Two notes before jumping in:
Proof of Military Service. First, most companies require some form of military ID – including a U.S. Uniform Services ID Card (active/reserve/retired), Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), Photograph in uniform, be wearing uniform (if your service permits), Veterans Organization Card (e.g., American Legion and VFW), DD214, discharge paperwork, or other form of identification. Other restaurants and companies may only require a photo of you in uniform, or go by the honor system.
Participation. Second, always call ahead to verify locations, times, and participation. Many of the listed companies are franchises and may have different policies. We will do our best to keep this page updated as we find new info.
This year, Veterans Day falls on Friday, November 11, 2011 so expect a long weekend of deals and bargains lasting through Monday the 14th at outlet malls, department stores and local retailers nationwide.
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Abuelo’s Mexican Food - Abuelo’s offerings vary by region, be sure to call ahead to see what the discounts or freebies are included.
America’s Incredible Pizza Company (St. Louis and St. Peters, MO) - Free meal Nov. 11th. Call ahead to verify hours and locations.
Applebees - All veterans and active duty military eat free from a limited menu at Applebee’s on Veterans Day. Chili’s — Veterans and active duty dine for free from a special limited six item menu on Veterans Day. Also, see this thread. Thnx to Dodgeball.
Barmuda (Iowa) - Barmuda is offering a free meal to all active duty members and veterans in all restaurants. 1100-2200 on 11 NOV.
Boston Market offers a 20% discount on orders. As much as they can nail you for on some of their meals (And they are worth it!), a break of this size is a shame to not ask for.
Boston’s Gourmet Pizza (Denver area) – Free individual pizza. All military veterans and active duty military personnel can enjoy an FREE individual one topping pizza this Veteran‘s Day 5-7 PM.
Chili’s – free meal, Friday, Nov. 11. Chili’s is offering all military veterans past and present their choice of one of 6 meals. This offer is available during business hours on November 11, 2011 at participating Chili’s in the U.S. only. Dine-in from limited menu only; beverages and gratuity not included. Veterans and active duty military simply show proof of military service. Visit their website to find locations.
Chipotle - Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you
Famous Dave’s – Friday Nov. 11th. 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 — Golden Corral Restaurants’ Military Appreciation Monday free dinner will be available on November 15, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Military retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard and Reserves are all welcome.
Hooters — All Veterans and active duty eat free. The free entrees must be selected from a special Veterans Day menu.
Hy-Vee - Free breakfast on Veteran‘s Day during regular breakfast hours. Select from scrambled eggs, hashbrown casserole, biscuits and gravy and more. A free small drink is also included.
IHOP – The International House of Pancakes offers a 20% discount just for asking for it. In most cases, they will ask to see some form of military ID, but in others they will honor with no need to prove your military status. Unlike many other restaurants, IHOP will take 20% off the entire bill, not just the order from the service member. If you have a family, this is great!
Krispy Kreme – All active-duty, retirees & veterans get a free doughnut on Veterans Day. Be sure to call ahead to verify your local Krispy Kreme is participating.
Tim Hortons – all US locations are offering a free donut to all veterans (check out the Star Spangled donut!).
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants — Participating McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants offer a complimentary entree to vets from a special menu on a space available basis, online reservations are highly recommended.
11 cent Turkey Chili Ready Made Meal @ My Fit Foods on Friday in Major TX Cities (Veteran's Day Deal)
Stop by My Fit Foods on Friday and get their famous Turkey Chili for .11 cents!To redeem either print and bring attached coupon or Check in on Facebook at their page while there, then show it to them on your smartphone. Houston, Austin, Dallas, & San Antonio, TX, they have ready made healthy meals for pick-up ala carte or on plans.
Location maps: http://myfitfoods.com/ChooseLocation.
Olive Garden - Free meal on 11/11 for veterans and active duty http://www.olivegarden
Outback Steakhouse — Veterans and active-duty military get a complimen-tary Bloomin’ Onion and non-alcoholic beverage on Veterans Day. See also this thread. Thnx to Slickdealio.
