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This Veterans Day weekend, many businesses are showing gratitude for military service with discounts, free meals, and deals. Check for local participation and required validation of military service at each company and location — DD214, military ID card,  VA card, membership in a veterans organization, or maybe a photo in uniform. Please contact or check the website for each company for their requirements.

Each of these has a link to more information.

Meals and Deals

7-Eleven
Offers will be offering veterans and servicemembers a free small slurpee on Sunday Nov. 11, 2012

Applebees Free Meal
Applebees is offering a free signature entree on Sunday November 11th, 2012 at participating locations.  Must present valid Veteran’s form of identification.

Arby’s Free Roast Beef Sandwich
Arby’s largest franchisee is offering a free roast beef sandwich at their 280 Arby’s restaurants on Monday, November 12, 2012. This offer is valid only at all participating Arby’s locations in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Colorado (Colorado Springs and Pueblo).

Bar Louie Free Lunch or Dinner 
Bar Louie is saluting veterans and active-duty on Sunday and Monday (November 11-12) this year with a free lunch or dinner, up to an $11 value.

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse – On Monday, November 11, 2012 BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse will offer veterans and servicemembers will be able to get a free lunch entree or a one-topping mini or individual pizza.

California Pizza Kitchen
California Pizza Kitchen is honoring Veterans and Military personnel by inviting them in to dine for free on November 11 and 12. Enjoy an pizza and a non-alcoholic beverage for free. Dine-in only. Please come in uniform or bring your military ID or other proof of service.

Carrows Free Slice of Pie 
Sunday, November 11 get a free slice of pie with any purchase. Present military ID.

Champps Free Cheeseburger and Fries 
On Monday, November 12 veterans and active-duty can get a free cheeseburger and fries all day.

Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse Eat Free
Monday, November 12, 2012 Veterans and active-duty military eat free with a coupon. Valid ID required or in uniform or photo in uniform.

Cheeseburger In Paradise Free Meal 
Monday, November 12, 2012 veterans are saluted with a free meal.

Chili’s Free Meal
Sunday, November 11, 2012 from 11 am to 5 pm veterans and active-duty military get a choice of 7 free meals. Must show proof of military service.

Coco’s Free Slice of Pie 
Sunday, November 11 get a free slice of pie with any purchase. Present military ID.

Denny’s All You Can Eat Pancakes
Get all you can eat pancakes for all active duty military and veterans with a valid ID on Monday, November 12, 2012.

Einstein Bagels Free Bagel
Receive a classic or signature bagel on Sunday November 11, 2012.

Great American Cookies Free Cookie
Sunday, November 11, 2012 all those who served get a free cookie with valid military id.

Famous Dave’s
Free or discounted meals on Veterans Day. Offer varies by location

Friendly’s Free Breakfast and Coffee
Monday, November 12 until 11:00 am get a free Big Two Do Breakfast and coffee.

Golden Corral Free Meal
Get a Veterans Day free meal to any veteran who has served in the United States military or is a current active duty service member. All Golden Corral locations will be participating On Monday, November 12, 2012 from 4 PM to 9 PM. No identification is required to get your free Veterans day meal.

Hooters 10 Free Boneless Wings
On Sunday November 11th, 2012 receive 10 free boneless wings with the purchase of a drink for all veterans and active duty military. Military ID or proof of service required.

Hy-Vee Free Breakfast
Monday, November 12, 2012 Hy-Vee is providing free breakfast during regular breakfast hours.

Krispy Kreme Free Donut & Coffee
On Sunday, November 11 is offering a free donut to all those served or currently are serving. Proof of military service required or those in uniform.

Little Caesars Free Crazy Bread
Receive free Crazy Bread with valid ID Sunday, November 11, 2012.

Lone Star Steakhouse – On Monday, 11/12/2012, all veterans and active duty military will receive a free entrée from our Stars & Stripes Menu. See your local restaurant for details. Be sure to call ahead to verify local participation.

Longhorn Steakhouse Free App & Drink
On Monday, November 11 get a free appetizer and drink.

Max & Erma’s Free Cheeseburger Combo Meal with Dessert
On Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11, 2012, participating Max & Erma’s locations are celebrating veterans and active military personnel with a free cup of tortilla soup or side caesar salad, a cheeseburger, seasoned fries and a chocolate chip cookie.

McCormick and Schmick’s Free Entree
Enjoy a complimentary entree Sunday, November 11. All veterans must show official verification. Veterans Day entrees must be enjoyed at the restaurant. No to-go orders permitted.

O’Charley’s
O’Charley’s will thank veterans and active duty military personnel, celebrating their service, by providing them with a complimentary meal on Monday, November 12.

