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These restaurants and retailers are offering deals and freebies this Veterans Day

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Posted at 3:19 PM, Nov 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-10 12:15:29-05

With Veterans Day coming up on Nov. 11, restaurants and retailers are doing their part to honor those who’ve served in the U.S. armed forces.

Below is a list of deals and freebies being offered by businesses on Veterans Day, leading up to the holiday, or year-round.

Food

Applebee’s

Participating Applebee’s will be offering a complimentary full-size entrée from an “exclusive menu” to all active military, veterans, reserves, and National Guard members on Veterans Day. It’s available for dine-in only and proof of service is required.

Bob Evans

On Veterans Day, Bob Evans says it will offer free meals to veterans and active-duty military members. They can choose from a “special menu of seven homestyle favorites.”

California Pizza Kitchen

California Pizza Kitchen says it will offer complimentary entrees and beverages to veterans and active-duty military members at all of its participating locations. They will be able to select items from a special menu, which will include pizzas, pastas and salads. Proof of service will be required.

Carrabba’s

Carrabba’s offers a 10% discount to all service members and first responders year-round.

Chicken Salad Chick

On Veterans Day, Chicken Salad Chick will be offering a free “Check Special” and a regular drink to veterans and active-duty military members with a uniform or military ID.

Chili’s

Chili’s will offer a complimentary entrée to all veterans and active military personnel on Veterans Day. The offer is for dine-in customers and it’s from a limited menu.

Cici’s Pizza

Cici’s Pizza will be offering a free adult buffet to all veterans and active-duty military personnel on Veterans Day.

Denny's

On Veterans Day, Denny’s will offer a complimentary “Build Your Own Grand Slam” to all active, inactive, and military personnel. That includes a choice of four items for a fully customizable breakfast. The offer is valid for dine-in only at participating locations from 5 a.m. to noon with a valid military ID or DD 214.

Dunkin’

On Veterans Day, all veterans and active military members can get a free donut of their choice at participating Dunkin’ restaurants nationwide, with no purchase necessary.

El Pollo Loco

Year-round, El Pollo Loco offers a 15% discount to guests that serve their communities, including military personnel, police officers, firefighters, EMTs, and federal law enforcement agents.

Famous Dave’s

Famous Dave’s is offering free “Georgia Chopped Pork Sandwiches” and sides to all veterans, as well as to active and inactive military personnel on Veterans Day. It’s offered for both dine-in and to-go. Use the code VETERAN at checkout on the restaurant’s website.

Freddy’s

On Veterans Day, veterans and current military personnel who visit a Freddy’s will receive a card for a free “Freddy’s Original Double” combo meal that is valid through Nov. 30.

Hooters

On Veterans Day, Hooters will offer a free entrée to all veterans and active-duty military members who purchase a beverage at participating locations. It will be from a limited menu and proof of service is required.

IHOP

On Veterans Day, veterans and active-duty military members can get free “Red, White, & Blueberry Pancakes” at participating IHOP locations. The offer is for dine-in guests only and military ID or proof of service is required.

Krispy Kreme

Veterans can receive a free small coffee and doughnut of choice at Krispy Kreme locations on Veterans Day. ID is required and the offer is available for in-shop and drive-thru only.

Lucille’s Smokehouse Barbecue

On Veterans Day, Lucille’s Smokehouse Barbecue will offer free “Lucille’s Original Pulled Pork Sandwiches” and sides to all veterans and active-duty personnel. Proof of service will be required.

Luna Grill

Year-round, Luna Grill offers 10% off purchases, excluding alcohol, for all active and retired military service members and their spouses. Valid ID or uniform is required.

Red Lobster

This Veterans Day, Red Lobster is offering a free appetizer or dessert to veterans, active-duty military members and reservists who dine-in with them. Guests will need to show valid military IDs or proof of service.

Red Robin

For veterans, active military members, and former service members who are already “Red Robin Royalty” members, the restaurant is offering a free “Red’s Tavern Double Burger” and bottomless fries from Nov. 1 to Nov. 14.

Starbucks

On Veterans Day, Starbucks will offer veterans, military service members, and military spouses a free tall hot brewed coffee at participating U.S. locations.

Texas de Brazil

From Nov. 8 to Nov. 11, Texas de Brazil is offering veterans a 25% discount on their dinner. To receive the offer, guests must mention it to their servers before dining and provide a military ID. It’s only valid during dinner hours.

Yard House

This Veterans Day, Yard House is offering a complimentary appetizer to veterans and active duty military members.

Retail

Academy Sports + Outdoors

From Oct. 24 to Nov. 14, Academy Sports + Outdoors is offering a 10% discount to military members and first responders. The deal is good for in-store and online purchases, but you must verify your military or first responder status first.

Champion

Year-round, Champion offers veterans and military members a 10% discount off items sold on its website. They must verify their status though.

Cole Haan

Cole Haan offers veterans and military members a 20% discount off items sold on its website year-round.

Dickies

Year-round, Dickies offers a 10% discount to veterans, military members and first responders.

Eastbay

All year, Eastbay offers a 15% discount off most purchases to active-duty military members, reservists, and registered dependents of active-duty and retired service members.

Foot Locker

Year-round, Foot Locker offers a 15% discount to active-duty military members, veterans, and reserve service members.

Kohl’s

From Nov. 11 to Nov. 14, Kohl’s is offering a 30% discount on in-store purchases to veterans, active and former military personnel, as well their immediate family members.

Lululemon

Lululemon offers a 15% discount to military members and first responders in the U.S. year-round.

Michael’s

Michael’s offers a 15% discount to active-duty military members, reserve service members, veterans, and registered dependents year-round.

Office Depot

From Nov. 11 to Nov. 13, veterans, active-duty and retired military personnel, reservists, and their dependents, can take advantage of a 25% discount on qualifying regular and sale-priced purchases in Office Depot and OfficeMax stores nationwide.

The North Face

Throughout the year, The North Face offers a 10% discount to all active-duty military members, reservists, veterans and retired military personnel, as well spouses and dependents of active personnel.

Under Armour

Year-round, Under Armour offers a 20% discount to all active-duty service members, retirees, veterans, military spouses, military family members, first responders, and teachers.

Vera Bradley

All year, Vera Bradley offers a 15% discount on its website to all veterans, military personnel, first responders, students, teachers, and medical professionals.

Vineyard Vines

Vineyard Vines offers a 15% discount on almost everything for active-duty military members and veterans.

Wawa

The convenience store Wawa says it will offer free coffee, any size, to veterans, active military members, and their families on Veterans Day.

Wendy’s

On Veterans Day, Wendy’s will be offering a free breakfast combo to those who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. military. Valid military ID or a Veterans Advantage card is required.

Other

Great Clips

On Veterans Day, Great Clips says veterans and active military members who visit its salons can receive either a free haircut that day or a free haircut card. Non-military customers who get a haircut on Veterans Day will also receive a free haircut card they can give to an active service member or veteran. Those cards can be redeemed from Nov. 12 to Dec. 10.

Editor's note: This story will continue to be updated as more deals are announced.