A few national Veterans' Day promotions will be coming up in the next few weeks. So you can plan ahead, here is the list so far:
Every year, Golden Corral does an offer for Veteran's Day that includes a free meal for all military members or veterans. The 9th Annual Military Appreciation Monday is being held on Monday, November 16th, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and includes a free meal for all veterans, retirees, active duty military members, and members of the National Guard or Reserves. In addition, individual stores are supporting various veterans' groups through raffles and other fundraising efforts.
Applebee's Restaurant is offering a free meal, from a limited menu, for vets on November 11th. Their webpage lists the required documentation: a military ID, an LES, a membership card from a Veterans' organization, a photograph of you in uniform, actually wearing a uniform, a copy of your DD214, or a copy of a citation or commendation. It's nice that they list those so clearly. It appears that they are offering the free meal all day.
McCormick & Schmick Restaurants are also offering free meals to veterans, on Sunday, November 8th. Most locations are participating and you can find the list here. There is a special menu being offered, reservations are suggested, and parties are limited to 6 people. I've never actually been to a McCormick & Schmick, mostly because I am cheap, but this might be a nice way to try them without spending the full amount of dinner.
Update 11/7: Pizzaria Uno is offering a free entree or individual pizza, with purchase of the same, to all veterans and active duty military members.
While not a national chain, Masala Wok, of Northern Virginia and various Texas locations, is also reported to be offering free meals to vets on Veterans' Day. I'd call the individual location first but if you are nearby anyway, it might be a good way to try a new place.
With all these deals, you could really splurge and eat out a lot during Veteran's Day week, without spending quite as much as you usually would.