U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Carly A. Costello/Released
Military.com has compiled a list of free or reduced goods and services offered to service members, veterans and their families by businesses and organizations in honor of Veterans Day. The list will continue to be updated as it gets closer to Nov. 11.
The following discounts have been confirmed by Military.com, through either press releases or direct communication with the company.
Most businesses require proof of military service, which can include a VA health identification card, military ID, DD-214 or veterans service organization card (e.g., The American Legion, VFW, DAV, AMVETS, MOAA, FRA, etc.). In some cases businesses will accept a picture of the veteran in uniform.
Note: Not all franchise locations participate in their national chain’s Veterans Day programs, so contact your nearest establishment to make sure they are participating.
Also, visit www.legion.org/veteransbenefits/state to see what benefits and opportunities are available to veterans in your state.
2018 Veterans Day Restaurant Specials
54th Street Grill — Veterans and active-duty military get a free entree up to $12 on Nov. 11.
Applebee’s — Veterans and active-duty military receive a free meal from a limited menu on Nov. 11.
Arooga’s — Veterans and active-duty military get a free meal from a fixed menu on Nov. 12.
Bar Louie — On Nov. 11, veterans and military personnel get a free burger or flatbread up to a $15 value.
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse — For the month of November, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse and Dr Pepper are contributing 11,000 Pizookies® to the restaurant’s ‘Buy a Hero a Pizookie’ program. Current or retired military simply claim a Pizookie® at www.bjsrestaurants.com/heropizookie Nov. 1-30, while supplies last. Once claimed, the offer is emailed and valid for 72 hours. Guests who would like to honor these heroes can contribute $1 or more on their restaurant bill to the program. With a contribution of $1 of more, guests will receive a bounce-back coupon for a FREE Pizookie® with any food purchase of $9.95 valid through 12/31/2018. And on Sunday, Nov. 11, all military members who dine in-restaurant receive a complimentary entree up to $12.95, plus a free Dr Pepper beverage, by presenting a military ID or proof of service at any BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse location nationwide.
Buffalo Wild Wings — Veterans and active-duty military personnel receive one small order of wings and a side of fries for free on Nov. 11.
CentraArchy Restaurants — Veterans and active-duty servicemembers get a free entree on Nov. 11.
Chevys Fresh Mex — On Nov. 11, veterans and current servicemembers will be served a free meal from a select menu from 3 p.m. until closing.
Chop House — On Nov. 11-12, veterans get 50 percent off any dine-in lunch or dinner entree.
Connors Steak & Seafood — On Nov. 11-12, veterans get 50 percent off any dine-in lunch or dinner entree.
Cotton Patch Cafe — Veterans and active-duty military get a free chicken fried steak or chicken fried chicken on Nov. 11.
Cracker Barrel — Veterans get a complimentary slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake or a Crafted Coffee on Nov. 11.
Eat’n Park — All active and former military personnel will receive a 10 percent discount for the entire month of November.
El Torito — On Nov. 11, veterans and current servicemembers will be served a free meal from a select menu from 3 p.m. until closing.
Famous Dave’s — On Nov. 11-12, former and current military personnel will receive a free 2 Meat Salute.
Friendly’s — Veterans and active military get 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. 12 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Military retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard and reserves are all welcome.
Green Mill Restaurant and Bar — Veterans and active-duty military get a free meal on Nov. 11.
Grub Burger Bar — Active, inactive and retired military personnel get a complimentary entree on Nov. 11 at all locations.
Hoss’s Steak and Sea House — Veterans and active-duty military get a free meal from the soup, salad and dessert bar on Nov. 12.
Hy-Vee — Veterans and active-duty military members get a free breakfast buffet on Nov. 11.
K&W Cafeterias — Veterans and active duty get a free meal on Nov. 12 from 11 a.m. until closing.
Kings Family Restaurant — Veterans and active military members get a free meal from a select menu on Nov. 12.
Logan’s Roadhouse — On Nov. 11 between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., veterans and military personnel receive a free meal from the American Roadhouse Meals menu.
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants — Veterans and Gold Star honorees (parents and spouse) can enjoy a free entree from a special menu on Nov. 11.
On the Border — Veterans receive a free Create Your Own Combo entree (Choose 2) on Nov. 11.
Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant — Veterans and active-duty servicemembers will receive a 25 percent discount on their bill on Nov. 11.
Primanti Bros. — Veterans and active-duty military get a free sandwich all day on Nov. 11.
Rock and Brews — Veterans and active military personnel receive a complimentary pulled pork sandwich or salad on Nov. 12.
Ruby Tuesday — Veterans, active-duty and reserve servicemembers get a free appetizer on Nov. 11.
Sagebrush Steakhouse — Veterans and active-duty military receive a free meal from a select menu on Nov. 11.
Shane’s Rib Shack — Active-duty military and veterans get a free sandwich combo Nov. 8-10 at participating locations.
Texas Corral — Veterans and active servicemembers get a free entree from a special menu along with an iced tea, lemonade or coffee on Nov. 11.
TooJay’s — Veterans and active-duty military get a free entree from a special menu on Nov. 11.
Twin Peaks – Active-duty and veterans get a free meal from a select menu on Nov. 12.
