So it seems like this year I’m seeing a lot more offers of free stuff for veterans on Veterans Day, and a lot fewer ads for furniture sales and new cars. Which is great…However, if you’re on active duty you’ll probably need to plan for a little extra PT to work off all this free food, lest you fall victim to the tape test.
Just remember, if you plan to take advantage of these freebies (and you should) you’ll need:
- Proof of Military Service. Most of the time this will probably be a military ID, but you may be able to use a current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), a photograph of yourself in uniform, be wearing uniform (if your service permits), Veterans Organization Card (e.g., American Legion and VFW), DD214, discharge paperwork, or other form of identification. Other restaurants and companies may only require a photo of you in uniform, or go by the honor system.
- Participation. Second, always call ahead to verify locations, times, and participation. Many of the listed companies are franchises and may have different policies.
Enjoy a free burger at Champps on Friday. Military can choose any Champps burger except for the Pepperjack Bacon Stack and Kobe Burgers. The offer is for dine-in only and you should verify that the location nearest you is participating.
Many Famous Dave’s locations are offering free or discounted food to veterans. Offers range from a set dollar amount or percentage reduction to free meals. Check the website to find the specific deal at the Famous Dave’s in your area.
Veterans are invited to Hooters on Veterans Day to enjoy 10 free wings. You must purchase a drink and proof of service, past or present, is required. Check the website for a list of Hooters locations that are participating in the offer.
Veterans can snag a free meal at Olive Garden on November 11. Choose from a preset menu. Like all good Olive Garden meals, this free food offer includes complimentary bread sticks and your choice of soup or salad.
Spaghetti Warehouse invites everyone — not just veterans — to have a lasagna or original recipe spaghetti entree for just eleven cents! You must print a coupon from their website.
Military members can grab a free lunch at Texas Roadhouse on November 11 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Choose from a preset menu of 10 items. Plus, you’ll receive a soda, iced tea or coffee on the house!
Other free food offers for the military on Veterans Day
- Grab a free donut from Krispy Kreme
- Get a free order of Crazy Bread with a purchase from Little Caesars
- Order a free Coke product and Bloomin’ Onion between November 7 and November 11 at Outback Steakhouse
- Buy one 6-ounce steak entree and get one free at Sizzler
- Snag a free 6-inch sub or flatbread sandwich at participating Subway restaurants
- But one meal and get one free at T.G.I. Friday’s
- Receive a 19.43 percent discount at Uno’s on Veterans Day
- Papa John’s will donate $1 to the USO for every online order of its newly created USO Meal Deal at www.papajohns.com. The USO Meal Deal consists of two large one-topping pizzas for $20.
- Sleep Number will offer free travel pillows (while supplies last) to active and retired military personnel who visit any of the 400 Sleep Number stores nationwide . Sleep Number will also offer $700 off the Sleep Number i8 and p7 bet sets plus 36 months financing, free standard shipping on all beds, and 30 percent off ALL Sleep Number bedding solutions. These deals are exclusive to all active/retired military personnel from October 30 through November 20.