Veterans Day 2018: Food Freebies for Veterans and Active Duty Personnel - Part I

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Veterans Day is one of the most patriotic days of the year, inspiring businesses and retailers to offer our military and veterans free food, drinks, and other discounts to say thank you for their service. While saying thank you is important all year long, these restaurants offer free meals and desserts to our service members on and around Veterans Day. 

Always call ahead, as some locations may choose not to participate in Veterans Day offers! And don’t forget you can use your VetRewards Card to redeem your Veterans Day meal deal, and other, more exclusive discounts. For year-round access to these exclusive deals and even deeper discounts, discover the benefits a VetRewards subscription offers.

Houlihan's Restaurants
Participating Houlihan’s Restaurant + Bar locations will honor America’s veterans and active-duty military on Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11, 2018 with a complimentary entrée.

Max & Erma’s 
Get a free Best Cheeseburger in America Combo, including seasoned fries and a drink. Dine-in only. 

Little Caesars Pizza 
Grab your free pizza or $5 HOT-N-READY Lunch Combo on Veterans Day.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill
Macaroni Grill offers military and veterans a free Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs & Spaghetti entrée.

Famous Dave’s
Get a free 2 Meat Combo served with one side item and corn bread muffin.

Free red, white, and blue pancakes with blueberries, strawberries, and whipped cream.

Krispy Creme
Military and Veterans get 1 free donut and small coffee on Veterans Day.

Buffalo Wild Wings
Their “Wings for Heroes” means you’ll receive one small order of wings with a side of fries.

Outback Steakhouse
“Military Mates” and their families can get a free bloomin onion and drink.

Olive Garden
Choose from 6 popular entrees from Olive Garden’s menu for free on Veterans Day.

Golden Corral
Golden Corral honors military and vets on November 12th from 5-9 PM. To date, Golden Corral restaurants have served over 5.1 million free meals and contributed over $12.9 million to Disabled American Veterans. 

Red Lobster
Get your free appetizer or dessert on November 10th or 11th.

TGI Fridays
Get a free lunch menu item up to $12 from 11 a.–2 p.m. Guests will also receive a $5 coupon for their next meal at Fridays. Offer for dine-in only. 

Texas Roadhouse
Choose from 10 lunch offers, including a complimentary beverage.

Red Robin
Get a free Red’s Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries. Dine-in only.

Most Chili’s offer a free meal to military and veterans, but call your local chain for details.

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse
Enjoy a complimentary entree up to $12.95. Available on November 10th.

Carrabba’s Italian Grill
Get your free appetizer at Carrabba’s on Veterans Day.

Bob Evans
Bob Evans is offering 6 free breakfast items, available all day, and select lunch and dinner options.

Bonefish Grill
Bonefish Grill is giving out free Bang Bang Shrimp appetizers to military and veterans on Veterans Day.

Cracker Barrel
Receive a complimentary slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola® Cake when you visit Cracker Barrel this Veterans Day.

Guests can choose from three entrées: a six-ounce Tri-Tip Steak, a single Malibu Chicken or a Half Dozen Fried Shrimp, and a free beverage, including coffee, iced tea or a fountain drink.

Free breakfast, lunch or dinner from a select menu for Veterans and Active Duty. Dine-in only.

On the Border
Choose two or three of your favorites to make a free create-your-own-combo meal with rice and beans, plus chips & salsa.

Krystal offers military and vets a free sausage biscuit from 6-10:30 AM. Available both to dine-in and drive-thru guests.

CiCi’s Pizza
Get your free buffet on Veterans Day, including pizza, salads, dessert, and more.

O’Charley’s Bar & Grill
Military and Vets get free $9.99er meals all day long on Veterans Day. Choose from Famous Chicken Tenders & Fries, Honey Drizzled Southern-Fried Chicken, Homestyle Chicken Pot Pie, and more. 

California Pizza Kitchen
You’ll get a free pizza, full-size salad, or pasta from the special Veterans Day Menu. Dine-in only

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
Freddy’s offers veterans a gift card for a combo meal to be used anytime.

Pizza Factory 
Pizza factory offers a free lunch special or a free lunch buffet to thank you for your service.

Village Inn
Build your own free INN-credible breakfast on Veterans Day by choosing 4 eligible breakfast items. Dine-in only.

Want to learn more?
Here's Part II of our Veterans Day restaurant freebies report here.


*Please note: Veterans Advantage publishes Military Community Deals like these as a benefits resource for our members. These deals are with companies that not part of the Veterans Advantage Partner Coalition. We cannot guarantee the company's military discount availability. This information is from public sources and is subject to change without notice. Veterans Advantage's VIP Member Support is not available for handling questions or customer service for any Military Community Deal. Please contact the company's customer service directly. 

  • In order to be eligible for the discount, customers must present proof of military service, past or present or military dependent ID. Some exclusions do apply.*
  • Your VetRewards Card ID from Veterans Advantage may qualify as valid proof of eligibility. Simply ask.

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