Ruby’s Diner - Free Cinnamon Roll French Toast a la carte for all veterans and active duty military personnel on Veteran‘s Day with coupon. Breakfast is served until 11:30 a.m.
Subway – Free Six Inch Sub. Select Subway locations offer a FREE six inch sub to military veterans on Veteran’s Day. However, Subway restaurants are franchises, so this offer may not be available everywhere. Please call ahead.
UNO Chicago Grill — UNO is offering a Buy One Get One free offer to Service members or Veterans with a military or veteran I.D. or in uniform or with a photo of themselves in uniform. The Veterans Day BOGO offer includes a free entree or individual pizza, with the purchase of an entree or pizza of equal or greater value.
Texas Roadhouse – Free meal from opening until 4pm. on Veterans Day. Call ahead to your local restaurant for more information. Veteran's Day Page.
T.G.I. Friday’s – Veterans and Service members Buy one get one free from Nov 11–14. Contact your nearest location for more details on their Veterans Day BOGO offer.
Seven-Eleven – Free small Slurpee on Friday, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Offer good to all current and former military members. ID or proof of service required.
Wendy’s and Veterans Advantage today announced a national military family initiative , providing all Veterans Advantage members special discounts throughout the year – including patriotic holidays -- on popular Wendy’s menu items.
“We’re very appreciative that Wendy’s has taken an industry leadership position to recognize our members and their dedicated service to our country,” said H. Scott Higgins, founder and CEO of Veterans Advantage, and a Vietnam veteran. “These special offers – discounts on Wendy’s hamburgers, chicken sandwiches and other signature menu offerings -- are a real benefit to U.S. Military veterans, Active Duty and National Guard personnel and their families.”
Special offers for Veterans Advantage members include single savings coupons for premium hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, salads, Frosty™ dairy desserts, and other menu items. In addition to this coming Veteran’s Day on November 11, special coupons will also be distributed to Veterans Advantage members for Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day and Patriot Day.
Amazon.com – Free ―Veterans Day Honor‖ MP3 album download. The album includes 12 songs by The Bands and Ensembles of the U.S. Armed Forces.
The Apple Store offers a government employee discount which covers the military. The discount varies, but you will get some kind of break. In order to get started, you need to sign up here – http://www.apple.com/r/store/government/
Build-a-Bear Workshop – Members of the armed services including the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Reserve Officer Training Corps, will receive a 20% discount November 11-15 on any one transaction at Build-A-Bear Workshop.
Cabela’s Outdoor Store – Offers their employee discount to all veterans, active-duty military and reserves, law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel November 11-12. Discounts vary from 5% to 50%, depending on the item.
Designer Shoe Warehouse (DSW) offers a discount of 10% off
Hewlett Packard - To take advantage of the Hewlett Packard military discount, log on to website and then click on New User Registration. Enter first and last name, user name, password and email address. Use company code: 2727. The discounts vary and are only available online, but it has been verified that up to 15% has been taken off. It does however seem that not all items qualify, and less popular items have the best discounts – that is just from user experience, HP does not release any information regarding how they decide on their discount rates.
Dollar General — Veterans, Service members (Active, Guard, and Reserve), and their immediate families will receive a 10-percent discount with a Veterans Day coupon. The coupon may be found in store circular ads or by asking a sales associate.
Fashion Bug - 20% off all plus-size and misses clothing purchases with a copy of military ID or spouse's military ID.
Home Depot (Updated 11-2-11) — Home Depot: The Home Depot(R) is offering all active duty personnel, reservists, retired military, veterans and their families a 10 percent discount off their purchases in honor of Veteran’s Day. The offer is valid on purchases of up to $2,000 for a maximum of $200 and is available at The Home Depot stores, The Home Depot Design Center locations, Yardbirds and EXPO Design Center(R) locations. The 10% discount is available everyday for active duty and retirees, but not all veterans. Home Depot makes this offer available to all veterans on most military holidays.