Olive Garden Free Meal
On Sunday, November 11, 2012 all veterans and military active duty will receive a choice of 1 of 5 entrees plus unlimited soup, salad and breadsticks.

On The Border Free Entree
On November 11,  15% of purchases will be donated to Carry The Load plus veterans and active-duty will receive a free entrée certificate, valid up to $10 and good through 11/30/2012.

Outback Steakhouse
On November 11th and 12th, 2012 military personnel and veterans get FREE Bloomin’ Onion® and Coca-Cola®. Must have valid identification. Also, receive 10% off the entire guest check (excluding alcohol, taxes and gratuity) from November 13- December 31, 2012.

Red Lobster
Sunday, November 12, 2012 a free appetizer to all veterans and active-duty personnel.

Red Robin
Free Red’s Tavern Double and Bottomless Steak Fries for all Red Robin guests with a military ID or proof of service on November 12, 2012. Red Robin is also partnering with Heinz for Veterans Day to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Red Robin will also donate $10,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Sizzler Free Lunch
Monday, November 12, 2012 through 4 PM Veterans and active duty military will receive a free lunch from a select menu. Valid ID required or in uniform or photo in uniform.

Spaghetti Warehouse
Friday thru Monday (November 9-12) buy 1 meal and get 1 Original Recipe Spaghetti Entrée for your veteran.

Texas Corral
A free entrée on Veterans Day to vets and active duty. Unofficially we believe it’s Sunday but their website just says Veterans Day. Call ahead to confirm.

Texas Roadhouse Free Lunch 
Monday, November 12, 2012 select from a special veterans lunch menu.

Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop Free Donut
Sunday, November 11, 2012 veterans and active duty-duty military will receive a free donut. No purchase required. Valid ID required or show up in uniform.

TGI Fridays Free Lunch
On Monday, November 12 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm get a free Veterans Day lunch.

Travel Centers of America Free Meal
All CDL drivers who are Military Veterans eat free on November 11th, 2012. Up to $15 on a complimentary meal of your choice Must present valid ID or photograph in uniform.

Twin Peaks Free Meal
Twins Peaks provides vague information and it doesn’t look like it includes Veterans. Here are their event details. “For Serving Us, We’re Serving You! servicemembers eat free on Veteran’s Day.” Starts on Thursday, November 8 through Sunday, November 11.

Uno’s free entrée or pizza with a purchase
On both Sunday and Monday, November 11- 12 get a free entrée or individual pizza with an entrée or pizza purchase or equal or greater value and with a military or veterans ID.

Veterans Day Travel and Recreation:

Aqua Hotels & Resorts
10% off for veterans.

Bolongo Bay Beach Resort
Active and retired military get 30% off room-only rates and $150 in island credits. The offer is available on a minimum four-night stay between November 1 and November 30, 2012, subject to availability.

JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa
Special rates for members of the military and first responders for stays beginning Veterans Day (November 11) through January 3, 2013. Active duty and retired members of the military are asked to request the Salute to Service rate (rate code: GOV) when they make their room reservations at www.jwsanantonio.com or by calling the toll-free telephone number, 866-882-4420. A military or service I.D. is required at check-in.

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Active and retired military receive special rates and discounts on golf and amenities from November 8 – 11, including resort hotel room discounts, discounts off golf packages, and discounts on beach and umbrella rentals.

Veterans Day Retailer Offerings:

AARP Driver Safety
Get a free AARP Driver Safety classroom course or 50% off an online course.

Banana Republic
Veterans, military personnel and their families can get 50 percent off three full-priced items from November 12-15. Servicemembers, veterans and families who shop at Banana Republic on November 13 also can participate in special events geared towards helping veterans find jobs, including interview and resume tips from an HR expert, styling advice and refreshments.

Grace for Vets
Car washes from around the world who join this program offer free car washes to veterans and servicemembers on November 11.

Home Depot
Offers a 10 percent discount to all Veterans during Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day. Home Depot offers the 10 percent discount year round to for active duty and retirees.

Lowe’s
All Veterans receive the 10-percent discount on Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. The offer is available in stores only and is limited to in-stock and special-order purchases of up to $5,000.

Steve Madden
The shoe seller is doubling its everyday military discount for servicemembers on Veterans Day, for a total 30 percent off all regular-priced merchandise. Bring a form of military identification (past or present) to a Steve Madden store.

Toys “R” Us
Military moms, dads and family members can use a special discount coupon, good for 20 percent off one regular-priced item, valid from Sunday, November 11 through Monday, November 12. A military ID will be required at checkout.

Other Freebies:

National Parks
Veterans Day weekend (November 10-12) Veterans will be invited to visit over 100 National Parks for free.

Source(s): MilitaryBenefits; Military.com, by Terry Howell; MilitaryWallet

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