Many restaurants, retailers and theme parks offer free meals or discounts for veterans and active duty military personnel on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Be sure to bring military I.D. or DD-214 before heading out.


Applebee’s — Applebee’s is again offering a free meal to military veterans and active-duty service members on Veterans Day. There will be seven entrées to choose from; beverage and gratuity not included. Military ID or proof of service required.

BJs Restaurant and Brewery — Complimentary lunch entree, up to $9.95 value. Offer valid to all active duty military and veterans, with proof of service.

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.

Carraba’s — Monday Nov. 9 – Sunday Nov. 15. Free appetizer of your choice for active duty servicemembers and veterans. Military ID or proof of service required.

Chick-fil-A — Participating locations are offering a free meal to all veterans and those currently serving. ID required.

Chili’s Restaurant — 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; beverages and gratuity not included. Veterans and active duty military simply show proof of military service.

Claim Jumper — Free entrée from select menu, with official proof of service. Dine-in only.

Denny’s —Free Build Your Own Grand Slam from 5 a.m. to noon for all active, inactive, and retired military personnel. Participating locations only.

Einstein Bros Bagels — Free coffee at participating locations. Available to all active duty members and veterans with ID or proof of service.

Famous Dave’s — Free meal (one meat, a side and a corn muffin). Participating locations only.

Hooters — Free meal, up to $10.99 in value with any drink purchase, by presenting a military ID or proof of service.

IHOP — Free Red, White and Blue pancakes, or Red, White and Blue pancakes combo plate including eggs, bacon and hashed browns from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Participating locations only.

Krispy Kreme — Free doughnut and small coffee for all active-duty, retirees and veterans at participating stores.

Little Caeser’s — Free $5 Hot-N-Ready Lunch Combo and a 20 oz Pepsi product, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Menchie’s — All veterans and current servicemembers will receive a free 6 oz. frozen yogurt on Veterans Day.

The Olive Garden — Free entrée for veterans and active duty military; proof of service required.

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.

Outback Steakhouse — Free Bloomin’ Onion and a non-alcoholic beverage for all active duty and veterans. This offer is available to Military Personnel and veterans with ID. Also receive 15 percent off your purchase from Nov. 12 to Dec. 31.

Red Lobster — 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.

Red Robin — Free Red’s Tavern Double and Bottomless Steak Fries with a military ID or proof of service.

Ruby Tuesday’s — Free appetizer at participating locations, proof of service required.

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.

Sizzler — Free lunch served until 4 p.m. Choice of 3 entrees, and a free coffee, tea, or fountain drink. Valid with proof of military service. Dine-in only, not valid for salad bar or gratuity.

Starbucks —Free tall brewed coffee for active duty, veterans and their spouses at participating stores.

TGI Fridays — Free lunch for all current military members and veterans from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Valid ID or proof of service required. Dine-on only at participating locations.

UNO’s Pizza — 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.

Wienerschnitzel — One free Chili Dog and small Pepsi for all Veterans and Active Duty with a valid military ID, or for those wearing their military uniform.


Home Depot — All active duty personnel, reservists, retired military, veterans and their families get a 10 percent discount off their purchases. The offer is valid on purchases of up to $2,000 for a maximum of $200. The 10 percent military discount is available everyday for active duty and retirees, but not all veterans.

Lowe’s — All active, reserve, honorably discharged, retired military personnel and their immediate family members a 10 percent discount on in-store 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.


Knotts Berry Farm — Free admission Nov. 1 – Dec. 20 to all U.S. veterans, retired and active military personnel and one guest. Up to six additional discount tickets may be purchased at Knott’s ticket booths for $25 each Nov. 1 – Nov. 20 and for $30 each Nov. 21 – Dec. 20. Military personnel may also purchase additional tickets at a participating local Military ticket office.

Legoland — Active duty, veterans and their families receive discounts between 25 percent and 37 percent through Dec. 31, including a second day’s admission free. To redeem, go to

National Parks — Free for everyone on Veterans Day.

Old Town Trolley Tours — Complimentary admission to all veterans with ID on Nov. 11.

SeaWorld — Men and women who have previously served as members of the U.S. Armed Forces get one complimentary single day admission to SeaWorld San Diego plus as many as three additional guests (limit 4 complimentary admissions per one time-only visit) through Dec. 31. Not available at the front gate, go to

USS Midway — Free admission to veterans and their families for Veterans Day on the USS Midway, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Features food, live entertainment, KidzZone, activities, prizes, Veterans Day Parade and more.



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