My military base sent me a full list of Veterans Day freebies and deals for November 11th, 2015, and I wanted to make sure that you had a proper list. Also, I wanted to list a few of my favorite charities and organizations that support the military community, in case you’d like to show your support by providing a donation. Wishing all of my fellow veteran’s a memorable Veterans Day. I hope you get to spend it with dear friends and family. Here’s the list:
Military Charities and Organizations
The mission of the Wounded Warrior Project is to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history. They also aim to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, while helping injured service members aid and assist each other.
The Semper Fi Fund provides immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to post-9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families
Founded by an Iraq veteran, IAVA provides valuable resources and empowers veterans to connect with one another, fostering a strong and lasting community. Through education, advocacy and community building, they strive to create a country which honors and supports veterans of all generations.
Veterans Day Freebies and Deals 2015
Free meal, Nov. 11, 2015: Last year, Applebee’s served over one million free meals to military veterans and active servicemembers. Applebee’s is again offering a free meal to military veterans and active-duty service members on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. There will be 7 entrées to choose from, beverage and gratuity not included. Military ID or proof of service required.
Free meal on Nov. 10th and 11th, 2015. From open to close November 10th and 11th, every Bar Louie location across the country will offer veterans and military personnel a free meal up to a $12 value. Available at participating locations, military ID or proof of service is required.
Free all-you-can-eat hotcakes on Nov. 11th 2015 for active duty military and veterans with ID or proof of service.
Free Veterans Day buffet at participating locations. Click to find a location near you.
Brann’s Steakhouse and Grille
Free 6 oz Sirloin and two sides.
Free breakfast menu meal for veterans and active duty military on Nov. 11th, 2015. From 7:00 am until 11:00 am at participating locations.
Free meal at participating locations.
Free meal, choice of Hickory Smoked Bar-B-Que Half Slab of Ribs, Hickory Smoked Bar-B-Que Pork Plate, “Ale” Steak, Fresh Chicken Calhoun, and Southern Fried Catfish. Proof of Service required.
California Pizza Kitchen
Choose a pizza, full size salad, or pasta from the special Veterans Day Menu. Dine-in only. Please come in uniform or bring your military I.D. or other proof of service.
Monday Nov. 9 – Sunday Nov. 15, 2015. Free appetizer of your choice for active duty servicemembers and veterans. Military ID or proof of service required.
Free 8 oz Sirloin Steak Dinner on Veterans Day. Includes all-you-can-eat salad, sourdough bread, baked potato, and ranch style beans. Proof of service required.
Free meal for veterans and 25% off meals for accompanying guests at Fiesta del Burro Loco, all California Dreaming restaurants, Carolina Roadhouse, all Chophouse 47 restaurants, Gulfstream Cafe, Joey D’s Oakroom all New York Prime restaurants, and The Tavern at Phipps.
Cheeseburger in Paradise
Free All-American Burger with fries with purchase of beverage and military ID or proof of service. Available to active military or veterans. Beverages and gratuity not included, dine-in only, and participating locations only.
Chili’s is offering all military veterans past and present their choice of any lunch combo, or your choice of a dinner meal from a select menu, including any full-size flatbread. Offer only available 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.
Participating locations are offering a free meal to all veterans and those currently serving. ID required. Please call ahead to verify.
Free sandwich platter at participating locations. Proof of service required.
Free entrée on Nov. 9th from select menu, with official proof of service. Dine-in only.
Cotton Patch Café
Free meal for current and former military members. Choices include full-size chicken fried steak, or chicken fried chicken. Proof of service required.
Free meal on Nov. 10th for current and former military. Proof of service required. Please note the date – this is valid the day beforeVeterans Day!
Free Build Your Own Grand Slam® on Nov. 11, from 5 a.m. to noon for all active, inactive, and retired military personnel. Participating locations only. Please call ahead.
Fatz Eatz & Drinkz
Free World Famous Calabash Chicken® meal for current and former military members, 11am until close. Proof of service required.
Fox & Hound and Bailey’s Sports Grille
Free Sandwich or Entree (up to $10) for active duty military and veterans with ID or proof of service. Dine-in only, and only at participating locations.
Free breakfast, lunch, or dinner with ID. Dine-in only. Limited to one per person. Offer available for active military and veterans with ID or discharge papers. Participating locations only.
Free appetizer or an order or boneless wings. Dine-in only and at only at participating locations.
