Veteran’s Day Discounts 2011

Every year, companies across the US offer a wide varieties of deals and discounts in honor of Veteran’s Day, 11 November.  This list will continue to be updated as I learn new information.  Please be sure to contact individual locations to verify hours and restrictions.  This is a nice thing that companies do for the military and I hate to see it being turned into something negative due to miscommunication or disagreements about documentation.  Each business gets to make their own rules about what they consider acceptable identification in order to qualify for the promotion.  Also, please be sure to tip on the pre-discount amount of the check.  Those servers are working hard, too!

I’m just doing restaurants and other food items today, or else the post will be impossibly long.  Up next:  entertainment, shopping, and other goodies.

Abuelos Mexican Food – I can’t find confirmation of Abuelo’s deals online, so be sure to call ahead. Contact information for individual locations can be found at the location list page.
Applebees – Friday, 11 November 2011. All veterans, retirees, National Guard, reservists and active duty military eat free from a special seven item menu at Applebee’s on Veterans Day. Beverages and gratuities are not included. This offer is available for the entire business day and hours vary based upon location. Acceptable forms of ID include U.S. Uniformed Services Identification Card, U.S. Uniformed Services Retiree Identification Card, current Leave and Earnings Statement, identification card from a veteran’s organization, DD214, photograph of yourself wearing a military uniform, or a citation or commendation certificate.
Chili’s — Friday, 11 November 2011, all day. Veterans and active duty dine for free from a special limited six item menu on Veterans Day. Must present identification.
Denny’s – Friday, 11 November 2011. Selected Denny’s locations are offering a free Grand Slam Breakfast to all veterans. I know for sure that this is being offered in upstate New York, but there are rumors that other locations may be participating, too. Be sure to check before you go.
Golden CorralMonday, 14 November 2011 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Anyone who has ever served in the military is invited to enjoy a free meal. In addition, local Disabled American Veterans chapters will be fundraising at Golden Corral locations. Last year, the DAV raised over one million dollars through donations from the Golden Corral partnership.
Famous Daves – This BBQ restaurant offers different deals at different locations. You can see if your location is participating and call them for more details.
Hooters – Friday, 11 November 2011, all day. Veterans get 10 free wings with drink purchase. Must provide proof of military service.
Krispy Kreme – Friday, 11 November 2011. Selected locations are offering a free doughnut to veterans.
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants — Sunday, 13 November 2011, hours vary. The annual Veterans Day Appreciation Dinner will be held on Sunday, 13 November 2011. Participating locations will offer a complimentary entree to vets from a special menu. Reservations are highly recommended. Required identification includes VA Card, VFW Card, American Legion Card, discharge papers, DD214 or other Veterans ID.
Outback Steakhouse — 7 November to 11 November, 2011. Show identification to receive a free Bloomin’ Onion appetizer and Coca-cola beverage, all week long. Acceptable identification includes U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), Veterans Organization Card (i.e., American Legion and VFW), DD214 Certificate, Veteran Identification Card (VIC), or Photograph in Uniform.
Spaghetti Warehouse – 11 November 2011, all day. Not just for veterans, but in honor of Veterans Day, Spaghetti Warehouse is offering a coupon for buy one, get one for 11 cents on any of their original recipe spaghetti dinners. The coupon should come up when you go to the Spaghetti Warehouse webpage. If it does not show up, try another browser.
Subway – 11 November 2011, all day. Some locations are offering a free six inch sub to veterans on Veterans Day. Check with your location to see if they are participating.
Texas Roadhouse – Friday, 11 November 2011, 11am to 2 pm. Veterans can receive a free meal from a selected menu, plus a free soda, iced tea, or coffee.
TGIFridays – Friday, 11 November 2011. Veterans can take advantage of a Buy One, Get One Free deal on entrees. There’s a lot of small print on this offer, including not valid with any other offer, must present acceptable ID, and valid only at participating locations.
Tim Hortons – Friday, 11 November 2011, all day or until supplies run out. Veterans can receive a free star spangled doughnut at all US locations.
UNO Chicago Grill – 7 November to 11 November 2011. UNO Chicago Grill is offering all veterans 19.43% off of their bill for five full days.
There are a lot of good deals here…be sure to keep checking back as I find out even more!

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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.
  • Lynn Evans

    thanks for honoring the vets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Larry

    I believe that Olive Garden and Cheeseburger in Paradise (not sure which locations) are offering Veterans Day specials too???

  • Melanie Anderson

    Carolina Ale House locations are offering 10% off at all their NC locations on 11/11/11.

  • Anymouse

    How about not raping us vets at the movies what’s up with that. that’s not to much to ask Hollywood is it after all we make it safe for them to film on location anywhere in the world right?

  • Karen

    Price choppers is doing free coffee and donuts until 7pm

  • Mary Mastro

    My dad liberated the concentration camp at Dachau and my husband guarded missiles as an MP in Korea. For their service and that of all military and their families, I am eternally grateful! MM, Sarasota, FL

  • warren

    I went to subway in wallmart in Cleveland tn around 1030 am & was informed only untill 10 am I then looked here & stated all day. What a ripoff. So u gotta be careful where u go

  • Michelle

    Went to Subway..they denied it. Said they were giving away sandwiches from 7am until 10am..sure not lunchtime. What a copout!

  • Chris

    Went to Subway in Missoula, Mt. and they gave a free 6″ sandwich all day. Also went to Applebee’s for dinner and the place was full of vets, most were from the 1960’s and the meal was large and super good. The waiters were great too. They were very respectful.
    Thank you to Subway and Applebees for remembering all the vets and enlisted men and women who are in the military now.