As I left for work today the last thing I noticed was the framed poster I have on my wall of the film “Jarhead.” As I looked at it I smiled because I realized how close we are to Veterans Day. Honestly, I get more excited about Veterans Day then I do for Thanksgiving. Why would someone who hasn’t served in the military get so excited for Veterans Day? Well, its long story, but you will learn more about that at a later time. Our form will kick off Veterans Day Weekend on November 7th with a free cookout for Veterans. A lot of people wonder why we don’t do this on Veterans Day, and it’s actually quite simple. There is so much going on for Veterans on the 11th that we want our Vets to be able to enjoy everything that is offered. Plus, why not take more than one day to celebrate Veterans? Obviously we want as many Veterans as possible to stop by our cookout, but we want to let you know about what else is going on this Veterans Day.
The following restaurants are offering free or discounted meals for Veterans.
Applebee’s Free Meal
On Tuesday, November 11th, from open to close, veterans and active duty military can choose from a free signature Thank You Meal menu that includes some of Applebee’s favorite items, including a 7 oz. House Sirloin, The American Standard All-In Burger, Three-Cheese Chicken Penne, Fiesta Lime Chicken, Double Crunch Shrimp, Chicken Tenders Platter or Oriental Chicken Salad. Must present valid Veteran’s form of identification or be in uniform.
Veterans and active military personnel will receive free all–you-can-eat hotcakes at its restaurants. All these honored servicemen and women need do is show a valid military ID.
Golden Corral Free Meal
Monday, November 17th from 5 PM to 9 PM get a free Veterans Day buffet and beverage to any veteran who has served in the United States military or is a current active duty service member. All Golden Corral locations will be participating. No identification is required to get your free Veterans Day meal.
Outback Steakhouse Free Bloomin’ Onion® and a beverage
All active, retired military and veterans get a Free Bloomin’ Onion® and a beverage on Veterans Day. Must have valid identification. Plus, all military personnel get 15% off from November 12 thru December 31, 2014.
On Veterans Day (Nov. 11), active duty, reservists and retired military may enjoy a free dine-in lunch at participating Ryan’s locations, from open until 3:30 pm. Show your military ID or proof of service to enjoy the free meal.
Shoney’s Offers Free All-American Burger
Shoney’s says ‘Thank You’ to America’s heroes by offering Shoney’s All-American Burger to all Veterans and Active Duty Military Members on Tuesday, November 11th, 2014.
Olive Garden Veterans Day Free Meal
Olive Garden is having a Veterans Day free meal for all active-duty military and military veterans who provide proof of service on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.
Veterans can choose a free entree from a special menu of Olive Garden's seven most popular items. All of these entrees come with freshly baked garlic bread sticks and a choice of unlimited soup or salad.
Texas Roadhouse Veterans Day Free Meal
Texas Roadhouse will be giving away Veterans Day free meals for lunch on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 to active, former, or retired military.
Free entrees include your choice of steak, country fried chicken, country fried sirloin, pulled pork, pork chop, cheeseburger, BBQ chicken sandwich, pulled pork sandwich, grilled chicken salad, or chicken critter salad plus your choice of sides. You'll also get a free Coca-Cola product, tea, or coffee.
You'll need to bring in a military ID, Veterans Affairs card, or Discharge papers for proof of service.
Tim Hortons Veterans Day Free Donut
All U.S. locations of Tim Hortons are giving away a free donut to all active and inactive U.S. military veterans on Tuesday, November 11, 2014. Veterans will need to be in uniform or show military ID.
Here are some other offers for Veterans Day that do not pertain to food.
10% Veterans Day Discount – Home Depot is expanding their military discount out to include all veterans for Veterans Day. Veterans can save 10% off any purchase.
JC Penney will give anyone with a military ID or proof of service 20% off their purchases November 3-15, in-store only.
On Tuesday, November 11, customers who come in for a service can get a free haircut card to give to their favorite veteran. Veterans can also receive a free haircut or get the free haircut card. Haircuts are redeemable until Dec. 31.
Full Circle Yoga (Vienna, WV)
Our friends at Full Circle Yoga are offering free yoga classes on November 11th to all Veterans who present an ID.
9:00 AM Hot Yoga Series
6:30 PM Hot Yoga Flow
7:15 PM Hatha Yoga Basic
It’s really great to see so many companies offering our nation’s Veterans something for Veterans Day. Have we missed anything? Feel free to comment below to let us know.