• Veterans Day 2019: Freebies and deals on meals for vets and active duty

    By: Debbie Lord , Cox Media Group National Content Desk , KIRO 7 News Staff

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    Active-duty military members and veterans will be honored at restaurants and retail outlets across the country next week with free and discounted meals and deals..

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    Below is a list of some of the restaurants and stores that have freebies and deals for vets and others.

    Many restaurants require that active-duty military members be in uniform, and almost all require that anyone requesting the deal present military identification. Call your local restaurant to see what is required.

    Here are some deals for veterans and active-duty military members. 

    (Note: Not every restaurant in a chain may be honoring the deals, so be sure to check with local restaurants to confirm which deals are available before you go. Most offers are dine-in only and can't be used with any other discount or coupons. Prices may vary with location.) 

    2019 Veterans Day restaurant deals

    • Applebee's: Veterans and active-duty service members can select a free meal from a limited menu on Veteran's Day.  
    • BJ's Restaurant: Active-duty service members and veterans can get a free entrée up to $14.95 on Veteran's Day by presenting a military ID or proof of service.
    • Black Angus Steakhouse: Black Angus is offering veterans and active-duty military a certified Angus beef top sirloin steak, mashed potatoes, broccoli and a non-alcoholic beverage for $9.99 on Veterans Day.
    • California Pizza Kitchen: CPK will offer a special Veterans Day menu from which active-duty military members and veterans can choose a free entrée.  
    • Chili's Grill & Bar: Active-duty service members and veterans can get a free meal on Veterans Day.
    • Chuck E. Cheese: Active-duty, National Guard, retired military and veterans can get a free personal 1-topping pizza with proof of military service.
    • Famous Dave's: Active-duty service members and veterans can get a free two-meat combo on Veterans Day.
    • Golden Corral: Golden Corral offers a free dine-in dinner for veterans, retirees, and active-duty members on Veterans Day from 5 p.m.- 9 p.m.
    • Hometown Buffet: Veterans get a free buffet meal plus a free bottled beverage at participating locations.
    • IHOP: Active-duty service members and veterans can get a free order of Red, White, & Blue Pancakes from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Veterans Day.
    • Joe's Crab Shack: Veterans can get 20% off their check on Veterans Day.
    • Little Caesars Pizza: Active-duty service members and veterans can get a free $5 Hot-N-Ready lunch combo meal on Veterans Day from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
    • McCormick and Schmick's: Veterans and Gold Star families (parents and spouses) can enjoy a complimentary lunch or dinner at McCormick and Schmick's on Sunday.
    • Menchie's Free Frozen Yogurt: On Veterans Day, active-duty service members and veterans can get a free six-ounce frozen yogurt any time of day on Veterans Day.
    • Old Country Buffet: Active-duty service members and veterans can get a free meal with the purchase of a beverage on Veterans Day.
    • Olive Garden: U.S. veterans and active-duty service members can get a free entrée from a select menu on Veterans Day. Dine-in only, proof of identification required.
    • Petro Stopping Centers: Active-duty service members and veterans can get a free meal from a select menu at Country Pride of Iron Skillet restaurants on Veterans Day.
    • Pilot Flying J: Active-duty service members and veterans get a free breakfast, including a coffee, Friday through Veterans Day.
    • Red Lobster: Active-duty service members, reservists and veterans can get a free appetizer or dessert from select Veterans Day menu.
    • Red Robin: Active-duty service members and veterans can get a free dine-in Red's Tavern Double Burger and bottomless steak fries on Veterans Day.
    • Ryan's: Veterans can get a free meal on Veterans Day, along with a free bottled beverage.
    • Starbucks: The coffee chain is giving out free tall brewed coffee to veterans, active service members, and military spouses. 
    • Tap House Grill: Active-duty service members and veterans can get a free meal and a Sam Adams pint on Veterans Day while supplies last.
    • Village Inn: Active-duty service members and veterans can get a free meal on Veterans Day.
    • Wienerschnitzel: Active-duty service members and veterans can get a free chili dog with a small fry and a small Pepsi on Veterans Day.
    • Yard House: Active-duty service members and veterans will receive a complimentary appetizer on Veterans Day. 

    2019 Veterans Day retail discounts:

    • Academy Sports + Outdoors – Get 10% off your entire purchase if you are a veteran or active-duty servicemember for in-store and online purchases through Veterans Day.
    • American Family Care – If you need a flu shot, veterans can get one free on Veterans Day.
    • Eyemart Express – Active-duty service members, veterans and their families receive 20% off prescription glasses through Nov. 16.
    • Goodyear Auto Service -- Active-duty service members and veterans can get a free car check from Goodyear. The service includes tire, brake, alignment, shocks and struts and battery checks. You must schedule an appointment by Veterans Day for service by Nov. 16.
    • Grace for Vets – Active duty service members and veterans can get a free car wash on Nov. 11 at car washes around the world. Click here to find a participating car wash.
    • Great Clips – Active duty service members and veterans can get either a free haircut or a card for a future free haircut at Great Clips on Veterans Day. Non-military customers who get a service on that day can get a free haircut card to give to a veteran.
    • Just Tires – From Nov. 8 through Nov. 16, active duty service members and veterans get free car care checks and tire installation. The checks include tires, brakes, alignment, battery, wiper blades and shocks and struts.
    • Kohl's – From Thursday through Veterans Day, active-duty service members, veterans and their families get 30% off in-store purchases.
    • Planet Fitness: Military personnel get free club access during Military Appreciation Week (Nov. 8-15).
    • Sleep Number – Active-duty and veteran families can get an extra $100 off select smart beds and adjustable bases through Nov. 17.  
    • SmileDirectClub – Active-duty service members, retired and immediate family members can use code MILITARY2019 and show your ID for $150 off aligners.
    • Sport Clips – Participating locations are offering veterans free haircuts on Nov. 11.
    • Target -- Active-duty military, veterans, reservists and their dependents can receive a 10% discount on a purchase made in-store and online through Veterans Day.
    • Walgreens: Active-duty service members, veterans and their families get 20% off from Nov. 8 to Veterans Day. The discount is good on eligible regular-price merchandise, and you must use a Balance Rewards card.
    • Wyndham Hotels & Resorts: Active-duty and veterans can save up to 20% off their visit, plus receive 500 Wyndham Rewards bonus points on stays now through Dec. 6. 

     

    All state and national parks are free to the public on Veterans Day.

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