditionally served free meals to veterans on November 11.  Check back for an update closer to Veteran’s Day.
  • Krispy Creme Donuts – This nationwide doughnut chain has also traditionally offered free doughnuts to veterans and active service personnel on November 11.
  • McCormick and Schmick’s – Has hosted a free military appreciation dinner for the past 12 years during the first week of November.
  • Pizzeria Uno – Free entree or individual pizza with the purchase of another entree or pizza.

In addition to the restaurant offers, the following companies are offering Veteran’s Day freebies:

  • Lowe’s – Offers a 10 percent discount to vets, active military, military retirees and their families
  • Home Depot – Also offers a 10 percent discount to veterans, active military personnel, military retirees and their families
  • Knott’s Berry Farm – Free admission for a veteran, active serviceman or woman or reservist and one guest during Veteran’s Month, November 1-23

More than 100 US national parks are also offering free admission on Veteran’s Day. This is one of several fee-free days at America’s National Parks. And, you don’t have to be a veteran to take advantage of this offer.

Do you know of any other Veteran’s Day free offers? If so, please leave a comment below.

Free Meals (and More) for Vets on Veterans Day