Deal Finder: Military Heroes get Free Meals, More on Veterans Day


By LaTina Emerson, The Shopper Deal Finder

On Veterans Day (Nov. 11), local restaurants and businesses want to honor veterans and active duty military members for their courage and sacrifice. Military heroes can enjoy free food, haircuts and more when they present their military ID card or proof of military service. Take advantage of these great offers:

Golden Corral
Golden Corral will hold its annual U.S. Military Appreciation Night on Nov. 11 from 5 to 9 p.m. Anyone who has served in the U.S. military (retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard or Reserves) is eligible to attend the free thank you dinner.

Family and friends are welcome to join their military hero, but the free meal is only for the person who served. Other guests will have to pay the regular dinner menu price. There are no rain checks for Military Appreciation Night, and the meal is dine-in only.

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Great Clips
Veterans and current military members can visit participating U.S. Great Clips salons on Nov. 11 to receive either a free haircut that day or a free haircut card to use at a later date.

Non-military customers can purchase a service at a U.S. Great Clips salon on Nov. 11 and get a free haircut card to give to a veteran. The haircut cards are redeemable until Dec. 31. For more information, visit

On Nov. 11, Applebee’s invites all veterans and active duty military members to enjoy a complimentary, full-sized entrée from an exclusive menu at participating restaurants. The menu may vary by location. There is a limit of one meal per U.S. veteran or active duty military member, dine-in only. Beverages and gratuity are not included. The offer is not valid with other coupons or discounts.

To receive the free meal, veterans and active duty military must show proof of military service, such as a U.S. Uniformed Services ID Card, U.S. Uniformed Services Retired ID Card, current Leave and Earnings Statement, veterans organization card (American Legion or VFW), photograph of yourself in uniform, wearing a uniform, DD214 and citation or commendation.

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Texas Roadhouse
Texas Roadhouse is offering free lunch to veterans and active, retired and former members of the U.S. military on Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guests can choose one of 10 entrees from a special Veterans Day menu, which includes a 6-ounce sirloin and two made-from-scratch sides, plus a choice of any Coca-Cola product, sweet/iced tea or coffee. Proof of military service, including military card, VA card or discharge papers, is required.

On Veterans Day, O’Charley’s restaurants are treating veterans to a free meal. Veterans can choose from one of several options on a special Veterans Day menu, dine-in only. In addition, O’Charley’s offers veterans a 10 percent discount all year long.

Shane’s Rib Shack
From Nov. 11 to 13, participating Shane’s Rib Shack locations will give all active duty military members and retired veterans one free Big Dad’s sandwich combo. One free meal per military member. Proof of service is required.

Shane’s Rib Shack also offers a 20 percent off military discount all year long. Military members must show their military ID.

Red Robin
On Veterans Day, Red Robin invites all military guests to enjoy a free Red’s Tavern Double Burger served with bottomless steak fries at participating restaurants nationwide. In addition, veterans and active duty military members, along with their parents and spouses, can sign up for Red Robin’s rewards program to receive special offers and perks year round.

On Nov. 11, IHOP will offer a free red, white and blue short stack or breakfast combo. The offer will vary by location because IHOP restaurants are independently owned and operated. Guests should check with their local franchise.

Cracker Barrel
All Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations nationwide will offer military veterans the choice of a complimentary slice of double chocolate fudge Coca-Cola cake or a pumpkin pie latte on Veterans Day.

Cracker Barrel will also give $25 off all U.S. military branch-themed rocking chairs and a special 25 percent off discount on all military licensed products in its retail stores and online, including clothing, home furnishings and drinkware.

Cracker Barrel guests can also give back by purchasing one of the iconic rocking chairs lining the front porch of each store. Proceeds from eligible online and in-store purchases will go toward Operation Homefront, a national military nonprofit with a mission to build strong military families.

Red Lobster
On Nov. 11, Red Lobster wants to thank veterans, active duty military members and reservists for their service by offering a free appetizer or dessert. Guests only need to show a valid military ID or proof of service to redeem this offer.

Military customers may choose from a special menu that includes the following selections for appetizers: langostino lobster-artichoke-and-seafood dip, sweet chili shrimp, mozzarella cheese sticks, Parrot Isle jumbo coconut shrimp, seafood-stuffed mushrooms, lobster and langostino pizza and signature shrimp cocktail.

The special menu also features the following dessert options: vanilla bean cheesecake, key lime pie, warm apple crostada, chocolate wave and brownie overboard.

Lowe’s offers veterans and active duty military members 10 percent off eligible items every day. For more information, visit

Outback Steakhouse
On Veterans Day, Outback Steakhouse will offer a free bloomin’ onion and beverage to active duty military members and veterans with valid ID. No purchase necessary.

The restaurant will also offer a Heroes Discount to all servicemen and women (police officers, firefighters and all first responders). From Nov. 8 to 11, these individuals will receive 20 percent off their entire check with valid ID. Starting Nov. 12, they can receive 10 percent off with valid ID.

All guests can donate to Operation Homefront from Nov. 6 to Jan. 7 by purchasing a Homefront Hero cocktail or donating a meal to a military family through a gift card purchase or donation on their check in the restaurant. For more information, visit

McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks
McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks is honoring those who have served our country with a complimentary lunch or dinner. Veterans of the U.S. military, National Guard, Gold Star Parents and Gold Star Spouses are invited to enjoy a free entrée on Nov. 10.

Military guests can choose from the following entrees: classic shrimp scampi, beer battered fish and chips, parmesan-crusted chicken, salmon rigatoni, buttermilk fried shrimp, cedar planked or grilled salmon, romano chicken chopped salad, tender beef medallions, blackened chicken fettuccine and McCormick’s cheeseburger.

Military identification will be required. The offer is for dine-in only. McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks is at 190 Marietta St. (One CNN Center) in Atlanta.

On Nov. 11, Denny’s is offering a free Build Your Own Grand Slam to all veterans and active duty military members from 5 a.m. to noon. Throughout the year, regular discounts are available for veterans and military service members, but the discount rates and locations may vary.

Carrabba’s Italian Grill
On Veterans Day, Carrabba’s Italian Grill will offer free calamari to active duty military members and veterans with valid ID. The restaurant will also offer a Heroes Discount. Starting Nov. 12, all servicemen and women (police officers, firefighters and all first responders) will receive 10 percent off.

Bonefish Grill
On Nov. 11, Bonefish Grill will offer a free appetizer with the purchase of an entrée to active duty military members and veterans with valid ID.

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