On Monday, Nov. 11, the country will mark Veterans Day — a day to honor those who have served in the armed forces.
Many restaurants and businesses will honor veterans with free meals, appetizers, car washes and other deals. The following deals have been verified for 2013. Note, some deals are for Monday, others are for different days.
First, let’s start with a deal that is valid for everyone. Get free admission to national parks across the country on Nov. 9-11: http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm
Great Clips will give veterans a free hair cut on Nov. 11. If YOU get your hair cut on Nov. 11, they’ll give you a coupon to give to a veteran for a free hair cut from Nov. 11 to Dec. 31. Details: http://www.greatclips.com/promotions/veterans-day
Many Sport Clips locations will offer free haircuts to active-duty U.S. service members and veterans on Nov. 11 with valid proof of service. For a list of participating stores: http://www.sportclips.com/events-promotions/HAH2013.html
Car wash companies across the country are offering a free car wash for veterans on Nov. 11, check the Grace for Vets website for a full list: http://www.graceforvets.org/2013/participating.php?menu=yes
Carrabba’s is offering all active duty personnel and retired veterans a free appetizer on Nov. 9-11. You will need proof of service such as military ID or dressing in your uniform. Check your nearby location to make sure they are participating: http://www.carrabbas.com/Locator
Veterans (and active duty personnel) get a free lunch or dinner, up to $12, at Bar Louie on Nov. 10 AND Nov. 11. Proof of service required. Dine-in only. http://www.barlouieamerica.com
Veterans and active duty military eat free from a special menu at Chili’s on Nov. 11. Proof of service required. http://www.chilis.com/Documents/VeteransDayMenu2013.pdf
Anyone who has served in the U.S. military eats free at Golden Corral on Nov. 11 from 4-9 p.m. No ID required. Dine-in only. http://www.goldencorral.com/ *Note, even though the website says no ID required, Jeff says they asked him for ID last year.
All veterans get a free meal from a special menu on Nov. 11 at Olive Garden. Family dining with the veteran also get 10 percent off. Military families get 10 percent off every day in November. Details: http://www.olivegarden.com/Menu/Specials/
Veterans and active duty military get a free entree from a limited menu at Applebee’s on Nov. 11. Must show military ID. Beverage not included. Menu and details: http://www.applebees.com/veterans-day-menu
Champps Americana is offering veterans and active duty military a free burger and fries on Nov. 11. http://champps.com/Events/VeteransDay2013.aspx
Texas Roadhouse is offering veterans a free lunch (and beverage) from a special menu on Nov. 11. Proof of military service required. Active, former and retired military welcome. Dine-in only. http://www.texasroadhouse.com/landing-pages/veterans-day-2013
Enjoy a free pizza at California Pizza Kitchen on Nov. 11. Proof of military service required. Dine-in only. Valid at participating locations: http://www.cpk.com/
Vets get free lunch at TGI Fridays on Nov. 11. Sadly, the website doesn’t offer any more details. Call your local location for details: http://www.tgifridays.com/ (Last year the deal was only offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., so check before you go.)
Famous Dave’s is offering veterans a deal on Nov. 11, but you have to call each location to find out if it’s a free meal or a discount. http://www.famousdaves.com/veterans-day-deals
Free Tavern Double Burger and fries for veterans and active duty military at Red Robin on Nov. 11. http://www.redrobin.com/newsroom/article/648 Thanks to Brian for this information.
Veterans and active duty military get a free meal at Hooters, up to $10.99, on Nov. 11. Must show proof of service and buy a drink. http://news.hooters.com/press-release/local/hooters-offers-free-meal-military-veterans-day
Get a Bloomin’ Onion and a beverage for free at Outback on Nov. 11 and get 10 percent off Nov. 12 ’til the end of the year. Offer valid for veterans and active duty military with military ID.
Red Lobster is offering service members a complimentary appetizer (from a list of 10 choices). Offer good Nov. 11-14.
Get a free doughnut and small coffee at Krispy Kreme on Nov. 11. You’ll need to present your military ID or wear your uniform for the free treat. No purchase neccesary. Not valid at grocery or convenience stores. You may have to pay sales tax. http://www.krispykreme.com/VeteransDay
Einstein Bagels is giving veterans and active duty military a free bagel and shmear, or any other topping, on Nov. 11. Offer valid from 5:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thanks to Kristina for this tip.
Paciugo Gelato Caffe is offering veterans and troops a free 12 oz. gelatte on Nov. 11 at participating locations. http://paciugo.com/
Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill will provide a 30 percent discount on veterans’ meal with on Nov. 11, 2013. A military ID must be shown