Once again this year, national chain restaurants are thanking our veterans and active military members on Veterans Day with FREE or discounted food or services on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019.
Also, on Veterans Day, admission to National Parks is FREE for everyone, whether or not you are a veteran or active military member.
Free admission is to all national parks, memorials and historic sites on Veteran’s Day, November 11, including Mt. Rushmore and the Statue of Liberty.
Veterans Day Freebies and Deals
Some deals are available for veterans only, while others are valid for both veterans and active military personnel, and some deals are valid the day before or day after Veterans Day.
Proof of military status is required for most offers, so if you are not in uniform, be prepared to show an ID verifying your service.
Participation may vary, so be sure to check with your local restaurant to confirm that they’ll be offering the Veterans Day special.
Unless otherwise specified, the Veterans Day deals are on Nov. 11 only. Beverage and gratuity not included.
In alphabetical order, because that’s the only fair way.
Every year on Veteran’s Day, Applebee’s serves a free meal to active duty and veteran military service members. Although most locations participate, not all do, so call your local franchise and ask about requirements.
All military members who dine-in restaurant receive a complimentary entree up to $14.95 plus a free Dr Pepper beverage at any BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse location nationwide. Present a military ID or proof of service required.
California Pizza Kitchen
Active duty service members and veterans get a complimentary meal from the special Veterans Day menu at all participating California Pizza Kitchen locations. Guests can choose from complimentary pizza, pasta or full size salad and beverage by showing proof of service. They will also receive a card for a BOGO free pizza, pasta, or salad redeemable from November 12 to November 20.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill
From Friday, November 8 – Monday, November 11, firefighters, police officers, veterans and active military will receive a free order of Calamari with any purchase. You must present valid ID. Carraba’s also offers a 10 percent discount to active military and veterans throughout the year. Visit Carrabbas.com to find a location near you.
Chili’s founder, Norman Brinker, is a veteran who served in the U.S. Navy. On November 11, Chili’s offers a special menu for veterans to eat for free at the restaurant’s many locations across the United States. Valid ID is required. Contact your local Chili’s for more information.
Chicken Salad Chick
Veterans or active service military receive a free Chick Special and regular drink. The deal is valid for dine-in only.
Chill-N Nitrogen Ice Cream
Receive a free small ice-cream plus two mix-ins, free to any veteran.
Cotton Patch Cafe
Veterans and active duty receive a free Chicken Fried Steak or Chicken Fried Chicken.
All military veterans will receive a free Pumpkin Pie Latte or a slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola® Cake, dine-in only. Also, though Nov. 11, you can receive $25 off all U.S. military branch-themed rocking chairs and 25 percent off all other military licensed products.
Ten percent of the retail sales price of those eligible rocking chair purchases, either online or in-store, will be donated to Operation Homefront.
Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
Freddy’s honors veterans throughout the year, but any veteran who visits the restaurant on November 11 will receive a free combo meal card good through November 30, 2019.
All veterans will receive a thank you breakfast or burger on Veteran’s Day. Show valid ID to redeem offer.
Military veterans, retires and active duty personnel are invited to a free sit-in “thank you” dinner. The deal is from 5 pm to 9 pm at all Golden Corral restaurants nationwide. For more information, visit militaryappreciationnight.com.
Grub Burger Bar
Veterans and active military get a complimentary entree on November 11. Proof of duty required. Grub also provides an ongoing year round discount for veterans by offering a 10% percent off any purchase with a valid military I.D. or uniform.
Wear your military uniform or show valid ID to receive a free meal and beverage on Veteran’s Day, November 11. Limit of one free hamburger, regular fries, and small Pepsi per customer. Cheese is extra, and the offer cannot be combined with other discounts.
Houlihan’s Restaurants offers a year-round discount of 15 percent to active-duty military and veterans.
On Veteran’s Day, they are eligible for a complimentary meal from the Veteran’s Day Menu, which includes the Houlihan’s Burger, Veggie Burger, Heartland Grilled Chicken Salad (grilled or fried), Fish and Chips, Brentwood Chicken Sandwich (grilled or fried), Southwest Grilled Chicken Wrap, Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo and a 5-oz. Petite Top Sirloin. The offer is good for dine-in only. Read more here.
Veterans and active military can get a FREE lunch combo from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm on Veteran’s Day. Present ID or proof of service, but no coupon is necessary for this offer.
All active duty and retired U.S. military personnel are invited to enjoy a free dine-in meal from 3 pm to 6 pm at all participating locations nationwide.
Beginning November 11 and continuing through the remainder of 2019, Logan’s Roadhouse asks guests to roundup their check if they choose to benefit Folds of Honor, which provides educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service-members.
Veterans and servicemen and women receive their first 6 ounces of frozen yogurt FREE. You must present a valid military ID or proof of service at the time of purchase.
Through November, including on Veterans Day, Quiznos celebrates the multiplayer online role-playing game Guild Wars 2 with special reward codes available in-store. Guests receive a card containing a unique code for in-game items in Guild Wars 2 with every order that includes at least one sub. The deal is through November 30 at participating restaurants while supplies last.
Shane’s Rib Shake
Active and retired members of the Armed Forces will receive a free sandwich, regular side, and 20 ounce beverage. The offer is available November 11 through November 13. Guests must present military ID or proof of service.
Shoney’s says thank you to veterans and troops with a FREE All You Care To Eat, Freshly Prepared BREAKFAST BAR, from opening hour to 11 am.
Veterans can get a free meal at participating locations, selecting one of these meals: 6oz Tri-Tip Sirloin, single Malibu Chicken or (6) Jumbo Crispy Shrimp, plus a side dish and beverage (fountain drink, tea or coffee only). The deal is available from opening to 4 p.m. Dine-in only. Veterans must show ID. Gratuity is not included in the deal.
Get a FREE chili, small fries, and small Pepsi when you present your military ID or wear your military uniform.
This list is published annually since 2015 and updated annually, including for 2019
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