The 15th annual Golden Corral Military Appreciation dinner (5pm – 9pm) is available to any person who has ever served in the United States Military. If you are a veteran, retired, currently serving, in the National Guard or Reserves, you are invited to participate in Golden Corral’s Military Appreciation dinner.
Special thanks to Golden Corral: To date, Golden Corral restaurants have provided over 4.4 million free meals and contributed over $10.2 million to the Disabled American Veterans organization. Amazing!
Free menu item for lunch or dinner. Offer includes any single item from our menu. Pizza restricted to a small one-topping Deep Dish. Proof of military service required.
Grub Burger Bar
50% off of meal, and a free Caramel Apple shake. Proof of military service required.
Hoss’s Family Steak & Sea House
Free meal form the American Values Menu, Nov. 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Dine-in only, valid ID or proof of service required. Valid at participating restaurants only.
Hurricane Grill & Wings
Free meal from special menu at participating locations. Proof of service required.
Free Red, White and Blue pancakes, or Red, White and Blue pancakes combo plate including eggs, bacon and hashed browns. Participating locations only. Please call ahead to verify participation.
Free doughnut and small coffee. Available only at participating Krispy Kreme stores. Offer available to all active-duty, retirees, & veterans. Be sure to call ahead to verify your local Krispy Kreme is participating.
Little Caesars® Pizza
Free pizza or $5 HOT-N-READY Lunch Combo to all US Armed Forces veterans and active military members between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. With proof of military service, at participating stores nationwide. Call ahead to verify participation.
Complimentary Texas Tonion and non-alcoholic beverage. Offer good for Veterans and active-duty military members. Proof of service required.
Max & Erma’s
Participating Max & Erma’s locations are offering military members and veterans a free Best Cheeseburger in America Combo, which includes tortilla soup or side Caesar salad, seasoned fries, and chocolate chip cookies. Dine-in only. Call ahead to verify participation. ID or proof of service required.
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants – free lunch or dinner, Sunday Nov 8, 2015:
McCormick & Schmick’s is celebrating their 17th annual Veteran’s Appreciation Event on Sunday, November 8th. Veterans will be able to choose a complimentary lunch or dinner entrée from a special menu. Veterans must provide proof of military service. Be sure to contact your local McCormick & Schmick’s as this is valid at participating restaurants only. Also, space is limited and reservations are highly recommended.
All veterans and current servicemembers will receive a free 6 oz. frozen yogurt on Veterans Day.
Free sandwiches to active duty military members and veterans at participating locations.
Free pizza or salad to for active duty military and veterans with ID or proof of service. Dine-in only and at only at participating locations.
Free entree on Nov. 9th, 2015 from the $9.99’er menu for all active military and veterans with proof of service.
Free entree offer, good for veterans and active duty military; proof of service required. Guests that dine with a Veteran also receive 10% off of their bill as well!
On The Border
Veterans and current servicemembers will receive a free choose 2 or choose 3 “Create Your Own Combo”. Dine-in only, proof of service required.
Free frozen yogurt (up to 11 0z.). Proof of service required.
Outback Steakhouse is honoring America’s military veterans by offering active duty military and veterans a free Bloomin’ Onion and a non-alcoholic beverage. This offer is available to Military Personnel and veterans with ID. Also receive 15% off your purchase from Nov. 12-Dec 31, 2015.
PDQ Free 3 piece Tenders or Sandwich with a military ID or uniform. PDQ also offers 50% off the entire order for all active/retired military personnel on the first Monday every month.
Pinnacle Entertainment (Casino Chain)
Select locations are offering a free buffet meal for current military members and veterans. Some locations include Ameristar Casino Resort Spa Black Hawk, Colorado, L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles, Louisiana, Cactus Petes Resort Casino, Jackpot, Nevada, and Retama Park, Selma, Texas. Please call ahead to verify times and participation. ID or proof of service required.
Free Veterans Day buffet at participating locations only.
Free Sandwich for veterans and active duty military. From 4pm to close at participating locations.
Monday, November 9 through Thursday, November 12, 2015. Free Appetizer or Dessert during the week of Veterans Day with military ID or proof of service. Vets may choose from a select list of appetizers and desserts.
Free Red’s Tavern Double and Bottomless Steak Fries for all Red Robin guests with a military ID or proof of service.
Rock & Brews
Complimentary pulled pork sandwich with a side choice of natural fries, house potato salad, pasta salad or coleslaw. Proof of military service required.
