Stores, restaurants offer veterans free food, discounts, coupons on Veterans Day, Monday November 11

Veterans can show an ID to get these freebies

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - On Monday, Nov. 11, the country will mark Veterans Day -- a day to honor those who have served in the armed forces.

Many restaurants and businesses will honor veterans with free meals, appetizers, car washes and other deals. The following deals have been verified for 2013. Note, some deals are for Monday, others are for different days. If you see an offer I have missed, please email

First, let's start with a deal that is valid for everyone. Get free admission to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and national parks across the country on Nov. 9-11:

The Bakersfield Condors are offering free tickets to retired and active military by showing their military ID. 

The Original Roadhouse is offering free meals to veterans from a selected menu. They are also selling calendars to benefit veterans' organization. Thanks to Alan for the tip.

Great Clips will give veterans a free hair cut on Nov. 11. If YOU get your hair cut on Nov. 11, they'll give you a coupon to give to a veteran for a free hair cut from Nov. 11 to Dec. 31. Details:  Thanks to Jessica and Greg for this tip.

Many Sport Clips locations will offer free haircuts to active-duty U.S. service members and veterans on Nov. 11 with valid proof of service. For a list of participating stores:

Car wash companies across the country are offering a free car wash for veterans on Nov. 11, check the Grace for Vets website for a full list:    Thanks to Shayne, Cathy and Anna for this tip.

Carrabba's is offering all active duty personnel and retired veterans a free appetizer on Nov. 9-11. You will need proof of service such as military ID or dressing in your uniform. Check your nearby location to make sure they are participating:

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood & Steaks is offering veterans a free meal from a special menu on SUNDAY, Nov. 10. Dine-in only. You will need military ID. Please make a reservation. Menu & details:

Rodizio Grill is offering a free meal for veterans Nov. 11-14 when you purchase another full Rodizio meal. Proof of Service required. The Denver location is offering this deal, I haven't reached the Fort Collins locations yet.  Thanks to Becca for this tip.

Veterans (and active duty personnel) get a free lunch or dinner, up to $12, at Bar Louie on Nov. 10 AND Nov. 11. Proof of service required. Dine-in only.

Veterans get a free meal at On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina on Nov. 11. Pick a "choose 2" or "choose 3" combo. You will need military ID or other proof of military service. Dine-in only.

Veterans and active duty military eat free from a special menu at Chili's on Nov. 11. Proof of service required.

Anyone who has served in the U.S. military eats free at Golden Corral on Nov. 11 from 4-9 p.m. No ID required. Dine-in only.  *Note, even though the website says no ID required, Jeff says they asked him for ID last year.

All veterans get a free meal from a special menu on Nov. 11 at Olive Garden. Family dining with the veteran also get 10 percent off. Military families get 10 percent off every day in November. Details:

Veterans and active duty military get a free entree from a limited menu at Applebee's on Nov. 11. Must show military ID. Beverage not included. Menu and details:

Champps Americana is offering veterans and active duty military a free burger and fries on Nov. 11.

Texas Roadhouse is offering veterans a free lunch (and beverage) from a special menu on Nov. 11. Proof of military service required. Active, former and retired military welcome. Dine-in only.

Enjoy a free pizza at California Pizza Kitchen on Nov. 11. Proof of military service required. Dine-in only. Valid at participating locations:

Vets get free lunch at TGI Fridays on Nov. 11. Sadly, the website doesn't offer any more details. Call your local location for details: (Last year the deal was only offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., so check before you go.)

Famous Dave's is offering veterans a deal on Nov. 11, but you have to call each location to find out if it's a free meal or a discount.

Veterans and active duty military get a free breakfast item at Village Inn on Nov. 11. Choose from pancakes, a waffle or French toast. No purchase neccessary. It appears the free breakfast offer is valid all day.

Free Tavern Double Burger and fries for veterans and active duty military at Red Robin on Nov. 11.  Thanks to Brian for this information.

