On Monday, Nov. 11, the country will mark Veterans Day -- a day to honor those who have served in the armed forces.
Many restaurants and businesses will honor veterans with free meals, appetizers, car washes and other deals. The following deals have been verified for 2013. Note, some deals are for Monday, others are for different days.
First, let's start with a deal that is valid for everyone. Get free admission to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and national parks across the country on Nov. 9-11: http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm
The Save Our Heritage organization is thanking veterans and active duty military with free admission to the Whaley House (http://sohosandiego.org/main/whaley2.htm) or Marston House (http://sohosandiego.org/main/hoursmh.htm) museums. Check the museums' websites for hours.
Notorious Burgers in Carlsbad is offering a free Whitey Combo to all military veterans and active duty service members. Military ID or proof of service required. Offer is valid Monday, Nov. 11, all day and night. The Whitey Combo includes 1/3 lb. all natural burger, lettuce, tomato, red onion, Notorious sauce, fries and a side salad. Dine in only. Click here for more details.
Veterans get a free oil change at CERTAIN Grease Monkey locations in six states on Nov. 11. Veterans must show military ID or DD214. The list of participating locations has expanded. See the list: http://www.greasemonkeyintl.com/veterans-promo.php
I LOVE THIS DEAL! Great Clips will give veterans a free hair cut on Nov. 11. If YOU get your hair cut on Nov. 11, they'll give you a coupon to give to a veteran for a free hair cut from Nov. 11 to Dec. 31. Details: http://www.greatclips.com/promotions/veterans-day Thanks to Jessica and Greg for this tip.
Many Sport Clips locations will offer free haircuts to active-duty U.S. service members and veterans on Nov. 11 with valid proof of service. For a list of participating stores: http://www.sportclips.com/events-promotions/HAH2013.html
Car wash companies across the country are offering a free car wash for veterans on Nov. 11, check the Grace for Vets website for a full list: http://www.graceforvets.org/2013/participating.php?menu=yes Thanks to Shayne, Cathy and Anna for this tip.
McCormick & Schmick's Seafood & Steaks is offering veterans a free meal from a special menu on SUNDAY, Nov. 10. Dine-in only. You will need military ID. Please make a reservation. Menu & details: http://www.mccormickandschmicks.com/featured-promotion/Veterans-Day.aspx
Veterans get a free meal at On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina on Nov. 11. Pick a "choose 2" or "choose 3" combo. You will need military ID or other proof of military service. Dine-in only. http://www.ontheborder.com/PDFs/Veterans.pdf
Veterans and active duty military eat free from a special menu at Chili's on Nov. 11. Proof of service required. http://www.chilis.com/Documents/VeteransDayMenu2013.pdf
Anyone who has served in the U.S. military eats free at Golden Corral on Nov. 11 from 4-9 p.m. No ID required. Dine-in only. http://www.goldencorral.com/ *Note, even though the website says no ID required, Jeff says they asked him for ID last year.
All veterans get a free meal from a special menu on Nov. 11 at Olive Garden. Family dining with the veteran also get 10 percent off. Military families get 10 percent off every day in November. Details: http://www.olivegarden.com/Menu/Specials/
Veterans and active duty military get a free entree from a limited menu at Applebee's on Nov. 11. Must show military ID. Beverage not included. Menu and details: http://www.applebees.com/veterans-day-menu
Texas Roadhouse is offering veterans a free lunch (and beverage) from a special menu on Nov. 11. Proof of military service required. Active, former and retired military welcome. Dine-in only. http://www.texasroadhouse.com/landing-pages/veterans-day-2013
Enjoy a free pizza at California Pizza Kitchen on Nov. 11. Proof of military service required. Dine-in only. Valid at participating locations: http://www.cpk.com/
Vets get free lunch at TGI Fridays on Nov. 11. Sadly, the website doesn't offer any more details. Call your local location for details: http://www.tgifridays.com/ (Last year the deal was only offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., so check before you go.)
Veterans and active duty military get a free breakfast item at Village Inn on Nov. 11. Choose from pancakes, a waffle or French toast. No purchase neccessary. It appears the free breakfast offer is valid all day.
Free Tavern Double Burger and fries for veterans and active duty military at Red Robin on Nov. 11. http://www.redrobin.com/newsroom/article/648 Thanks to Brian for this information.
