Businesses Say “Thank You” with Veteran’s Day Specials

Military members are owed a debt of gratitude for the sacrifices they make in order to secure the rights and freedoms that many take for granted.  Since 1919, November 11th has been the day to honor veterans.  President Wilson noted that the day was to be “filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory,” referring to the signing of the armistice which ended WWI hostilities on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.  Since 1954, November 11th, formerly Armistice Day has been called Veteran’s Day and marks a day set aside to honor and celebrate the services rendered by all US military veterans.

As a way of showing gratitude to those who serve our country, many businesses offer special deals for veterans.  Examples of some of these deals are below.  Keep in mind that, although some of these businesses are nation-wide chains, not all locations may be participating.  Be sure to check with your location to find out if they are participating, what type of proof of service they may require (military ID, uniform, DD214, etc.) and other terms (e.g. dine-in only).

Participating Applebee’s restaurants will provide a free meal from a special menu to service members (with proof of service) on November 11th.

Vets and active-duty military with proof of service can get a free lunch/dinner (up to $11) at Bar Louie on November 11th and 12th at participating locations.

Chili’s is offering free meals and discounted dessert on November 11th for vets and active duty military personnel with proof of service.

All Denny’s restaurants will provide active duty, non-active and retired military personnel (with proof of service) with free all-you-can-eat pancakes from 6AM to 2PM on Monday, November 12, 2012.

Famous Dave’s locations will be offering varied “thank you” deals for vets on November 11 ranging from discounts to free meals.  Check the link for details.

Golden Corral will provide free meals to any active duty or prior service US military personell on Monday, November 12, 2012 from 4-9PM.  All locations are participating in this and no identification is required.  This marks the 11th year that Golden Corral, who consistently makes large contributions to DAV, has done this. Great job, guys.

Vets can get an eyeful and 10 free boneless wings (with drink purchase) on November 11th at participating Hooter’s.

Participating Krispy Kreme locations are waking up vets with a free cup of joe and a donut.

Participating Little Caesar’s will offer free “Crazy Bread” to those with a valid military ID.

Veterans and active-duty military members will receive a free entree from Lone Star‘s Stars & Stripes menu.

Participating Max & Erma’s locations offer vets and active-duty military a free “Best Cheeseburger in America” combo.

McCormic & Schmick’s is giving vets a free lunch or dinner from a special menu on November 11th.

Olive Garden is also providing a free meal for veterans on November 11th.  See link for more details, special menu, etc.

In addition to offering a 10% military discount off of the total bill from November 13 through the end of 2012, all Outback locations are offering a free Bloomin’ Onion and Coke product on November 11 and 12 with proof of service.

Red Lobster is offering vets with proof of service a free appetizer on November 11.

Participating Sizzlers offer vets a free lunch at participating restaurants including choice of steak, chicken or shrimp.

Texas Roadhouse is offering a big selection of free meals on Monday, November 12th for active, former and retired military.

Participating T.G.I. Friday’s offers service members a free lunch on November 12, 2012 from 11AM to 2PM with proof of service.  Contact your restaurant for details.

Truck drivin’ vets can score a free meal (up to $15) by presenting proof of service as well as a valid CDL at more than 170 TA Travel Centers.

If you know of other businesses who are offering their thanks to vets this November (or any time), feel free to share them in the comments below or on the GunLink Forums.

These deals are a small token of thanks that pale in comparison to price that our  many service members have paid but they are, no doubt, a very nice gesture.  As always, GunLink would also like to extend a sincere THANK YOU to all of our vets and military personnel who serve our country.

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