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Monday, October 5, 2015

Veterans Day: discounts and recognition.

Veteran’s Day is officially Wednesday, November 11, 2015.
graphicAlways be prepared to show proof of service: DD214, VA Card. Don’t just assume that a picture in uniform or wearing uniform will be enough. It usually is, but be sure.
Best Deals are informally determined based on: Time period, estimated value, and absence of conditions.
 
Post-Veteran’s Day Discounts & Deals:
Red Lobster Free App    4 DAYS
Service members past and present receive a complimentary appetizer or dessert from a special menu. Proof of service required. Valid Monday, November 9 through Thursday, November 12, 2015.
Carrabba’s Free Appetizer       7 Days
All active and retired veterans receive a free appetizer at participating locations on Monday, November 9th through Sunday, November 15th. Logan’s Roadhouse     +Year Round Discount
This Veterans Day veterans and active duty can come in for a free dessert a participating locations. Veterans year round receive a 10% discount to guests who present a military or veterans’ ID.
Outback Steakhouse Free Bloomin’ Onion® and a beverage    +49 Day Discount
heroes dont wear capesAll active, retired military and veterans get a free Bloomin’ Onion® and a beverage on Veterans Day. Must have valid identification. There is also a military discount of 15% off the total check from November 12th thru December 31st, 2015, valid for military members and their families.
Read more: http://militarybenefits.info/veterans-day-discounts-sales-deals-free-meals/#ixzz3qoZCvwwJ


Its great that businesses recognize Veterans but it also obvious that some businesses are just using Veterans Day as a marketing tool by offering recognition to gain publicity. These cases are apparent by the lack of value in their offering (free drink with a $20 purchase), time limits (between 10am and 12noon), or of day offers (free meal, but not on Veterans Day, maybe a week later*). I have removed a few who are obviously guilty of this and try to order those presented by the value of their recognition.
*for example: One nationwide Buffett chain used to offer free sit down meals for vets, but not on Veterans Day… the offer was good for a designated day the next week. This way they got the good press for recognizing Veterans, but saved money by offering the free meal on a different date, a date that usually became overlooked and forgotten when it rolled around, thus saving them from a large turnout for the well publicized free meal. They also benefited when on Veterans day the Veterans who showed up for what they recognized as a free meal would stay for dinner at full price instead of walking out. Evidently either word of mouth or an increasing number of upset Veterans walking away dissatisfied on Veterans Day changed their mind. This year they are offering recognition on Veterans Day.   
Restaurants with reasonable conditions are listed. PLEASE read the conditions to determine the best value for your visit.
GlennDL


2015   See Post Veterans Day Offers for more Best Deals
Pre-Veteran’s Day: Tuesday
Pre-Veteran’s Day: Sunday
Ikea Free Entrée     Best Deals
From Nov. 8 – Nov. 11, 2015 veterans can enjoy a free entree at Ikea. Please show some form of military ID.

McCormick and Schmick’s Free Entree
On Sunday, November 8th, 2015 enjoy a complimentary entree. All veterans must show official verification. Entrees must be enjoyed at the restaurant. Not sure if this is Sunday only?
Veterans Day:
Bar Louie Free Lunch or Dinner     Best Deal 2 Days
From open to close Tuesday, November 10th and Wednesday, November 11th Bar Louie locations across the country will offer veterans and active military personnel a free meal up to a $12 value when they show valid military I.D. or other proof of service.

Country Cookin
Active, reserve, and retired military personnel receive a free meal on the day before Veterans Day on Tuesday, November 10, between 2 PM and 8 PM. Not sure if this is Tuesday Only?
Carrabba’s Free Appetizer    Best Deal 7 Days
All active and retired veterans receive a free appetizer at participating locations on Monday, November 9th through Sunday, November 15th.

Red Lobster Free App            Best Deal 4 Days
Service members past and present receive a complimentary appetizer or dessert from a special menu. Proof of service required. Valid Monday, November 9 through Thursday, November 12, 2015.

