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2018 Veterans Day Discounts, Freebies, & Deals (Score FREE Food at OVER 30 Restaurants)

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2018 Veterans Day Discounts, Freebies, & Deals (Score FREE Food at OVER 30 Restaurants)Veterans Day is Sunday, November 11th!

In honor of this special day, many stores and restaurants will offer up dozens of 2018 Veterans Day discounts, freebies, and deals for veterans, active duty military members, and their spouses!

Please note that in many cases, proof of military service is required to get these deals. We recommend calling ahead to make sure your local restaurants and retailers are participating (and to verify their ID requirements).


AAFES (Army & Air Force Exchange Service)

All honorably discharged veterans of all United States Armed Forces can now shop the online exchanges, including ShopMyExchange.com! Shopping with the Exchange online gives you access to exclusive military pricing and offers, tax-free shopping, and more. This is a lifelong benefit that will be extended to all who discharge honorably from service. Head here for more details.

By the way, Santa, take note – the AAFES 2018 Holiday Toy Booklet has been released!


Academy Sports+Outdoors

Through November 11th, Academy Sports+Oudoors is offering ALL active duty military, veterans and their spouse and/or dependent children a 10% discount both in-store and online!

To redeem in store, simply present your military ID at checkout. Don’t have your military ID? Verify your service using the Troop ID button here. Once you have completed the verification process, please print or take a screenshot of the confirmation page and present it at checkout to receive your discount.

To redeem online, before checkout, verify your military status with the Troop ID button on the shopping cart page. Once verified, copy and paste the promo code into the Promo Code section of the shopping cart for single use redemption.


Acapulco

Acapulco, Chevys, El Torito, and El Torito Grill are offering all military personnel, past and present, a free meal on Veterans Day from 3 pm until closing time, with a valid ID.

  • At Acapulco, the complimentary meal will be a 3-item combo, choosing among Tacos, Enchiladas, Taquitos, Tamales, and Chile Relleno.
  • At Chevys, the complimentary meal will be a 3-item combo, choosing among Tacos, Enchiladas, Flautas, Tamales, and Chile Relleno.
  • At El Torito, the complimentary meal will be a 3-item combo, choosing among Tacos, Enchiladas, Flautas, Tamales, and Chile Relleno.
  • At El Torito Grill, the complimentary meal consists of a choice between: Two-Item Combo, Fajita Salad, Mesquite Grilled Chicken Tostada, and Carnitas Yucatán.

Applebee’s

U.S. veterans and active duty military can get a free full-size entrée from a selection of eight favorites at Applebee’s on Sunday, November 11th, at participating restaurants (valid for dine-in only). Proof of military service is required – limit one meal per veteran or active duty military. Go here to find your local participating Applebee’s.


Back Yard Burgers

On Sunday, November 11th, Back Yard Burgers is offering a free Back Yard Classic Burger to all active duty service members and veterans who show their military ID, discharge papers, proof of service, or who are in uniform. No purchase is necessary for veterans to get this complimentary burger.


Bakers Square

In honor of Veterans Day, active duty military and veterans can enjoy a FREE breakfast at Bakers Square Restaurant & Pies on Sunday, November 11th, 2018. Veterans and active duty members can select from three Buttermilk Pancakes, three slices of French Toast, or one Belgian Waffle.

And, on that same date, all veterans and active duty members who dine in will receive a 20% off the entire check coupon valid for your next visit. Just present a valid military ID to your server when ordering. Go here for more details.


Bed Bath & Beyond 

Through Monday, November 12th, Bed Bath & Beyond is offering all Veterans and Active Duty 25% off their entire In Store Purchase!


BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

All current and retired military can enjoy a free entrée up to $12.95 AND a free Dr. Pepper beverage on Sunday, November 11th, with military ID, valid for dine-in only. Military personnel can also reserve a Pizookie through their Buy a Hero a Pizookie Program.


Buy Buy Baby

All Veterans and Active Duty can score 25% off their entire In Store Purchase at Buy Buy Baby, through Monday, November 12th.


California Pizza Kitchen

Veterans and active members of the United States military are invited to enjoy a free pizza, pasta, or salad entrée from California Pizza Kitchen’s Veterans Day menu on Sunday, November 11th. Plus, participating guests will receive a card to redeem for a Buy One, Get One Free offer from November 12th – 18th, 2018. Head here for more details.


Chili’s


Claim Jumper

On Monday, November 12th, veterans can get a free entrée at participating Claim Jumper locations with valid ID. Go here for more details.


