I’m always amazed at how many companies offer generous discounts over Veterans Day. Veterans Day was created to recognize the service of our military veterans, and corporate America continues to provide that recognition in a very tangible way with amazing Veterans Day deals and discounts. I know it’s good public relations, but it’s also just a nice gesture.
If you’re a veteran, don’t be shy about taking advantage of these offers. But first, be sure that you understand a few etiquette issues.
- Each company gets to decide what it wants to accept as proof of military service. It might be a DD-214, a veteran’s ID card, a VA healthcare ID card, or or even a picture of yourself in uniform. Please don’t argue with them if you don’t have the ID that they are requesting. It’s not personal, and it does no one any good to fight about it.
- Free offers generally do not include a gratuity for your server. Please tip on what the full amount of the bill would have been without the discount.
- Call to verify that your location is participating, and for any details like what kind of proof of service they are accepting, etc.. I’d call the day before so that you’re not swamping them on the actual day.
Most of the big Veterans Day deals and discounts are announced right at the end of October and into the beginning of November. This list will continue to be updated from now until Veterans Day, so be sure to bookmark it so you remember to check back!
Applebee’s will offer a free meal to veterans and active duty military on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. Beverage and gratuity is not included. You must provide proof of military service, but there are no specific directions on what the proof needs to be.
Bed and Breakfast for Vets
B&B for Vets is a program of the Association of Lodging Professionals, and offers a free one-night stay at a participating Bed and Breakfast on Tuesday, 10 November 2020. These tend to book up quickly so don’t procrastinate.
Bed Bath and Beyond
Bed Bath and Beyond offers 25% off your entire in-store purchase on Wednesday, 11 November 2020. The announcement says “For Active-Duty U.S. Military, Vets, and Spouses.” It does not specify what is required for identification.
BJ’s Restuarant and Brewhouse
BJ’s restaurant (not to be confused with the big box store) is offering a free entree up to $14.95 and a free Dr. Pepper. This offer can be redeemed by a veteran or active duy military member on Wednesday, 11 November with proof of service or a military ID. Unfortunately, this offer is valid for dine in only, and cannot be redeemed for carryout.
Bob Evans Restaurants
On November 11, 2020, Bob Evans Restaurants will offer a special menu of seven homestyle favorites to veterans and active duty military. Dine-in only, beverage not included. Not valid with other offers, discounts, or coupons. Veterans and active duty military simply show proof of military service. Proof of service includes: US Uniformed Services ID Card, US Uniformed Services Retired Card, current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), veterans organization card (i.e. American Legion, VFW), photograph of yourself in uniform, wearing uniform, DD214, and citation or commendation. Beverages and gratuity not included. Tax additional where applicable.
Brick House Tavern Restaurants
Similar to many Veteran’s Day Deals, Brick House Tavern is offering 20% off a meal on Wednesday, 11 November. This deal extends to a party of four and does not include alcoholic beverages or gratuity. The website says you must show a ‘valid ID’ but does not specify what constitutes a valid ID. Your military ID is always a safe bet!
Bubba Gump Restaurants
On Wednesday, 11 November 2020, military members and their families can receive 20% off their order at Bubba Gump Shrimp Restaurant locations. This offer is valid with a military ID, although it only extends to a party of four. Alcoholic beverages and gratuity not included. As always, check with individual locations by calling or using the website.
California Pizza Kitchen Restaurants
CPK is offering a great Veteran’s Day offer this year, in which veterans or active duty military members can get a free entree on Wednesday 11 November. These entrees include pizza, full size salads, or pasta and come with a beverage. As usual, proof of service or military ID is required but can be redeemed for dine in or walk-in takeout.
On Veteran’s Day, Chili’s restaurants allow all veterans or active duty military servicemembers to get a free entrée at participating restaurants. This deal includes a limited menu of entrees, and the website recommends calling individual locations for specifics.
