Veterans Day: Celebrate the hours with handful of goodies

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By: Good Nelly
on 7th Nov,2017

The most awaited Veterans Day is moving closer. 11th November is such a day when we all want to salute our heroes. Check out some offers and deals for Veterans in 2016.
Veterans Day: Celebrate the hours with handful of goodies

The most awaited Veterans Day is moving closer.

11th November is such a day when we all want to salute our heroes.

This day many national restaurant chains, including local restaurants, show their honor by offering free meals or some special discounts to veterans and active-duty military members. Other merchants also offer discounts to salute our heroes.

Here are some details on special offers/deals available for the veterans.

How you can take advantage of the deals, discounts, and offers

1 Verify before heading out

Give a call to the restaurant to confirm whether or not it’s participating in the event. Also, don’t forget to verify the place and the time.

All bars and restaurants have their policies. So, it is better to check and verify the deals before heading out for the meals and discounts.

2 Be ready to produce a document

You may be asked to provide documents of your service.

Such documents include:

  • Military ID Card (active/reserve/retired)
  • Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES)
  • VA ID Card
  • Drivers License with Veterans Designation
  • Veterans Organization Card (e.g. American Legion and VFW)
  • Photograph in uniform (You can wear your uniform if it’s permitted in your service)
  • DD214
  • Discharge paperwork

You can also produce any other valid form of identification.

However, some restaurants follow the honor system, and you won’t have to produce any document.

A piece of information: All veterans need to apply online for a new VA ID Card.

Exclusive retail offering on Veterans Day 2017

There are bunches of offers available on the Veterans Day. You can get free service and discounts on hotels, haircut, car wash, and many others.

Merchant (In Store) Discount / Offer Available to
Grace for Vets (A Non-profit organization) Free Car Wash Veterans, Service members
Bed Bath & Beyond 20% Off entire in-store purchase between Nov 10-13 US military, Veterans
Sport Clips, Great Clips Free haircut in participating locations Veterans, Active duty service members
Rack Room Shoes 10% Off on entire purchase Military personnel and their dependants
Sleep Number Save up to $700 on select Sleep Number mattresses till Nov 19 Active military members, Veterans
Lowe’s 10% Discount US military customers
Home Depot 10% discount to all veterans, 10% discount year round for active duty and retirees Veterans, Active duty members, Retirees Discounts in car rentals, Fee waivers, Membership rewards Veterans, Active duty members, National Guard and Reserve and their families with Veterans Advantage Cards holders
Southwest Airlines Special military fare, but not available online Valid ID and call at 1-800-I-FLY-SWA
Starwood Hotels Special online rates - Tickets available at discount prices at select locations Active or Retired military members and their families


Deals on various events on this Veterans Day, 2017

Merchant / Location Discount / Offer Date and Time Available to
New York City America’s Parade Nov 11 Anyone can participate and salute the military members
Birmingham Zoo Free admission Nov 11 & 12 Active duty, Retired military personnel
Aerospace Museum of California Free admission to all guests - -
SeaWorld Discount on SeaWorld and Aquatica Fun Cards (Card expires on Dec 31, 2017) Nov 11 Qualified service members, Veterans
Golden Era Golf Course Veterans golf for free Nov 11 Veterans
Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Free Entry Nov 10-12, 10 am - 6 pm Active military, Veterans and their families


You will also be delighted to know that the US National Parks are offering 10 days of free admission in 2017, including the Veterans Day weekend.

What restaurants are offering on and around 11th November 2017

Name of Restaurant Offer/Menu Date and Time Available To Military I.D.
Applebee’s Free meal from a limited menu Nov 11 Active duty military, Veterans Proof of Service Required
Black Angus Steakhouse Free top Sirloin steak dinner, with mashed potatoes, broccoli with garlic butter and a non-alcoholic beverage Nov 11 (Open - 3 pm) Active duty personnel, Veterans Required
Bob Evans Free select menu items Nov 11 Active duty military, Veterans Required
Friendly’s Free dine-in breakfast, lunch or dinner from select menus Nov 11 Active Duty Military, Veterans Proof of service required - Valid military ID or honorable discharge card
Golden Corral Free sit-in “thank you” dinner Nov 13 (5-9 pm) Retirees, Military veterans, Active duty members Required
IHOP Free red, white, and blue pancakes Nov 10 Active Duty Military, Veterans Required
Chipotle Buy one get one free (BOGO) burrito, bowl, salad or taco Nov 7 (5 pm - close) - Active duty, national guard, Retired military, Military spouses with ID, Veterans
O’Charley’s Free $9.99 entree at any location. Additional 10% discount throughout the year Nov 11 Active duty service members, Veterans Required
Spaghetti Warehouse “Buy 1 entree, get one free” coupon available on Spaghetti Warehouse website Nov 10-12 Encouraging guests to bring one veteran to lunch or dinner Not mentioned
California Pizza Kitchen Select a free entree from a special Veterans Day menu including salads, pizza and pasta Nov 11 Veterans, Active duty military personnel Visit in uniform or carry military ID or other proof of service


Most of the companies offer similar deals every year. So, if you took advantage of any deal last year, then check it out this time, too!

Lastly, celebrate the most honorable day of your life and have fun with your family.

Many websites give updates about upcoming events on Veterans Day.

Go online to get the latest update on deals and discounts.

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