Veteran’s Day is this Tuesday, November 11 – and restaurants across the country are preparing to honor our military veterans, past and present with free meals – typically for the veteran and his/her spouse. You’ll want to call your individual location to confirm that they’re participating, just to be certain. I’ve compiled a list of places in or near the Atlanta area that are offering freebies and discounts for Veterans Day. Unless otherwise noted, all deals are on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.
- Be sure to bring proof of military service, uniform photo or be in uniform. Proof of military service varies by company. Acceptable forms of ID include (but not limited to) DD214, Military ID, Retired Military ID, Drivers License with Veteran designation, American Legion/VFW/AMVET Membership Card.
- Pay attention to the dates on the Veterans Day offer as some offers are for Sunday November 9th or extended over several days.
- Many of the restaurants free meals are for dine in only.
- Many of these promotions include small print that says participating locations only. Unfortunately individual franchisees may choose not to participate. Fortunately, some franchisee’s participate even if the corporate company does not. Please call the restaurant before you leave home to make sure they are taking part.
- Most importantly, Thank you for your service!
<style=”text-align: center;”>Super special thanks to Short Cut Saver, Surviving the Stores, Military Wives Savings and Savvy Shopper Central for contributing to this list of freebies for our Veterans.
Veterans Day Freebies 2014
Local (Atlanta) Offers
Georgia Aquarium – In addition to early admision for veterans and active miliarty personell, they may also enjoy FREE admission to veteran and active miliary, 30% off for military families November 8 – 11, 2014. Check specific details here.
Stone Mountain Park – FREE Adventure Pass for the opening weekend of Stone Mountain Christmas, Nov. 8-9, for active or retired military, disabled veterans, and military reservists, a special discount for spouses and dependents and 20% off food and merchandise when valid military personnel IDs and dependent IDs are presented.
The World of Coke – The attraction offers free admission to members of the Armed Forces (active duty, reserves and retirees) year-round. In honor of Veterans Day, we are going one step further to show our gratitude and support for the men and women who serve our country. Starting Saturday, Nov. 8 through Sunday, Nov. 16, members of the Armed Forces may also purchase up to four half-price general admission tickets for their friends and family. To take advantage of this special offer, military members and retirees can present their valid Armed Forces ID cards at the World of Coca-Cola ticket windows.
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt– To recognize and honor our American servicemen and women, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt will offer all retired and active-duty military personnel a free cup of froyo, up to 11 ounces, on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11. To claim the offer, customers should provide proof of military service, such as a military ID card, uniform photo, honors, badges, or come dressed in their military uniform. In addition, as part of its “Year of the Flavor” campaign, Orange Leaf is introducing its new, limited-time flavor, Pumpkin Spice Latte, for the month of November.
Applebees – at participating Applebee’s on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, Veterans can get a free meal. You’ll be able to choose a meal from a limited Veterans Day menu that includes items like steak, cheeseburgers, chicken tenders, and lots more. View the list of menu items here.
Bakers Square – FREE Breakfast for Veterans or Active Military Valid 11/11
Bob Evans – FREE All You Can Eat Pancakes for Veterans and Active Military Valid 11/11
Cafe Express – FREE Dessert (exp: 11/30/2014)
California Pizza Kitchen – FREE Entree for Veterans & Active Military Valid 11/11
Carlos O’kelly’s – Free Sopapilla Dessert + Free Entree Coupon for Next Visit for Veterans & Active Military Valid 11/11
Carrabba’s – FREE Appetizer for Veterans & Active Military (exp: 11/11/2014)
Champps Americana – FREE Cheeseburger for Veterans & Active Military Valid 11/11
Chili’s– show proof of military service if you are a veteran or on active military duty to get your Veterans Day free meal on November 11th, 2014.
Corner Bakery – FREE Short Stack of Pancakes with Reservation at Your Location Valid 11/10 – 11/14
Denny’s – Come in on 11/11/14 from 5AM- Noon to build your own Free Grand Slam. Available to all active, non-active, and retired military personnel.
Fox and Hound – FREE Cheeseburger & Fries for Veterans & Active Military Valid 11/11
Friendly’s – FREE Big-Two-Do Breakfast & Coffee or Classic Burger Meal for Veterans & Active Military Valid 11/11
Golden Corral – Free Dinner for Veterans and Active Duty Military Valid 11/17 from 5 – 9pm (exp: 11/17/2014)
Krispy Kreme – FREE Doughnut & Small Coffee for Veterans & Active Military Valid 11/11
Menchies – FREE Frozen Yogurt for Veterans & Active Military Valid 11/11
Max & Erma’s – Participating locations will be offering the Best Cheeseburger in America combo which includes choice of Tortilla Soup or side House Salad, a Cheeseburger and french fries, and a fresh baked chocolate chip cookie for dessert. Dine in only with proof of military service. Check your local Max & Erma’s to see if they are participating.
Olive Garden – active-duty military and military veterans who provide proof of service on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 will get a free meal. Veterans can choose a free entree from a special menu of Olive Garden’s seven most popular items. All of these entrees come with freshly baked garlic breadsticks and a choice of unlimited soup or salad.
On the Border– On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina is saying “Thank You” more than 150 ways this Veterans Day, as all veterans and active duty military will receive, for FREE, OTB’s “Create Your Own Combo menu,” the restaurant’s best-seller featuring more than 150 possible meal combinations, on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.
