Restaurants offering troops free meals for Veterans Day

| November 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
A veteran passes out poppies during the 20th Annual Veterans Day Parade in Jacksonville, North Carolina, Nov. 7, 2015. The Veterans Day Parade, hosted by Rolling Thunder Inc. Chapter NC-5, was observed by veterans, service members and residents of Jacksonville and showed support for members of the armed forces. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Neill A. Sevelius, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina)

A veteran passes out poppies during the 20th Annual Veterans Day Parade in Jacksonville, North Carolina, Nov. 7, 2015. The Veterans Day Parade, hosted by Rolling Thunder Inc. Chapter NC-5, was observed by veterans, service members and residents of Jacksonville and showed support for members of the armed forces. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Neill A. Sevelius, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina)

Army News Service
News Release

FORT MEADE, Maryland — In appreciation for military service, many restaurants across the nation are offering free meals to veterans and active duty service members on Veterans Day.

A long list of retail stores are also offering discounts to veterans, but this list contains only the free meals offered at national restaurant chains or establishments that are located in more than one state. It in no way claims to be all-inclusive and is only offered as a service to Soldiers.

Most of the restaurants require proof of military service for their free offers. Requirements for proof vary from one establishment to another, but normally, military ID cards suffice and so do Veterans Affairs Universal Access Cards or DD 214 discharge forms.

Some restaurants will accept membership cards from Veterans Service Organizations, such as the VFW, DAV, or the American Legion. Some restaurants will serve free meals to service members who arrive in uniform, and some will even accept a picture of veterans in their uniform.

Restaurants can be contacted in advance for their specific requirements and more details are often available on company Web pages. In addition, representatives advise checking to ensure that particular locations are participating in the free offers.

The following is a sampling of the free offers available to troops this year:

•Applebee’s: Veterans and active duty military can receive a free meal from a limited menu, at participating Applebee’s on Nov. 11. The meals are available to dine-in customers only.

•Arooga’s: Veterans and active duty military can get a free meal from a fixed menu on Nov. 11 at Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar.

•Bakers Square: Veterans and active duty military can order a free breakfast from a set menu on Nov. 11. Bakers Square restaurants can be found in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio.

•BJ’s Restaurant: Active duty military and veterans can receive a complimentary entree under $12.95 on Nov. 11.

•Bob Evans: Veterans and active military can receive a free breakfast from a select menu on Nov. 11.

•Bonanza Steakhouses: Active duty and retired military get a free buffet meal on Nov. 11, 4 pm to close. Participating restaurants will also donate a portion of proceeds for every Pepsi beverage sold during November to the Wounded Warrior Family Support program.

•Burntwood Tavern: Veterans and active military are offered a free lunch or dinner on Nov. 11 at seven Burntwood Tavern locations.

•California Pizza Kitchen: Veterans and active military can receive a complimentary entrée from a special menu on Nov. 11.

•Cheeseburger in Paradise: Active and retired military can receive a complimentary burger with fries Nov. 11.

•Chicken Salad Chick: On Nov. 11, veterans and active-duty military can receive one sandwich or scoop of their choice of chicken salad, one side, a pickle spear and a cookie.

•Chili’s: Veterans and active military service members get a free entrée from a limited menu on Nov. 11.

•Country Cookin: Veterans and active-duty military can receive a free meal from 2 p.m.to 8 p.m. on Nov. 10.

•Denny’s: Active, inactive and retired military can get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam on Nov. 11, from 5 a.m. to noon at participating locations.

•FATZ Café: Veterans and active military get a free World Famous Calabash Chicken meal on Nov. 11 at these restaurants located from Virginia to Georgia, including Tennessee and the Carolinas.

•54th Street Grill: Veterans and active duty military can get a free meal (up to $12) on Nov. 11. This restaurant chain has locations in the Kansas City, St. Louis, San Antonio and Fort Worth areas.

•Figaro’s Pizza: Veterans and active duty service members can receive a complimentary medium one-topping pizza on Nov. 11 at locations in California, Oregon, Washington state, Montana or Wisconsin.

•Firebirds Wood Fired Grill: Active duty military and veterans get a free lunch or dinner entrée Nov. 11.