Cotton Patch Cafe

Every Veterans Day, all Cotton Patch Cafe restaurants are proud to serve their award-winning Chicken Fried Steak or Chicken Fried Chicken free to all Veterans and Active Duty Military.


Cracker Barrel

On November 11th, Cracker Barrel will offer veterans a choice of a free piece of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake OR a Crafted Coffee, such as the new limited-time Southern Praline Latte offered through December 30th at all 656 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations nationwide.


Denny’s

In observance of Veterans Day, participating Denny’s locations nationwide are offering service members a free Build Your Own Grand Slam on Monday, November 12th, from 5 am to noon with a valid military ID or DD 214.

This diner staple includes a choice of four delicious breakfast items such as two fluffy buttermilk pancakes, two eggs or egg whites cooked to order, two sizzling bacon or turkey bacon strips, buttermilk biscuits, or hash browns.


Dunkin' Donuts - Veteran's Day

Dunkin’ Donuts

On Sunday, November 11th, Dunkin’ Donuts is offering a free donut to veterans and active duty military! Anyone who shows a military ID at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide will be offered a free donut of their choice with no purchase necessary, while supplies last. Limit one per customer.


Famous Dave’s

On Sunday, November 11th, and Monday, November 12th, in honor of Veterans Day, Famous Dave’s is offering all former and current military personnel a free 2 Meat Salute served with choice of a side and a cornbread muffin. Must have valid photo identification and proof of military service (including U.S. Uniformed Services ID card, form DD-214, or current leave and earnings statement with photo ID).


Fogo de Chão

During Veterans Day weekend (November 9th – 11th), veterans can receive 50% off at Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse. Contact your local restaurant for more details.


Golden Corral

On Monday, November 12th, from 5 – 9 pm, veterans can get a free “Thank You” Dinner from Golden Corral, valid for dine-in only. Go here for more details.


thank a veteran great clips

Great Clips

On November 11th only, veterans can stop into their local Great Clips to receive a free haircut or a free haircut card to use at a later date, valid through December 31st. Just show your military ID or DD 214 form. Non-military customers can purchase a service at a U.S. Great Clips salon on Veterans Day (November 11th) and get a free haircut card to give to a veteran you know.


Hooters

Hooters welcomes all active-duty and retired military to stop in for a free meal this Veterans Day as a “thank you” for their service. On Sunday, November 11th, all veterans will receive a free entrée from the Hooters Veterans Day Menu by presenting a military ID or proof of service at any Hooters location nationwide.


Houlihan’s Restaurant + Bar

Houlihan’s Restaurant + Bar will honor America’s veterans and active-duty military on Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11th, 2018 with a complimentary entrée.

In order to receive a free meal, guests will need to be in uniform or provide proof of military service which may include a U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans Organization Card, photograph in uniform, DD214, Citation or Commendation. Go here for more details.


Hy-Vee

Many Hy-Vee stores celebrate Veterans Day each year by offering a free breakfast buffet to all veterans and active-duty military members as a way of thanking veterans and military members for their service. Head here for more details.


ihop redwhiteblue pancakes

IHOP

All active duty and retired veterans are invited to come in and enjoy a free stack of Red, White, & Blue Pancakes on Sunday, November 11th. Contact your local store for more details.


Joe’s Crab Shack

On November 11th, all veterans can enjoy 20% off at Joe’s Crab Shack with service identification or military ID/badge, valid for dine-in only (excludes alcohol).


Knott’s Berry Farm

If you are a veteran or are currently serving in the military, you can get a free admission for yourself AND one guest to Knott’s Berry Farm from November 1st – 15th, 2018, and November 26th – December 21st, 2018. Keep in mind that the eligible person must be present. Proper I.D. will need to be presented at the entrance gate.

In addition, veterans/active military will be able to purchase up to six additional tickets for just $39 each from November 1st – 15th or $45 each from November 26th – December 21st.


LaMar’s Donuts

On November 11th, all veterans and active duty military will get a free donut and 12oz coffee at LaMar’s Donuts.


Little Caesar’s

On Sunday, November 11th, from 11 am – 2 pm, veterans and active military members can receive a free $5 HOT-N-READY Lunch Combo. Limit one promotional item per veteran or active member – no coupon required to redeem the offer. Veterans and military personnel must present proof of service (such as ID card with veteran designation, DD-214 form, or current military-issued ID card).


