Veterans Day 2016: Freebies, deals and more


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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.–Tomorrow is Veterans Day, and many restaurants and stores in Indiana are thanking our military members with freebies and discounts. We’ve  compiled a list of the top places to go for Veterans Day deals.

Most of these deals will require proof of military service. Assume you will need to show proof to get what is being offered. Some companies may only be offering deals at select locations, so call your local store before you go to make sure they are taking part. The links along on the left side of the list will provide more details or location information.

Applebee’s: Veterans and active duty military get a free meal.

Bar LouieVeterans and active duty military get a free appetizer or entree on Veterans Day.

Bob Evans:  Veterans and active-duty military get free breakfast on Veterans Day.

Baskin-Robbins: For every ice cream scoop sold on Veterans Day, the brand will donate $0.11 to the U.S.O.

Bonefish Grill: On Friday, November 11th, all active and retired service members with a valid military ID will receive a Complimentary Bang Bang Shrimp at all Bonefish Grill locations.

Buffalo Wild WingsVeterans and active-duty military get a complimentary order of wings and a side of fries.

Chick-fil-A: The new Chick-fil-A at Misericordia University will open on Thursday, November 10, and the restaurant will donate 50 cents for every Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich sold on opening day to the Wounded Warrior Project ( to honor Veterans Day. In addition, all military veterans will receive a free Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich on Veterans Day (Friday, November 11).

Chipotle:  All US military active-duty, Reserves, National Guard and retired military, military spouses with ID and veterans can buy a burrito, bowl, salad or taco order and get one free after 3 p.m. Friday.

Cracker Barrel: Military veterans get a complimentary slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake.

Denny’s: All active, inactive and retired military personnel will get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam between 5 a.m. and noon.

Golden Corral (Monday, Nov. 14, 5-9 p.m.): Military Appreciation Night with a free “thank you” dinner.

Great Clips: Customers who get a haircut can get a card for a free haircut to give to a veteran. Veterans can also get a free haircut or get a haircut card. Redeemable through Dec. 31.

Hooters: All active and retired military members can get a free meal from the Hooters Veterans Day Menu.

IHOP: Veterans and active-duty military can get red, white and blue pancakes for free from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

JCPenney: Current and former military personnel and their immediate family members get a 5 percent discount, which can be combined with additional coupons and special offers including a $10 off $25 coupon with any form of payment or 20 percent off coupon when paying with a JCPenney credit card.

Longhorn Steakhouse: Free appetizer or dessert, plus 10 percent off for guests that dine with Veterans.

Lowe’s: On November 11, all veterans and their family can receive 10% off purchases.

McDonald’sFree breakfast sandwich to all former and active duty Military personnel from 7 a.m.- 7 p.m.

Meineke: Vets and active duty personnel can receive a free basic oil change with proof of service.

Olive Garden: Free entrée from special menu to veterans and active-duty military members.

Panera Bread: Complimentary “You Pick Two” with military ID at select locations.

Primanti Bros.: This year, veterans and active duty personnel can chow down on a free sandwich

Pro Football Hall of FameVeterans and active-duty military members, along with one guest, get free admission into the museum throughout November.

Red Robin:  Veterans and active-duty military members get a free Red’s Tavern Double Burger and bottomless fries.

Red Roof Inn: From November 1 to 30, veterans can save 15% at any Red Roof nationwide. Red Roof also offers active military members 10% off a stay at any Red Roof nationwide all year long.

Spaghetti Warehouse: Buy one entrée, get one free coupon offer. Guests will be able to choose any one of the restaurant’s Original Recipe Spaghetti entrées and receive a second Spaghetti or Lasagne entrée free from Nov. 11- Nov. 13.

Sports Clips: At participating locations, veterans and current service members can score a free haircut with proof of service.

Stir Crazy Fresh Asian Grill:  Veterans and and active-duty military personnel get choice of a free chicken or steak Fresh Market Bar.

Texas Roadhouse: Free meal to all military service men and women on Friday, November 11.

Walgreens:  This Veterans Day, customers with Walgreens Balance Rewards cards and valid military I.D. can take 20% off all eligible purchases.

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