Spaghetti Warehouse Buy 1 Get 1 Free Meal             Best Deal 3 Days
From Monday, Nov. 9 through Wednesday Nov. 11, 2015, receive a special “buy one entree, get one free” coupon offer and they are encouraging its guests to “invite a veteran to lunch or dinner.” This coupon will be available on the
Spaghetti Warehouse website on Nov. 3, and can be printed or presented by mobile phone.
Bonanza Steakhouse                                                            Best Deal
All former and current military service men and women enjoy a free buffet (beverage not included) from 4pm – close on Nov. 11, 2015, at all participating Bonanza Steakhouses. Contact your local Bonanza for more details.

Centraarchy Restaurants                                                       Best Deal
This Veterans Day, Veterans and active military service members receive a free entrée and 25% off to their accompanied family and friends.  Includes California Dreaming, New York Prime, Chophouse ’47, The Tavern at Phipps, Carolina Roadhouse, Joey D’s Oak Room, Burro Loco, Gulfstream Cafe, Chophouse New Orleans.

Denny’s All You Can Eat Pancakes                                         Best Deals
On Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 5 a.m. to noon all active, inactive and retired military personnel at all participating Denny’s restaurants nationwide will receive a free Build Your Own Grand Slam breakfast.

Golden Corral                                                                              Best Deals
On Wednesday November 11, 2015, Golden Corral offers a free sit-in “thank you” dinner for Military veterans, retirees, and active duty members.

Logan’s Roadhouse                                                                      Best Deals
This Veterans Day veterans and active duty can come in for a free dessert a participating locations. Veterans year round receive a 10% discount to guests who present a military or veterans’ ID.

Outback Steakhouse Free Bloomin’ Onion® and a beverage      Best Deals
All active, retired military and veterans get a free Bloomin’ Onion® and a beverage on Veterans Day. Must have valid identification. There is also a military discount of 15% off the total check from November 12th thru December 31st, 2015, valid for military members and their families.

Ponderosa Steakhouses                                                               Best Deals
From 4pm-close, all former and current military service men and women enjoy a free buffet (beverage not included) from participating Ponderosa locations on 11/11/2015. Contact your local Ponderosa for more details.

Sagebrush Steakhouse                                                                Best Deals
On November 11th, Veterans and Active Duty Military will receive a free entree (Maximum Value $20).

Village Inn Free Breakfast                                                             Best Deals
All who have served get a free breakfast on Veterans Day, available all day long. Choose between buttermilk pancakes, three slices of French toast or a Belgian waffle. Village Inn is also thanking veterans with a “Thank You for Your Service Card”, which is a 20% discount off the total bill for the next time they visit a Village Inn. This year, Veterans Day falls on Free Pie Wednesdays, so be sure to get a slice (with any purchase) between 10am and 10pm.