Veterans eat free at Twin Peaks restaurant Nov. 11. However, their website only says they eat free, it doesn't have any other details:

Veterans and active duty military get a free meal at Hooters, up to $10.99, on Nov. 11. Must show proof of service and buy a drink.

Get a Bloomin' Onion and a beverage for free at Outback on Nov. 11 and get 10 percent off Nov. 12 'til the end of the year. Offer valid for veterans and active duty military with military ID.

Red Lobster is offering service members a complimentary appetizer (from a list of 10 choices). Offer good Nov. 11-14.

Paciugo Gelato Caffe is offering veterans and troops a free 12 oz. gelatte on Nov. 11 at participating locations.

Get a free doughnut and small coffee at Krispy Kreme on Nov. 11. You'll need to present your military ID or wear your uniform for the free treat. No purchase neccesary. Not valid at grocery or convenience stores. You may have to pay sales tax.

Einstein Bagels is giving veterans and active duty military a free bagel and shmear, or any other topping, on Nov. 11. Offer valid from 5:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thanks to Kristina for this tip.

IKEA is giving veterans and active duty personnel a free entree on Nov. 9-11. Entrée is a sandwich, hot dish or entrée salad. Please show some form of military ID. Details:

Veterans, active duty military and military spouses get a free tall (12 oz.) brewed coffee at Starbucks on Veterans Day:

Veterans, current service members AND THEIR FAMILIES get 20 percent off at JCPenny Nov. 6-11. You must print a coupon from this website:

Bed, Bath & Beyond & Cost Plus World Market is offering veterans, active duty personnel AND their families 20 percent off their ENTIRE purchase on Nov. 9-11. In-store only with valid military ID such as a DD-214, American Legion membership card, VFW membership card and U.S. Military Services Privilege & Identification Card. (not valid on: Alessi, Arthur Court, Breville®, Britto™ Collection, Brookstone®, DKNY, The Elf on the Shelf®, kate spade, Kenneth Cole Reaction Home, KitchenAid® PROLINE, Costa Boda, Le Creuset®, Lladró®, Miele, Monique Lhuillier, Nambe®, Nautica®, Nespresso, Orrefors, Riedel, Shun, Swarovski, T-Tech, Vera Wang®, Victorinox Luggage, Vitamix, Waterford®, Wusthof®, or Zwilling; Baby Brezza®, Baby Jogger™, Babymel™, BÉABA®, Bugaboo, Bumbleride™, Clek, Destination Maternity®, Ergobaby™, Foundations®, Maxi-Cosi®, Mountain Buggy®, Oeuf, Orbit Baby™, Peg Pérego®, Petunia Pickle Bottom®, Phil & Teds®, Quinny®, Romero Britto™, Stokke®,storksak®, Svan®, Under Armour®, UPPAbaby®, disposable diapers, wipes, formula, baby food, or portrait studio services. Valid for 10% off Dutailier® products. Thanks to Angela at SheerID for this tip.

Lowe's offers a 10 percent on Memorial Day, 4th of July and Veterans Day to all veterans who served honorably and present a valid Form DD214 or other proof of service. Lowe’s also offers a military discount of 10 percent every day to men and women who are currently in the Armed Services and to honor Retired Veterans and VA Recipients who have a valid military ID Card, VA card or Veteran Identification Card (VIC). Details:

I'm told Home Depot offers a military discount, but I can't find it on their website.

Military members and their families get 20 percent off at Joann fabric and craft stores on 'military discount days.' However, the website doesn't list those days. Please check with your local store.   Thanks to Diane for this tip.

In honor of all veterans have done, Denny's is serving free all-you-can-eat pancakes on Nov. 11, from 6 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Sizzler is offering veterans a free lunch until 5 p.m.

Walgreens is offering 15 percent off eligible store items and 20 percent off Walgreens, Nice! and W brand products.

Veterans and active duty service members with military ID get free Cibolo Mountain coffee or a Flavors2Go fountain drink (and size) at Corner Store on Monday. Corner Stores are located at Valero gas stations.

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