Veteran’s Day Freebies and Deals for 2012

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Here are the 2012  Veterans Day freebies and deals from Stacy at About.com. She did a great job in compiling these free meals and offers for all of us!

My husband and I are both proud US Army veterans. If you know of any additional deals or organizations supporting our troops, please let me know any time during the year.

This year, Veterans Day is Sunday, November 11, 2012 but observed on Monday, November 12, 2012. Read each offer to determine what ID may be needed, what days the offer is available and always call ahead to make sure that your location to make sure they are participating to avoid disappointment.

Golden Corral Veterans Day Free Meal (Monday, November 12, 2012)

Veterans Day Free Meals© Golden Corral

On Monday, November 12, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Golden Corral will be giving out Veterans Day free meals to any person who has ever served in the U.S. military or is on current active duty.

All Golden Corral locations will be participating and no identification is required to get your free meal.

Last year, Golden Corral served over 375,000 veterans a Veterans Day free meal!

Veterans Day Free Meals© Applebee’s

Stop into a participating Applebee’s on Sunday, November 11, 2012 to get your Veterans day free meal. You’ll be able to choose a meal from a limited Veteran’s Day menu that includes steak, cheeseburgers, chicken tenders, salad, pasta, chicken, and shrimp. You can see the complete menu by using the link above. This deal is dine-in only and beverages and gratuity are not included.

You’ll need to bring in one proof of military service such as a U.S. Uniform Service ID card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired ID card, current Leave and Earnings statement, photograph in uniform, be wearing your uniform, a veterans organization card such as American Legion or VFW, or a DD214.

Find an Applebee’s near you and call ahead to find out if they are participating in the Veterans Day free meal.

Denny’s Veterans Day All You Can Eat Pancakes (Monday, November 12, 2012)

Veterans Day Free Meals© Denny’s

Stop by Denny’s on Monday, November 12, 2012 and all active, non-active, and retired military personnel can get free all you can eat pancakes from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

All Denny’s are participating in this promotion and you’ll just need to bring a valid military ID along with you.

T.G.I. Friday’s Veterans Day Free Lunch (Monday, November 12, 2012)

Veterans Day Free Meals© T.G.I. Friday’s

T.G.I. Friday’s will be having free lunch for all veterans on Monday, November 12, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at participating locations. Be sure to contact your local T.G.I Friday’s for details.

Bring in proof of military service (U.S. Uniforms Services ID Card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired ID Card, a Current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans Organization Card, a DD214, a photograph in uniform, or wear your uniform) and you’ll be able to choose any item off the lunch menu for free.

Chili’s Veterans Day Free Meal (Sunday, November 11, 2012)

Veterans Day Free Meals© Chili’s

Visit Chili’s on Sunday, November 11, 2012, to get your Veterans Day free meal if you are a veteran or on active military duty. You’ll get to choose between these free meals, valid on dine in only:

  • OldTimer with Cheese
  • Chicken Crispers
  • Margarita Chicken
  • Classic Turkey Sandwich (Full)
  • Lighter Choices Grilled Chicken Salad
  • Soup & Salad (this does not include the Bottomless Express Lunch)
  • Cajun Chicken Pasta
  • Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadilla

There’s also a reduced cost ($5) for any dessert.

You’ll need to show proof of military service to get your Veterans Day free meal – a U.S. Uniform Services ID Card, a U.S. Uniform Services Retired ID Card, a Current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans Organization Card, a DD214, a photograph in uniform, or wear your uniform.

Find a Chili’s near you so you can stop in and get your free meal.

Famous Daves Free Veterans Day Meal (Sunday, November 11, 2012)

Veterans Day Free Meals© Famous Dave’s

Famous Dave’s will be giving out free meals for Veterans Day on Sunday, November 11, 2012 at some locations.

The Veterans Day free meals at Famous Dave’s can range any where from a free two meat salute to a 25% off discount. Use the link above to find out if your location is offering a free meal or a discount.

California Pizza Kitchen Free Meal (Sunday & Monday, November 11 & 12, 2012)

Veterans Day Free Meals© California Pizza Kitchen

California Pizza Kitchen is having a Veterans Day free meal as well and both veterans and those in active military duty can take advantage.

Stop by your local California Pizza Kitchen on Sunday, November 11, 2012 or Monday, November 12, 2012 and you can get a free pizza and non-alcoholic beverage when you dine-in.

