We’ve combed the Internet to come up with a list of businesses offering thanks to veterans today, but you’ll want to call ahead and make sure the location nearest you is participating. If you’ve spotted a great deal, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add it to the list.
Starbucks: Active duty service members, veterans and military spouses can get a free tall hot brewed coffee.
Red Robin: A free Red’s Tavern Double burger with Bottomless Steak Fries for all veterans and active-duty service at all of its restaurants nationwide. Red Robin is also rewarding military members of its loyalty program with a 20% discount at participating restaurants through Dec. 31.
Outback Steakhouse: All active and retired military members can get a free Bloomin’ Onion and a beverage by showing a valid military ID at participating restaurants. Outback is also offering all Military Mates, including active or retired military members and their families, 15% off their check from Nov. 12 – Dec. 31. Or, if you’re currently deployed, the restaurant chain is offering a rain check to those serving, valid through Dec. 31. Click here for more information.
LongHorn Steakhouse: A military ID will get customers a free Texas Tonion appetizer and non-alcoholic beverage.
Applebee’s: More than 2,000 of Applebee’s locations nationwide are offering free meals to veterans and active duty military, which is limited to a specific Thank You Meal Menu. You’ll need to provide proof of service.
Golden Corral: From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., any U.S. military veterans or active service members can enjoy a special sit-down dinner, free of charge.
Red Lobster: Through Thursday, Nov. 12, Red Lobster has an offer for a no-purchase-necessary free appetizer or dessert (from a limited menu) to thank active-duty military, actively serving, reserve and military veterans for their service.
Bob Evans: The chain is offering a special free menu for vets and active service members, with hotcakes, French toast and the country biscuit breakfast included.
California Pizza Kitchen: A special Veterans Day menu that includes pizza, salad, and pasta is free for vets and active-duty personnel.
Friendly’s: Participating locations are offering veterans and active military a free Big-Two-Do combo meal for breakfast, or free All American Burger with fries and a drink for lunch or dinner.
Hooters: All veterans and active-duty military personnel are eligible for a free entree.
IHOP: From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., all veterans and active-duty military members are welcomed to one order apiece of Red, White & Blue Pancakes, which come with glazed strawberries, blueberry compote, and whipped cream.
Cracker Barrel: Veterans and their active counterparts can tuck into a free dessert — the Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake– for free.
Denny’s: From 5 a.m. to noon, all veterans and active-duty personnel get a Build Your Own Grand Slam meal.
Olive Garden: Customers with military ID get a free entrée from a special menu for the occasion. Family members joining a veteran or active military member at the table get 10% off on Veterans Day.
Krystal: Hungry vets can Free breakfast, in the form of a chicken or sausage biscuit is the deal for vets and active military from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. After 11 a.m. all customers get pups or corn pups for $0.50 apiece, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Armed Services YMCA organization.
Little Caesars: Vets and active military can help themselves to a free, $5 Hot-N-Ready lunch combo, including four pizza slices and a 20-ounce beverage, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at participating locations.
IKEA: From November 8 to 11, show military ID in an IKEA cafeteria for a free entrée (value up to $9.99).
O’Charley’s: Customers with a military ID who purchase an entree get a free slice of pie for dessert.
Peet’s Coffee: Complimentary drip coffee or tea is available to all vets and active-duty military today.
Ponderosa Steakhouse: Both Ponderosa and its sister chain Bonanza Steakhouse are offering free meals for veterans and active military from 4 p.m. until closing.
Great Clips: The hair salon chain is giving any customer who stops into a Great Clips location in the U.S. a free haircut card to give to a veteran — including all current and past members of the military. The free haircut cards are redeemable until Dec. 31, 2015.
Double Tree by Hilton: Veterans and active duty service members can walk into any of the brand’s properties across the U.S. and Puerto Rico for a free cookie – with or without a reservation.
UFC Gyms: Free gym access to those with military ID and their families from November 11 to 15
Meineke: Free oil changes with military ID on Veterans Day.
National Parks: Admission is free for everyone today!