Outback Steakhouse– Free Bloomin’ Onion and beverage on Veteran’s Day with proof of service. Outback Steakhouse is also giving out a military discount of 15% off the total check November 12 to December 31, 2014.
Shoney’s – Free All American Burger on November 11th, 2014. This is for veterans as well as active duty military while supplies last. Proof of military service is required and for dine-in only. Go here to find a Shoney’s near you.
Sizzler – FREE Lunch & Drink for Veterans & Active Military Valid 11/11 Until 4PM
Starbucks– Starbucks will be giving out free tall brewed coffees to veterans, active duty military, and their spouses on Veterans Day.
Texas de Brazil – 50% Off Regular Dinner Price Valid on 11/11
Texas Roadhouse– Free lunch from your choice off of the Veteran’s lunch menu. Includes your choice of steak, country fried chicken, country fried sirloin, pulled pork, pork chop, cheeseburger, BBQ chicken sandwich, pulled pork sandwich, grilled chicken salad, or chicken critter salad plus your choice of sides plus, a free coca-cola product, tea, or coffee. Bring in a military ID, Veterans Affairs card, or Discharge papers for proof of service. Dine in only.
Restaurant Free with Purchase
Cheeseburger in Paradise– The tropical bar and grill chain is honoring veterans by extending a complimentary All-American Burger with fries to active and retired military personnel in appreciation of their courage and commitment to the well-being of the country. To take advantage of this dine in offer, guests must make a drink purchase of $1.99 or more and present any of the following forms of identification when ordering: U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, or Veterans Organization Card.
Retail Store Deals & Freebies:
Ann Taylor Factory Store – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 11/11/2014)
Bed Bath and Beyond – 20% Off Entire Purchase for Veterans & Active Military (exp: 11/11/2014)
Carters – 25% Off $40 Purchase (exp: 11/11/2014)
Dollar General – 11% Off for Veterans and Active Duty Military Valid 11/11
Express – $25 Off Every $75 Purchase (exp: 11/11/2014)
Great Clips – FREE Haircuts for Veterans & Military or Free Haircut Card to Give to a Veteran Valid 11/11
JoAnn – 20% Off Entire Purchase with Military or Dependent ID (exp: 11/11/2014)
Kirkland’s – 10% Off Entire Purchase for Military, Fire Department, Police & Medical Personnel (exp: 11/9/2014)
Kirkland’s – $10 Off $50 Purchase (exp: 11/11/2014)
Kohl’s – $10 Off $25 Purchase (exp: 11/11/2014)
Lifeway Christian – 25% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 11/11/2014)
Loft Outlet – 10% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 11/11/2014)
Lord and Taylor – 15% Off Regular or Sale Price Purchase (exp: 11/11/2014)
Lowes – 10% Off Entire Purchase for Veterans & Active Military (exp: 11/12/2014)
Osh Kosh BGosh – 25% Off $40 Purchase (exp: 11/11/2014)
Sport Clips – Free Haircut for Veterans and Active Duty Military at Some Locations Valid 11/11
White House Black Market – $20 Off $80 Purchase (exp: 11/12/2014)
World Market – 20% Off Entire Purchase for Veterans & Active Military (exp: 11/11/2014)
Yankee Candle – 10% Off Entire Purchase for Veterans & Active Military (exp: 12/31/2014)
Other Misc. Deals and Freebies
National Parks– This freebie is in honor of Veterans Day but available for everyone in the military or not. Over 100 national parks will waive admission fees on November 11, 2014 in honor of Veterans Day. View a list by state here.
Knott’s Berry Farm– Free admission to all U.S. veterans, retired and active military personnel and one guest. Up to six additional tickets may be purchased at Knott’s Ticket Booths for only $24 each from November 2 through 21 and for $29 each from November 22 through January 4. Military personnel may also purchase additional tickets at a participating local Military ticket office. U.S. veterans, retired and active military personnel must present military ID or proof of U.S. military service at Knott’s ticket booths to receive the complimentary tickets. Veteran, retired and active military personnel must be present.
Legoland Florida– From Nov. 1-23, veterans will receive free admission to LEGOLAND Florida, along with 50% off tickets for up to six accompanying guests to experience the Park’s more than 50 rides, shows and attractions. To redeem the free admission, veterans can present their military ID to LEGOLAND Florida’s ticket window the day they plan to visit. This is the second year the Park has offered this special military offer.
Online Freebies & Deals:
Veterans Day Honor – 12 FREE Patriotic MP3 Downloads
Free Book: Operation Money – A Financial Guide for Military Service Members and Families [Kindle Edition With Audio/Video]
Free Car Washes for Veterans on 11/11
Free Admission to 1 of Several Annheiser Busch Parks for Military (Sea World, Busch Gardens, and more)
**The following companies offer discounts (most are 10% off), but you may find that NOT all locations participate:
Brooklyn Water Bagels
Chevy’s Fresh Mex
Long John Silver’s
Cruise lines (most)
Wyndham Hotels and Resorts
Checker Auto Parts
Kragen Auto Parts
NAPA Auto Parts
Super Sonic Car Wash
Cell Phone Service Discounts
Clothing and Shoes
The Children’s Place
The Finish Line
Foot Action (15%)
Foot Locker (20%)
Jos. A. Bank
New York & Company
Timberland Outlets (active duty only)
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