Best Veterans Day Deals of 2023 | FREE Meals, Coffee, Haircuts & More

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Celebrate Veterans Day with free meals and sweet deals!

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Veterans Day 2024 is Monday, November 11th, and many stores and restaurants will offer free meals and other 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 claim these offers. We recommend calling ahead to make sure that your local restaurants and retailers are participating (and to verify their ID requirements).

Here’s a look at all the best Veterans Day free meals, deals, and other freebies that were available in 2023. Keep checking this post often, because we expect new offers to be announced right up until Veterans Day 2024!

Academy Sports Store Front Sign

10% OFF in-store and online at Academy Sports

All military and first responders got 10% off their in-store and online purchases at Academy Sports.

military members eating at Applebee's

Free entrée and $5 towards your next meal at Applebee’s

On November 11th, 2023, U.S. veterans and active-duty military got a FREE full-size entrée at participating Applebee’s restaurants (valid for dine-in only). Proof of military service was required. Take a look at the menu for this special event!

Additionally, Applebee’s honored these special guests with a $5 Bounce Back Card to redeem for dine-in, To Go, or delivery within a three-week redemption window.

top-down view of Korean barbeque meal in skillets

25% off Korean barbeque at bb.q Chicken

On November 11th, 2023, bb.q Chicken offered 25% off to all US military veterans and active duty service members with valid ID. This offer was valid in-store only, at participating bb.q Chicken locations.

Free Pizookie from BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

Veterans and active-duty military personnel got a complimentary Chocolate Chunk Pizookie with a minimum dine-in purchase of $11.95 at BJ’s. Valid military ID or proof of service was required.

Bob Evans Veterans Day meals

Free meal at Bob Evans

On November 11th, 2023, veterans and active-duty military personnel got a FREE meal from Bob Evans’ Veterans Day Menu.

Free entrees at all Bombshells locations in Texas

All Bombshells Restaurant & Bar locations in Texas provided free entrees for veterans on November 11th, 2023. Other items were discounted 20% (excluding alcohol). Families accompanying veterans and active servicemembers received a 20% discount on entrees and other items on Veterans Day, too!

child eating with woman in military uniform

Free Chick Special & a drink from Chicken Salad Chick

On November 11th, 2023, Veterans and active military received a FREE Chick Special and regular-size drink at Chicken Salad Chick! Anyone eligible could just stop by in uniform or with your military ID/DD214 to redeem this offer (in-restaurant only).

Chick-fil-a DoorDash giveaway

Free Meal at Chick-fil-A

Chick Fil A offered Veterans a free medium meal in 2023, although this offer did vary by location. Find more details on Chick-fil-A’s discounts here.

Free meal at Chili’s

Chili’s offered veterans and active military members a FREE meal on November 11th, 2023. Service members could select a free entrée from the following choices: Chicken Crispers, Chili or Soup & Salad, Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadillas, or Oldtimer with Cheese.

Free coffee through the Circle K app

On Veterans Day 2023, Circle K offered free coffee to veterans and active-duty military personnel through the Circle K app.

20% off your Dollar General purchase

Through November 12th, 2023, Dollar General offered a 20% discount on qualifying in-store purchases for verified active military and veterans. Note that this discount was not available on DG GO! or for DG Pickup.

Free doughnut from Dunkin

In 2023 Dunkin’ offered all active and retired military a free doughnut on Veterans Day. Current and former members of the military could stop by participating Dunkin’ restaurants to pick up their free doughnut. No purchase was necessary to claim this offer!

Freddy's Steakburgers burger and drink

Free Original Double with Cheese combo meal card at Freddy’s

On November 11th, 2023 all Veterans and current military personnel could receive a complimentary Freddy’s Original Double with Cheese combo meal card. No purchase was required.

Free meals for veterans at Golden Corral

Golden Corral’s Military Appreciation Night was held on Monday, November 13, 2023. Any person who served in the U.S. Military received a free “thank you” dinner when they dined in from 5 PM to close. This offer was valid for all active-duty military personnel, retirees, and veterans of the U.S. Military.

exterior of Goodyear auto service center

Free car care and 10% off tires at Goodyear

Through November 14th, military members, veterans, and first responders who presented a valid ID received 10% off tires and services at Goodyear.

Goodyear also offered Free Car Care for Vets including the following services:

  • Tire Tread & Pressure Check
  • Alignment Check
  • Brakes and Brake Fluid Check
  • Fluid Check

thank a veteran great clips

Free haircuts for veterans at Great Clips

On Veterans Day 2023, veterans and active service members could go into any U.S. Great Clips salon and get a free haircut or a free haircut card for a future visit.

