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, oil changes 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 national parks across the country on Nov. 9-11: http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm
Veterans get a free oil change at CERTAIN Grease Monkey locations in six states on Nov. 11. Veterans must show military ID or DD214. I will have a list of participating locations in the next day or two.
Carrabba's is offering all active duty personnel and retired veterans a free appetizer on Nov. 9-11. You will need proof of service such as military ID or dressing in your uniform. Check your nearby location to make sure they are participating: http://www.carrabbas.com/Locator
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/
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 necessary. It appears the free breakfast offer is valid all day.
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 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
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
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
I've heard Outback, Red Lobster and Red Robin will be offering a Veterans Day deal. However, until I see it posted and verify it, I cannot publish the information.
If you see a deal, send me the email or a link so I can confirm it. Email me.