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Veterans Day 2016: Freebies and Discounts for Vets and Military Personnel

Soldiers from the Marine Corps, lined up at the Veterans Day Parade in NYC.
Soldiers from the Marine Corps lined up at the Veterans Day Parade in NYC.

Thank you, veterans, for your outstanding service to this country! In honor of Veterans Day, many businesses are offering freebies and discounts on Friday, November 11, to the millions of Americans who are currently serving or have retired from the U.S. Armed Forces. Here’s a list of just some of the deals for past and present military personnel, including free meals, haircuts, movie tickets and more. Don’t forget your military ID! Most places require proof of service or a uniform.

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Stop by for a free tall brewed coffee at any location.

Krispy Kreme

Identify yourself as a veteran or active-duty military personnel to get a free doughnut and small coffee — no ID required!

Bob Evans

Pick out a free meal from a special menu, available all day.


Get your pancake fix with free red, white and blue flapjacks from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Select locations are also offering a combo of two eggs, hash browns and choice of bacon or sausage as part of the promotion.

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Little Caesars

Your lunch is on the house today when you bring your military ID! From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., grab a Hot-N-Ready meal, which includes pizza and a drink, from this nationwide pizza chain.


Veterans and active-duty officers receive a complimentary meal from a special menu and a $5 off coupon valid from November 12 to 27.

Outback Steakhouse

Snag a free Bloomin’ Onion and beverage, plus come back and visit the steakhouse between November 12 and December 31 for 15 percent off.

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Ruby Tuesday

This Friday, get a free appetizer (up to a $10 value) at the family restaurant chain.

Buffalo Wild Wings

As a thanks for your service, get a small order of traditional or boneless wings with a side of fries on the house.


All U.S. military, military spouses and vets can buy one, get one free on burritos, bowls, salads or tacos from 3 p.m. onward.

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews

Yum! Veterans and active-duty service members will receive a free Red’s Tavern Double Burger and bottomless fries at participating locations.

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Chili’s Grill & Bar

Veterans, come hungry. Eat for free when you pick a meal from a special menu.

Olive Garden

U.S. Armed Forces members past and present will be served a free entree upon visiting the casual Italian establishment.

On the Border

Drop into this Mexican locale for a create-your-own combo meal gratis.

Great Clips

Need a haircut? Get a coupon for a free trim valid through December 31.

Sports Clip

Stylists at this men-focused establishment are also offering haircuts at no cost on Veterans Day.

iPic Theaters

Catch the latest blockbuster free of charge! All veterans and active-duty military personnel get a complimentary movie ticket.

Brooks Brothers

Upgrade your wardrobe with 25 percent off for military members through November 13.

Duane Reade

Restock on everything from toiletries to snacks at this drugstore chain with 20 percent off eligible store items.

Orangetheory Fitness

Hit the gym gratis with free workouts for veterans, including up to two classes.