Veterans Day: Discounts and Freebies
note: The discounts and freebies listed as 2012 were due to fast cutting and pasting. To be sure, please call the service you are interested in ahead of time to be sure that the 2012 discounts apply to 2013. Also note that some dates listed as ‘Tuesday the 12th’ will be on ‘Monday the 11th’.
The following is a list of Veterans Day discounts on goods, services and dining that have been announced for 2013, as well as a list of discounts from last year. Please check back frequently as this list is updated.
Keep in mind that most businesses require proof of military service, which can include a VA Universal Access Card, Military I.D., DD-214 (Discharge Papers), Veterans Service Organization Card (VSO’s include groups like the VVA, VFW, DAV, AmVets, MOAA, FRA, and the American Legion), or in some cases businesses will accept a picture of the veteran in uniform.
Note: Not all franchise locations participate in their national chain’s Veterans Day programs — be sure contact your nearest establishment to make sure they are participating.
2013 Veterans Day Discounts:
Applebees – Veterans and active duty military receive a free meal from a limited menu, including Fiesta Lime Chicken and Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger on Veterans Day (Nov. 11). Deal is good for dine-in only. Beverages and gratuity not included.
Champps — On Monday, Nov. 11, Champps will offer a free handcrafted burger with fries to veterans and active duty military.
Chili’s – Veterans and active duty can get a free entrée all day from a special limited menu on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11. The menu includes Chicken Crispers, Margarita Chicken, and Classic Turkey Sandwich.
Denny’s — Active, inactive and retired military personnel can get free all you can eat pancakes on Veterans Day nationwide with a valid ID.
Golden Corral – Golden Corral Restaurants’ Military Appreciation Monday free dinner will be available on Monday Nov. 11, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Military retirees, Veterans, active duty, National Guard and Reserves are all welcome.
Grace for Vets – Car washes from around the world who join this program offer free car washes to veterans and servicemembers on November 11.
Home Depot – Offers a 10 percent discount to all Veterans during Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day. Home Depot offers the 10 percent discount year round to for active duty and retirees.
Knotts Berry Farm – Military Tribute Days at Knott’s Berry Farm includes free admission for veterans and active duty military personnel and one guest from November 4, 2013 to January 5, 2014. This deal also includes the purchase of six additional tickets for just $22 each from November 4 to November 27 and $27 each from November 28 to January 5.
Lowe’s – All Veterans receive the 10 percent discount on Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. The offer is available in stores only.
Max and Erma’s – On Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, participating Max & Erma’s locations are saluting veterans and active military personnel with a free Best Cheeseburger in America Combo meal.
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants – On Sunday, November 10, 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. Be sure to contact your local McCormick & Schmick’s to ensure they are participating.
National Parks – Veterans Day weekend (November 9-11) veterans will be invited to visit over 100 National Parks for free.
Red Roof Inn — In honor of Veteran’s Day, Red Roof Inn is offering 15% off at more than 350 properties nationwide in the month of November to veterans, active duty military and their families.
Sea World Parks and Entertainment – In addition to the Waves of Honor complimentary program for active duty military, veterans and current servicemember’s can get 50% off single-day admission tickets (off the front gate price) through November 11, 2013. This offer is available only online or at participating military bases, not at the front gate.
Shoney’s — Shoney’s will be offering a free All-American Burger to veterans and active duty servicemembers on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, 2013. This offer is good at participating restaurants while supplies last.
Sport Clips – Many Sport Clips locations are offering veterans and active duty servicemembers free haircuts on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, 2013 with proof of service.
2012 Veterans Day Restaurant Offerings:
7-Eleven – Offers will be offering veterans and servicemembers a free small slurpee on Sunday Nov. 11, 2012.
BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse – On Monday, November 11, 2012 BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse will offer veterans and servicemembers will be able to get a free lunch entree or a one-topping mini or individual pizza. Click here to find a location near you.
Famous Dave’s — Free or discounted meals on Veterans Day. Offer varies by location. Click here for list of locations and specific offerings.
Hooters – All Veterans and active duty get 10 Free Boneless Wings with the purchase of a drink.
Krispy Kreme – All active-duty, retirees & Veterans get a free doughnut and small coffee on Veterans Day. Be sure to call ahead to verify your local Krispy Kreme is participating.
Little Caesars® Pizza – Little Caesars will honor members – past and present – of the armed forces on Monday Nov. 12, 2012, by providing veterans and active military members with a free Crazy Bread® with proof of military status or proof of service at participating stores nationwide.
Lone Star Steakhouse – On Monday, 11/12/2012, all veterans and active duty military will receive a FREE entrée from our Stars & Stripes Menu. See your local restaurant for details. Be sure to call ahead to verify local participation. Be sure to call ahead to verify local participation.
