The Best Veterans Day Freebies for Vets and Military Personnel

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“FroYo brand honors veterans with discount,” read an actual email we once got from a TCBY rep, because we live in an Infinite Jest-ass Futurama world, where the reward for risking your life on behalf of America’s imperialist oligarchs is a free six-ounce cone of frozen yogurt. Here are some of the best deals and freebies for military personnel and veterans this Veterans Day and—in a few cases—the entire month of November.

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7-Eleven

Get a free coffee or Big Gulp today. Download the 7-Eleven app and sign in or register.

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Applebee’s

Veterans and active duty military can select a free meal from a limited menu. Proof of service is required.

Bar Louie

Bar Louie is offering a free craft burger or flatbread of your choice to all active or retired military.

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BIBIBOP Asian Grill

BIBIBOP is giving all veterans and active duty military a free bowl.

Big Boy

Veterans can come in on Veterans Day with a valid ID and pick up a voucher for a free future meal. Participating locations only, limit 200 per store.

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Bob Evans

Bob Evans restaurants are offering free select menu items to veterans and active duty military.

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Bubba Gump Shrimp

Military personnel and their families receive 20% off on food and retail purchases.

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Buffalo Wild Wings Free Wings

All day long, veterans and active duty military who dine-in at their local B-Dubs can receive a free order of boneless wings and a side of fries. At participating U.S. locations only.

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California Pizza Kitchen

All veterans or active duty military personnel will be able to select a free entree from a special Veterans Day menu, including pizza, salads, and pasta. Come in uniform or bring your military ID or other proof of service.

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Chili’s Grill & Bar

All veterans and active duty military personnel can choose a complimentary meal from a select Veterans Day menu.

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Cicis Pizza

Get a free adult buffet with a valid active duty or retired military ID.

Country Kitchen Restaurants

Free country scramble for active and retired military at participating locations.

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Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

During Military Family Appreciation Month, Cracker Barrel will offer in-store specials on Veterans Day for military veterans and promotions throughout November to support military families, in partnership with Operation Homefront. On Veterans Day, veterans can receive a free slice of Double Fudge Coca-Cola Cake with their meal.

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Denny’s

All active, non-active, or retired military personnel at all participating Denny’s restaurants nationwide will receive a free Build Your Own Grand Slam breakfast from 5 a.m. to noon. Valid ID required.

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Dunkin’ Donuts

Veterans and active duty military can enjoy a free donut at Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide, no purchase necessary.

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Eat’n Park

All active and former United States military personnel will receive a special 10% discount for the entire month of November.

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Food City

Veterans and active military members eat free at the Food City deli on November 11. Bring your Military ID card or proof of service with your ValuCard.

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Friendly’s Free Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner

With a valid military ID or honorable discharge card, veterans and active military can get a free All-American meal for lunch or dinner, which consists of the All-American Burger, served with a side of fries and a drink. The burger can be upgraded to a cheeseburger for free.

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Golden Corral

Through the month of November, all active and former military members can pick up a free “thank you meal” promotional card that’s good for one free lunch or dinner buffet and beverage. The promotional card can be used Monday through Thursday after 11am from November 1 to May 31, 2021. One promotional card per person.

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Hooters

Veterans can stop in for 10 free boneless wings with any 10 purchased from a long list of wing styles.

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IHOP

All active duty and veterans are invited to come in and enjoy free Red, White, & Blue Pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Joe’s Crab Shack

All veterans can enjoy 20% off. Valid for parties up to four.

Krispy Kreme Free Doughnut & Coffee

On Veterans Day, a doughnut and coffee is on the house.

Little Caesars Pizza

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., veterans and active military members can receive a free Lunch Combo, which features four slices of their Detroit-style DEEP!DEEP! Dish pizza, paired with a 20-ounce Pepsi product.

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Macaroni Grill

All veterans and active military receive a free Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs + Spaghetti with military ID.

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Max & Erma’s

Participating Max & Erma’s locations are celebrating veterans and active military personnel with a free cheeseburger, endless fries, fountain drink, and a chocolate chip cookie.

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Menchie’s Free Frozen Yogurt

All veterans and military personnel with a military ID or proof of service will receive a free six-ounce frozen yogurt any time of day with a valid ID or by dressing in uniform.

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Morton’s The Steakhouse

All current and former military members enjoy 20% off, valid for parties up to four. Must show valid ID.

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Outback Steakhouse

All military veterans and active military can enjoy a free Bloomin’ Onion and a beverage.

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Quaker Steak & Lube

All military veteran, active duty, and reservist service members receive free or discounted meals (up to $15) plus a free non-alcoholic beverage at participating locations.

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QDOBA

Active military and veterans get 50% off any entree in-store at participating locations. Military ID required.

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Red Lobster

Veterans, active duty military, and reservists can get a free appetizer or dessert from Red Lobster’s select Veterans Day menu. Valid military ID required.

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Red Robin

Veterans and active military who are Red Robin Royalty members can redeem their free Tavern Double Burger with steak fries any time between November 12 and November 30 for dine-in or to-go. The offer will be automatically uploaded to your dashboard.

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Smashburger

Veterans and active-duty military get a free Double Classic Smash.

Starbucks

Active duty service members, reservists, veterans, and military spouses receive a free tall (12-ounce) hot brewed coffee.

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Texas Roadhouse

Texas Roadhouse is handing out vouchers for a free meal to all veterans and active duty military from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vouchers will be distributed in the parking lots at participating locations.

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Uno’s Pizzeria & Grill

Active and former military can enjoy a free entree or individual pizza.

Wawa

Get a free coffee for veterans, active duty, and family members.

There are plenty of other deals out there, and MilitaryBenefits.info has a thorough list. If you know of another offer not included here, feel free to let us know in the comments.

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If you’re dealing with a mental crisis, the Crisis Text Line is a year-round 24/7 support line. Text RISING to 741741 for free mental health support from a counselor. They know the mental health issues facing veterans and they’re ready to help.

This story was originally published in November 2019 and updated on November 11, 2020 with new deals.

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