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Deals & freebies for active, inactive, retired military on Veterans Day

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(WITI) — This Veterans Day, there are a ton of great deals and freebies for active, inactive, and retired military personnel.

IMPORTANT: Store locations can often opt out of special promotions. We recommend checking with the location of any of these businesses to confirm they are participating in the promotions.

Here’s just a few deals for active, inactive, and retired military personnel:

  • Applebee’s:  Free “Thank You” meal from a special menu.
  • Baskin Robbins: No deal here, but the ice cream chain will donate 10¢ from every scoop of their First Class Camouflage ice cream to the United Service Organizations (USO).
  • California Pizza Kitchen: At participating locations, receive a complimentary entree from a special Veterans Day menu.
  • Carraba’s: Free appetizer of your choice.
  • Chick-fil-A: Get a free meal at participating locations.
  • Chili’s: During lunch, get any lunch combo for free. For the dinner menu, the free meal is one of seven on a special menu.
  • Cracker Barrel: Free Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake dessert.  Bonus – If you’re not a vet, purchase the dessert (as well as by purchasing some other retail items), and the restaurant will donate 10% of proceeds to the USO.
  • Denny’s: Free Grand Slam breakfast from 5am-noon at participating locations.
  • Dunkin’ Donuts: Participating locations are offering up a free medium hot or iced coffee.
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels: Free coffee at participating locations.
  • Famous Dave’s: Free meal (one meat, one side, and a corn muffin) at participating locations from 11am-4:30pm.
  • Great Clips: Stop by and get a free haircut if you’re a vet, or get a card to redeem for a free cut by December 31. Bonus – if you’re not a vet, you can still get a free haircut card to give to a vet when you purchase a trim for yourself.
  • Hooters: With the purchase of a drink, you can get a free entree.
  • IHOP: Get a free plate of Red, White, and Blue pancakes from 7am-7pm.
  • JB’s on 41. Free bowling all day and 50-cent bowling every Monday in November. All proceeds go to help veterans.
  • Krispy Kreme: Free doughnut and small coffee.
  • Olive Garden: Free entree from a special menu.
  • Outback Steakhouse: Free Bloomin’ Onion and drink.
  • Perkin’s: Get a free Magnificent Seven meal at participating locations only.
  • Red Lobster: Through November 13, get an appetizer for free.
  • Red Robin: Get a Red’s Tavern Double Burger with fries on the house.
  • Ruby Tuesday’s: Free appetizer at participating locations.
  • Starbucks: For both vets AND their spouses, pick up a free, tall brewed coffee all day long.
  • Texas Roadhouse: Get a free lunch entree off a special menu. Bonus – the chain will donate 10% of the value of all gift cards purchased between now and December 31 to Homes For Our Troops.
  • T.G.I. Friday’s: Free lunch from 11am-2pm.

1 Comment

  • J. Brunia

    This morning my husband who is a veteran went to get us coffee from Starbucks at children’s hospital of Wisconsin while we waited for his prosthetic leg appointment. The lady working the Starbucks counter laughed at him and replied ‘we give coffee to vets but not free, so whatever were not a real Starbucks’ disappointing how rude she was.

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