Cracker Barrel has released their plans for the 2020 holiday season, but have not released official Veteran’s Day specific discounts. This years “Gift of Shared Traditions” includes an in-store special on November 11 and a month-long promotion. I will update this as soon as Cracker Barrel shares more specific information!
Country Kitchen Restaurants
Country Kitchen Restaurants are giving veterans and active duty military member a free Country Scramble with proof of service or ID for dine in. This offer is only on Wednesday, 11 November, 2020. The menu does not actually have a “Country Scramble” option but the promotional photo appears to be scrambled eggs and pancakes!
At Denny’s, veterans and military personnel can Build Your Own free Grand Slam from 5am to noon. This offer is the second slide on the homepage, and hours may vary by location. You can enjoy a nice breakfast spread whether you are active duty or retired!
Veterans can get a free donut from Dunkin Donut locations on Wednesday, 11 November, no purchase necessary. Along with this free donut for veterans and active duty personnel, Dunkin is partnered with A Million Thanks to support veterans for the second year in a row.
7-Eleven actually has a great Veteran’s discount year round if you join their membership program, but on Wednesday, 11 November this year, they are offering a free coffee or Big Gulp. This offer can also be redeemed on July 4th and Memorial Day!
This cool Etsy shop is offering 20% off any purchase through 11 November 2020. What a great opportunity to support a small business!
Free Car Wash
GraceforVets coordinates a program where your local area car wash can offer a free car wash to veterans and service members for Veterans Day. This year, over 4,000 locations are participating!
The program does not specify what kind of ID is required, so you might want to call your participating car wash before you go. You can verify the location and hours of operation at the same time.
When I think of Veteran’s Day deals, I think of Golden Corral. They’ve been doing this promotion for 20 years now!
Frustrating, the webpage at the Golden Corral website isn’t working, but here’s the DAV announcement. I’ll update when the Golden Corral webpage is updated
Gordon Biersch Brewery Resturants
At Gordon Biersch locations, veterans can enjoy one of four free entrees with proof of military ID. This offer is redeemable on Wednesday, 11 November, 2020. This same day, 25 cents of every beer sold will be donated to an organization for veteran support. This offer can only be enjoyed dine-in.
Glory Days Grill Restaurants
At Glory Days Grill, veterans can enjoy a free appetizer or regular order of wings! This offer appears to only apply to veterans at NOVA, MD, NC, and WV locations on Wednesday, 11 November.
Grease Heads Lube and Oil
If you’re in Wisconsin, you might be near a Grease Heads Lube and Oil! They are offering free full service oil change, including up to 5 quarts of synthetic oil. This offer is good on 11 November 2020. The veteran must be present and show proof of military service.
Participating Great Clips locations will offer a free haircut, or a gift card for a free haircut at a later date. What a clever way to eliminate the crowds! You do have to visit the Great Clips on 11 November 2020 to receive your gift card.
Haircut cards are redeemable through 11 December 2020.
Participating Houlihan’s Restaurant and Bar location will offer $10 off a $30 purchase on Wednesday, 11 November 2020. The special Veterans Day offer is valid for in-restaurant dining or for carryout, but not houlihans.com or third-party delivery services. No proof of service is required for this offer. The $10 off $30 is not valid with other discounts.
Not every location is participating, so be sure to call before you go.
K&W Cafeteria Restaurants
Although K&W usually has a more extended veterans day offer, on Wednesday, 11 November this year, veterans and activ duty military can receive a free dessert! This offer is good for dine in and take-out across all K&W Cafeteria locations from 11am to close.
Little Caesar’s Pizza Restaurants
Little Caesar’s is on it’s 14th year of honoring veterans and military servicemembers with a great Veteran’s Day deal. On Wednesday, 11 November, veterans and servicemembers can receive a free lunch combo, which includes four slices of deep dish pizza and a 20 oz Pepsi product.