Wienerschnitzel — Veterans and active-duty military receive a free Chili Dog, small fries and a 20 oz. drink on Nov. 11.
Wild Wing Cafe — Veterans eat for free all day from select items on Nov. 11 at participating locations.
2018 Veterans Day Travel and Recreation Discounts
9/11 Memorial and Museum — Veterans will receive free museum admission, as well as half-price museum tickets for up to two family members, Nov. 7-11.
Aquarium of the Pacific — Veterans and military personnel get free admission on Nov. 11.
B&Bs for Vets — Complimentary rooms at inns will be offered to veterans on or around Nov. 11.
Birmingham Zoo — Veterans, active and retired military and their dependents will receive free admission on Nov. 11-12.
Boston Bruins — In conjunction with Military Appreciation Night on Nov. 5, all military will receive a 20 percent off discount at the ProShop and all GameDay ProShop locations.
Boston Duck Tours — Veterans and active military ride free Nov. 12-16. Dependents ride for $10 per person (plus 5 percent CCF surcharge).
Colonial Williamsburg — Military families can receive a free admission ticket during Veterans Day weekend.
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden — Veterans get free admission on Nov. 11.
Harley-Davidson Museum — The Harley-Davidson Museum is offering free admission to active military, veterans and their families November 9-11 in honor of Veterans Day.
Killington Resort – Active-duty, retired and honorably discharged members of the military ski for free on Nov. 11.
Knott’s Berry Farm – Active-duty military and veterans receive free admission for themselves and 1 guest Nov. 1 – 15 and Nov. 26 – December 21. Additional discounted tickets may be purchased at the ticket booth.
LEGOLAND Florida – November 1-30, all veterans and active-duty military can receive free admission. Veterans also can purchase theme park tickets for up to six guests at a 50 percent discount on the same dates.
Montpelier — Veterans get free House tours Nov. 9-11. Veterans also receive a 10 percent discount on any purchase at the Museum Shop.
Monticello — Veterans get complimentary admission for Veterans Day weekend, Nov. 10-12.
Mount Vernon — All active-duty, former or retired military personnel are admitted for free on Nov. 11.
National Parks — On Nov. 11, veterans will have access to over 100 national parks that require entrance fees for free.
National WWI Museum and Memorial — Admission is free for veterans and active-duty military personnel Nov. 9-11.
New Mexico Museum of Space History — Veterans get free admission on Nov. 11.
Newseum — Veterans and active-duty members of the military plus one guest get free admission on Nov. 10-11.
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium — On November 10-12, active-duty service members and veterans receive free admission. Immediate family members will receive half off general admission.
Pro Football Hall of Fame — Throughout the month of November, all veterans and active military plus one guest get free museum admission and parking.
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden — All military veterans who have served or are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, will receive free admission on Nov. 11.
Super 8 by Wyndham — From Oct. 16-Dec. 11, 2018, any current or retired military personnel, veterans and their families who book and stay at participating Super 8 hotels in the United States and Canada can take advantage of Super 8’s 20-percent-off military discount. Additionally, guests who book using this offer through a Wyndham direct booking channel will be automatically enrolled into Wyndham Rewards and eligible for 500 bonus points. Learn more at super8.com/military.
Westgate Resorts — Westgate Resorts are honoring our U.S. military personnel and their families by giving away free vacations. On Nov. 9, they will open up registration for the event that will be held in May 2019.
Woodland Park Zoo — Active, retired and veteran military personnel and their spouses get free admission on Nov. 11.
World of Coca-Cola — Active-duty, reserves and retirees get free admission year-round, and from Nov. 1-11, members of the armed forces may also purchase up to four half-price general admission tickets for their friends and family.
2018 Veterans Day Retail Offerings
Brides Across America — Brides Across America holds a wedding gown giveaway for military in partnership with bridal salons across the country in November. Qualifying brides register to attend the event at a participating bridal salon by completing the registration form and paying a $40 fee. Attend the event and select one of the designated gowns on display. Visit the Brides Across America website for more details.
Enterprise Car Sales — Active-duty military members, veterans and their dependents get a Firestone Prepaid Maintenance Package with any used-vehicle purchase during the month of November.
Grace for Vets — Car washes from around the world that join this program offer free car washes to veterans and service members on Nov. 11.
Great Clips – On November 11, veterans and current military members can visit a Great Clips salon to receive either a free haircut or a free-haircut card to use at a later date. Non-military customers can purchase a service on Veterans Day and get a free-haircut card to give to a veteran you know. Haircuts are redeemable until Dec. 31.
Home Depot — Home Depot offers a 10 percent discount to all veterans on Nov. 11. Home Depot offers the 10 percent discount year-round to active-duty and retirees.
Rack Room Shoes — Military personnel and their dependents get a 10 percent discount off an entire purchase on Nov. 11.
Sears Garage Services — From Nov. 9-12, anyone with a valid military ID can save 10 percent off any product or service.
Sport Clips — Participating locations are offering veterans and active-duty servicemembers free haircuts on Nov. 11.
Tractor Supply — This Veterans Day, customers with a valid military ID or proof of service, and their dependents, will receive 15 percent off their entire purchase. This discount will be offered on Saturday, Nov. 11, and will be available at all of Tractor Supply’s more than 1,725 locations nationwide.