Veterans and active duty military get a free meal at Hooters, up to $10.99, on Nov. 11. Must show proof of service and buy a drink. http://news.hooters.com/press-release/local/hooters-offers-free-meal-military-veterans-day
Get a Bloomin' Onion and a beverage for free at Outback on Nov. 11 and get 10 percent off Nov. 12 'til the end of the year. Offer valid for veterans and active duty military with military ID.
Red Lobster is offering service members a complimentary appetizer (from a list of 10 choices). Offer good Nov. 11-14.
Veterans and active duty military get a free lunch entree or one topping mini deep dish pizza at dinner on Nov. 11 at BJ's. Proof of service required. There is nothing on the company's website, the information came in an email from the company. Please verify that your local restaurant is participating. http://www.bjsbrewhouse.com/ Thanks to Summer for this tip.
Get a free doughnut and small coffee at Krispy Kreme on Nov. 11. You'll need to present your military ID or wear your uniform for the free treat. No purchase neccesary. Not valid at grocery or convenience stores. You may have to pay sales tax. http://www.krispykreme.com/VeteransDay
Einstein Bagels is giving veterans and active duty military a free bagel and shmear, or any other topping, on Nov. 11. Offer valid from 5:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thanks to Kristina for this tip.
IKEA is giving veterans and active duty personnel a free entree on Nov. 9-11. Entree is a sandwich, hot dish or salad. Please show some form of military ID. Details: http://tinyurl.com/k5lau77
Veterans, active duty military and military spouses get a free tall (12 oz.) brewed coffee at Starbucks on Veterans Day: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/starbucks-focuses-hiring-strategy-veterans-093000065.html?.tsrc=mobifone
Veterans, current service members and their families get 20 percent off at JCPenny Nov. 6-11. You must print a coupon from this website:
Bed, Bath & Beyond & Cost Plus World Market is offering veterans, active duty personnel AND their families 20 percent off their ENTIRE purchase on Nov. 9-11. In-store only with valid military ID such as a DD-214, American Legion membership card, VFW membership card and U.S. Military Services Privilege & Identification Card. (not valid on: Alessi, Arthur Court, Breville®, Britto™ Collection, Brookstone®, DKNY, The Elf on the Shelf®, kate spade, Kenneth Cole Reaction Home, KitchenAid® PROLINE, Costa Boda, Le Creuset®, Lladró®, Miele, Monique Lhuillier, Nambe®, Nautica®, Nespresso, Orrefors, Riedel, Shun, Swarovski, T-Tech, Vera Wang®, Victorinox Luggage, Vitamix, Waterford®, Wusthof®, or Zwilling; Baby Brezza®, Baby Jogger™, Babymel™, BÉABA®, Bugaboo, Bumbleride™, Clek, Destination Maternity®, Ergobaby™, Foundations®, Maxi-Cosi®, Mountain Buggy®, Oeuf, Orbit Baby™, Peg Pérego®, Petunia Pickle Bottom®, Phil & Teds®, Quinny®, Romero Britto™, Stokke®,storksak®, Svan®, Under Armour®, UPPAbaby®, disposable diapers, wipes, formula, baby food, or portrait studio services. Valid for 10% off Dutailier® products. Thanks to Angela at SheerID for this tip.
Lowe's offers a 10 percent on Memorial Day, 4th of July and Veterans Day to all veterans who served honorably and present a valid Form DD214 or other proof of service. Lowe’s also offers a military discount of 10 percent every day to men and women who are currently in the Armed Services and to honor Retired Veterans and VA Recipients who have a valid military ID Card, VA card or Veteran Identification Card (VIC). Details: http://www.lowes.com/cd_In-Store+Services+_745829091
I've had MULTIPLE veterans and their families tell me that Home Depot offers a 10 percent military discount, but I can't find it on their website. Until I can find it on their website, I can not give you the official details.
Military members and their families get 20 percent off at Joann fabric and craft stores on 'military discount days.' However, the website doesn't list those days. Please check with your local store. http://www.joann.com/militarydiscount/ Thanks to Diane for this tip.
Veterans and active duty service members with military ID get free Cibolo Mountain coffee or a Flavors2Go fountain drink (and size) at Corner Store on Monday. Corner Stores are located at Valero gas stations.