Ruby’s invites all veterans and active duty military to join them for a free cinnamon roll French toast combo at breakfast, or a free Rubyburger for lunch or dinner. Must show proof of military service by wearing your uniform or presenting proper military ID. Dine-in only. Not available at airport locations, Shake Shack, or PA locations.
Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill
Free garlic cheese bread or hummus with grilled herb flatbread for active duty military and veterans with ID or proof of service. Dine-in only and at only at participating locations.
Free lunch at participating locations. Free car wash also available at participating locations, Proof of service required.
Free All-American Burger to veterans and active duty servicemembers. Dine-in only, Proof of Service required. Shoney’s also offers a15% everyday hometown heroes discount (military, fire, Police, EMT).
Free lunch served until 4pm. Choice of 3 entrees, and a free coffee, tea, or fountain drink. Not valid for salad bar or gratuity. Valid with proof of military service. Dine-in only at participating locations.
Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill
Free meal from special Veterans Day menu at participating locations only.
Monday, Nov. 9th through Wednesday, Nov. 11th, 2015. Buy one entrée, get one free. Coupon Required (available on their website and FaceBook page on Nov. 3). Choose any of 11 Original Recipe Spaghetti entrées and receive a second entrée free. This deal is for everyone, not just veterans!
Tap House Grill
Free meal for servicemembers and veterans with proof of service. Dine-in only.
Free lunch event to honor the men and women of our armed forces. Choose from one of 10 free meals, plus sides and a soft drink, coffee, or tea. Offer good for All veterans – including all active, retired or former U.S. military. ID Required. Dine-in only. Call ahead to verify times and locations.
Free lunch for all current military members and veterans from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Valid ID or proof of service required. Dine-on only at participating locations. Be sure to contact your local T.G.I Friday’s for details.
Free lunch at participating locations.
Free half rack Baby Back Ribs at select Florida locations. For current and former military members with valid proof of service. Valid at select locations only. Please call ahead to verify participation.
Tubby’s Sub Shops
Free small Grilled Steak N’ Cheese or Tubby’s Famous Sub at participating Tubby’s locations. Take out only.
Free menu item at participating locations. Please call ahead to verify participation.
Free breakfast any time of day (choice of buttermilk pancakes, French toast, or a Belgian waffle). Wednesday is also Free Pie day, and veterans will be able to receive a free slice of pie. Veterans who visit on Veterans Day will also receive a “Thank You for Your Service Card” valid for 20% off their total bill on their next visit. Participating locations only. Please call ahead.
Free hot dog and small soft drink at participating locations.
54th Street Grill
Free meal, up to $12 value, valid for current and former service members. Proof of service required.
Awaiting updates for 2015:
Many restaurants and companies offer an annual Veterans Day promotion. The following deals were active last year, but have not yet been confirmed for 2015. Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com if you have information about 2015. Do not assume these deals are in place for 2015 – call ahead to verify! (We will continue to update this list until Veterans Day 2015, so check back!).
BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse
Complimentary lunch entree, up to $9.95 value. Offer valid to all active duty military and veterans, with proof of service.
Participating Champps locations are offering veterans and active duty servicemembers a free cheeseburger. Dine-in only, valid at participating locations (call ahead to verify local participation).
Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse
Free meal for active and former military members with ID or other valid proof of service.
East Coast Wings
Free Appetizer or Desert. Proof of service required.
Einstein Bros Bagels
Free coffee at participating locations. Available to all active duty members and veterans with ID or proof of service.
Free meal (one meat, a side and a corn muffin). Participating locations only.
Fire & Ice Grill & Bar
Free meal for military and veterans. Proof of service required.
Free lunch to current servicemembers and veterans with valid ID. Lunch includes sandwich, chips, cookie, and a drink. Valid only at the St. Louis, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City and Albuquerque locations, Please call ahead to verify participation.
Hooters invites all veterans and current servicemen and women to enjoy a free meal, up to $10.99 in value with any drink purchase, by presenting a military ID or proof of service at any Hooters location across the country.
Free Veterans Day breakfast from 7am – 11am at all participating Hy-Vee supermarkets with in-store dining. Please call ahead to verify participation, and bring proof of military service.
Lone Star Steakhouse
All veterans and active duty military will be eligible for a free Starter. ID or proof of service required. Please call ahead for verification.
Free coffee for active duty and veterans. Proof of service required.
Perkin’s Restaurant & Bakery
Participating restaurants are offering current servicemembers and veterans a free Magnificent Seven meal which includes two eggs, three buttermilk pancakes, and a choice of two bacon strips or two sausage links. Beverage not included. Call ahead to verify participation. ID or proof of service required.
