I’m a proud US Army veteran, and I’m married to a veteran. Please join me in thanking our veterans this Veteran’s Day and expressing appreciation to those companies who say thank you those who have served with free meals, discounts, and deals for veterans.
Unless otherwise noted, these freebies are for active military and veterans. Be prepared to show your military ID or discharge paperwork. Call ahead to make sure your local stores are participating to avoid disappointment.
If you know of any other 2016 Veteran’s Day Free Meals, Discounts, and Deals for Veterans to share, please let us know in a comment. A big thank you to Gimme Freebies and Offers.com for putting together this great list.
2016 Veteran’s Day Free Meals, Discounts, and Deals for Veterans – *updated with even more!
Veterans Day Deals
- Abrazo Community Hospitals, Az – free meals to veterans 11/11
- Ameristar Casino Hotel Council Bluffs – free lunch or dinner for military -11:00 AM to 2:00 PM or 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM. 11/11
- Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago – free lunch or dinner for military- 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM or 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM. 11/11
- Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City – free lunch for military -11:30 AM to 3:00 PM. 11/11
- Ameristar Casino Resort Black Hawk – free lunch or dinner for military- 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM or 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM. 11/11
- Ameristar Casino Resort St. Charles – free lunch or dinner for military -11:00 AM to 2:00 PM or 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM. 11/11
- Ameristar Vicksburg – free lunch or dinner for military- 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM or 4:00 PM to 11:00 PM. 11/11
- Applebees – Free entree on 11/11 for veterans and active duty.
- Arby’s – Arby’s franchises owned by United States Beef Corporation are offering a free Roast Beef Classic Sandwich. This offer is good only at U.S. Beef’s 330 Arby’s restaurants in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois (Greater St. Louis area), Colorado, Idaho, and Wyoming.
- Arooga’s – free meal (from a special menu) for veterans and active duty on 11/11. Locations in PA, CT & RI
- Bar Louie – free lunch or dinner for military/veterans on 11/11.
- Belterra Casino Resort – free lunch or dinner for military- 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM or 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM. 11/11
- Belterra Park Gaming – free lunch or dinner for military -11:00 AM to 2:00 PM or 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM. 11/11
- Ben’s Soft Pretzel – free Jumbo soft Pretzel for veterans. 11/11
- BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse – free pizza or lunch special for military 11/11
- Black Angus – all veterans and active duty personnel will receive a free Top Sirloin Steak Dinner, with home-style mashed potatoes,fresh broccoli with garlic butter and sweet molasses bread
- Bob Evans – free meal on Veterans Day, Bob Evans is also offering a 10 percent discount to all veterans and active duty military from November 12 through December 31, 2016, for dine-in and carry out purchases.
- Boomtown Bossier – Breakfast or lunch for military – 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. 11/11
- Boomtown New Orleans – Breakfast or lunch for military -7:00 AM to 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. 11/11
- Bonefish Grill – free Bang Bang Shrimp appetizers to veterans and military members 11/11
- Bubba’s 33 – Veterans and active members of the military get a free lunch on 11/11
- Buehler‘s – free breakfast for veterans on 11/11. 7 am – 11 am.
- Buffalo’s Cafe – All veterans and active duty military eat free on 11/11.
- Burntwood Tavern – Free lunch or dinner for all active duty military and veterans.
- Burro Loco – free entrée and 25% off entrée(s) to their accompanied family. 11/11
- California Dreaming – free entrée and 25% off entrée(s) to their accompanied family. 11/11
- Carolina Roadhouse – free entrée and 25% off entrée(s) to their accompanied family. 11/11
- Carrabba’s – free appetizer for military on 11/7 -11/13
- Carrows Restaurants – Free slice of pie 11/11
- Cattle Company Steakhouse – free top sirloin steak dinner for military 11/11
- Centraarchy – veterans and active duty military service members with a FREE entrée and 25% off entrée(s) to their accompanied family.
- Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse – Veterans and active-duty military eat lunch for free on Veterans Day from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
- Chevys Fresh Mex – complimentary menu item to all active and retired military personnel. Special Veterans Day menu includes fajitas, burritos, tacos and more
- Chicken Salad Chick – active duty and veterans will receive a meal valued at $9 to $10
- Chili’s – free meal from Veterans Day menu for military active duty and veterans
- Chop House – free entrée and 25% off entrée(s) to their accompanied family. 11/11
- Chuck E Cheese – Free individual pizza for military. 11/11
- City Barbeque – Free Sandwich Platter 11/11 for military
- Coco’s Bakery Restaurant – Free slice of pie 11/11
- Coffee Beanery – Free tall cup of fresh brewed coffee 11/11
- Cotton Patch Cafe – free full size chicken fried steak or chicken fried chicken for veterans and active duty 11/11
- Country Cookin – free meals for Veterans November 15.
