Veterans Day: Celebrate the hours with handful of goodies

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By: Good Nelly
on 7th Nov,2016

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 avail 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 location and 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: VA has announced that a new Veterans Identification Card will be released on 2017.

Exclusive retail offering on Veterans Day 2016

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 Military I.D.
Grace for Vets (A Non-profit organization) Free Car Wash Active Duty, Retiree, Veterans Required
Meineke Complimentary Basic Oil Change
Sport Clips, Great Clips Free Haircut
Rack Room Shoes Military Discount - 10% Off Entire Purchase
Sleep Number $500 - $700 on Mattresses - Extra $100 Off on Any Mattress
Lowe’s 10% Discount Active Duty, Retiree, Veterans, Dependent
Home Depot 10% Discount

Source: military.com

Deals on various events on this Veterans Day

Merchant / Location Discount / Offer Date and Time Available to Military I.D.
New York City America’s Parade Nov 11 Anyone can participate and salute the military members
Killington Resort, Vermont Free Skiing Active Duty, Retiree, Veterans Required
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Columbia, South Carolina Free Admission (9 am - 5 pm) Active Duty, Retiree, Veterans
SeaWorld 30% Off on Single Day Admission Active Duty, Retiree, Veterans, Reserve / National Guard, Dependent
About 100 National Parks Free Entry Active Duty Military, Veterans
Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Free Entry Nov 11-16 Active Duty, Retiree, Veterans, Dependent

Source: military.com

What restaurants are offering on 11th November 2016

Name of Restaurant Offer/Menu Date and Time Available To Military I.D.
Applebee’s Free Meal Nov 11 Active Duty Military, Veterans Proof of Service Required
Black Angus Steakhouse Free Top Sirloin Steak Dinner, with home-style mashed potatoes, fresh broccoli with garlic butter and sweet molasses bread Nov 11 Active Duty Military, Veterans Required
Bob Evans 10% discount for both dine-in and carryout meals Nov 12 - Dec 31 Active Duty Military, Veterans Required
Friendly’s Free Big-Two-Do® breakfast (choice of two slices of French toast, 2 buttermilk pancakes or 2 slices of toast; 2 strips of crispy bacon or 2 sausage links and 2 made-to-order farm fresh eggs), or All American Burger (fries and beverage ) during lunch or dinner.

Dine-in only; Limited to one per person; Only at Participating Locations
Nov 11 (5 pm - 9 pm) Active Duty Military, Veterans Proof of Service Required
Golden Corral Free Military Appreciation Dinner Nov 11 Veteran, Retired, Currently serving, in the National Guard or Reserve Required
IHOP Free Red, White, and Blue pancakes; Only at Participating Locations Nov 11 (7 am - 9 pm) Active Duty Military, Veterans Required
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants Free Lunch or Dinner:Veterans can choose a complimentary lunch or dinner entrée from a special menu Nov 6 Active Duty Military, Veterans Required; No ID needed for Gold Star Family members (parents or spouse)
O’Charley’s Free Meal Nov 11 Active Duty Military, Veterans Required

Source: militarybenefits.info, Themilitarywallet.com

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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