Veteran's Day: Freebies and Discounts for Vets

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It's Veteran's Day! Unlike Memorial Day, Veteran's Day is to honor everyone who's served in the military, regardless of whether they served in wartime or died in battle.

There are a lot of discounts and freebies for vets today.

A couple of things to keep in mind before diving into the list: most places will require proof of service, and not all franchises will participate. Best to check in advance.

This is a partial list -- a full list is at Military.com.

7-Eleven -- Veterans get a free Quarter-Pound Big Bite 100% all-beef hot dog on November 11. Available in-store and via delivery through the 7NOW app.

Another Broken Egg Cafe -- Veterans and active-duty military get a free Patriot French Toast Combo & Coffee November 11. Available for dine-in only at participating cafes.

Applebee's -- Active-duty military, veterans, Reserves, and National Guard receive a free meal when dining in from a special menu on November 11. And when dining in on November 11, military guests will receive a $5 Bounce Back Card to redeem for dine-in, To Go, or delivery within a three-week redemption window.

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse -- On November 11, current and former military members receive a free meal from a select menu. Dine-in only.

Buffalo Wild Wings -- Veterans and active-duty service members get a free order of 10 boneless wings and fries on November 11. Must show valid proof of service. Dine in only.

California Pizza Kitchen  On November 11, veterans and active-duty military receive a complimentary non-alcoholic beverage and choice of one entrée from a special menu.

Carrabba's -- Veterans and active-duty military that dine in on November 11 receive an appetizer or dessert and a non-alcoholic beverage with show of military ID.

Charleys Philly Steaks -- Veterans and active-duty military get free Gourmet Fries in-store with no purchase necessary on November 11. In addition, Charleys’ locations on military bases are offering free gourmet fries with the purchase of a cheesesteak and drink for all customers.

Chili's -- Veterans and active-duty service members get a free meal from a select menu on November 11. Available for in-restaurant only.

Cracker Barrel -- Veterans get a complimentary slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake in-store or online on November 11.

Denny's -- On November 11, Denny's offers a complimentary Grand Slam to all active, non-active and retired military personnel. The offer is valid for dine-in only at participating locations from 5am to noon with a valid military ID or DD 214.

Dunkin' Donuts -- Veterans and active-duty military get a free donut of their choice on November 11 at participating locations. Offer available in-store only. Not available for orders placed using On-the-Go Mobile Ordering through the Dunkin’ Mobile App.

Einstein Bros. Bagels -- Veterans and active-duty military get a free hot or iced coffee (any size) with a purchase in-store on November 11

Golden Corral -- Golden Corral is hosting their Military Appreciation Night on November 14 from 5pm to close. This includes a free “thank you” meal when dining in.

Hard Rock Cafe -- Veterans receive a free Legendary Burger all day long on November 11. Dine-in only.

Hooters -- Active-duty military and veterans get a free entrée from the Hooters Veterans Day Menu with purchase of a beverage on November 11. Dine-in only.

IHOP -- Veterans and active-duty military get free Red, White & Blueberry Pancakes at participating locations on November 11. Dine-in only.

Krispy Kreme -- Veterans get a free coffee and doughnut on November 11 at participating locations.

Little Caesars -- Veterans and active-duty military get a free Lunch Combo at participating stores on November 11, from 11am to 2pm. In-store only.

Macaroni Grill -- Veterans and active-duty military receive a free Mom's Ricotta Meatballs + Spaghetti with military ID on November 11.

Menchie's -- Veterans and active-duty military get their first 6 oz of froyo free on November 11 with proof of service.

MOD Pizza -- Buy one MOD-size pizza or salad, get one MOD-size pizza or salad free on November 11 with proof of military service. Valid in-store only.

O'Charley's – Veterans and active-duty military get a free meal when you dine in on November 11 at participating locations.

Outback Steakhouse -- Veterans, active-duty service members and spouses get a free Bloomin' Onion with any Coca-Cola beverage for dine-in on November 11.

Red Lobster -- Veterans, active-duty military and reservists get a free Walt's Favorite Shrimp, Fries, and Coleslaw on November 11. The offer is available for dine-in and To Go orders placed in-restaurant between 11:00am and 4:00pm local time.

Red Robin – Veterans and active-duty military get a free Red's Tavern Double when dining in on November 11. This classic burger also comes with free refills of Bottomless Steak Fries.

Schlotzsky's -- Veterans and active-duty service members with a valid military ID get free chips and a small drink with an entree purchase November 11 through 30 at participating locations, in-store only.

Smashburger -- Get a free Burger or Sandwich when you show a valid military ID in-store on November 11 with valid proof of military ID at participating locations. 

Starbucks -- As with previous years, Starbucks will offer a free tall (12-oz) hot brewed coffee for veterans, military service members and military spouses on November 11. As a new addition in 2022, Starbucks is expanding this offer to include a free tall (12-oz) iced coffee.

Texas Roadhouse -- At participating locations, veterans and active-duty military receive a meal voucher on November 11, from 11am to 2pm. These vouchers are good for dine in or carry out and can be used until May 30, 2023. There will be a specific menu to select from. Please contact your local Texas Roadhouse for variations in this deal.

TGI Fridays -- Veterans and active-duty military personnel get a free lunch on November 11 from 11am to 2pm from a select menu at participating locations. Dine-in only.

Twin Peaks -- Veterans and active-duty service members get a free lunch on November 11 from 11am to 3pm. Dine-in only.

Wendy’s -- Active-duty military and veterans get a free breakfast combo on November 11 at participating locations from 6:30 to 10:30am.

White Castle -- Veterans and active-duty military get a free Combo Meal or Breakfast Combo Meal when dining at a participating restaurant on November 11.

Wienerschnitzel -- Veterans and active-duty military receive a free Chili Dog, small fries and a small drink at participating locations on November 11.

Ziggi’s Coffee -- Active-duty military and veterans get one free 16 oz. drink on November 11.