Applebee’s
At participating Applebee’s on 11-11-2015, Veterans and Active Duty Military can select a free meal from a limited menu for Veteran’s Day. Provide proof of service required.
Arby’s
1 free Roast Beef Classic Sandwich on Veterans Day Wednesday, 11/11/2015 during normal business hours. This offer is valid only at most participating Arby’s restaurants in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois (Greater St. Louis area), Colorado, Idaho and Wyoming.
Bob Evans
On Veterans Day 11-11-15, Veterans and active military personnel will receive a choice of free select breakfast menu items (stack of hotcakes, Fresh Baked Brioche French Toast, Sunrise Breakfast, Country Biscuit Breakfast, Mini Sampler Breakfast) at its restaurants. All these honored servicemen and women need do is show proof of service, including U.S. Uniformed Services (current or retired) Identification Card, a current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), or a Veterans’ organization card (American Legion or VFW, for example). Guests wearing a military uniform on Veterans Day also are eligible.
California Pizza Kitchen
On Veterans Day, all veterans or active duty military personnel will be able to select from a special Veterans Day menu including pizza, salads and pasta. Please come in uniform or bring your military ID or other proof of service.
Cheeseburger in Paradise
Receive a complimentary Veteran’s Burger with fries to veterans, active and retired military personnel on Veterans Day, 11.11.15. Dine  in only, must purchase a beverage, and must present proof of service.
Chicken Salad Chick
Free Original Chick on Wednesday, Nov. 11, veterans who present proof of service in the form of ID Card will receive one sandwich or scoop of their choice of chicken salad, one side, a pickle spear and a cookie.
Chili’s Free Meal
Veterans and active-duty military receive a free meal on Veterans Day from a special Veterans Day menu. Must show proof of military service.
City Barbeque
One free half pound sandwich platter will be given to each veteran for either dine-in or carryout orders on 11-11-2015. At participating locations only.
Claim Jumper Free Meal
Participating Claim Jumper locations will provide those who served a complimentary lunch or dinner from a special menu. Verification of service is required.
Coffee Beanery
Participating Coffee Beanery locations will offer a free tall cup of coffee all day on November 11th. Veterans and active duty military will need to provide their military identification for the offer. Call ahead to make sure that your local Coffee Beanery is participating.
Cotton Patch Free Meal
Free meals to veterans of Veterans Day.  Choice between a chicken fried steak or chicken fried sandwich.
FATZ Cafe Free Entree
FATZ Cafe salutes our Veterans and Active Military with a free entrée on Veterans Day. On Nov. 11 from 11 AM to close present your Military ID and enjoy a free world famous Calabash Chicken meal.
Friendly’s Free Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner
Friendly’s is treating veterans and active military, with a valid military ID or honorable discharge card, to a free dine-in breakfast, lunch or dinner from select menus on Veteran’s Day, 11.11.15. The breakfast choice is their Big-Two-Do’s® array of breakfast options, and the lunch and dinner option is the All American Burger with fries and a beverage (soda, iced tea or hot beverage).
Glory Days Grill
Glory Days invites all veterans to join Glory Days and receive a free appetizer or wings with proper ID on Veterans Day.
Green Mill Restaurant and Bar
Veterans and Active Duty Military will receive a free lunch or dinner dine-in meal at participating locations on Veterans Day Wednesday, November 11, 2015. Must show proof of service, and beverages and gratuity are not included in free meal.
Hooters Free Meal
Hooters invites all veterans and current servicemen and women to a Hooters Veterans Day free meal menu by presenting a military ID or proof of service at any Hooters location across the country.
Hoss’s Family Steak & Sea House Free Meal
Hoss’s is serving up their “American Value” meals absolutely free for veterans on Wed., Nov. 11th, from 11 A.M. to 9 P.M. Valid I.D. is required.
Hy-Vee Free Breakfast
Hy-Vee is providing free breakfast for veterans during regular breakfast hours on Veterans Day.
Krispy Kreme Free Doughnut & Coffee
Offering a free doughnut and small coffee to all those served or currently are serving on Veterans Day. A free doughnut and small coffee will be given to anyone who identifies themselves as a veteran or active duty military personnel (no ID required). Only at participating locations.
Little Caesars
Free Crazy $5 Hot-n-Ready lunch combo from 11am-2pm at participating Little Caesars Pizza locations for US Veterans and Active Military on 11.11.2015. Must present a valid military ID.
Lamar’s Donuts
Free donut and a 12oz coffee for all veterans and active military on Veterans Day.
Longhorn Steakhouse Free App
Receive a complimentary Texas Tonion appetizer and a non-alcoholic beverage on Nov. 11. Includes veterans and current service members.
Max & Erma’s Free Cheeseburger Combo Meal with Dessert
On Veterans Day, participating Max & Erma’s locations are celebrating veterans and active military personnel with a free three course combo.  
Native Grill & Wings
Free meals for Veterans and Active Duty Military on Veterans Day, 11-11-2015. Choose from four options: crispy chicken sandwich, the native stripper platter, personal pizza, or the Native burger.
O’Charley’s Free Meal