Logan’s Roadhouse

On November 11th from 11 am – 6 pm, former and active-duty military members can get a free meal from their American Roadhouse Meals menu – no coupon required. Just drop in on Veterans Day with your proof of service and an appetite, and take your pick from eight great meals free of charge.


Margaritas Mexican

On November 11th, Margaritas Mexican Restaurant is offering all veterans and active duty military a free entree with valid military ID, valid for dine-in only. Go here to find a location nearest you.


Max & Erma’s

On Sunday, November 11th, Max & Erma’s will be offering up a free 1/2 lb hand-crushed cheeseburger, endless seasoned fries, and a fountain drink to all veterans and active duty military! Please note that this offer is for dine-in only at participating locations only. Go here and scroll down for more info.


McCormick & Schmick’s

On Sunday, November 11th, McCormick & Schmick’s is offering all veterans and Gold Star honorees (parents and spouse) a free entrée with military identification, valid for dine-in only.


Menchies Frozen Yogurt - Veteran's Day

Menchie’s

On November 11th only, all veterans and active duty military can receive the first 6oz of yogurt free with a valid military ID or proof of service at participating Menchie’s locations. Go here for more information.


National Parks

In honor of the Veterans Day, you can take advantage of an entrance-free Day at over 400 participating National Parks on November 11th only. Check out the list of participating parks here.


O’Charley’s

In honor of Veterans Day, all active and retired military service members are invited to enjoy a free meal at O’Charley’s. Veterans can choose from O’Charley’s “Veterans Thank You Menu” all day on both November 11th and 12th simply by showing their military IDs. Restaurant participation may vary by location.


Olive Garden

On November 11th, veterans and active duty personnel can choose from six popular entrees for free from Olive Garden’s menu with proof of military ID, valid for dine-in only. Contact your local store for more details.


On The Border

This restaurant plans to thank active and former military members for their service on Sunday, November 11th, with a free meal. Simply present proof of military ID or service, and enjoy a Free Create-Your-Own Combo 2 Meal. Choose any two items from the combo menu like tacos, enchiladas, empanadas, mini chimis, and more at On The Border! All are served with Mexican rice and beans, plus endless chips & salsa.


Outback Steakhouse

All servicemen and women, police officers, firefighters, and all first responders can get 10% off their entire Outback Steakhouse check every day (excluding alcohol) with a valid state or federal service ID.


Pilot Flying J

From November 10th – 12th, active duty and retired military veterans can redeem an offer in the Pilot Flying J app for a free Pilot Coffee of any size with their choice of a PJ Fresh breakfast sandwich, packaged pastry item, or a Cinnabon Center of the Roll. Head here for more details.


Price Chopper Supermarkets

On Sunday November 11th, from 7 am – 7 pm, active duty military and veterans enjoy a free coffee & donut at Price Chopper Supermarkets! Plus, Honor Flight Bouquets will be available for $7.99 through Veterans Day. Portions of the proceeds donated to the Honor Flight Network.


Publix Store Front - Veteran's Day discount

Publix

On November 11th, veterans, military personnel, and their families are invited to save 10% on groceries at Publix. Excludes prescriptions, alcohol, tobacco, gift cards, lottery tickets, postage stamps, money services, Publix Delivery, and Publix Curbside. Customers are responsible for all applicable taxes.


Red Lobster

To thank veterans, active duty military, and reservists for their service, Red Lobster is offering a free appetizer or dessert on Sunday, November 11th, and Monday, November 12th, with valid military ID or proof of service.


Red Robin Burger and Bottomless Fries

Red Robin

On November 11th only, Red Robin is honoring veterans and active-duty service members with a free Red’s Tavern Double Burger with Bottomless Steak Fries with proof of service, valid for dine-in only.


Red Roof Inn

Through December 31st, 2018, all active duty and veterans can enjoy 20% off Red Roof Inn’s best available rate for stays reserved through February 28th, 2019, when using VP#623095 at checkout (may not be available on high demand nights).


Romano’s Macaroni Grill

On November 11th, all veterans and active military will receive a free Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs + Spaghetti at Romano’s Macaroni Grill with military ID. Go here for more details.


Ruby Tuesday

On November 11th only, veterans, active duty, and reserve service members can get a free appetizer from Ruby Tuesday (up to $10 in value) with valid military ID. Dine-in only.


Sheetz sub - Veteran's Day

Sheetz

On Sunday, November 11th, 2018, Sheetz invites all veterans and active duty military personnel to enjoy a free six-inch turkey sub and a regular size fountain drink at any of Sheetz’s 582 store locations.

