The Shopper Deal Finder: Veterans Day and Military Discounts


By LaTina Emerson, The Shopper Deal Finder

Military service members have made many sacrifices to defend our country, and local restaurants and businesses would like to honor them for their service.

On Veterans Day (Nov. 11), veterans and active duty military can get free meals, discounts on home improvement supplies and savings on tickets to amusement parks. Learn more below:

On Nov. 11, veterans and active duty military will receive a free entrée from an exclusive menu at Applebee’s. The offer is available all day at participating Applebee’s restaurants.

Military guests can select from the following complimentary, full-size entrees: classic bacon cheeseburger, 6 ounce USDA select top sirloin, chicken tenders platter, double crunch shrimp, fiesta lime chicken, three-cheese chicken penne, oriental grilled chicken salad and oriental chicken salad.

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

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Golden Corral
Golden Corral is holding U.S. Military Appreciation Night on Monday, Nov. 12 from 5 to 9 p.m. Any person who has served in the U.S. military, including retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard or Reserves, is eligible to attend.

The offer is available for dine-in only. The free dinner is for the person who served in the military. Other guests will have to pay the regular dinner menu price.

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Texas Roadhouse
Texas Roadhouse is offering free lunch for active, former and retired military on Nov. 11. Guests must show proof of military service, such as military ID cards, Veterans Affairs cards and discharge papers.

The offer is for dine-in only. Military guests can select from the following entrees: 6 ounce sirloin steak with two sides, country fried chicken with two sides, country fried sirloin with two sides, pulled pork dinner with two sides, grilled pork chop with two sides, All-American cheeseburger with fries, BBQ chicken sandwich with fries, pulled pork sandwich with fries, grilled chicken salad and chicken critter salad.

The meal includes a choice of soft drink, iced tea or coffee. Beer or wine not included. No other coupons or discount offers will be accepted.

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Outback Steakhouse
Outback Steakhouse is offering a 10 percent off Heroes Discount for military servicemen and women, police officers, firefighters and first responders through Dec. 31.

These heroes can receive the discount with state or federal service ID. The following forms of military identification will also be accepted: a) U.S. Uniformed Services Identification Card, b) U.S. Uniformed Services Retired Identification Card, c) Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), d) Veterans Organization Card (such as American Legion and VFW), e) DD214 Certificate, f) Veteran Identification Card (VIC) or g) photograph in U.S. uniform or wearing U.S. uniform.

Military personnel and their families with any of the above forms of military identification will receive 10 percent off their entire guest check, excluding alcohol and applicable taxes.

McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks
McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks is giving a complimentary lunch or dinner to veterans and Gold Star honorees (parents and spouses) on Nov. 11. Military ID is required. The meal is for dine-in only. Because of the event’s popularity, the restaurant suggests making reservations.

Veterans can choose from the following entrees: salmon rigatoni, buttermilk fried shrimp, cedar planked or grilled salmon, blackened chicken fettuccini, parmesan crusted chicken, beer battered fish and chips, parmesan crusted flounder, tender beef medallions, Romano chicken chopped salad and McCormick’s cheeseburger.
McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks is at 190 Marietta Street (One CNN Center) in Atlanta. For more information, visit

Lowe’s offers military customers 10 percent off online and in-store purchases every day. Current and honorably discharged members of the U.S. military can receive the discount by visiting to enroll. Then, they can shop in a Lowe’s store or make purchases online at

The Home Depot
The Home Depot offers veterans and active duty military a 10 percent discount on major patriotic holiday weekends, such as Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day. The retailer also provides an everyday discount to active duty military, National Guard soldiers and reservists, as well as retired and service-connected disabled service members and their spouses. The discount applies to all U.S. stores.

Six Flags Over Georgia
Six Flags Over Georgia is hosting Military Appreciation Days during Veterans Day weekend on Nov. 10-11. Current (active) military members and up to three dependents will receive complimentary admission with a current military ID card. If the military service member is deployed, a spouse and up to three dependents can receive complimentary admission with a current military ID card.

Active military service members can purchase an unlimited amount of additional tickets for family members and friends for 50 percent off (plus tax) for each ticket. Government civilian and contracted workers can also purchase an unlimited number of tickets for themselves, family members or friends for 50 percent off (plus tax) per ticket.

All admission tickets must be purchased at the front gate to receive these special military discounts. Valid military ID is required. For more information, visit