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Celebrate Veterans Day with a free meal or sweet deal!

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Veterans Day 2022 will be observed on Friday, November 11, and many stores and restaurants will be offering up discounts, freebies, and deals for veterans, active-duty military members, and their spouses!

While we wait for all the best Veterans Day deals and freebies to be announced for 2022, here’s a look at how restaurants and retailers observed Veterans Day in 2021:


4 rivers bbq free sandwich on veterans day

4 Rivers BBQ treated veterans to a free sandwich + 2 sides.

In celebration of Veterans Day 2021, service members with valid ID or DD214 could enjoy a free sandwich with their choice of brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken, or turkey, along with 2 sides at 4 Rivers BBQ. This offer was good for dine-in or call ahead/pick up orders.


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Veterans got a FREE meal from 54th Street Grill & Bar in 2021.

Veterans and Active Duty ate FREE on Veterans Day at 54th Street Grill & Bar (up to $14). This offer was valid for dine-in only.


Save 10% at All Seasons Uniforms.

For a limited time, veterans, active duty, and military families can save 10% on their purchase from All Seasons Uniforms. Just enter your information here to register for your discount, and you’ll be emailed a code within 24-72 hours.


Veterans at Applebee's

Applebee’s treated veterans to a FREE full-size entrée in 2021.

U.S. veterans and active-duty military could get a FREE full-size entrée at participating Applebee’s restaurants (valid for dine-in only). Proof of military service was required, and this offer was only available at select locations.


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Get 40% off at ASICS.

ASICS offers a year-round military discount of 40% off all full-priced products in their online store. Head on over here to verify your status and claim your discount!


Save 10% at Big Lots.

Big Lots celebrated Veterans Day 2020 by introducing a year-round 10% discount for active military personnel and veterans who are members of the store’s Big Rewards program (free to join). This program remains in effect today, so head on over here to register for your discount if you haven’t already done so!


Veterans got a FREE biscuit from Biscuitville.

On November 11, 2021, Biscuitville offered any military veteran or active-duty service member a FREE biscuit of their choice. Proof of service or military ID was required.


Bob Evans Veterans Day meals

Bob Evans treated veterans to a FREE meal in 2021.

Veterans and active-duty military personnel got a FREE meal from the Veterans Day Menu on November 11, 2021.


Veterans could grab a FREE order of 10 boneless wings and fries from Buffalo Wild Wings.

Buffalo Wild Wings offered a free order of 10 boneless wings and fries for all past and present armed services members on November 11, 2021. This offer was available for dine-in or takeout (online ordering excluded).


California Dreaming served up half-price entrées for military personnel.

Veterans and active-duty military members could enjoy any entrée from the full menu at California Dreaming for half-off on November 11, 2021. Guests were encouraged to make reservations and bring a valid military ID or proof of service.


Veterans could enjoy a FREE meal from Chili’s in 2021.

In 2021, Chili’s offered veterans and active military members a FREE meal on November 11. Service members could select a free entrée from the following choices: Chicken Crispers, Margarita Grilled Chicken, Soup & Salad, Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadillas, Just Bacon Burger, Oldtimer with Cheese, or Cajun Chicken Pasta.


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Cotton Patch Cafe offered veterans a FREE Chicken Fried Steak or Chicken.

Every Veterans Day, all Cotton Patch Cafe restaurants serve their award-winning Chicken Fried Steak or Chicken Fried Chicken FREE to all veterans and active-duty members of the military. This deal returned for Veterans Day 2021, and we expect it to be back in 2022 as well!


Score a $20 Costco Shop Card!

Military members and veterans can purchase Costco Membership Activation Certificates to join Costco as a new member and receive a $20 Costco Shop Card! This offer is available year-round for all members of the United States Armed Forces, veterans, and their families. Get started by validating your status here.


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Crunch Fitness offered military personnel a free 1-week membership.

In honor of Veterans Day, Crunch Fitness locations offered veterans, active-duty military, and their families a free week of gym membership at participating gyms across the country. Guests also had the opportunity to join Crunch with a reduced $1 enrollment fee and get their first month FREE.


Veterans could build their own Grand Slam for FREE at Denny’s!

On Veterans Day 2021, Denny’s offered a complimentary Build Your Own Grand Slam to all active, inactive, and military personnel. This offer was valid on Thursday, November 11 for dine-in only at participating locations from 5 AM to noon.


Dunkin’ gave away FREE doughnuts to veterans in 2021.

All veterans and active military could score a free donut of their choice on November 11, 2021 at participating Dunkin’ restaurants nationwide. No purchase is necessary to claim this offer!


Veterans got 10% off groceries at Food Lion.

All active, retired, and US military veterans could save 10% on their grocery purchase at Food Lion on November 11, 2021. Your military ID and your Food Lion MVP Card were required to claim this discount.


Golden Corral served up FREE meals for veterans in 2021.

Golden Corral’s Military Appreciation Night was held on Veterans Day in 2021. Any person who has served in the U.S. Military could receive a free “thank you” meal when they dined-in from 5 PM to close.


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Great Clips gave out FREE haircuts.