You’ll need come in uniform or bring your military ID or another proof of service.

Krispy Kreme Free Donughnut and Coffee (Sunday, November 11, 2012)

Veterans Day Free Meals© Krispy Kreme

Veterans can start their Veteran’s Day off with a free breakfast at Krispy Kreme that includes a doughnut and a small coffee.

Veterans Day Free Meals© Outback Steakhouse

Stop into any Outback Steakhouse on November 11-12, 2012 to get a free Bloomin’ Onion and Coca-Cola product. This offer is for veterans as well as active duty military.

You’ll need to bring in one ID such as a U.S. Uniform Services ID card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired ID card, current Leave and Earnings statement, DD form 214, a veterans organization card, a photograph of you in uniform, or you can wear your uniform to get your free Veterans Day meal.

Outback Steakhouse is also giving out a military discount of 10% off the total check November 13 to December 31, 2012.

Find an Outback Steakhouse near you to get your Veterans Day free meal.

McCormick & Schmick’s Veterans Day Free Meal (Sunday, November 11, 2012)

Veterans Day Free Meals© McCormick & Schmick’s

You can stop into a participating McCormick & Schmick’s on Sunday, November 11, 2012 to get your Veterans Day free meal. Your free lunch or dinner entree will be from a limited menu and reservations are recommended.

Bring in a form of identification such as your VA card, VFW card, American Legion card, discharge papers, DD214, or other veteran’s ID.

Max & Erma’s Veterans Day Free Meal (Sunday, November 11, 2012)

Veterans Day Free Meals© Max & Erma’s

Max & Erma’s will be honoring veterans and active military personnel by giving out a free Best Cheeseburger in America combo which includes choice of Tortilla Soup or side Caesar Salad, a Cheeseburger and french fries, and fresh baked chocolate chip cookies for dessert.

Check to see which Max & Erma’s are participating and read the entire press release.

This is for dine-in only and you’ll need to show your military I.D.

Veterans Day Free Meals© Hooters

Stop by a participating Hooters anytime on Sunday, November 11, 2012 and get a Veterans Day free meal. You’ll get 10 free boneless wings. A drink purchase is required.

You’ll need to bring in a military ID or proof of military service. Dine in only.

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse Veterans Day Free Meal (Sunday, November 11, 2012)

Veterans Day Free Meals© BJ’s Restaurants

You can stop by your local BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse on Monday, November 11, 2012 to get a Veterans Day free meal.

Veterans and those on active military duty will be able to get a free lunch entree or a one-topping mini or individual pizza.

Free Veterans Day Meal at Bar Louie (Sunday & Monday, November 11 & 12, 2012)

Veterans Day Free Meals© Bar Louie

Bar Louie is giving away free Veterans Day meals during lunch and dinner on Sunday, November 11, 2012 and Monday, November 12, 2012 to veterans and active duty military members.

This is at participating Bar Louie locations and is for dine in only. It’s good on any food item up to an $11 value and beverages as well as gratuity are not included.

You’ll need to show proof of military service to get your free Veterans Day meal.

Little Caesar’s Free Crazy Bread (Monday, November 12, 2012)

Veterans Day Free Meals© Little Caesar’s

Stop into a participating Little Caesar’s and get a free order of Crazy Bread. I recommend calling ahead to verify that your local Little Caesar’s is participating.

You’ll need to present a valid military I.D. to get this freebie.

Hy-Vee Veterans Day Free Breakfast (Monday, November 12, 2012)

Veterans Day Free Meals© Hyvee

Stop into any Hy-Vee grocery store with in-store dining and get a free breakfast on Monday, November 12, 2012. You’ll get to choose from a wide variety of breakfast foods set out on a buffet.

Find a Hy-Vee near you and call to confirm that they are participating and the hours of the free buffet.

Even more…..
  • Home Depot 10% Veterans Day Discount - Home Depot is branching their military discount out to include all veterans for Veterans Day. Veterans can save 10% off all purchase up to $500.
  • Lowe’s 10% Veterans Day Discount - Lowe’s usual military discount of 10% off all purchases is extended to all veterans for Veterans Day weekend.
  • Jo Ann Fabric and Craft Stores - Jo Ann Fabric and Craft stores will be having Military Discount Days November 8-12, 2012 where military members, past and present, along with military dependents, can get 20% off their total purchase.

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