In addition, non-military customers who got a haircut on Veterans Day at Great Clips salons also had the opportunity to pay it forward. They received a free haircut card to give to an active service member or veteran they know. The cards could be redeemed for a free haircut from November 12 through December 1, 2023.

waitress holding a meal of wings and fries

Veterans ate free at Hooters with the purchase of a beverage in 2023.

On Veterans Day, 2023, vets or active-duty military who presented proof of service or a military ID, with the purchase of a beverage, could order a free dinner entree from the Hooters’ Veterans Day Menu. This offer was valid for dine-in only at participating Hooters locations.

The Veterans Day Menu included five of Hooters’ select entrees:

  • 10-Piece Boneless Wings
  • Hooters Burger
  • Grilled Chicken Sandwich
  • Buffalo Chicken Sandwich
  • Buffalo Chicken Salad

family eating at a hibachi restaurant

Up to $25 off an entrée at Kobé Japanese Steakhouse

On Veterans Day 2023, anyone presenting a military ID or other proof of military service could receive up to $25 off a regular-priced entrée with the purchase of another full-priced entrée at Kobé Ichiban.

Free doughnut and coffee at Krispy Kreme

On November 11th, 2023, Veterans and active military personnel could get a FREE doughnut of their choice and a FREE small coffee (hot or iced) – no purchase necessary! This offer was limited to one per guest, in-shop and drive-thru only.

Free lunch combo at Little Caesars

Little Caesars offered veterans, active, or honorably discharged members of the military a free lunch combo on Veterans Day 2023. This offer was available for in-store orders only between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm local time. Guests needed to show a valid military ID or proof of service to redeem this offer.

National Park Arches

Free admission to select National Parks for everyone

In honor of Veterans Day 2023, visitors at more than 400 participating National Parks could take advantage of a FREE Entrance Day. This offer was valid for everyone, not just military families! Check out the list of participating parks here.

25% off at Office Depot

Veterans, active duty and retired military personnel, reservists, and their dependents could enjoy 25% off qualifying regular and sale-priced purchases in Office Depot stores through Monday, November 13th.

To claim this discount, shoppers had to present a valid military ID, military dependent ID, or form of veteran ID at the time of purchase.

Free meal from Olive Garden

Olive Garden served Veterans a free meal from a limited menu on November 11th, 2023, although this offer did vary by location.

Free medium cheese pizza at Paisano’s Pizza

At Paisano’s Pizza, veterans could enjoy a free medium cheese pizza for pickup with a valid military ID on November 11th, 2023.

Free meal from Pilot Flying J

Over Veterans Day weekend, service members and their families received a free meal credit valued at up to $12 in the myRewards Plus app. This offer could be claimed through November 12th using the app and redeemed on food and beverages at participating Pilot, Flying J, and One9 Fuel Network travel centers.

The $12 Veterans Day meal credit was a rolling balance, so you could use any remaining balance on your next visit over Veterans Day weekend! 🙌

Red Robin Burger and Bottomless Fries

Free Red’s Tavern Burger with Steak Fries at Red Robin

Veterans and active military who are Red Robin Royalty members could get a FREE Red’s Tavern Burger with Bottomless Steak Fries on Veterans Day 2023 (dine-in only).

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G Phone in Mystic Black

Up to 40% off Samsung products

For a limited time, Veterans got up to 40% off Samsung products through Veterans Advantage. To access this discount, veterans had to be enrolled in Veterans Advantage’s VetBenefits program.

Free car wash from ScrubaDub

In celebration of Veterans Day 2032, ScrubaDub Auto Wash Centers offered complimentary express car washes to veterans and active-duty military personnel.

Free admission, parking, and more at Six Flags

On Veterans Day 2023, all veterans and retired & active personnel received free admission to select Six Flags locations! Friends & family members of veterans also received discounted park admission for just $19.99. A valid Military ID was required.

holding a smoothie under an American flag

Free smoothie from Smoothie King

Veterans and active-duty military personnel could stop into Smoothie King for a free 20-oz. red, white, or blue smoothie on Veterans Day, 2023.

Recipients could choose from one of three smoothies, including the red Cherry X-Treme, the white Slim-N-Trim Vanilla, or the blue Blueberry Heaven.

25% off a purchase at Staples

Veterans could snag 25% off at their local Staples store on Veterans Day 2023. Note that this offer did vary by location.

