2011 Veterans Day Discounts and Freebies for military past and present – Nov 11th

Although we are not a military family ourselves, we have so many relatives and friends that are past and current military members. It’s always nice to see the way our country’s businesses honor our Veterans on Veterans Day. Here’s my very small part in helping by sharing this partial list of places our Veterans can find a free meal to enjoy  and other discounts not to be missed! I’ll add to the list if I find more, please let us know of any I missed in the comments!

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2011 Free Veterans Day Meals

Applebee’s – free meal, Friday, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. – midnight; Applebee’s will thank our nation’s Veterans and Active Duty Military by inviting them to their neighborhood Applebee’s for a free thank you meal on Veterans Day. Guests should inquire with their local Applebee’s restaurant about extended hours. There will be 7 entrées to choose from. Military ID or proof of service required. Find locations at http://applebees.com/.

Chili’s – free meal, Friday, Nov. 11. Chili’s is offering all military veterans past and present their choice of one of 6 meals. Available during business hours on November 11, 2011 at participating Chili’s in U.S. only. Dine-in from limited menu only; beverages and gratuity not included. Show proof of military service. Find participating locations.

Golden Corral – Free meal, Monday Nov. 14: The 2011 Military Appreciation Monday “thank you” dinner is Monday, November 14, 2011 from 5pm – 9pm in all Golden Corral Restaurants nationwide. Free “thank you” dinner available to any person who has ever served in United States Military. For more information visit http://www.goldencorral.com/military/.

Krispy Kreme – Free doughnut. Available only at participating Krispy Kreme stores. Available to all active-duty, retirees & veterans on Friday November 11th. Call ahead to verify participation.

Tim Hortons – all US locations are offering a free donut to all veterans — check out the Star Spangled donut!.

Subway – Free Six Inch Sub. Many subway locations offer a free six inch sub to military veterans on Veteran’s Day. However, Subway restaurants are franchises, so this offer may only be available in select locations. Please contact your local Subway for more information regarding Veteran’s day specials. Our local Subway has participated in the past but do call ahead to be sure!

Texas Roadhouse – free meal, Friday, Nov. 11. A free Veterans Day Lunch, Dine-in only. Veterans can choose from 10 Free entree’s that will include drink (no alcohol). Offer open to active, former and retired military. Proof of service needed. Offer varies by location. Call ahead to verify participation.

Outback Steakhouse: Honors Veterans with a free Bloomin’ Onion, November 7-11, 2011 in Celebration of Veterans Day. Call ahead to be sure.

T.G.I. Friday’s – Buy one get one free Nov 11. Buy one entrée, get one entrée free. Offer valid for all active U.S. military personnel and veterans. Must wear uniform or present a valid military or veteran’s identification. At participating locations for anyone with an old or current military ID. November 11-14. 

Famous Dave’s: On November 11th many locations will offer Free meals/items to Veterans. Offers vary by state and location, check the listing to see what’s available. 

NEW – Hy-Vee: Free breakfast buffet – Nov. 11 for active military and veterans. At participating stores, please call ahead to check. 

NEW – Denny’s: Free Grand Slam breakfast – Nov. 11 for active military and veterans. At participating stores, please call ahead to check. 


Store Discounts

Big Lots – Special Veterans Day discount on Friday, Nov. 11th for Veterans, active duty, reserve, and retired military personnel and their immediate family members will receive 10% off entire purchase. Discount CAN be applied to sale and clearance items. To qualify, you must present valid military identification card. more info.

Dollar General. On Friday, Nov. 11, all veterans, active duty military, National Guard and Reserve and their immediate families will receive a 10 percent discount at Dollar General stores. Shoppers at www.dollargeneral.com will also be eligible to receive 10 percent off their purchase Nov. 11 through Nov. 13 using the code VETERANSDAY at checkout. More info.

Sears 10% discount Thursday and Friday, Nov. 11-12. Sears is offering a “Salute to Local Heroes” discount to all military, veterans, police, firefighters, teachers, and hospital staff. Offer is good for 10% of regular, sale, and clearance prices. See this store flyer for more information.

NEW Joann Stores Military Discount Days: Sun – Sat Nov. 6th – 12th. Take 20% off total purchase. Includes regular, sale and clearance items. Present your proof of military service, past or present, or military ID to receive discount. In store only.

NEW – Macy’s: Use promo code VET15 to receive 10% to 15% off – through Nov. 13. Applies to: Everyone 

NEW – Cabela’s Outdoor Store: Get the employee discount of 5% to 50% – Nov. 11 to 12for Veterans, active-duty military, reserves, law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel.

 Home Depot and Lowes 10% Military Discount Available Everyday.


Free Park Admissions for Veterans Day

Most National Park fees are waived on Veterans Day for veterans or those active. Check it out!

Anheuser-Busch Parks. Anheuser-Busch Parks offers Active Duty Service Members free admission for them and up to 3 dependents to any of their parks once a year. Throughout 2011, members of the military and as many as three direct dependents may enter SeaWorld, Busch Gardens or Sesame Place parks with a single-day complimentary admission. The Here’s to the Heroes program is only available to Any active duty, activated or drilling reservist, or National Guardsman. Eligible parks include: Adventure Island, Busch Gardens (Tampa Bay or Williamsburg), SeaWorld (Orlando, San Diego, or San Antonio), Sesame Place, and Water Country USA. Not valid at Discovery Cove and Aquatica. Christmas Town at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va. is not included as part of this program. For more information and to register, visit: Free admission summary, and ticket application.

Colonial Williamsburg Free Admission. Colonial Williamsburg offers free weekend-long admission tickets to active-duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans, and their immediate dependents from Friday, Nov. 11 through Sunday, Nov. 13th. The complimentary ticket incudes admission to Colonial Williamsburg exhibition sites, art museums, and most daytime programs, as well as free parking and use of the shuttle bus system. Tickets are only available at on-site ticket sales locations. Tickets are also available to families of deployed servicemembers. Tickets available on the following dates: Nov. 11-13.

Historic Jamestown – Free Admission. The National Park Service commemorates Veterans Day with Fee Free days at Historic Jamestowne November 11-13. Free admission for everyone. See events calendar.

Knotts Berry Farm Military Tribute Days – Free Admission.Knott’s Berry Farm has an annual Military Tribute event in which they offer military members past and present by offering free park admission. This year the Military Tribute Days run from November 1 – 24 November (Thanksgiving Day).  Veterans or current serving military personnel plus one guest get in FREE with proper ID presented at Knott’s turnstile (DD214, Veterans Administration Hospital ID or Active Military Service ID). Purchase up to six additional tickets for just $17 each. More info.

Fee Free Day at National Parks. To honor America’s service men and women, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that areas managed by the National Park Service would not charge entrance fees for Veteran’s Day weekend – November 11-13, 2011. Over 100 national Parks will be participating in this event.

San Jacinto Monument and Museum (La Porte, TX). November 7-13: Free admission to the theatre, Observation Floor, and (on November 12-13) the special exhibit to all veterans and their families. More info.


Misc. Freebies for Vets

Amazon.com – Discount “Veterans Day Honor” MP3 album download. This downloadable album includes 12 songs as performed by the military bands and ensembles of the U.S. Armed Forces. Visit Amazon on Veteran’s Day to download the album.


Many of these 2011 Veterans Day Freebies were found on TheMilitaryWallet.com.

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