- Cracker Barrel Old Country Store – Free Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake dessert.
- Craftworks – free appetizer for military 11/11
- Crooked Pint Ale House – free meal for miltary 11/11
- Denny’s – Free build your own Grand Slam from 5am – noon on 11/11 for military/veterans.
- El Torito – active and retired military free one complimentary item from a special Veterans Day
- Fair Winds Brewing Company – one free beer for veterans and active duty military (legal age)
- Famous Dave’s – free meal for veterans. 11/11
- FATZ Cafe – Free World Famous Calabash Chicken meal
- 54th Street Grill & Bar – Military/Veterans free meal up to $12 on 11/11. Located in Kansas City, MO, St. Louis and San Antonio, TX
- Fire & Ice – free meal for military veterans. 11/11
- Friendly’s – free breakfast, lunch or dinner on 11/11 for military/veterans.
- Glory Days Grill – Free appetizer or a regular order of traditional or boneless wings.
- Golden Corral – Monday, November 14, 2016- 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Veterans, current active duty service members — including members of the National Guard and Reserves — get a free buffet and beverage.
- Green Mill Restaurant and Bar – Free menu item for lunch or dinner
- Gulfstream Café – free entrée and 25% off entrée(s) to their accompanied family. 11/11
- Handels Homemade Ice Cream – free single cone or dish to veterans or active military 11/11
- Harriets Inn – free meal for military 11/11
- Hooters – FREE Entree for Veterans and active military.
- Hurricane Grill & Wings – Free meal and non-alcoholic beverage from a select menu.
- Hy-Vee – Free breakfast items. Valid during regular breakfast hours.
- IHOP – military Active Duty and veterans will receive free Red, White and Blue pancakes. At some locations, the Red, White and Blue pancakes will be featured as part of a free combo plate including eggs, bacon, and hash browns.
- Ivar’s – free entree for lunch or dinner for active duty and veterans 11/11
- JJ Red Hots – free meal and beverage for military 11/11
- Joey D’s Oak Room – free entree for military and 25% off entree to their accompanied family. 11/11
- Johnny Carino’s – Free meal at locations in Kentucky and Indiana
- Krystal Burger – Free sausage biscuit for veterans 11/11
- LaMar’s Donuts – Free donut and 12 oz. coffee between 5 am – 3 pm
- LongHorn Steakhouse – Complimentary Texas Tonion and non-alcoholic beverage.
- Lowe’s – Lowe’s usual military discount of 10% off all merchandise is open to Veterans, Active Duty Military & their families. Every Day of the year.
- M Resort Free Buffet – free buffet Prime Rib Brunch from 11am-2pm and Seafood dinner from 2:30-8:30
for military and veterans 11/11
- Margaritaville Resort Casino, LA – free lunch buffet at World Tour Buffet 11:30 am to 3 pm. 11/11
- Max & Erma’s – free 1/2 Cheeseburger, Endless Seasoned Fries, and a fountain drink on Veterans Day.
- McCormick & Schmick’s – Veterans Day Special is on Sunday, November 6. Military gets a choice of 10 complimentary lunch or dinner entrées from the special Veterans Day menu. Reservations strongly encouraged.
- McGrath Fish House – Veterans and active military free meal from special Veterans Day menu. 11/11
- Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt – Free six-ounce frozen yogurt any time of day. 11/11.
- Mimi’s Cafe – free entrée from a special all-day ‘Veterans Day’ menu 11/11
- Mission BBQ – Free sandwich and cake (while it lasts).
- MOD Pizza – Free individual, artisan-style MOD size pizza or hand-tossed salad.
- Native Grill & Wing – any menu item up to $11.99 for free all day. 11/11
- New York Prime – free entree for military and 25% off entree to their accompanied family. 11/11
- Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub – free lunch from our 9 Real Size Entrées for $9.99 Menu with the purchase of any entrée. 11 am – 4 pm.
- O’Charley’s – veterans and active duty service members a free meal at any location on November 11th. Additionally, O’Charley’s offers a 10 percent military discount all year long.
- Olive Garden – Free meal for Veterans and active duty military.