Macaroni Grill Restaurants
Veteran’s and servicemembers with valid Id can enjoy a free Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs + Spaghetti at Macaroni Grill Resturants. Location in airports and Puerto Rico do not count for this offer.
McCormick & Schmick’s
This one is happening on Sunday, 8 November 2020. McCormick & Schmick’s offers 50% off an entree. This offer is available to veterans of the U.S. Military, National Guard, Gold Star parents and Gold Star spouses.
Reservations are strongly recommended.
Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt
Veterans get the first 6 oz of frozen yogurt free at Menchie’s frozen yogurt locations. Although the phrasng is unclear, it seems like you could either get 6oz completely free or more than 6oz, and only be charged for anything over that first 6oz. Menchie’s is only offering this to veterans on Wednesday, 11 November, 2020.
This is one of my favorite Veteran’s Day offers, especially during this time of COVID-19! Over 100 National Parks have waived entrance fees on a few days yearly, and Veterans Day is one of them! On Wednesday, 11 November, take your family out favorite veteran out for a hike or picnic. Many state parks have similar offers, including Alabama, Colorado, and Washington.
Office Depot and OfficeMax
At Office Depot on Wednesday 11 November, veterans and active duty military can receive 25% off of a regular purchase. This offer also extends to retirees, reservists, and dependents with appropriate ID.
Outback Steakhouse Restaurants
Veteran’s and active duty service members can enjoy a free Bloomin’ Onion and Coca Cola at Outback Steakhouse restaurants this Veteran’s Day.
Rack Room Shoes
Rack Room Shoes doubles its regular military discount to 20% for Veterans Day. However, this discount is only available to those with a valid military ID, so currently serving, retirees, and spouses.
Red Lobster Restaurants
On Wednesday, 11 November, Red Lobster restaurants are offering a free appetizer or dessert from a limited menu, and all you have to do is show a military ID! This menu includes seafood stuffed mushrooms, crab stuffed shrimp rangoon, jumbo shrimp cocktail, mozzarella sticks, chocolate wave, vanilla bean cheesecake, key lime pie, and more!
Red Robin Restaurants
Red Robin has been appreciating Veteran’s for many years now, but their Veteran’s Day discount has been slightly adjusted this year due to COVID-19. Veterans and active military can redeem a free Tavern Double Burger and Steak Fries anytime between November 12th and November 30th. You must register as a Red Robin Royalty member before November 5th, but this offer reduces crowds to ensure safe practices, and you have a longer time frame to redeem.
Shoney’s prides itself on being an All-American eatery, and certainly comes through with an amazing Veteran’s Day Meal. Veterans and military member who provide proof of service or ID can redeem a free all-you-can-eat Breakfast Bar on Wednesday, 11 November. Just make sure to get there early since this offer lasts from opening to 11am!
Sleep Number Mattresses
Military families get an extra $100 off a mattress with the promo code found at the top of the website. Since it requires signing up, the details aren’t clear, so let me know if you know any further details!
Sports Clips Haircuts
SOME Sports Clips locations are offering a free haircut to active duty military personnel or veterans on Wednesday, 11 November. Now, we recommend calling your local store or restaurant of any chain but this is a must to check ahead of time!
On Wednesday, 11 November, Starbucks is honoring those who have served with a free tall hot brewed coffee for veterans and military personnel. Starbucks is also donating 25 cents for every cup of hot brewed coffee sold that day to support the mental health of military communities, which goes above and beyond a typical Veteran’s Day discount! Check your local Starbucks to see if they are participating in this offer.
Located in New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont, Tops Markets offers veterans and service members 11% off their shopping on 11 November 2020. This offer excludes pharmacy, fuel, Top Xpress, gift cards, office services, and tobacco products. Must show proof of military service.
In honor of Veterans Day, Yard House restaurants are offering a complimentary appetizer to active duty military and veterans. There’s not any more detail on their announcement’s page, so you might want to call.
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