Red Hot & Blue
Free Entrée with purchase of another entrée of equal or greater value. Proof of Service required.
Rib City (St. Louis, Missouri)
50% Military Appreciation Meal Discount everyday to all Veterans and Active Duty Military. Eat in or carry out. (Des Peres and Cottleville, MO).
Free appetizer at participating locations, proof of service required.
Free Cinnamon Roll French Toast until 11:30am. Valid for all military service members past and present.
Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes
Free meal with purchase of another regular priced meal. Available to current and former military members with valid ID. Available at all Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes locations.
Free tall brewed coffee for active duty, veterans, and their spouses. Participating stores only. Please call ahead.
Free entrée (dine-in only). Offer available to all active duty members and veterans with ID.
Texas De Brazil Churrascaria
50% off for all current and former servicemembers at participating locations (please call ahead).
Texas Land and Cattle Steak House
Free appetizer or shared plate for current servicemembers and veterans. ID or proof of service is required.
All US locations are offering a free doughnut to all active duty servicemembers and veterans. No purchase necessary. Proof of service required.
Travel Centers of America
Free meal for CDL holders who are also veterans. Participating locations only; proof of service required.
Uno Chicago Grill
Free individual pizza or entrée with the purchase of a pizza or entrée of equal or greater value. Available for all active duty and veterans. No coupon necessary; proof of service required. Don’t forget to tell the staff you are there that day to support Fisher House, and a portion of your party’s check will go to benefit the Fisher House Foundation, an awesome military charity.
Free Park Admissions for Veterans Day 2015
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 2015, 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.
Military families are invited to enjoy FREE* Colonial Williamsburg admission, Friday, November 6–Wednesday, November 11, 2015 during our Honoring Service to America weekend. Celebrate with special events all weekend, culminating in a march and ceremony honoring America’s veterans at 4 p.m. on Veterans Day.
Fee Free Day at National Parks
To honor America’s service men and women, the Secretary of the Interior has announced that areas managed by the National Park Service would not charge entrance fees for Veterans Day, November 11, 2015. Everyone is eligible, not just veterans. Over 100 national Parks will be participating in this event.
Free Admission. The National Park Service commemorates Veterans Day with Fee Free days at Historic Jamestowne November 11, 2015. Free admission for everyone.
Knotts Berry Farm Military Tribute Days
Free Admission – 2015. 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, 2015 – December 20, 2015. 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 only $25 each from November 1, 2015 through November 20, 2015 and for $30 each November 21 through December 20, 2015.
Patriots Point Museum
Free admission to the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum in Mount Pleasant, S.C. for all veterans and their accompanying families.
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Free Admission, Nov. 7. 2015. Annual Veterans Day Salute, Saturday, November 09, 2015, 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM. Any veteran or member of the armed forces and their spouse or a guest will be admitted free of charge to the Hall of Fame for a day-long recognition of US Military veterans. FREE commemorative, patriot Hall of Fame pin for all attendees.
San Jacinto Monument and Museum (La Porte, TX)
No charge for the military and their families all week. Free admission to the theatre, Observation Floor, and the special exhibit to all veterans and their families.
Free Event Tickets for Military and Veterans. VetTix is an excellent organization that offers free tickets to current and former military members to concerts, shows, sporting events and more.
Bed and Breakfast for Vets
In the sixth year of the program, B&Bs for Vets has organized over 300 (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 and Nov. 11th. 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.
- The Birmingham Zoo will offer free admission Nov. 9-11 for all active and retired military, veterans and their dependents. Proof of military service required.
- Fort Rucker will offer Camping Under the Stars Nov. 13. There will be camping out, s’mores and hot chocolate, games, story readings and movies The event will start at 5 p.m. and is free to military ID holders. The event will be held near the West Beach Gazebo at Lake Tholocco. Families are welcome to camp overnight or just stay for the evening.
- The Montgomery Zoo will host Veterans Appreciation Week Nov. 8-14. All veterans, active duty personnel and their dependent family members will receive a 50 percent discount on regular admission to the zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum.
- Free admission to all visitors at more than 100 National Parks on Nov. 10-12.
- Great Clips Salon will host its third annual “Thank a Veteran Free Haircut Card” event Nov. 11. Customers who visit Great Clips on Nov. 11 will receive a free haircut card to give to a veteran. The free haircut cards are redeemable by all current and past members of the military including active, inactive, retired, disabled and reserve members from any branch. The free haircut cards are redeemable until Dec. 31. In addition, veterans can come into any U.S. Great Clips salon on Nov.11 and receive a free haircut that day or receive a free haircut card to be used before the end of the year.
