In order to focus on something positive, I am again posting some of the freebies available to our Veterans and active military this year. While I am sure the list is not absolutely complete, as many local businesses offer gifts and meals to veterans, I hope you find this a good place to begin. From restaurants to national parks, there is something in here that hopefully will appeal to everyone. Thank you Veterans for all that you have done in keeping our country free.
Krispy Kreme – Krispy Kreme is offering a free doughnut and small coffee to all veterans on November 11 at participating locations.
IHOP – On November 11, participating IHOP Restaurants offer veterans and active duty military free Red, White and Blue pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Veterans and active duty military must show proof of military service to receive their free Red, White & Blue pancakes.
Golden Corral – The restaurant will be having its military appreciation night on November 11 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Any person who has served in the US Military (retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard or Reserves) will get a free dinner. Dine-in only.
Red Robin – The chain is giving away free Red’s Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries at its restaurants. Military members who join Red Robin’s Royalty program get a 20 percent discount at participating restaurants throughout the holiday season (Nov. 12-Dec. 31).
Outback Steakhouse – Enjoy a free Bloomin’ Onion appetizer and drink at participating Outback Steakhouse locations. If you can’t make it on the 11th, don’t worry. Outback is offering a rain check for those currently deployed. You can register for that offer at this link. Military families will also receive 15 percent off their meals from Nov. 12 through Dec. 31.
Denny’s – At Denny’s Veterans can get a free, build-your-own Grand Slam on Nov. 11 from 5 a.m. to noon. Dine-in only. Must show military ID.
Buffalo’s Cafe – While there is no special Veterans Day menu available for Buffalo’s Cafe, the restaurant is giving away free meals on Nov. 11.
Chili’s is giving veterans a free meal from a limited menu on Nov. 11.
Peet’s Coffee – Veterans can visit any one of Peet’s 200 locations to receive a complementary drip coffee or tea.
Applebee’s – Over 2000 Applebee’s locations will be offering a Thank You Meal menu for Veterans. The menu includes various signature items, such as a house sirloin steak, American Standard All-In Burger and Oriental Chicken Salad. This offer is valid for dine-customers only and is available for active military and veterans.
Great Clips – On Veterans Day, 11-11-15, customers who come in for a haircut at any U.S. Great Clips salon will receive a free haircut card to give to an active/inactive/retired military member of any branch, including the National Guard. Military members can also come in on Veterans Day for a free haircut or to pick up a free haircut card to use, with proof of service.
Publix – Active and retired military personnel and family members receive a 10 percent discount on Veteran’s Day. Proof of service required.
Home Depot – A 10% discount is also offered to all other military veterans on Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and Veterans Day.
National Parks – This freebie is in honor of Veterans Day but everyone can take part in it. Over 100 national parks will waive admission fees on November 11, 2014 in honor of Veterans Day.
Colonial Williamsburg – Veterans, service members, and dependents of currently deployed troops can get free admission tickets to Colonial Williamsburg November 6-11.
If you would like to check out a more complete list, you can find one at Military.com.
Thank you for serving our Country. Happy Veteran’s Day!
If you know of any other great deals, please feel free to post them in the comments. Also check your local newspapers for any specials in your immediate area.