- On the Border – Free combo meal for veterans on 11/11
- Orlando Brewing, FL – free beer for veterans 11/11
- Outback Steakhouse – Free Bloomin’ Onion and beverage for all active and retired military members
To show continued support for our troops beyond Veterans Day, Outback is also offering all Military Mates, including active or retired military members and their families, 15% off their check for rest of 2016.
- Papa John’s Pizza – contact your local Papa John’s for information
- Pete’s Coffee & Tea – active military and veterans get free small coffee or tea 11/11.
- Pizza Factory – free lunch for veterans. 11/11
- Ponderosa Steakhouse – Free buffet from 4pm – close. Beverage not included. Check your local Ponderosa for participation.
- Primanti Brothers – free sandwich 11/11 – 4 pm to close for military at participating restaurants.
- Red, Hot & Blue – Wednesday, November 9; Thursday, November 10; and Friday, November 11, 2016 a free entrée with the purchase of two drinks and a second entrée of equal or greater value
- Red Lobster – appetizer or dessert for military 11/11
- Red Robin – Free burger and fries for Veterans and active duty service members 11/11
- Rib Crib – free meal from RibCrib’s Menu of Honor that includes a choice of two meats and two sides, including their slow-smoked meats and award-winning St. Louis spare ribs
- River City Casino & Hotel – Lunch or dinner for military – 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM or 4:00 PM to 9:30 PM. 11/11
- Rock & Brews – Complimentary pulled pork sandwich with a side choice of natural fries, house potato salad, pasta salad or coleslaw throughout the day.
- Ruby Tuesday – Free appetizer or dessert for veterans on Veterans Day.
- Saltys – White Chocolate Mousse Cake and a $20 gift certificate for a return visit for military. 11/11
- Sam’s Club – Veterans and active duty military get a free $15 gift card when you enroll or renew you Sam’s Club card.
- Shoney’s – free All American Burger for military
- Sizzler – Free lunch and beverage on Veterans Day until 4 p.m. for Veterans and active duty
- Spaghetti Warehouse – EVERYONE can get a BOGO free meal with coupon. Coupon for this will be on their website Nov 4.
- Starbucks – free tall (12 fl oz) hot brewed coffee.
- St. Clair Winery & Bistro, NM – free meal from special menu for veterans 11/11
- Sweet Peas Public House – free meal for military 11/11
- Tap House Grill – Veterans eat free. Dine in only.
- Texas Corral Grill & Saloon – free meal for military veterans. 11/11.
- Texas Roadhouse – Free lunch for Veterans and active military, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Veterans Day
- TGI Friday’s – Free lunch for Veterans and active military, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Veterans Day
- The Greene Turtle – Free menu item from a select menu during dine-in purchases. 11/11
- The Meadows Racetrack & Casino – Lunch for military -11:00 AM to 2:30 PM. 11/11
- The Tavern at Phipps – free entree for military and 25% off entree to their accompanied family. 11/11
- 38 State Brewing Company – one free beer for military 11/11 – 11/30
- Tijuana Flats – free entree for Veterans and active military 11/11
- Twin Peaks – Free menu item from Annual Veterans Day Appreciation Menu.
- Village Inn – complimentary breakfast for all for active duty and veterans 11/11
- White Castle Hamburgers – free breakfast combo or Castle combo meal on 11/11
- Wienerschnitzel – Free Chili Cheese Dog and small Pepsi for Veterans and active military.
- Wing House Bar & Grill – free order of boneless wings for military. 11/11
- Yard House – complimentary appetizer. Dine in only.
- Zoe’s Kitchens – free meal for veterans. 11/11
Check YOUR local historical centers, museums, National Parks, Amusements Parks & Zoos to see if they have a special!
- Akron Zoo – free admission for veterans 11/5 thru 11/11
- Alabama Museum of Natural History, Tuscaloosa, AL – Free admission for veterans and their families 11/11
- Anheuser-Busch Parks – Active Duty Service Members free admission and up to 3 dependents to any of their parks once a year.
- Aquarium of the Pacific (Long Beach, CA) – Free admission 11/11
- Battleship New Jersey – military and veterans receive free admission 11/11
- Bed and Breakfasts – Free hotel stay for veterans and active duty.
- B&B for Vets – free one night stay for veterans on Veterans Day
- B&O Museum, MD – free admission for veterans 11/12-11/13
- Birmingham Zoo – free admission for military/veterans and their dependents 11/11
- Castillo de San Marcos, FL – free admission to the fort for military 11/11. 8:45 am – 5 pm.