In 2021, veterans could stop into their local Great Clips to receive a FREE haircut or a FREE haircut card to use on a later date. Non-military customers could also purchase a service at a U.S. Great Clips salon on November 11 and get a FREE haircut card to give to a veteran.


Veterans could get a FREE burger and fries from Hard Rock Cafe in 2021.

All Hard Rock Cafes in North America honored military service members on Veterans Day 2021 with a free original Legendary Steak Burger and fries.


Hooters had FREE entrées for veterans.

On November 11, 2021, all veterans who presented a military ID or proof of service received a free entrée from the Hooters Veterans Day Menu with the purchase of a beverage. This offer was valid for dine-in only at participating Hooters locations and included your choice of the following entrées:

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

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Get FREE admission to LEGOLAND Florida.

All military personnel (active and veterans) of the U.S. armed forces can receive free admission to LEGOLAND Florida Resort November 1 – 20, 2021. Military personnel also can purchase theme park tickets for up to six guests at a 60% discount on the same dates.

Head on over here to claim your LEGOLAND passes, and check out the additional discounts available on hotel stays, food, retail purchases, and more!


Veterans could pick up a FREE Lunch Combo from Little Caesar’s in 2021.

On November 11, 2021, from 11 AM to 2 PM, Little Caesar’s treated veterans and active members of the US military to a FREE Lunch Combo.


Save 20% on Lovesac.com.

Lovesac is thanking all veterans and active military with 20% off. Apply for your Heroes discount code before November 14, then redeem it by November 21 to get 20% off.


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Get an additional 15% off at Michaels.

Military members enjoy an additional 15% off their entire purchase at Michaels, including sale items! Redeeming this offer is now easier than ever because you can sync your military status to your Michaels Rewards account, and your discount will be automatically applied to in-store and online purchases.


Veterans could enjoy a FREE Sandwich from Mission BBQ in 2021.

Mission BBQ served up FREE sandwiches for veterans and active-duty military personnel on November 11, 2021. You could stop by to hear a live performance of the National Anthem at noon, and enjoy your free sandwich anytime from 11 AM to 9 PM.


National Park Arches

Everyone could visit select National Parks for FREE.

In honor of Veterans Day 2021, visitors at 400 participating National Parks could take advantage of a FREE Entrance Day on November 11. This offer was valid for everyone, not just military families! Check out the list of participating parks here.


New York Prime served up half-price entrées for veterans.

Veterans and active-duty military members could enjoy any entrée on New York Prime’s menu for half-off on November 11, 2021. Guests were encouraged to make reservations and bring a valid military ID or proof of service.


Get 10% off at The North Face.

The North Face offers a 10% discount to all active, reservist, veteran, and retired US military personnel and to the spouses and dependents of active personnel. Verify your military status here to redeem this offer.


O'Charley's burger and fries

Veterans could score a FREE meal at O’Charley’s in 2021.

O’Charley’s provided free meals to service members and veterans on Veterans Day 2021! When you showed proof of service, you could order from a menu including the following entrées: Chicken Tenders & Fries, Classic Cheeseburger, Honey-Drizzled Southern-Fried Chicken, Chicken Alfredo, Peach Chutney Chicken, and Southern Fried Chicken Tender Salad.

O’Charley’s also ran a Give $5 Get $5 promotion in-store and online, where guests could receive $5 off their meal when they donated $5 to Folded Flag.


Select Olive Garden restaurants had FREE meals for veterans.

Select Olive Gardens treated veterans and military personnel to a free meal on Veteran’s Day 2021, but this offer was not nationally advertised and did vary by location.


Veterans could enjoy a FREE meal from Pilot Flying J.

In celebration of Veterans Day 2021, Pilot Company invited all active duty and retired military members to enjoy a free meal at any of its 750+ participating US travel centers.

On November 11, 2021, Veterans authenticated with ID.me in the myRewards Plus app saw an exclusive offer for a $10 meal credit in their app. This credit could be redeemed for a variety of food and beverages at any participating Pilot, Flying J, or One9 Fuel Network travel center.


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Military personnel could snag a FREE appetizer or dessert from Red Lobster in 2021.

Red Lobster offered veterans, active-duty military, and reservists a free appetizer or dessert on Thursday, November 11. No coupon was required to claim this offer. All you had to do was dine in and show a valid military ID or proof of service!


Red Robin Burger and Bottomless Fries

Veterans could score a FREE Tavern Double Burger with Steak Fries at Red Robin.

Veterans and active military who are Red Robin Royalty members could get a FREE Tavern Double Burger with Steak Fries any time between November 1 and November 14, 2021 for Dine-in or To-Go.


Get a $10 gift card from Sam’s Club.

Now through January 31, 2022, active and former U.S. military personnel and their spouses can get $10 OFF their first purchase of $10 or more in the first 60 days after joining Sam’s Club or renewing a membership. Proof of U.S. military service or valid identification is required.


Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G Phone in Mystic Black

Save up to 30% on Samsung products.

Through Samsung’s Military Discount Program, veterans, active military members, and their families can get up to 30% off phones, tablets, smartwatches, and more when shopping on Samsung.com.


Veterans could fill up for FREE at Shoney’s breakfast bar!

