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.