Veterans Day 2019: 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.

Free coffee of any size for all Veterans Advantage members, November 8-11, 2019. VetRewards subscribers also get 1000 bonus points on $10+ purchases all year.

Houlihan's Restaurants
Participating Houlihan’s Restaurant + Bar locations will honor America’s veterans and active-duty military on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, 2019 with a complimentary complimentary meal, in addition to the fifteen-percent food discount that is offered every day throughout the year.

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

Little Caesars Pizza 
Little Caesars® Pizza is offering all United States Armed Forces veterans and active military a free HOT-N-READY® Lunch Combo at participating stores nationwide this Veterans Day.

RA Sushi
In addition to offering 15% off for veterans year-round, all veterans, active and retired military can enjoy a complimentary shareable on Monday, November 11, available all 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.

All Active duty and Retired Veterans in observance of Veteran’s Day, November 11, are invited to come in to IHOP and enjoy a “free” breakfast. IHOP also offers continual discounts of up to 20% daily on all iHop breakfast and menu items, depending on location, in appreciation for their efforts and their protection of this country.

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
Special 20% Heroes discount November 8-11, 2019. 

Olive Garden
Eligible customers who come into an Olive Garden on Veterans Day can get a free meal, which includes an entrée from a special Veterans Day menu, plus unlimited soup or salad and garlic breadsticks to round out the meal.

Red Lobster
Red Lobster is offering a free appetizer or dessert to veterans, active duty military and reservists with a valid military ID on Monday, November 11. The offer is available in-restaurant or on To Go orders picked up in-restaurant. .

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
Complimentary entree up to $14.95 and Free Dr PepperTM beverage on November 11. Offer not valid towards Daily Brewhouse Specials Half Off Pizza. Must present Military ID or other proof of service.

Carrabba’s Italian Grill
Free calamari with a purchase with valid ID for active duty military and veterans on November 11.

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 or its Pumpkin Pie Latte at all 660 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations nationwide on Veterans Day. As another way to show appreciation for those who have served this Veterans Day, from Oct. 28 through Nov. 11, Cracker Barrel will offer $25 off all U.S. military branch-themed rocking chairs and 25 percent off all other military licensed products in its retail stores and online, including clothing, home furnishings and drinkware.

Guests can choose from a 6 oz. Tri Tip Steak, Malibu Chicken or a half-dozen Jumbo Crispy Shrimp. Guests will also receive a free side and a coffee, tea or 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.

Retail Discount: Bed Bath & Beyond
Bed Bath & Beyond recognizes VetRewards subscribers with 25% OFF their entire in-store shopping cart for a full weekend of Veterans Day holiday shopping from Saturday, Nov. 9th through Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. Also covers Buy Buy Baby, Christmas Tree Shops, Cost Plus World Market, Harmon Face Values and Harmon Discount Health & Beauty stores.

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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