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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Veterans Day 2012: Restaurants & Retailers Pay Tribute With Free Meals/Services To Veterans

By Susan Duclos

Some businesses are offering a tribute to our nation's Veterans on November 11, 2012, some on November 12, 2012 and others on both days. Free meals, desserts and services.


Sunday Nov. 11, 2012

Applebee’s: Free Applebee’s Signature Entree on Nov, 11.

Carrows Free Slice of Pie
Sunday, November 11 get a free slice of pie with any purchase. Present military ID.

Chili’s: Free meal, Sunday, Nov. 11. Chili's is offering a choice of one of 7 meals. This offer is available from 11am - 5pm at participating restaurants.

Coco’s Free Slice of Pie
Sunday, November 11 get a free slice of pie with any purchase. Present military ID.

Einstein Bagels Free Bagel
Receive a classic or signature bagel on Sunday November 11, 2012.

Famous Dave’s: Free Two Meat Salute - choose two different meats served with a Corn Bread Muffin and your choice of one side on Nov. 11.

Great American Cookies Free Cookie
Sunday, November 11, 2012 all those who served get a free cookie with valid military id.

Green Turtle Free Meal
All of the casual dining restaurant/sports bar chains’ locations across Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and Washington, D.C., will free offer meal items on Sunday November 11 from 4 – 9 PM. This is offer is for current and former service members.

Krispy Kreme will hand out free doughnuts (and free small coffee) to vets on Nov 11.

Little Caesars Free Crazy Bread
Receive free Crazy Bread with valid ID Sunday, November 11, 2012.

Max & Erma’s Free Cheeseburger Combo Meal with Dessert
On Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11, 2012, participating Max & Erma’s locations are celebrating veterans and active military personnel with a free cup of Tortilla Soup or side Caesar Salad, a Cheeseburger, seasoned fries and a chocolate chip cookie.

McCormick and Schmick’s Free Entree
Enjoy a complimentary entree Sunday, Nov. 11. All veterans must show official verification. Veterans Day entrees must be enjoyed at the restaurant. No to-go orders permitted.

Mimi’s Cafre Free Meal with a Purchase
Free lunch or dinner entree with the purchase of a meal plus two beverages. Valid November 9th to the 11th, must bring coupon.

Olive Garden: Free entree on Nov. 11.

Red Lobster: Free appetizer on Veterans Day with military ID or proof of service. Vets may choose from a select list of appetizers on Nov 11.

Texas Corral Free Entree
A free entrée on Veterans Day to vets and active duty. Unofficially we believe it’s Sunday but their website just says Veterans Day. Call ahead to confirm.

Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop Free Donut
Sunday, November 11, 2012 Veterans active duty-duty military will receive a free donut. No purchase required. Valid ID required or show up in uniform.

Travel Centers of America Free Meal
All CDL drivers who are Military Veterans eat free on November 11th, 2012. Up to $15 on a complimentary meal of your choice Must present valid ID or photograph in uniform.

Twin Peaks Free Meal
Twins Peaks provides vague information and it doesn’t look like it includes Veterans. Here are their event details. “For Serving Us, We’re Serving You! Service men and women eat free on Veteran’s Day.” Starts on Thursday, November 8 through Sunday, November 11. We are working on clarifying this information.

Monday Nov. 12, 2012

Arby’s Free Roast Beef Sandwich
Arby’s largest franchisee is offering a free roast beef sandwich at their 280 Arby’s restaurants on Monday, November 12, 2012. This offer is valid only at all participating Arby’s locations in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Colorado (Colorado Springs and Pueblo).

Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse Eat Free
Monday, November 12, 2012 Veterans and active-duty military eat free with a coupon. Valid ID required or in uniform or photo in uniform.

Champps Americana Restaurant: Free cheeseburger and fries on Nov. 12.

Cheeseburger In Paradise Free Meal
Monday, November 12, 2012 veterans are saluted with a free meal.

Denny’s: all-you-can-eat pancakes to vets on Nov. 12.

Friendly's: Free breakfast and coffee on Nov. 12.

Golden Corral: Free dinner between 4pm - 9pm. on Nov. 12.

 Hooters: 10 free boneless wings with the purchase of a drink on Nov. 12.

Hy-Vee Free Breakfast
Monday, November 12, 2012 Hy-Vee is providing free breakfast during regular breakfast hours.

Longhorn Steakhouse Free App & Drink
On Monday, November 12 get a free appetizer and drink.

Sizzler: Free lunch on Nov. 12. (Choose from 6 oz. steak, Malibu chicken, or half dozen fried shrimp.)

Texas Roadhouse Free Lunch
Monday, November 12, 2012 select from a special veterans lunch menu.

TGI Fridays Free Lunch
On Monday, November 12 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm get a free Veterans Day lunch.

Sunday Nov. 11 and Monday Nov. 12 2012

 Bar Louie Free Lunch or Dinner
Bar Louie is saluting veterans and active-duty on Sunday and Monday (November 11-12) this year with a free lunch or dinner, up to an $11 value.

California Pizza Kitchen: Free pizza and drink on Nov. 11 and 12.

On the Border: Free entree meal certificate for up to $10, on Nov. 12. This offer will include donating 15% of the purchase to Carry the Load if you mention this special.

Outback Steakhouse: Free Bloomin’ Onion appetizer and drink on Nov. 11 and 12.

Soup Plantation Free Meal with Purchase
Past and present military can receive a free meal this Sunday and Monday, November 11 and 12th with the purchase of another regular priced meal. Just show proof of military service or be in uniform.

