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Veterans Day Specials and FREE stuff 2013

This was written by Kate and taken from post for

October 31,2013

Every year, my Veterans Day discount post is super-popular. I hope that many of you will find it useful again this year. Not all venues have announced their plans for 2013, so I will be updating it as new information becomes available. Please share with your friends!

As always, please remember these guidelines:

  • Please be sure to contact individual locations to verify hours and restrictions.
  • If you are using a restaurant deal, please be sure to tip on the total amount of the bill before the discount. Let’s show our country’s servers that military vets do the right thing.
  • This is a nice thing that companies do for the military and I hate to see it being turned into something negative due to miscommunication or disagreements about documentation. Each business gets to make their own rules about what they consider acceptable identification in order to qualify for the promotion.


Applebees continues their tradition of offering free meals to veterans and active duty servicemembers. This offer is available only on Monday, 11 November 2013 during regular business hours. Beverages and gratuities are not included. Acceptable identification card includes DoD-issued uniformed services ID cards, DoD-issued retired ID cards, current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), veterans organization card (such as American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars), DD214, commendation or citation, picture of veteran in uniform.

Bar Louie is offering a free meal, up to a $12 value on either Sunday, 10 November 2013 or Monday, 11 November 2013. The press release mentioned that valid ID is required, but it doesn’t specify what sort of ID is acceptable.

Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse is offering a free meal to veterans on Monday, 11 November 2013. I can’t find this offer on their website, but it is published at their Facebook page. The food looks pretty yummy, too. I’ve never heard of Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse, but apparently they are based in New Jersey and spread out across the US.

Golden Corral may be the big granddaddy of all Veterans Day deals. They have offered free meals to Veterans for the last 12 years, including over 375,000 meals in 2012. Also in 2012, Golden Corral and their guests collected over one million dollars for the Disabled American Veterans.

For 2013, Golden Corral is again offering free meals to all veterans on Monday, 11 November 2013 from 4 pm to 9 pm. Families are welcome to dine at the regular price. There are no take-outs available for this offer. No identification is required for the veteran.

Max & Erma’s is offering a free Best Cheeseburger in America Combo Meal including soup or salad and a fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie. The picture looks fabulous! Identification is required, but the type of identification isn’t listed on the advertisement. This offer is good on Monday, 11 November 2013.

McCormick and Schmick’s offers a free meal to veterans on Sunday, 10 November 2013. I’ve heard this restaurant is fabulous…maybe one day we’ll be able to take advantage of this deal. The offer includes a free meal from a limited menu. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Red Robin is offering a free Tavern Double burger with bottomless fries on Monday, 11 November 2013. This offer is available to veterans or active duty folks. Acceptable identification includes “military ID, proof of service or who are in military uniform.”

Shoney’s is offering a free All-American Burger to veterans on Monday, 11 November 2013. Identification is required but the acceptable types of identification are not specified. This offer does not include tax, tip or beverage. Not valid with any other offers and only for dining in the restaurant. One offer per veteran.

Texas Roadhouse is offering a free lunch to active duty and veterans on Monday, 11 November 2013. There will be a special 10 item menu available from 11 am to 2 pm, plus a choice of any Coca-Cola product, sweet tea/ice tea or coffee. Proof of service includes military or VA card, or discharge papers.

TGIFridays is offering a free lunch, from a selected menu, to veterans and active duty military members on Monday, 11 November 2013. This deal is available from 11 am to 2 pm. Check with your local restaurant for participation and details. Proof of military service is required, though valid proof is not listed. Beverages are not included unless an eligible lunch combo is ordered.

Travel Centers of America, who operate both the TA and Petro branded stopping centers, are offering a free meal, up to $15 value, to veterans who hold a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). This offer is available on Monday, 11 November 2013. Acceptable identification includes a DoD Issued Retired identification card, DD214, veterans organization card, photo in uniform.

Travel and Recreation

Knotts Berry Farm is offering Military Tribute Days including free admission for veterans and active duty military personnel and one guest from 4 November 2013 to 5 January 2014. This deal also includes the purchase of six additional tickets for just $22 each from 4-27 November 2013 and $27 each from 28 November 2013 to 5 January 2014.