On November 11, 2021, all US veterans and active-duty US military could eat for free at Shoney’s freshly prepared all-you-care-to-eat breakfast bar!


Starbucks treated military personnel to a free cup of coffee.

On November 11th, 2021, Starbucks offered a FREE tall (12oz) cup of hot-brewed coffee to veterans, active-duty military service members, and military spouses at participating Starbucks locations nationwide!

This offer was valid on café and drive-thru orders for those with proof of military service, and could not be redeemed via the Starbucks App. There was a limit of one per customer, and add-ins were extra.


Target Veterans Day signage

Veterans could take 10% off storewide at Target.

Target offered veterans, military personnel, and their families a Circle offer for 10% off storewide from October 31 through November 13, 2021. To claim this offer, guests had to verify their eligibility here. Then, the discount could be used twice either in-store or online!


Select Texas Roadhouse locations gave veterans a voucher for a free meal in 2021.

Select Texas Roadhouse locations offered all former and retired military a voucher for a FREE meal when they stopped by the restaurant between 11am – 2 pm on November 11, 2021.


Save 20% at Tommy John.

Military members get 20% off sitewide on TommyJohn.com. Verify your military status here to claim your discount on Tommy John’s men’s and women’s underwear, loungewear, and clothing.


man floating in True Rest Float Spa

Veterans could enjoy a FREE hour of flotation therapy from True REST Float Spa.

On November 11, 2021, True REST Float Spas closed all of its locations to the public and invited retired military to float for 60-minutes, free of charge. Float therapy is scientifically proven to safely and holistically help treat and manage symptoms of chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and PTSD.

Interested veterans were encouraged to visit True REST Float Spa online to reserve their free Veterans Day floatation therapy appointment.


Get 15% off at Tuft & Needle.

Active military and veterans receive 15% off their entire Tuft & Needle order (including mattresses, bedding, and furniture) online at tuftandneedle.com.


Veterans could potentially get 50% off an oil change at Valvoline.

Select Valvoline locations offered 50% off an oil change for veterans and military personnel on Veterans Day 2021.


Verizon Wireless

Save big on Verizon Wireless and Samsung phones.

Military service members, veterans, and their families can get the Unlimited plan for $30/line per month with up to 4 lines. Head on over here to learn more about Verizon’s Military and Veteran’s discount program.


Get 15% off at Vineyard Vines.

Vineyard Vines offers 15% off to military and veterans all year long when they verify their status here.


Wendy's breakfast sandwich, fries and coffee

Veterans could start their day with a FREE breakfast from Wendy’s.

US veterans and military personnel were invited to visit their participating Wendy’s location on November 11, 2021, from 6:30 to 10:30 AM for a FREE breakfast combo on the house!


White Castle served up FREE Combo Meals in 2021.

White Castle celebrated Veterans Day 2021 by offering a free Combo Meal (#1-#6) or Breakfast Combo Meal to all veterans and active duty service members. No purchase was necessary to claim this offer, military ID was required.


Veterans could enjoy a free meal from Wienerschnitzel.

On Veteran’s Day 2021, Wienerschnitzel offered veterans and active-duty military a FREE chili dog, small fries, and a small Pepsi in appreciation for their service. To redeem this offer, you just had to bring your military identification or wear your uniform to any participating Wienerschnitzel location on November 11, 2021.


Military family checking in at Wyndham

Get a discount on your stay at Wyndham Hotels & Resorts.

Active and retired military service members get an automatic upgrade to Gold Wyndham Rewards Status plus they earn 1000 bonus points after completing their first qualifying stay. You can learn more about this offer here.


Chicken Nachos from Yard House

Veterans could snag a FREE appetizer from Yard House in 2021.

On November 11th, 2021, veterans and active-duty military personnel could receive a FREE appetizer with a valid military ID. This offer was valid for dine-in guests only, and no purchase was necessary!


Military personnel could get a FREE wash from ZIPS Car Wash.

ZIPS offered FREE washes to all Veterans and Active Military on November 11, 2021, at all 220 ZIPS Car Wash locations.


Please note that in many cases, proof of military service was 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!


Chelsey has both a Bachelor's and Master's Degree from Arizona State University with 3 years of blogging experience consisting of pieces not only for Hip2Save, but also other publications in the health, lifestyle, and education field.


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Comments 9

  1. Tiffany

    Valvoline also offers 50% off oil change today only. Call your local store to see if participating.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks, Tiffany!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Awesome! Thanks for sharing with us!

  2. Peaches

    Sadly, no discount again this year from Amazon. They must have had too big of a response in 2019 and decided they couldn’t afford it. 🤣

  3. Libby

    Thank you to all who have served! Go out and get what you deserve and have earned! We can never repay you for your sacrifices. I never fully understood until my son became a Marine. Finally home for the first time in two years! 🇱🇷🇱🇷🇱🇷🇱🇷

    • Peaches

      Thank him for his service for me. So glad he’s home and you can hug him hard!

  4. Silja

    Starbucks also does tall iced coffee for free for military members as well, just got mine
    So not only hot cofee😊

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing! SO glad you could score yours!

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