O’Charley’s – O’Charley’s will thank veterans and active duty military personnel, celebrating their service, by providing them with a complimentary meal on Monday, November 12. With their military I.D. or other proof of service, servicemen and women will receive their choices of meal from the O’Charley’s “$9.99er” menu.
Outback Steakhouse – The week of November 11th- 12th, Outback will be offering Veterans and servicemembers a Free Bloomin’ Onion and Cocoa-Cola product (non-alcoholic) beverage. In addition, Outback is offering all military servicemembers and veterans who present a proper ID* or a photo in uniform, will receive a 10% discount off their entire guest check.
Sizzler Steak House – Veterans and servicemembers can get a free lunch on Monday Nov. 12, 2012 until 4:00pm. The limited menu includes 3 entrees – 6 oz. Steak, Malibu Chicken, or a Half Dozen Fried Shrimp. Click here to check if your local restaurant is offering the Veterans Day freebie.
T.G.I. Friday’s – Veterans and Servicemembers can get a free lunch on Monday Nov. 12, 2012. Contact your nearest location for more details on their Veterans Day offer.
The Olive Garden – Veterans and servicemembers can get a free entrée choice from a special menu. The entrée choices include garlic bread sticks and choice of soup or salad. The offer is good on Sunday Nov. 11, 2012 at locations in both US and Canada.
Texas Roadhouse – Texas Roadhouse locations – nationwide – will offer veterans a free lunch on Monday Nov. 12, 2012. Choose from one of 10 free meals, plus sides and a drink. Offer good for ALL veterans – including all active, retired or former U.S. military.
UNO Chicago Grill – Veterans and active military members can get a free entrée or individual pizza with the purchase of an entrée or pizza of equal or greater value. This offer is good from Sunday, November 11 through Monday, November 12. Military ID or proof of service is required, but no coupon is needed.
2012 Veterans Day Travel and Recreation:
Aqua Hotels & Resorts – 10% off for veterans.
Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, US Virgin Islands – Active and retired military get 30% off room-only rates and $150 in island credits. The offer is available on a minimum four-night stay between November 1 and November 30, 2012, subject to availability.
JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa – Special rates for members of the military and first responders for stays beginning Veterans Day (November 11) through January 3, 2013. Active duty and retired members of the military are asked to request the Salute to Service rate (rate code: GOV) when they make their room reservations at www.jwsanantonio.com or by calling the toll-free telephone number, 866-882-4420. A military or service I.D. is required at check-in.
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort – Active and retired military receive special rates and discounts on golf and amenities from November 8 – 11, including resort hotel room discounts, discounts off golf packages, and discounts on beach and umbrella rentals.2012 Veterans Day Retailer Offerings:
AARP Driver Safety – Get a free AARP Driver Safety classroom course or 50% off an online course.
Banana Republic – Veterans, military personnel and their families can get 50 percent off three full-priced items from November 12-15. Servicemembers, veterans and families who shop at Banana Republic on November 13 also can participate in special events geared towards helping veterans find jobs, including interview and resume tips from an HR expert, styling advice and refreshments.
Steve Madden – The shoe seller is doubling its everyday military discount for servicemembers on Veterans Day, for a total 30 percent off all regular-priced merchandise. Bring a form of military identification (past or present) to a Steve Madden store.
Toys “R” Us – Military moms, dads and family members can use a special discount coupon, good for 20 percent off one regular-priced item, valid from Sunday, November 11 through Monday, November 12. A military ID will be required at checkout.
Other 2012 Freebies:
Bush Presidential Libary and Museum – In line with its mission to preserve and make available the records and artifacts of George H.W. Bush, the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum will offer free admission to military retirees and veterans with ID or proof of service. Additionally, active-duty service members and up to five qualifying family members receive free admission year-round. Veterans will also receive a 10 percent discount at the Museum Store on November 11.
Year-Round Veterans Discounts:
Foot Locker – Veterans, Servicemembers (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.
Home Depot – Offers a 10 percent discount (up to a $500 maximum) to all active military, reserve, retired or disabled Veterans and their family members with a valid military ID. All other Veterans qualify for a 10 percent discount during Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day.
Lowe’s – Lowe’s offers a year-round 10 percent discount offer for all active duty, National Guard and Reserve, retirees and disabled Servicemembers and their immediate families. All other Veterans receive the 10-percent discount on Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. The discount is available on in-stock and special-order purchases of up to $5,000. The offer can’t be used on sales at Lowes.com, on previous sales or on sales of services or gift cards. You must present a valid military I.D. card to receive the discount.