Plus, Sheetz locations offering car washes will also provide a free car wash to veterans and active duty military. Military ID or proof of service must be presented to qualify.


Shoney’s

Shoney’s is offering up a free all-you-can-eat breakfast bar to veterans and active duty military service members on Monday, November 12th, from 6 am – 11 am at participating restaurants with a valid military ID.


Spaghetti Warehouse

Spaghetti Warehouse is offering up a buy 1, get 1 free 15-layer Lasagne, Grilled Chicken Alfredo, or original recipe Spaghetti entrée – valid from November 9th – 11th! Just go here to print your coupon.


Sports Clips

On Veterans Day, November 11th, $1 from every Sports Clips haircut service will be donated to the VFW’s Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship program. Go here for more details.

Also, participating Sport Clips locations will offer free haircuts to active duty military and veterans (with valid ID). For a list of stores offering free haircuts on Veterans Day, please click here.


Starbucks

Veterans, active duty service members, and military spouses can enjoy a free tall (12 fl oz) hot brewed coffee on Veterans Day (11/11) at any participating Starbucks store.


Target military member discount

Target

Through November 12th, Target is offering ALL active duty military, veterans, and their spouse and/or dependent children a coupon to save 10% both in-store and online!


Texas de Brazil

On Sunday November 11th, and Monday November 12, two Veterans can eat FREE at Texas de Brazil! Even sweeter, up to SIX additional guests score 20% off their bill!


Texas Roadhouse

On November 11th, veterans will receive a free lunch from the special Veterans Menu at Texas Roadhouse with proof of military service. Head over here for details.


Verizon Up Rewards

If you are a Verizon Up Rewards Member and a veteran, check your account for a possible FREE $5 AMC Theaters eGift Card in celebration of Veteran’s Day! Go here for more details.


Wienerschnitzel

All veterans and active duty military can grab a free Chili Dog, Small Fries, and a Small Pepsi on November 11th from Wienerschnitzel. Just present your military ID or wear your uniform.


Winn-Dixie

On November 11th only, all military and veteran heroes will get 11% off your total Winn✓Dixie bill with valid military ID (excludes alcohol, tobacco, gift cards, money orders, postage stamps, pharmacy prescriptions, fees, FTD, charitable donations, Western Union, shipping, utility payments, fuel, service departments, vending machine, bottle deposit/refunds, tax, event tickets, prepaid products, or lottery purchases).


Yard House

On November 11th, 2018, veterans and active duty military will receive a complimentary appetizer with valid military ID, valid for dine in only.


A BIG thanks to all the Military Men and Women who have served  our country in the past and who are currently serving our country now and protecting our freedom! 🇺🇸

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Comments 16

  1. Melissa

    Texas de Brazil has a great offer for veterans and active duty military as well on Sunday & Monday 11th & 12th. Up to 2 veterans or active duty military can dine free and 20% off the rest of the party of to 6 people. Reservations recommended. Military ID required. Show before meal to server. Great restaurant, if you have one nearby. Brazilian steakhouse with the best salad bar ever!

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      How cool! Thanks for the heads up, Melissa! What a great offer!

    • Karen

      I don’t think that the Panera offer is for this year. It says Nov. 11 is Wednesday.

  2. sfc_abby

    Thank you so much for sharing…I will have to coordinate my days..

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      You are SO welcome! Enjoy!!

  3. MrsGarfield

    Thank you for putting all offers together! So hard to pick where I want to go. I want to go everywhere!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      I know! SO many yummy choices! You’re very welcome! 😉

  4. Molly

    Some of our near by casinos are offering free buffets. Be sure to check yours. That makes for a fun day out, and a good deal!

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      How fun! Thanks for the tip, Molly!

  5. Kim Plucker

    I have seen a few Chick-fil-a’s offering a free meal on the 12th!

    • M Ky

      Last year, it wasn’t advertised, but when we were at Chic Fil A, I asked if they had anything special for Veterans Day, and I got a free regular chicken sandwich for free!

  6. Bethany

    Sonnys BBQ is giving out a free big deal combo. Advertised for a free pork big deal, but obviously if you donnot eat pork, you should be able to substitute for chicken or beef (:

  7. DJ

    Firebirds is offering their buy meal and a Veteran eats free. Panera Bread are offering up the pick two, but only at certain locations.

  8. Lauren

    Bed Bath & Beyond, Buy Buy Baby, and Cost Plus World Market are all offering 25% off your entire in-store purchase today through Monday to active duty military and veterans

  9. Ashley

    Thank you for posting this wonderful list every year!

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