- Chicago History Museum, Chicago, IL – free admission for military and their families. 10 am thru 5 pm. 11/11
- Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock, AR – free admission for military and their families. 11/11
- Colonial Williamsburg – one complimentary admission ticket per year (and as many as three direct dependents). Retired military and Veterans qualify for 50% discount on Single-day tickets or on Annual Passes for up to five direct dependents.
- Des Moines Botanical Center – Free admission 11/11/16
- Discovery Place, Inc. Museum – free admission for veterans and active duty military 11/11
- Franklin Park Zoo, MA – free admission for veterans 10 am – 3:30 pm on 11/11
- Georgia Aquarium – free admission for active duty and veterans 11/11 and 11/12
- Gorgas House Museum, AL – free admission for military and their families on 11/11
- Harley Davidson Museum – free admission for all active Military, Veterans and their families 11/11 – 11/13
- Historic Jamestowne – Free Admission 11/11
- Killington – All Active Duty, Retired and Honorably Discharged members of the U.S. Military who visit Killington will receive a complimentary lift ticket plus being eligible for Killington/Pico Express Card.
- Knott’s Berry Farm – Active, Retired or Veteran U.S. Military Personnel may receive free admission for themselves and 1 guest (maximum of 2 complimentary admissions will be issued.) Show your Military I.D. card at a Knott’s Berry Farm ticket booth 11/1 – 11/18
- Legoland Florida – free admission for military (ends 11/27)
- Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower, IL – free admission and tower tours 11/11
- Liberty Aviation Museum – free admission veterans and active duty military. 10 am – 5 pm on 11/11
- Lowry Park Zoo, FL – free admission for military plus one guest. 11/11
- Lyon Air Museum, Santa Ana, CA – free admission for active duty, retired and veterans. 11/11
- Main Event Entertainment – veterans bowl free 11/11. Open to 3 pm.
- Marcus Theaters – free movie admission for military “Honor Flight” 11/11
- Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum, AL – free admission for military and their families 11/11
- Moundville Archaeological Park, AL – free admission for veterans and their families 11/11
- Mount Vernon – Free admission for military/veterans on 11/11.
- Mystic Aquarium, CT – free entry for active duty military and veterans 11/6 thru 11/13
- National Corvette Museum, KY – free admission for military and their immediate family the entire month of November
- National Parks – Free Entrance for everyone 11/11
- Natural Museum of History, Utah – free admission for military and one guest on 11/11
- New Mexico Museum of Space History, Alamogorda, NM – free admission for military and family 11/11
- Newport Aquarium – free admission for military 11/5 – 11/13.
- Newseum, Washington DC – free admission for military and one guest during 11/11 thru 11/13
- New York Historical Society, New York, New York – free admission
- 9/11 Memorial and Museum – free admission for veterans for 5 Day Salute to Service events and programs on 11/7 – 11/11.
- Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium – free admission for military. 11/11
- Owls Head Transportation Museum, LA – free admission for veterans 11/11
- Patriots Point Museum, Mt Pleasant, SC – free admission for military. 11/11
- Pembroke Pines – Free event 11/11
- Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium – free admission to military currently serving or have honorably served in the U.S. military. Immediate family members will receive half-off general admission. 11/11 thru 11/13
- Pro Football Hall of Fame, Canton, OH – free admission for military for the Annual Veterans Day Salute, Saturday, November 05, 2016. Free admission for the entire month of November for military.
- Riverbanks Zoo, Columbia, SC – active military and veterans free admission 11/11
- Roger Williams Park Zoo (RI) – free admission for veterans and members of our armed forces. Half price admission up to three guests.
- Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Ca – free admission for military for live music, a civil war encampment, a military vehicle display, and honor guard, and remarks by Vice Admiral Fred Midgette. 11/11.
- Seaworld Parks and Entertainment – free one-day admission for active duty or retired veterans
- Sedgwick County Zoo, Wichita, KS – free admission for military veterans and their immediate family between the hours of 10 am – 5 pm. 11/11
- Stone Zoo, MA – free admission for veterans 10:30 am to 3 pm on 11/11
- Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum, IA – free admission and free coffee for veterans 11/11
- Sunset Zoo (KS) – free admission for military
- The Billy Graham Library – free admission for vets for the Veterans Day Breakfast and Tour (register)
- The Durham Museum, NE – free admission for veterans and family 11/11-11/13
- The National WW1 Museum and Memorial, Kansas City, MO – free admission for military and 1/2 price admission for general public during 11/11 thru 11/13
- The Queen Mary – free admission for active military and veterans. 11/11. Discount for family members on Veterans Day.
