american-embassyVeteran’s Day is a great time to get a free meal, because lots of restaurants offer freebies to active duty and retirees. My family and I usually go over to McCormick and Schmick’s because they have a free meal for vets and a special menu that the rest of the family can order from. This reduces the cost of eating there, making it affordable for a military family. Unfortunately this year we won’t be going to McCormick and Schmick’s because my husband is on alert that day.

For all of you that can go out grab the freebies and military discounts here’s a list. Keep in mind that restaurant chains advise calling ahead to specific locations, because not all franchises honor the specials offered by their parent organizations.


Abuelo’s Mexican Food — Offers vary by region. (I highly recommend checking into this, because their food is awesome.)


Applebees — All veterans and active-duty military eat free from a limited menu on Veterans Day.

Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurants — Special offers for vets on Veterans Day.

Chili’s — Veterans and service members can dine for free from a special six-item menu on Veterans Day.

Denny’s – all you can eat pancakes 6:00am – 2:00pm (all locations)

Golden Corral — Military Appreciation Monday includes a free dinner, Nov. 11, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for military retirees, veterans, and current service members.

Famous Dave’s — Offers for free or discounted meals on Veterans Day vary by location.

Hooters — All veterans and service members get 10 free wings with the purchase of a drink.

Krispy Kreme — A free donut is available for all service members, retirees and veterans.

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants — participating McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants are offering a complimentary entree to vets from a special menu on a space-available basis. Online reservations are highly recommended.

Outback Steakhouse — Outback will offer veterans and military a free Bloomin’ Onion and beverage

Olive Garden – A free entrée for active duty members and veterans.

Red Robin – A free Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries

Sizzler – Free entree, choose from 3 lunch entrees until 4:00pm

Subway Restaurants — Free six-inch sub or flatbread available to military vets on Veterans Day.

Texas Roadhouse — Free meals available to veterans from opening until 4 p.m. on Veterans Day.

T.G.I. Friday’s — Veterans and service members can buy one meal and get another free.

UNO Chicago Grill — UNO is offering a 19.43 percent discount on food and non-alcoholic beverage beverages to vets and military. The chain explains that 1943 was the year UNO invented the deep dish pizza.

VETERANS DAY RETAIL DEALS — A free downloadable MP3 album includes 12 songs performed by Military bands and ensembles from now through Veterans Day.

Build-a-Bear Workshop — Members of the armed services, including the Coast Guard and ROTC, receive a 20 percent discount on any one transaction at the workshop.

Cabela’s Outdoor Store — Employee discounts are being offered to all veterans, active-duty military and reserve-component troops, along with law-enforcement, fire and emergency-management personnel. Discounts vary from 5 percent to 50 percent, depending on item.

The Dollar General — Veterans, service members and their immediate families can receive a 10-percent discount with a Veterans Day coupon.

Fashion Bug — Offering 20 percent off all plus-size and misses clothing purchases with a copy of military ID or spouse’s military ID.

Home Depot — Offers a 10 percent discount to all veterans on Veterans Day. Home Depot offers a 10 percent discount year-round to active duty military and retirees.

Lowe’s — All veterans receive the 10 percent discount for purchases of up to $5,000. A 10 percent discount is available year-round to active-duty military and retirees.

Seven-Eleven — On Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., veterans can get a free small Slurpee.

Sports Clips Haircuts — Offering free haircuts to active-military and veterans.