Veterans Day 2015 freebies and deals: Appetizers, entrees, beer, oil changes

On Veterans Day, restaurants and retailers are honoring those who served in the military with deals and freebies.

When the parades are done and before the fireworks begin on Wednesday, you may want to grab a free meal, dessert, beer or haircut. 

Check out some of the deals below.

 (Most restaurants require proof of military service – active  duty and retired. Not every location will honor the deals. Call ahead to make sure the location you go to is participating. Most deals are for dine-in meals.)

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  • Applebee’s:  You can get your choice of seven meals for free on Veterans Day (beverages and gratuity not included).
  • Arby’s: One free Roast  Beef Classic on Veterans Day.
  • Baker’s Square: Free Breakfast for anyone who  has  served in the military. You can choose between buttermilk pancakes, three slices of French toast or a Belgian waffle.
  • Bar Louie: Free meal up to a $12 value with military ID or proof of service on Tuesday, Nov. 10 and Wednesday, No. 11.
  • Bob Evans: Free all-you-can-eat pancakes for anyone who  has  served in the military.
  • Bonanza Steakhouse: Free buffet from 4 p.m. – closing for anyone who  has  served in the military
  • California Pizza Kitchen: A free entrée when ordered off of a special menu for anyone who  has  served in the military.
  • Carrabba’s: Free appetizer for anyone who  has  served in the military Monday, Nov. 9-Sunday, Nov. 15.
  • Cheeseburger in Paradise: The chain is offering a free All-American Burger and fries for anyone who  has  served in the military.
  • Chick-fil-A in Charlotte, N.C.: "The Metro Charlotte-area Chick-fil-A® Restaurants are honoring all active military personnel and veterans by offering a free Chick-fil-A Chicken Biscuit® or Chicken Sandwich® on Wednesday, Nov. 11 from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. in honor of Veteran’s Day, November 11,​ 2015."
  • Chicken Salad Chick: Get a free one sandwich,  or scoop of your choice of chicken salad, plus one side, a pickle spear and a cookie on Wednesday, Nov. 11, for anyone who has served in the military and who presents proof of service.
  • Chili’s: A free entrée for anyone who  has  served in the military when ordered off of a special menu.
  • Claim Jumper: A free lunch or dinner for for anyone who  has  served in the military when ordered off of a special menu.
  • Denny’s: Veterans will get a free build-your-own Grand Slam Breakfast from 5 a.m. to noon on Nov. 11.
  • Friendly’s: Get a free Big Two Do for breakfast or a free All American Burger meal for lunch or dinner.
  • Gigi’s Cupcakes: Get a free cupcake of any flavor for any service member with an active or retired military ID. NOTE: Not all stores are participating; check with your local business.
  • Golden Corral: A free “thank-you” dinner and fundraiser will be held on Monday,  Nov. 17. Veterans and active-duty military will get a free buffet and beverage from 5-9 p.m.
  • Hooters: Get a free entrée (up to $10.99 value) with any drink purchase.
  • Ikea: Anyone who  has  served in the military can get a free entree at Ikea with some form of military ID.
  • IHOP: Get a free order of Red, White and Blue pancakes anytime between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Nov. 11.
  • Krispy Kreme:  Veterans can get a free small coffee and a donut.
  • Krystal: Get a free chicken or sausage biscuit from 6-11 a.m. on Veterans Day.
  • Little Caesars: Veterans can get a free Crazy $5 Hot-n-Ready lunch combo from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at participating location. Must present a valid military ID.
  • O’Charley’s: Veterans and all active-duty military personnel will have their choice of one of nine meals. Must order off the O’Charley’s “$9.99er” menu.  
  • Olive Garden: A free entrée for anyone who  has  served in the military when ordered off of a special menu.
  • On the Border: Get a free “create your own combo” meal on Nov. 11.
  • Outback Steakhouse:  All active, retired military and veterans get a Free Bloomin’ Onion  and a beverage on Veterans Day. Must have identification.
  • Panera Bread: Get a free “You Pick 2” for veterans and active duty members on Nov. 11.
  • Ponderosa Steakhouses: A free buffet for anyone who  has  served in the military (beverage not included).  
  • Red Lobster: Get a complimentary appetizer or dessert from a special menu through Thursday Nov. 12.
  • Red Robin: Veterans and active duty military get a free Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries on Veterans Day.
  • Ryan’s: Free lunch for veterans,  retired and active duty military personnel.
  • Shoney’s: Get a free All American Burger and fries on Nov. 11.
  • Sizzler: A free entrée on Veterans Day until 4 p.m. Steak, chicken or shrimp for anyone who  has  served in the military. 
  • Starbucks: Veterans and active military and their spouses each get a free tall coffee.
  • TA Stopping Centers: Truck drivers who are veterans can get a complimentary meal (up to a $15 value) on Veterans Day.
  • TGI Fridays: A free entrée when ordered off of a special menu between 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Veterans Day.
  • Texas Roadhouse: Get a free lunch when you order form a special Veterans Day lunch menu. Sides and beverage included.
  • Twin Peaks: Retired and active duty military personnel get a free menu item from a special Veterans Day menu.  
  • Uno’s: Get a free entrée  when you buy one on Veterans Day. Must have a military or veteran ID.
  • White Castle: Veterans and active-duty military get a free breakfast slider and small coffee or small soft drink on Veterans Day.

Other deals

  • AARP: Get 20 percent  off membership for veterans and their families.
  • Alfred Angelo: Military brides get a free wedding gown on Veterans Day. Must make an appointment for Nov. 11 to qualify.
  • Get 20 percent off select clothing on Veterans Day using  the promotion code: 20veterans.
  • Bellhops: Veterans and active-duty service members can order free service for moving and lifting jobs that will take place between Nov. 13 and Dec. 15.  
  • Brides Across America: Military brides can get a wedding dress during the month of November through the Brides Across America program. The group partners with salons across the nation. You must register online.
  • Dell: Military members get 15 percent off on select PCs and electronics from Veterans Day  through Nov. 15.
  • Dollar General: Get 11 percent off on Nov. 11 if you are  a veteran or active duty military.
  • Great Clips Free : A free haircut for military members and for those not in the military, a card for a free haircut to give to military members.
  • Home Depot: Get a 10 percent discount with military ID.
  • Jockey: Veterans,  active-duty and families get 25 percent off using the promo code MILITARY.
  • JC Penney: Twenty percent off for veterans and active-duty military on in-store purchases.
  • Meineke: All veterans receive a free Basic Oil Change at participating  Meineke locations.
  • Get 10 percent off through Tuesday, Nov. 10.
  • Publix:  Active and retired military personnel and family members receive a 10 percent discount on Veterans Day.  Proof of service required.
  • Rack Room Shoes: Ten percent off for retired and active-duty service members for your the entire purchase on Veterans Day.
  • Red Roof Inn: Retired and active-duty service members get 15 percent off a stay during the month of November.
  • Sleep Number: Save $500-$700 on selected Sleep Number mattress sets.
  • Seaworld Parks: Veterans and active-duty military receive discounts or free admission. Seaworld properties include SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Antonio, SeaWorld San Diego, Busch Gardens Tampa, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Sesame Place Langhorne.  The program does not include Discovery Cove in Orlando or Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark.   
  • Under Armour: Retired and active-duty service members get 15 percent through Nov. 12.

Sources: Military;

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