2010 Veteran’s Day Discounts

UPDATE 9 November 2010:  See even more deals and discounts at More 2010 Veteran’s Day Discounts.

Two weeks until Veteran’s Day quite a few businesses are offering discounts for Veteran’s Day, including many a free restaurant meal.  Here are the deals I’ve been able to verify so far:


McCormick and Schmick is continuing the tradition with it’s 12th annual Veteran’s Appreciation Day promotion, which will be held on Sunday, November 7th, 2010.  Veterans are able to choose a complimentary meal from a special menu.  This offer is available at locations listed on this document and reservations are highly recommended.  Veterans must present proper identification. Examples include: VA Card, VFW Card, American Legion Card, discharge papers, DD214 or other Veterans ID. No parties larger than six, please.

Outback Steakhouse is offering a free Bloomin’ Onion and non-alcoholic beverage to veterans on November 11th, 2010.  No other purchase necessary.  Required documentation can include:  U.S Uniform Services Identification Card, U.S Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), DD form 214 Veterans Organization Card (i.e., American Legion and VFW), Photograph in Uniform, Wearing Uniform.

Golden Corral is doing its free Military Appreciation Dinner on Monday, November 15th, 2010.  There is no documentation required to redeem this offer.

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.  The free meal offer is available all day.

Free Doughnut at Krispy Kreme on Thursday 11/11!  mmm, doughnuts…  No identification necessary.


Colonial Williamsburg offers free admission to active duty, guard, reservists, retirees, veterans and their dependents November 11th through November 14th, 2010.  This great deal includes free parking, admission to the short film about Williamsburg, and use of the site’s shuttle buses.  The service member need not be present. Free “Honoring Service to America” passes will be provided to immediate family members of currently deployed troops with appropriate identification. Military veterans who separated before retirement can bring a copy of their DD Form 214.

There is a special parade and ceremony on the 11th.    All veterans of service in America’s Armed Forces are invited to participate in the parade beginning at the Capitol at 4:30 pm, with groups forming at 4:15 p.m. (Veterans unable to walk the distance can join the parade near the Magazine.)  After processing to the Courthouse, there will be a ceremony honoring all veterans of American service.

Knotts Berry Farm offers free admission for past and present military members during its annual Military Tribute, which runs from November 1st to November 25th, 2010. Veterans or current serving military personnel plus one guest get in FREE with proper ID presented at Knott’s turnstile. Acceptable forms of ID include DD214, Veterans Administration Hospital ID or Active Military Service ID. Purchase up to six additional tickets for just $15 each.

Also on November 11th, 2010, the National Parks Service is waiving all entrance fees at all national parks.

Please let me know if you hear of more discounts and I’ll keep updating.

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Kate Horrell
Kate Horrell is a military financial coach, mom of four teens, and Navy spouse. She has a background in taxes and mortgage banking, and a trove of experience helping other military families with their money. Follow her on twitter @realKateHorrell.
  • S Clement

    Here are a few others someone sent me:


    Military Eat Free at Golden Corral

    Golden Corral’s 9th annual Military Appreciation Monday dinner will be held on Monday, November 15, 2010, from 5 to 9 pm in all Golden Corral restaurants nationwide. The free dinner meal is a special “thank you tribute” to any person who has ever served in the United States Military. If you are a veteran, retired, currently serving, or in the National Guard/Reserves, you are invited to join us for Golden Corral’s Military Appreciation Monday dinner. To date, Golden Corral restaurants have provided over 2.2 million free meals and contributed over $3.3 million to the Disabled American Veterans organization. Website for more information: http://www.goldencorral.com/military/


    Home Depot and Lowe’s Military Discount

    Home Depot and Lowe’s have long been known to offer a 10% holiday discount to military members and their families and in many cases veterans and retirees. These promotions were usually limited to the main military holidays such as Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Veterans Day. Well, no longer – both companies have announced these offers are available every day of the week.

    Fee Free Day at National Parks

    To honor America’s service men and women, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that areas managed by the department would not charge entrance fees on Thursday, November 11, 2010.

  • Brooke lee

    dunkin doughnuts says wednesday 11/11 but thursday is 11/11 so which is it?

    • Brooke, thanks for catching that! I should have written Thursday 11/11…I’ve fixed it now. I hope you have a Krispy Kreme near you!

  • Deserae

    Chili’s is also offering a free meal as well!

  • For military retirees interested in buying a new eligible vehicle, GM is offering the GM Military Discount to all military retirees this month. To get more information on the savings, check out bit.ly/9hkhDn. Hope this helps!

  • Hoffmans Car Wash offers a free cash wash for Veterans on 11/11.

  • Also, T.G.I. Friday’s is offering a BOGO Free Meal to all current military and veterans from Nov 11-14!

  • Maree

    If you have a famous daves near you they are also offering anything from a free meal to 15 bucks off or even a % off your entire table depends on your loctaion check out their website to find out your deal.

  • Marcos

    Also at participating Hooter’s, the ones in San Antonio are only offering buy 10 wings get 10 wings free, in other states they are offering free entree’s. Now TGI fridays says vet’s if you can get someone to buy an entree in your party you get one free. I called the nearst TGI fridays and they said nope, nada, then I called a farther location and they said show me some ID and you get one entree free NO BOGO! You just have to call ahead and make sure. TEXAS Land and cattle in San Antonio is offering a free appetizer, lol, I’m not going there. Your wallet shrinks just by walking in the place.

  • It is such a good thing the discounts that businesses are offering to all military personnel.
    Wish we all could do more for them all year long.
    Thanks for serving our country.

  • ron

    what about a day off with some pay for all vets.ive never been lucky to get off

  • Trent

    Applebees depending on location is giving a free lunch to service members or veterans. Call ahead to make sure the one near you is participating.

  • Kenny

    Has anyone mentioned Beef O’Brady’s? 5 free menu items to choose from.

  • Ron Wood

    I served in the Air Force for four years and have a honorable discharge. Do I qulify for a Military ID card for community discounts Ron Wood