26 Deals & Freebie Offers For Veterans And Active Servicemembers Today

Today is the day when we as a country take time to pause, appreciate and honor the veterans and active service members who have served our country. As part of that show of gratitude, many retailers are offering up freebies or deals for veterans as thanks — from free coffee to free haircuts.

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 tips@consumerist.com 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!

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