Lowe’s (Updated 11-2-11)— Lowes: Lowe’s Companies, Inc. will offer all active, reserve, honorably discharged, retired military personnel and their immediate family members a 10 percent discount on in-store U.S. purchases made during the Veterans Day holiday. The discount is available Nov. 7 – Nov. 11. The discount is available on in-stock and special order purchases up to $5,000. To qualify, individuals must present a valid military ID or other proof of service. Excluded from the discount are sales via Lowes.com, previous sales, and purchases of services or gift cards. Like Home Depot, Lowes offers this discount daily to active duty military members, but not to veterans. However, they extend the offer to military veterans on military holidays.
Payless Shoe Stores offers a 10% discount with valid ID – 7 out of 8 locations we visitid also honored that 10% military discount in addition to any other specials like BOGO.
Sam’s Club — Sam’s give away 36,000 collapsible Hugo Canes on Veterans Day to military veterans in need of mobility assistance. Sam’s Club will require membership for this offer, but proof of service may be necessary.
Sears -10% discount Thursday and Friday, Nov. 11-12. Sears is offering a ―Salute to Local Heroesԡ discount to all military, veterans, police, firefighters, teachers, and hospital staff. Offer is good for 10% of regular, sale, and clearance prices.
Sleep Number Stores - Free travel pillow to all active duty military & retirees now through Nov. 14. Find your ―sleep numberԡ setting, and get a free pillow.
Big Lots, Inc. - will thank our nation's veterans and military personnel with a special Veterans Day discount on Friday, November 11. Veterans, active duty, reserve, and retired military personnel and their immediate family members will receive 10 percent off their entire purchase.
The discount can also be applied to sale and clearance items. To qualify, individuals must present a valid military identification card.
"The discount is a gesture of thanks to our veterans and military personnel for protecting our freedoms at home and abroad," said CEO Steve Fishman, himself a former U.S. Army Reservist. "On this day of respect and remembrance, we are pleased to honor them by providing savings on the products their families want and need."
The discount will be available at all Big Lots stores nationwide. To find a local store, visit www.biglots.com.
Sports Clips Haircuts - The men’s hair salon chain is offering a free haircut to active military and veterans on Veterans Day.
Foot Locker — Veterans, Service members (Active, Guard, and Reserve), and their immediate families with a Foot Locker Veterans Advantage Card receive a 20 percent discount every day of the year. That offer is good both online and at any store location, including Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Footaction and Champs Sports — even on sale items.
Up to 65% off Veterans Day Flight Deals with $25 off (expires on 11/11/11) Use Promo Code MILITARY10
OneTravel.com : $12 off Veterans Day Flights (expires on 11/11/11) Use Coupon Code MILITARY12
Free Car wash. Thousands of car washes around the country are offering vets a free car wash on Veterans Day. Find a list at Grace for Veterans , which helped veterans receive 101,537 FREE Washes on Veterans Day in 2010.
Also, Free Super Kiss for Veterans @ Delta Sonic on Veterans Day Thnx to SD jhngh41
Also, Mister Car Wash "FREE Express Car Wash" for Veterans & Military Personnel on November 11th
Miss Belmar (NJ) Fishing Boat
Special Veterans Day discount! We are offering $10.00 off plus free rental rods, for a total savings of $17.00 per person, for every Veteran and all active Military personnel on Friday, November 11th, 2011. We want to thank you for all you have done and continue to do for our country and for our freedom! We will be sailing as scheduled on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8th and on Veterans Day, Friday, November, 11th.
Indiana State Fairgrounds West Pavilion November 9-13, 2011
On Friday, November 11th, as a special thank you from the Christmas Gift & Hobby Show, all Veterans and Active Duty Military will be admitted to the show for FREE with a valid military ID!! http://www.christmasgi
Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Veteran's Day Promotion - Vets ride free when accompanied by a full paying adult. You must call to make reservations to receive this promotion. Steam https://tickets.wmsr.co
The Melting Pot of Cincinatti - Veteran's Day Promotion November 6 - 11
We appreciate all the veterans who have given so much to our country! In honor of Veteran's Day, dine with us and enjoy our new American Big Night Out® Fondue Feast for $62 per couple. All veterans will receive a complementary framed photograph taken table side. http://www.meltingpot.