The entire National Parks Service offers free admission to everyone on Veterans Day weekend, 9-11 November 2013. This offer includes entrance fees and transportation entrance fees. This does not include add-on fees such as camping, tours, and concession fees.

SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment – Veterans and current servicemembers can get 50% off single-day admission tickets (off the front gate price) through Nov.11, 2013. This offer is available only online or at participating military bases, not at the front gate. This is in addition to the Waves of Honor program that offers free admission for currently serving military members.


Bed Bath and Beyond is offering veterans 20% off their entire purchase on 9-11 November 2013 for their U.S. Armed Forces Appreciation Weekend. This is good for active duty, DoD, reserves, guard, retirees, veterans, and military spouses.

Grace for Vets organizes individual car washes from around the world to offer free car washes to veterans and servicemembers on 11 November 2013. I think this is so cool because it is international! It’s also a little different…I would never have thought of a car wash offering a Veterans Day deal.

Great Clips hair salons is offering a unique offer: with any haircut on Monday, 11 November 2013 in their life. Also on Monday, 11 November 2013, veterans can get a free haircut or pick up a card for a future haircut. The gift cards are valid until 31 December 2013. I love how this involves non-veterans in the act of honoring veterans, and spreads the value out beyond the single day.

The Home Depot offers a 10% discount to all veterans during Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day weekends. The Home Depot also offers the 10% discount year round to for active duty and retirees. There are restrictions – check with your store for more details.

Lowe’s offers all veterans receive a 10% discount on Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day weekends. They also offer active duty and retired military a 10% discount all year round. The offer is available in stores only and there are restrictions. Be sure to ask before you load up your cart.

Participating Sport Clips locations are offering veterans and active duty servicemembers free haircuts on Monday, 11 November 2013 with proof of service. Be sure to use the tool to find a participating location so you don’t feel silly. 

Veterans Day FREE Meals 2012

The following establishments are soon to be offering FREE or discounted MEALS to U.S. Military Veterans on or around Veterans Day 2012.

All locations require either a Military ID or other proof of military service such as a U.S. Uniform Service ID card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired ID card, current Leave and Earnings statement, a veterans organization membership I.D. card such as American Legion or VFW, or a DD214.Please Note: Some of the long-time annual participants have yet to release their 2012 details and links, so keep checking back for updates as we get closer to Veterans Day 2012.

Applebee’s– Sunday, November 11th 2012 Choose a free meal from this special Veteran’s Day menu that includes steak, cheeseburgers, chicken tenders, salad, and more. Find locations:

Bar Louie – Free meal (TBA)Active duty military members and veterans can receive a free meal, up to $10 in value, and a free non-alcoholic beverage. Available at all locations, military ID or proof of service is required. See FaceBook page for more info..

Chili’s – Free meal, (TBA)

Chili’s is offering all military veterans past and present their choice of one of 6 meals TBA at participating Chili’s in the U.S. only. Dine-in from limited menu only; beverages not included.

Denny’s Veterans Day All You Can Eat Pancakes, Monday, November 12th, 2012 to any veteran with valid Military I.D. from 6:00am – 10:00pm..

Famous Dave’s – (TBA) Usually offers Free or discounted meals on Veterans Day. Offer varies by location, please check the Famous Dave’s Veteran’s Day page or call your local restaurant for more information..

Golden Corral – Free meal, Monday Nov. 12th, 2012: The 11th annual Golden Corral Military Appreciation dinner will be held on Monday, November 12, 2012 from 4 pm to 9 pm in all Golden Corral Restaurants nationwide. For more information visit

Hooters – 10 Free Boneless Wings, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012 Offer good for all veterans and active duty military personnel. Drink purchase required. Offer valid at participating Hooters. For more information, visit

HyVee- Free BreakfastMonday, November 12, 2012. Choose from a wide variety of breakfast foods set out on a buffet. In-store dining only..

Krispy Kreme – Free doughnut and small coffee Sunday November 11th. Available only at participating Krispy Kreme stores. Offer available to all active-duty, retirees & veterans. Call ahead to verify location participation...

Little Caesar’s – Free

Crazy Bread (TBA)To Be AnnouncedLittle Caesar’s participated in 2011….waiting to confirm for 2012….

On Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11, 2012, participating Max & Erma’slocations are serving a free cup of Tortilla Soup or side Caesar Salad, a Cheeseburger, seasoned fries and a chocolate chip cookie.

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants – (TBA): Veterans will be able to choose a complimentary lunch or dinner entrée & must provide proof of military service. Valid at participating restaurants only.

M&S Veterans Appreciation Event..Olive Garden has released a statement that they will be participating in a free meal for Veterans in 2012….details TBA

Outback Steakhouse – (TBA) For more information, watch,

Texas Roadhouse – (TBA) Last Year: Every Texas Roadhouse location across the country last year participated in the free lunch event to honor the men and women of our armed forces. ID Required. Watch the Texas Roadhouse Veterans Day pagefor 2012 offers..

T.G.I. Friday’s – (TBA) Last year: Free Lunch. Valid for all US Military personnel and veterans. Must wear uniform (if permitted by your service) or present military ID or other proof of service. Only valid at participating locations. More details on

Twin Peaks, (TBA) Last year’s: Free entrée for service men and women (up to $10). Good for veterans and active service personnel with valid ID or proof of service. Dine in only; gratuity not included. Find a location near you..

Uno Chicago Grill, (TBA). Last Year’s Veteran’s Day Discount: 19.43% discount on their food and non-alcoholic beverage beverages purchases from11/7 through 11/11. Why 19.43%, do you ask? That is the year UNO invented deep dish pizza.

Veterans Day Weekend Celebration 2011

Where: Monroe County 4H Fairgrounds When: November 5, 2011 I beam from Twin Towers in New York will be on display Time: 9:00 am to 1:00 am

Bands schedule to appear are: Kings Cave, Anguish Riders, GF Stella, Blind Rebel, Hype War Machine, and Limited Slip. Silent Auction: Items: Harley Davidson Cooler, Autographs items; Martina McBride picture, Book – Robin Williams, Rick Springfield picture, CD, and book, Jeanie – "I dream of Jeanie" Barbara Eden, Kurt Busch – Picture, Picture and Book – Ted Nugent, License Plate, Picture, Mouse Pad and Autograph Picture – Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Hat – Larry the Cable Guy, Grease Movie Poster – John Travolta, Nascar Magazine – Jimmy Johnson, Hat – Paul Jr – Orange County Choppers, autograph CD from Joe Diffie, Diamond Rio, Toby Keith, Kris Kristofferson, Nice watercolor drawing from Karsten Mouras and plus more coming in. Vendors welcome, has space inside building (has sides open but very clean and very suitable, has electric, room for 30 vendors) also have space outside building for vendors. Registration is on our web site: 40 inside & 30 outside. Corn hole Tournament: 30 dollars per team, each team bring a half of board and their beanbags, 60 percent payback, registration is on our web site. DVWF/IN sanction fundraiser, all proceeds going to DVWF/IN. A wish does make a difference.



11 NOVEMBER, 2011

10:00 AM



The Monroe County Chapter of the American Red Cross is pleased to be sponsoring Our Heroes Tree for 2011. The dedication of Our Heroes Tree will be included in the Veteran’s Day program at City Hall.

Please join us in honoring those who are serving or have served this great country by placing a home-made ornament honoring your own hero on the tree.

Our Heroes Tree will be on display in the Showers Building Atrium from November 11 through 23. 

Please contact the Service to Armed Forces Coordinator for more information, or to schedule your group to hang

ornaments at [email protected] or call

(812) 332-7292. 

Ivy Tech Bloomington

Opening Ceremony Starts at 830am

The National Roll Call starts promptly at 9am

Chalk Art Contest with a Freedom theme starts at 930 (win a free class)

Holiday Cards for the Troops 9am

Remnant Trust and Veterans Display

VA Discussion starts at 11am

Indiana University

Please join us for a brief ceremony marking the

opening of the digital display of theGolden Book

Friday, November 11, 2011

9:00 a.m. IMU Memorial Room

This project is funded by a generous grant from the IU Parents Fund

Immediately followed by

The Remembrance Day Roll Call

Refreshments will be served all day in the Veterans Support Services student lounge located in IMU M084

Helping homeless vets move forward.