•Friendly’s: Friendly’s is treating veterans and active military to a free breakfast, lunch or dinner from a limited menu on Nov. 11.

•Golden Corral: Golden Corral Restaurants’ Military Appreciation Night free dinner will be available on Nov. 11, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Military retirees, veterans, active-duty, National Guard and Reserves are all welcome.

•Green Mill Restaurant: Veterans and active duty military get a free lunch or dinner on Nov. 11.

•Greene Turtle: Veterans and active duty military receive a free meal from a select menu on Nov. 11 at participating locations.

•Hooters: Veterans and active duty military get a free meal from a select menu at participating locations Nov. 11.

•Hy-Vee: Veterans and active duty military can get a free breakfast buffet on Nov. 11.

•IHOP: On Nov. 11, participating IHOP restaurants are offering veterans and active-duty military free Red, White and Blue pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

•IKEA: Veterans can get a free entrée from Nov. 8 through 11.

•Johnny Carino’s: Veterans and active duty military get a free meal with their choice of unlimited soup or salad from a Veterans Day Menu on November 11.

•Krystal: Active and retired military receive a free Krystal Chicken or Sausage Biscuit from 6 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Nov. 11.

•Little Caesars: Veterans and active military members receive a free $5 Lunch Combo from 11:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. on Nov. 11.

•Max & Erma’s: On Nov. 11, participating Max & Erma’s locations are offering veterans and active military personnel a free “Best Cheeseburger in America” combo meal.

•Mission BBQ: Veterans and active duty military can get a free sandwich and a slice of cake on Nov. 11.

•Old Country Buffet: Current and former service members can receive a free lunch at participating locations from 11 am until 2 pm on Nov. 11.

•Olive Garden: On Nov. 11, all veterans and current service members get a free meal from a limited menu. Family members dining with them can also receive 10 percent off of their meals.

•On the Border: Veterans and active-duty military can enjoy a free meal from the “Create Your Own Combo menu” on Nov. 11.

•Ponderosa Steakhouse: Active duty and retired military get a free buffet on Nov. 11, 4 p.m. to close.

•Red Hot & Blue: Veterans receive a free entrée with the purchase of a second entrée on Nov. 9, 10 and 11. A coupon is required.

•Red Robin: Veterans and active duty military can get a free Red’s Tavern Double Burger with Bottomless Steak Fries on Nov. 11.

•Rock and Brews: Veterans and active military personnel can receive a complimentary pulled pork sandwich with a side choice throughout the day on Nov. 11.

•Sheetz: Veterans and active duty military can get a free six-inch turkey sub, regular-size fountain drink and a carwash at all Sheetz locations on Nov. 11.

•Shoney’s: Shoney’s is offering a free All-American Burger to veterans and active-duty service members on Nov. 11.

•Sizzler: Sizzler is offering active-duty military and veterans a free lunch and beverage from a limited menu on Nov. 11 until 4 p.m.

•Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill: Veterans and active duty military can get a free meal from a select menu on Nov. 11.

•Sticky Fingers: Veterans, active, inactive or retired servicemen and servicewomen get a free entrée up to a $12.99 value on Nov. 11.

•Texas Roadhouse: Texas Roadhouse locations nationwide will offer veterans a free lunch on Nov. 11 from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. Offer is good for active-duty, retired or former U.S. military.

•TGI Fridays: Veterans and active duty military get a free lunch from a select menu on Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

•Tijuana Flats: Veterans and active duty military get a free entree on Nov. 11.

•Tony Roma’s: Veterans and active military can receive a complimentary half rack of Baby Back ribs on Nov. 11.

•Twin Peaks: Active duty and veterans get a free menu item from their Annual Veterans Day Appreciation Menu on Nov. 11.

•Uno Pizzeria & Grill: Veterans and active military get a free entrée or individual pizza with an entrée or pizza purchase of equal or greater value on Nov. 11.

•Village Inn: Veterans and active military personnel receive a free breakfast on Nov. 11 from a select menu at participating locations.

•Wienerschnitzel: Veterans and active duty military can receive a free Chili Dog and a small Pepsi on Nov. 11.

(Editor’s Note: Information compiled by the American Legion and other sources.)

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