Panera Bread - Veteran's Day Promotion: Veterans receive a free coffee with ID http://orlando.covelli
Bed and Breakfast for Vets
In the third year of the program, B&Bs for Vets has organized over 485 (and counting) participating Bed and Breakfasts and Inns across the US and Canada which will be offering veterans a free night’s stay on November 10th, the night before Veterans Day. This offer is available to both active duty military members and veterans with ID, but space is limited. Each Inn and B&B has at least one room available for this promotion and reservations must be made directly through the participating Inns and B&Bs. For more information visit B&Bs for Vets .
Military: FREE Night’s Stay at Inn or B&B on Thur 11/10
In observance of Veterans Day, November 11th, select Bed & Breakfasts (B&Bs) and Inns are providing FREE rooms on Thursday, November 10th, to honor servicemen and women currently serving or who have previously served their country. This program currently includes more than 310 Inns. Click here to see U.S. properties http://www.betterwayto
Click here to see Canadian properties that are participating in the program. http://www.bbcanada.co
If you are currently a military service member or a veteran, be sure to make reservations now as many participating B&Bs and inns are already full (reservations need to be made directly with the participating Inns and B&Bs). A valid Military or VA ID will be required for each reservation.
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Anheuser-Busch Parks. Anheuser-Busch Parks offers Active Duty Service Members free admission for them and up to 3 dependents to any of their parks once a year. Throughout 2011, members of the military and as many as three direct dependents may enter SeaWorld, Busch Gardens or Sesame Place parks with a single-day complimentary admission. The Here’s to the Heroes program is only available to Any active duty, activated or drilling reservist, or National Guardsman. Eligible parks include: Adventure Island, Busch Gardens (Tampa Bay or Williamsburg), SeaWorld (Orlando, San Diego, or San Antonio), Sesame Place, and Water Country USA. Not valid at Discovery Cove and Aquatica. Christmas Town at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va. is not included as part of this program. For more information and to register, visit: Free admission summary , and ticket application .
Colonial Williamsburg Free Admission. Colonial Williamsburg offers free weekend-long admission tickets to active-duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans, and their immediate dependents from Friday, Nov. 11 through Sunday, Nov. 13th. The complimentary ticket incudes admission to Colonial Williamsburg exhibition sites, art museums, and most daytime programs, as well as free parking and use of the shuttle bus system. Tickets are only available at on-site ticket sales locations. Tickets are also available to families of deployed servicemembers. Tickets available on the following dates: Nov. 11-13.
Historic Jamestowne – Free Admission. The National Park Service commemorates Veterans Day with Fee Free days at Historic Jamestowne November 11-13. Free admission for everyone.
Knotts Berry Farm Military Tribute Days – Free Admission. Knott’s Berry Farm has an annual Military Tribute event in which they offer military members past and present by offering free park admission. This year the Military Tribute Days run from November 1 – 24 November (Thanksgiving Day). Veterans or current serving military personnel plus one guest get in FREE with proper ID presented at Knott’s turnstile (DD214, Veterans Administration Hospital ID or Active Military Service ID). Purchase up to six additional tickets for just $17 each.
Fee Free Day at National Parks. To honor America’s service men and women, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that areas managed by the National Park Service would not charge entrance fees for Veteran’s Day weekend – November 11-13, 2011. Over 100 national Parks will be participating in this event.
San Jacinto Monument and Museum (La Porte, TX). November 7-13: Free admission to the theatre, Observation Floor, and (on November 12-13) the special exhibit to all veterans and their families.
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore - Free admission
America’s Incredible Pizza Company (St. Louis and St. Peters, MO). Free meal Nov. 11th. Call ahead to verify hours and locations.
Aquarium of the Pacific (Long Beach, CA). Free admission for veterans, military personnel, police officers, and firefighters who show valid service ID on November 11, 2011. More info.
Brevard Zoo (Melbourne, FL), Nov. 11-13. Free Admission to military veterans with proof of service. More info.
Des Moines Botanical Center. Free admission November 11, 2011 for Veterans and their families. More info.
San Antonio Symphony and the United States Air Force Band of the West. Free Veterans Day Concert November 13, 2011. More info.