Target Veterans Day signage

10% off two separate purchases storewide at Target

Target offered veterans, military personnel, and their families a Circle offer for 10% off storewide through November 11th, 2023. To claim this offer, guests needed to verify their eligibility here. Then, the discount could be used twice either in-store or online!

family with American flag sign outside Tractor Supply Co.

15% off at Tractor Supply Co.

Tractor Supply Co. honored active and former military members and their dependents with a 15% discount in stores on Veterans Day 2023. All service members, veterans, and their dependents with a valid military ID or proof of service were eligible for this promotion.

man floating in True Rest Float Spa

Free flotation therapy session from True REST Float Spa

On November 11th (and the eleventh day of every month!), True REST Float Spas provided free float therapy sessions to US Military members and veterans. Float therapy is scientifically proven to safely and holistically help treat and manage the symptoms of chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and PTSD.

Interested veterans were encouraged to call their local True REST Float Spa to reserve their free floatation therapy appointment.

Free Combo Meal from White Castle

White Castle celebrated Veterans Day by offering a free Combo Meal or Breakfast Combo Meal to all veterans and active duty service members who dined in on November 11th, 2023. No purchase was necessary to claim this offer, and a military ID will be requested.

Chicken Nachos from Yard House

Free appetizer from Yard House

On Veterans Day 2023, veterans and active-duty military personnel could receive a FREE appetizer with a valid military ID. This offer was available for dine-in guests only, and no purchase was necessary.

cars parked outside Zips car wash

Free car was at ZIPS Car Wash

ZIPS Car Wash offered a FREE Premier car wash to all United States veterans and active military personnel today. Veterans could visit any participating ZIPS location and enter wash code 1123 to redeem this offer at over 280 participating locations across the country.

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

A BIG thank you to all the Military men and women who served our country in the past and who are currently serving our country and protecting our freedom! ♥

Thank a veteran with these FREE “Thank You For Your Service” printable cards!

About the writer:

Emily obtained her Bachelor's degrees from Clarkson University with 5 years of content writing experience specializing in health, beauty, fashion, home, & living frugally.

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  1. Michelle W


    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      SWEET! Thanks for the heads up, Michelle. We’ll get this offer added! ❤️

    • Peaches

      Me too! Yay to both of us!

  2. jenro89

    In-n-out burger is offering a free combo meal to all veterans.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Awesome! Thank you for sharing about their offer! 🤗

    • Michelle W

      Where did you see this? I can’t find anything about this offer so wondering if it’s just your local location?

      • Jen

        In CA. An employee told two veterans about it. I also looked it up online. I hope it is in your area, too. You can just call your local restaurant to confirm.

  3. Sam

    Staples is offering 25% off for veterans right now through November 11. Just show your ID.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks, Sam! Good to know Staples is offering up savings too! 🥰

  4. TiffMeow

    Olive Garden offers a free meal!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Awesome! I just confirmed that with my location too! I’ll add that to the list! Thanks so much! 🙌❤️

  5. TiffMeow

    Texas Roadhouse also!

    • Trish (Hip Sidekick)

      SWEET! Thanks for letting us know about these offers, TiffMeow! 🤗🩷

  6. Michelle W

    Just got an email that Kneaders is giving their French toast to veterans for breakfast 7am-11am

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing that! Good to know! 🙌

  7. christine

    Starbucks is free teal brewed coffee ( cold or hot) for activey, veterans and their spouses!!!!

  8. TiffMeow

    Free Tall iced or hot coffee for vets today!

  9. TiffMeow


  10. Heather Mouberry

    Insomnia cookies is doing a free classic 6 pack with a purchase for veterans and active duty. Just show military ID. Offer is valid through the 13th.

  11. LadyDay

    I went to Denny’s this morning, but I wasn’t aware that Denny’s had the Veteran’s Day Meal yesterday.

  12. Brindha

    BIBIBOP: Vets & Active-Duty Military – Get one FREE BOWL when you visit us in-store today, 11/11/2023! from Bibibop

  13. suttergirl1 has a free car wash for veterans and active duty service members today. Select the “Find A Participating Wash” option and find a location near you 😀

      • Peaches

        Our local car wash participant, Blue Rain is offering their free wash for 11/10 through 11/12. That is good news for those of us with rainy Saturday.

      • Betsy

        When I called the location near me to ask if the participated the person I spoke with has no idea what I was talking about.
        I recommend calling first before you make a special trip.

  14. Peaches

    I hope everyone had a good Veterans Day. Parades were awesome!

  15. best gold ira

    You reason like me! Wow!

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