- The Army Corps of Engineer Recreation Areas
- Army Corp of Engineers Recreation Areas The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (see a map of Alabama locations here) is waiving all day use fees at more than 2,400 recreation areas nationwide. This waiver is available to all veterans, active and reserve component service members, and their families Nov. 11.
- Rack Room Shoes is offering military personnel and their dependents 10 percent off their entire purchase on Nov. 11.
- 2015 Veterans Day Discounts – Retail Stores & More
- Here are some additional Veterans Day Discounts. In all cases, be sure to provide proper ID or proof of service. In addition, some of these stores are franchises, so verify participation before assuming the discount is in place.
- Free Book: Operation Money: A Financial Guide for Military Service Members and Families. Written by Jean Chatzky, best-selling author and financial editor at NBC Today. Download Kindle version. Don’t have a Kindle? Visit the website.
- Veterans Day Honor – Armed Forces BandsAmazon.com – Free MP3 album download “Veterans Day Honor” Available at Amazon on Veterans Day. Download the album (album will be full price again starting Nov. 12).
- Amazon – More Veterans Day Offers on Amazon.
- Buckle: Military receive 10% off online purchases every day at Buckle.com. Buckle Military Discount.
- Free Business Cards and Checks. Get 25 FREE Checks – Choose from 6 different designs or upgrade to premium checks and choose from many more designs. Bonus Offer – Get 250 Free Business Cards! FREE Checks & Business Cards offer.
- Free Car Wash, Nov. 11, 2015. Thousands of car washes around the country are offering vets a free car wash on Veterans Day. Find a list at Grace for Veterans.
- Great Clips, Free Haircut, Nov. 11, 2015. Free Hair Cut to Veterans on Veterans Day and a coupon to anyone who is not a veteran to give to a veteran. More info.
- JC Penney. Special savings for current and former military. Discount Page.
- Jos. A. Bank Specials: Veterans Day Sale- 1 Day Only! JoS. A. Bank Veterans Day Sale Orders.
- Meineke – Free Oil Change: Participating Meineke locations only – Please call ahead!
- Musicians Friend: 15% off one item of $199 value or more for veterans, reservists, National Guard, active duty and their immediate family members. Discount page.
- Sport Clips – Veterans Day. Free haircut on Veterans Day. Sport Clips offers a Heroes discount which includes active and retired military. Please call ahead to verify participation. Find a location near you.
- Under Armor – 10% Discount. 10% Off for Veterans, Service Members, and First Responders. Click here.
- VA Loan Rates. VA Loans and mortgage rates are currently the lowest they have been in over 50 years.
Awaiting Confirmation for 2015:
- Big Lots, (Awaiting update – this is last year’s offer). – 10% off your entire purchase. Offer available to active duty, Guard/Reserve, veterans, retirees and their immediate family members, with valid ID. Please call ahead to verify.
- Dollar General, Nov. 11, 2014. 11% discount on entire purchase on Veterans Day. Offer good for all active-duty military, retirees, veterans, Guard/Reserve, & immediate family members. The coupon can be found in the store circular, or by asking an employee. Also good online from Nov 11, use Coupon Code OURHEROES. More info.
- Food Lion, Nov. 11, 2014. 10% off all groceries (some exclusions such as cigarettes, alcohol, etc.) for Active & Retired Military Personnel with military ID and MVP card.
- Grizzly Industrial: 5% off all purchases for active, veteran and retired military personnel from Nov. 11-28, 2014.
- Walgreens and Duane Reade drugstores, Nov. 11, 2014. 20% off Walgreens and W Brand products, and 15% off eligible store items for active military and veterans with valid proof of service. Some exclusions may apply. Participating locations only.
- Home Depot and Lowe’s Military Coupon Updates
- Update: Home Depot and Lowes 10% Military Discount Available Everyday.
- Today Only Savings from The Home Depot! While SuppHome Depot Military Discount: 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% military discount is available everyday for active duty and retirees, but not all veterans. Home Depot makes this offer available to all veterans on major military holidays, including Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and 4th of July. You can also find Home Depot discounts online.
- Free Shipping On Orders $49 Or MoreLowe’s Military Discount: 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 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. You can also find exclusive discounts at Lowe’s.com.