U.S. Veteran Compensation Programs
195 Discounts for Veterans
133 Military Discounts
2010 Veterans Day Deals:
The following is a sampling of some deals from last year. Confirm any discounts or freebies for 2011. At this time please use the following entries only as reference until current deals can be confirmed.
Seaquarium Veterans Day discount in Miami
Barmuda (Iowa) – free meal. Barmuda is offering a free meal to all active duty members and veterans in all restaurants. More information.
Big Lots – 10% off your entire purchase with valid military ID. more info.
Boston’s Gourmet Pizza (Denver area) – Free individual pizza. All military veterans and active duty military personnel can enjoy an FREE individual one topping pizza this Veteran’s Day 5-7 PM! There are two Boston’s Gourmet Pizza & Sports Bar locations in the Denver area. The Highlands Ranch location is just off of C-470 and Broadway, at 53 W. Centennial Blvd. The newly re-opened Parker location is just off of C-470 and Parker Road at 19340 E Cottonwood Dr.
Meineke in (Salem, MA). Free Oil Change – Friday Nov 11. U.S. Military Veterans and active duty personnel will receive a Free Oil Change that includes standard oil and filter and a complete courtesy check at one of the two participating locations: 462 Highland Avenue, Salem, Massachusetts (978) 741-0335; 411 Broad Street – Route 1A, Lynn, Massachusetts (781) 592-0001.
Sears 10% discount Thursday and Friday, Nov. 11-12. Sears is offering a “Salute to Local Heroes” discount to all military, veterans, police, firefighters, teachers, and hospital staff. Offer is good for 10% of regular, sale, and clearance prices. See this store flyer for more information.
Sleep Number Stores. Free travel pillow to all active duty military & retirees now through Nov. 14. Find your “sleep number” setting, and get a free pillow – easy!
In 1968, Congress, in an effort to give federal employees an extra 3-day weekend, changed Veterans Day to the last Monday in October. Many veterans’ organizations did not like this and in 1975 Veterans Day was returned to November 11.
What is the distinction between Veterans Day and Memorial Day? Memorial Day is to honor veterans who died in service to their country either during battle or as a result of injuries that occurred during battle. Although deceased veterans are remembered on Veterans Day, it is primarily to honor living veterans.
Here are some additional facts about Veterans Day. In other countries, Veterans Day is called Armistice Day or Remembrance Day. The song, “God Bless America” was first sung by Kate Smith in 1938 on Veterans Day at the New York World’s Fair. The Veterans Administration motto, “to care for him (any veteran) who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and orphan” is a quote from President Abraham Lincoln. There were 48 stars on the American flag when Veterans Day become a national holiday. (Beckett, 2009)
A quote from my Daddy sums it quite well, “A debt of eternal gratitude is owed to veterans, past, present and future by we the citizens of this great country and thus we honor you on this Veterans Day.” – Lawrence Tillmon
Sport Clips – I cannot confirm free haircut for veterans. Most other sites (except the mn link above) quote this promotion word for word:
Veterans Day National cut-a-thon and Help A Hero program. Sport Clips is the official haircutter of the VFW and will donate $1 from every haircut during the National Cut-a-Thon to VFW’s Operation, which provides free phone time to active-duty military personnel and hospitalized veterans. Sports Clips stores also offer a offer a Heroes discount which includes active and retired military. No mention of a free haircut or veteran discount.
Chili’s – Veterans Eat Free on Veterans Day, 11am – 5pm.
Hooters – 10 Free Wings for Veterans and active military.
Texas Roadhouse – Free Lunch and Beverage, 11am – 2pm.
Olive Garden – Free entree for Veterans and active military.
Outback Steakhouse – Free Bloomin Onion’ and a Coca-Cola.
Applebees – Free Signature entree from a set menu.
Famous Daves – Various offers & deals by location.
T.G.I. Fridays – Buy One entree, Get One Free.
Arby’s – Free Roast Beef Sandwich.
McCormick & Schmicks – Free entree 11/13.
Golden Corral – Free Thank You dinner, 11/14.
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