On Monday, November 9th, all veterans and all active-duty military personnel will have their choice of one of nine meals on the O’Charley’s “$9.99er” menu. Options include O’Charley’s Famous Chicken Tenders & Twisted Chips, Cowboy Sirloin, Homestyle Chicken Pot Pie and Santa Fe Tilapia, among others.
Olive Garden Free Meal
On Wednesday, November 11, 2015 all veterans and military active duty will receive a free meal including entrees, freshly baked garlic breadsticks and a choice of unlimited soup or salad.
On The Border Free Entree
This Veterans Day, all veterans and active duty military will receive a free meal at OTB’s on Wednesday, Nov. 11th, ’15. The meal is from the”Create Your Own Combo menu,” which is a “choose 2” or “choose 3” menu  (valued up to $10.79).
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt
All veterans, retired and active-duty military personnel receive one free cup of froyo, up to 11 ounces, on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11th, 2015. To claim the offer, customers should provide proof of military service, such as a military ID card, uniform photo, honors, badges, or come dressed in their military uniform.
Panera Bread
1 free You Pick 2 for Veterans and Active Duty members on Nov. 11, 2015 on Veterans Day at participating locations. Bring proof of service.
Petro Stopping Centers
All truck drivers who are also veterans of the United States armed services can enjoy a complimentary meal (up to $15 value) on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11, 2015, at any participating TA and Petro sit-down restaurant across the U.S.
PDQ Fresh Tenders
Free 3 piece tenders or sandwich for all veterans or active duty military with ID or in uniform.
Pinnacle Entertainment
Free buffet on Veterans Day at Pinnacle’s properties including Ameristar, Belterra, Boomtown, Cactus Pete’s,  Lake Charles L’Auberge and Retama Park.
Primanti Bros.
Veterans and active duty military get a free sandwich from 4 PM to close on 11/11/15.
Red Robin Free Burger and Fries
All Veterans and Active Duty Military get a free Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries on Veterans Day.
Rock & Brews
Veterans and Active Duty members receive a free pulled pork sandwich and side on November 11th.  Dine in only, military or veteran ID required.
Ruby Tuesday
Get a free appetizer on Veterans Day to all those who served or are serving.
Sheetz
All veterans and current servicemen and women get a free 6″ turkey sub, regular fountain drink and free car wash.
Shoney’s Offers Free All-American Burger
Shoney’s says ‘Thank You’ to America’s heroes by offering a Shoney’s All-American Burger and fries to all Veterans and Active Duty Military members on Veterans Day, 11 November 2015.
Sizzler Free Lunch
Sizzler celebrates Vets, Active-Military personnel with free lunch Nov. 11. Meal includes choice of steak, chicken or shrimp entrée with beverage. Sizzler’s salute to veterans is good until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, at participating locations. The offer excludes the unlimited salad bar and gratuity.
Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill
Veterans and active duty get a free meal.  Must show proof of service.
Starbucks Free Coffee
This Veterans Day veterans, active duty military and their spouses get a free tall 12oz  brewed coffee at participating stores.
Sticky Fingers Ribhouse
Veterans, active, inactive or retired servicemen and servicewomen get a free entrée up to a $12.99 value this Veteran’s Day.   For servicemen and servicewomen the meal is completely free and no other purchases have to be made in order to receive the $12.99 value.  Available Wed., Nov. 11, 2015.  Proof of military service includes: dressing in uniform, DD214 form, dog tags, or current or expired government I.D.
TA Stopping Centers
All truck drivers who are also veterans of the United States armed services can enjoy a complimentary meal (up to $15 value) on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11, 2015, at any participating TA and Petro sit-down restaurant across the U.S.
Texas Roadhouse Free Lunch
Select from a free special veterans lunch menu including a beverage and sides.
TGI Fridays Free Lunch
Veterans and active duty military service members are invited to have lunch from T.G.I Friday’s lunch menu. Offer good only on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 11 a.m.-2 p.m at all participating  locations.  All veterans and active military personnel must show valid military I.D.
Tijuana Flats
Veterans and active-duty military eat free on Veterans Day.
Travel Centers of America Free Meal
All truck drivers who are also veterans of the United States armed services can enjoy a complimentary meal (up to $15 value) on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11, 2015, at any participating TA and Petro sit-down restaurant across the U.S.
Twin Peaks
All Military men and women (past and present) enjoy a free menu item from their Annual Veterans Day Appreciation Menu. Wednesday 11/11/15. Present valid military ID to receive offer.
Wienerschnitzel
One free chili dog and small Pepsi for all Veterans and Active Duty with a valid military ID, or for those wearing their military uniform, on Wednesday 11-11-2015.
World of Beer
On Wednesday, November 11, World of Beer invites all veterans and current servicemen to enjoy a free select draught beer by presenting a military ID, VA Card, or proof of service, where legal.





























































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