Spaghetti Warehouse Buy 1 Get 1 Free Meal
Friday thru Monday (November 9-12) buy 1 meal and get 1 Original Recipe Spaghetti Entrée for your veteran.

Sweet Tomatoes Free Meal Free Meal with Purchase
Past and present military can receive a free meal this Sunday and Monday, November 11 and 12th with the purchase of another regular priced meal. Just show proof of military service or be in uniform.

 UNO: Free entree or individual pizza with an entree or pizza of equal or greater value on Nov. 11 and 12.


Cobblestone Auto Spa:  Free express car wash to all veterans and military personnel on Sunday and Monday, November 11th & 12th, 2012.

Banana Republic 50% Off Three Full-Priced Items From 11/12/12 to 11/15/12 get 50% off three full priced items. Select store only, see link for details.

Big Lots Discount Saturday November 10th, veterans, active-duty and military families get 10% off the entire purchase. Must show valid military ID.

Dollar General 11% Off
Save 11% off online on 11/8/12 and in-store on 11/11/12. This is offer is available to veterans, active-duty and immediate military family members!

Food Lion 12% Off
Active & retired military receive 12% off their shopping order when they show their military ID and MVP Card on Sunday, November 11.

Home Depot Veterans Day Discount
Every year on Veteran’s Day the Home Depot offers a 10% discount on Veteran’s day.  Must present a valid military ID.  Home Depot also offers this discount to Veterans on Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day.

Jo Ann Fabric and Craft Stores 20% Off
From Thursday November 8 thru Monday, November 12 get 20% off. Official Facebook post “Check out Military Discount Days, too — present proof of your military service, past or present, or Military Dependent ID to receive 20% off your total purchase (including regular-, sale-priced & clearance items).”

Lowe’s Veterans Day Discount
All Veterans receive a 10% discount on Veteran’s Day up to $5,000 on in-stock and special-order purchases.  The offer can’t be used online, on previous sales or on sales of services or gift cards.  Must present a valid Veteran Identification Card (VIC), valid Form DD214 or other proof of service.  Lowes also offers this Veteran’s discount on Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.

Roundy’s Supermarket’s 10% Discount on Top Care and Clear Value Products
Pick ’n Save, Rainbow, Copps, Metro Market and Mariano’s Fresh Market supermarkets in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois are offering a 10% discount on on Top Care and Clear Value products to veterans and active-duty. Must have valid proof of service and a Roundy’s Reward Card.

A list of 2012 Veterans Day discounts such as free or discounted hotels, haircuts, car wash and many more deals specifically for veterans, active-duty military personnel and military dependents.

AARP Free Driver Safety Courses
For the entire month of November the AARP is offering free driver safety courses or 50% off the online courses to active duty, veteran, guard or reserve.

Army Corp of Engineers Recreation Areas
On Sunday November 11th, 2012 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 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. Only verbal confirmation of service is required.

Atlas Van Lines
Win a free iPad or donate $500 to the Wounded Warrior Project. Post a photo of an active or veteran military service man or woman on Atlas Van Lines Facebook page with a description of why they deserve to win. The photo with the most votes by 11:59 p.m. CST, Sunday, Nov. 11 wins.

Bed and Breakfast Inns – Free Stays Throughout North America
On Sunday, November 11, 2012 over 600 inns and B&B’s are honoring active and retired military veterans and one guest with a free room. Offer is based on availability.

Brides Across America Free Wedding Gown Events
From November 6th to November 24th Brides Across America is partnering with bridal salons to giveaway wedding dresses to qualified military brides.  All military brides must pre-register online.

California Association of Bed and Breakfast Inns
Inns belonging to this association are offering military specials for Veterans Day on November 11, 2012 and some Inns are extending the special through the month of November or keeping year round. See the press release for more details. The Red Lion in Anaheim, is also offering a free overnight stay.

Colorado State Parks Free Admission
Free admission at each of Colorado’s 42 state parks on Veterans Day, November 12, 2012 to all U.S. Armed Forces members, veterans and military families.

Free Car Wash in the U.S., Australia, Canada & New Zealand
On Sunday November 11th Veterans or active duty military can receive a free car wash at over 1,900 participating locations. No proof of service is required but everyone is asked to honor this program. Some of the participating car washes include 7-11, Mister Car Wash, Simoniz Car Wash and Mike’s Car Wash. See list of participating locations

Free Hair Cut
While too many to list many local hair clip and barber shops offer free hair cuts on Veterans Day to Veterans and active duty armed forces members. Call stores in your local area to confirm.

Free Oil Change
Oil changes are free to Veterans and active duty armed forces members at many participating local oil change centers including participating name brand oil service centers. Call stores in your local area to confirm. Many are offering the free oil change for several days around Veteran’s Day.

JW Marriott Hill Country Resort & Spa
 Exclusive holiday rates for active duty and veterans from 11/11/2012 until January 3, 2013. Request the Salute to Service rate (rate code: GOV)

Marinello Schools of Beauty Free Hair Cut
From November 5 – November 12 Veterans get a free haircut. Walk-ins welcome.

National Parks Free Veterans Day Admission
Everybody gets free entrance to our National Parks Veterans Day weekend.  Dates this year include November 10 – 12, 2012.

Red Roof Inn 15% All November
Veterans receive 15% off your stay the entire month of November!

Sports Clips Free Haircut
All veterans and active-duty U.S. service members can get a free haircut on Veterans Day, Sunday November 11 with valid proof of service. Sports Clip is also raising money for the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ (VFW) Operation Uplink program and will donate a $1 for every haircut service to the program.

Via Examiner, Army Times and MyFoxPhoenix and Military Benefits Info.