- Thomas Jefferson Monticello – free admission for veterans and active duty military 11/11 – 11/13
- USACE – free day use fees on 11/11 for military and their families at USACE recreation all facilities.(US Army Corp of Engineers)
- USS Midway Museum – free admission for veterans on 11/11
- Veteran Ticket Foundation – VetTixers request tickets to events that interest them, then pay a small delivery fee to receive their free tickets.
- Waterman’s Museum – free admission for military and their immediate family 11/11 between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM.
- Woodland Park Zoo (WA) – free admission to all active, retired, and veteran U.S. military personnel and their spouses
- Woodrow Wilson Presidental Library and Museum – free admission for active military and veterans and families 11/11
- World of Coco Cola (GA) – All Active duty, Reserves and Retired members of the Armed Forces receive free admission 11/11
- World of Little League Museum, PA – free admission (all Year) for military and a free LLB World Series pin during month of November
- Zoo Atlanta, Atlanta, GA – free admission active duty, veterans, reserve and retired military. $4 off general admission for 4 guests. 11/11
Alfred Angelo – Military brides will be treated to 30% off bridal gowns.
Army Corps of Engineers – This Veterans Day, veterans, active and reserve component service members, and their families enjoy free admission to USACE-operated recreation areas. This includes access to lakes and river projects, as well as swimming beach and boat launch fees.
Baskin-Robbins – For every ice cream scoop sold on Veterans Day, the brand will make an $.11 donation to the U.S.O.
Brides Across America – During the month of November, Brides Across America is partnering with bridal salons across the nation to give away free wedding dresses to qualified military brides. All military brides must pre-register online.
Brown Bear Car Wash – free car wash for military 11/11 8 am – 6 pm.
Car Wash – Free car wash at locations across the country for veterans and service personnel, listed on Grace for Vets.
Delta Sonic – free car wash and oil changes for military/veterans on 11/11.
Frank’s Barbershop, Knoxville, TN – free haircuts on Veterans Day for all veterans and active service members. 11/11 between 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM.
Great Clips – Free haircut for active duty, inactive, and retired military members with purchase. Veterans can get a free haircut card. All customers who purchase a salon service may take home a haircut card to give to a veteran. The card is valid from November 12 – December 31.
Hair Cuttery – Whenever a customer purchases a cut on Veterans Day, a free haircut certificate will be donated to a Veteran.
Home Depot – A 10% discount on purchases.
Lowe’s – On November 11, all veterans and their family can receive 10% off purchases.
Main Event – From open – 3 p.m., active duty and retired military personnel can celebrate Veterans Day with free bowling. The special includes one hour of bowling with shoe rental for the service member and up to four guests. To unlock the deal, bowlers should bring along a military I.D. card, Veterans Affairs card, or discharge papers.
Marco’s Pizza– Marco’s Pizza is to launch free pizza parties at local VFWS, VA medical centers, and American Legions across the country. Parties will include special gifts, medical bill assistants, and plane tickets for family visits.
National Park Service – All visitors receive free admission to National Parks.
Rack Room Shoes – In honor of Veterans Day, shoppers with valid military I.D. can take 10% off their purchase.
Ryerson & Associates, DMD , Shoals, AL – Free dental work for Veterans on Veterans Day 11.11.16. No appointment necessary, first come, first serve
Shammy Shine Car Wash – free car wash for veterans between 8 am and 5 pm 11/11
Sport Clips –At participating locations, veterans and current service members can score a free haircutwith proof of service.
Top Golf – On November 11, guests with valid military I.D. can enjoy a complimentary Heroes Membership and 10% off game play.
Tricoci University of Beauty Culture, KS – free haircut for military veterans. 11/11
USO – Special Discounts & Promotions – Year Round
UFC Gym – Veterans, active duty service members, and their families can enjoy free gym access and boot camp class from November 11 – November 13. The boot camp class will be held on November 12, and will include body-weight exercises suitable for all fitness levels.
USO – Special Discounts & Promotions – Year Round
Walgreens – This Veterans Day, customers with Walgreens Balance Rewards cards and valid military I.D. can take 20% off all eligible purchases.
Westgate Resorts – On Veterans Day, guests can get 25% off their rooms. In addition, military personnel and their families can apply for a free vacation package. The first 1,000 applicants will receive a complimentary three-day, two-night vacation for up to four people at Westgate Town Center Resort from May 5-7, 2017.
World of Coca-Cola – From November 3 – November 13, members of the Armed Forces get free admission, plus up to four half-price general admission tickets friends and family. Tickets may be purchased with a valid Armed Forces I.D. card.
Be sure and share this Veteran’s Day list of freebies and deals with the veterans you know!