Businesses nationwide show their appreciation to veterans
To recognize Veterans Day, which is on Saturday, November 11, many area businesses are thanking veterans by offering free meals and discounts, free zoo admission, grocery store discounts and more throughout the week! Many locations are also extending the offers to those currently in the military.
The majority of these offers take place on Veterans Day, but some offers are valid on other days.
Offers Valid Friday, November 10, 2017
Denny’s: Those with a valid military ID will receive a free Build Your Own Grand Slam on Friday, Nov. 10, from 5 a.m. to noon at participating locations. See the details on their website.
IHOP: On Friday, 11/10, all Veteran’s and active duty military will receive one free stack of Red, White & Blue Pancakes (3 pancakes). Offer only valid for Veterans and Active Duty Military. Available at participating restaurants only.
Military ID or proof of service is required. One per person. See the details on their website.
Valid Monday, November 13, 2017
Golden Corral: At all of its restaurants nationwide, Golden Corral will serve free dinner buffets with beverage from 5PM to 9PM on Monday, November 13 (NOT November 11 on Veterans Day) to any person who is serving or has served in a United States Military branch, including the National Guard and Reserves. Identification is not required. Dine-in only. See the details on their website.
Offers Valid on Saturday, November 11, 2017
Applebee’s: On 11/11, Veterans and active duty military will receive a free entrée from a select menu. Beverage and tip not included. ID required. Dine-in only. See the details and menu on their website.
Bob Evans: Veterans and active duty members can enjoy free breakfast from 6 choices all day long on 11/11. ID required. Beverage and tip not included. Dine-in only. See the details on their website.
Boston Market: All military families are offered a BOGO deal – buy one individual meal with drink and get a second free – on Veteran’s Day weekend (Friday, Nov. 10 – Sunday, Nov. 12) at all U.S. locations. Coupon (but no I.D.) is required and will be available at their website.
California Pizza Kitchen: Veterans and active military receive an entrée from the select menu, dine-in only. No substitutions. Must be in uniform or show your military ID or other proof of service. See the details on their Facebook page.
Cracker Barrel: Veterans receive a free slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola® Cake on 11/11. See the details on their website.
Hooters: All active-duty and retired military nationwide receive a free entree on November 11. Veterans that present proof of service can choose from a select menu with purchase of drink. Dine in only. No coupon required. See the details and menu on their Facebook page.
O’Charley’s: On 11/11, Veterans and active military receive a free entrée from their $9.99er menu. See the details on their Facebook page.
On the Border: Veteran’s and active duty members can enjoy a free Create Your Own Combo Meal with 2 or 3 favorites, rice and beans and chips and salsa on 11/11. See the details on their website.
Red Lobster: Veterans, reserve and active-duty military will receive a free appetizer or dessert from a specific menu on Saturday, November 11. Customers will need to show a valid military ID or proof of service for this offer. See the details on their website.
Ruby Tuesday: All veterans, active duty and reserve military service members with valid military ID can enjoy one free appetizer (up to a $10 value) on Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11). Offer is valid at all Ruby Tuesday locations, excluding those in Guam, Hawaii, Manhattan, airports or outside of the United States. See the details on their website.
Shoney’s: Veterans and current military receive a free All You Care To Eat, freshly-prepared Breakfast Bar on November 11 from 6 – 11 am. Valid at participating restaurants while supplies last. There is a limit of one per day per military service member. Proof of military service required. See the details on their website.
Texas Roadhouse: Veterans and active duty members of the United States military are invited to enjoy a free lunch at Texas Roadhouse on Saturday, November 11. This offer includes an entree, sides and a drink.Valid at participating locations. Must show military ID. See the details on their website.
GROCERY & MISC. DISCOUNTS
Dollar General: On 11/11/17, Veterans and active duty and their immediate family members receive 11% off their purchase. See their store for restrictions. The offer was in the ad on Sunday.
Food Lion: 10% off with MVP card on 11/11/17 for active and retired military personnel. Present your military ID and MVP card at checkout. See store for additional details.
Walgreens: Get 20% off regular priced items with military ID on 11/11. Offer valid for Veterans, active duty and immediate family with proof of service. See store for details.
Did you know?
• There are approximately 23.2 million military veterans in the United States.
• 9.2 million veterans are over the age of 65.
• 1.9 million veterans are under the age of 35.
• 1.8 million veterans are women.
• 7.8 million veterans served during the Vietnam War era (1964-1975), which represents 33% of all living veterans.
• 5.2 million veterans served during the Gulf War
(representing service from Aug. 2, 1990, to present).
• 2.6 million veterans served during World War II (1941-1945).
• 2.8 million veterans served during the Korean War (1950-1953).
• 6 million veterans served in peacetime.
• 5 states have more than 1 million veterans in among their population: California (2.1 million), Florida (1.7 million), Texas (1.7 million), New York (1 million) and Pennsylvania (1 million).
• The VA health care system had 54 hospitals in 1930, since then it has expanded to include 171 medical centers; more than 350 outpatient, community, and outreach clinics; 126 nursing home care units; and 35 live-in care facilities for injured or disabled vets.
Thank A Veteran:
A Veterans Day Poem
Today is the day we honor,
the noble and the brave,
the men and women who dedicated their lives,
and the sacrifices that they have made.
When America had an urgent need,
they were the first to raise their hand,
without thinking twice about it,
they were proud to take a stand.
Some came back from war with battle scars,
others in flag draped coffins,
even though their flesh may have left,
their spirits will never be forgotten.
They unselfishly and knowingly,
put their lives on the line,
so when you see a veteran, thank them,
cause without them, freedom would have died.