*UPDATED* Veterans Day 2011 Military Freebies and Discounts

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Various restaurants, retail stores, and other locations are offering freebies and discounts for active duty military and veterans in honor of Veterans Day (Friday, 11/11). Most are happening on the actual day itself, although some are available all week long. We’ve rounded up the deals we could find; please leave a comment if you know of any others and we’ll add them to the list.

Restaurant Offers

Applebee’s. Veterans and active duty military enjoy a free Applebee’s Signature Entree on Veterans Day. Available for dine-in only, beverages and gratuity not included. Must show proof of military service. Find an Applebee’s near you.

Chili’s. Veterans and active duty military eat free on Veterans Day from 11am-5pm when they choose an item from a select menu. Just show proof of military service; beverages and gratuity not included. Find a Chili’s near you.

Famous Dave’s. Various Famous Dave’s locations nationwide are offering discounts for former and current military personnel on November 11 (discounts vary according to location). Minnesota locations are offering a free Two Meat Salute, 20% off or 50% off (depending on location).

Golden Corral. Military Appreciation Monday “thank you” dinner is November 14 (note the different date). Find a Golden Corral near you.

*NEW* Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Hinckley (MN). On Friday, November 11, Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley will show their appreciation for veterans and active servicemen and women by offering them a free meal at the Grand Buffet. Military personnel will need to show their military or veteran ID card during normal business hours to receive the free buffet (11am-2pm and 4-10pm at Grand Casino Mille Lacs and 9am-10pm at Grand Casino Hinckley). (Thanks, Sarah!)

Hooters. All veterans and active duty military personnel receive 10 free boneless or traditional wings with a drink purchase on November 11. Must present military ID or proof of military service. Find a participating Hooters near you.

*UPDATED* IKEA Twin Cities. Active, retired or reserve military receive a free entree at IKEA’s Bloomington, MN restaurant on Veterans Day. Proof of military service required. Also, this upcoming weekend is an “Eat for Free” weekend (11/11-11/13) where you can deduct the total of your purchase in the restaurant from your home furnishings purchase over $100. Your local IKEA may be offering specials as well. Call an IKEA near you to find out.

*NEW* McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant. Veterans receive a complimentary entree from a special menu on November 13. Space is limited; reservations (which you can make online) are highly recommended. Proper identification is required. Find a participating McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant near you.

*NEW* Olive Garden. All veterans and active duty military are invited to enjoy a free entree at Olive Garden (from a list of choices) on Veterans Day. Beverages and gratuity not included. Proof of service is required. Find an Olive Garden near you.

Outback Steakhouse. Veterans and active duty military can get a free Bloomin’ Onion and beverage (any choice of Coca-Cola Product) from November 7-11. Identification required. Find an Outback Steakhouse near you.

Texas Roadhouse. Veterans and active duty military receive a free select entree and beverage (Coca-Cola product, iced tea/sweet tea or coffee) at Texas Roadhouse on November 11 from 11am-2pm. Offer available to active, former or retired military only; does not include spouses or children. Must show proof of military service. Find a Texas Roadhouse near you.

T.G.I. Friday’s. Get a buy one, get one free entree deal at T.G.I. Friday’s on Veterans Day. Offer valid for all active U.S. military personnel and veterans; must wear uniform or present a valid military or veteran’s ID. Other restrictions apply; see the T.G.I. Friday’s website for details. Find a T.G.I. Friday’s near you.

*NEW* Treasure Island Resort and Casino (MN). Veterans and active military receive a free buffet at Tradewinds Buffet in Treasure Island Resort and Casino on November 11.. Visit the Island Passport Club and present your military ID or discharge papers to receive your special offer. (Thanks, Sasha!)

Uno Chicago Grill. Past and present military get 19.43% off at Uno Chicago Grill all week long (November 7-11). Find an Uno Chicago Grill near you.

Retail Store Offers

*NEW* The Redpear Salon (MN). Military men/women both past and present get a free haircut on Veterans Day from 9am-5pm simply by presenting a military ID at The Redpear Salon in Coon Rapids. (Thanks, Miki!)

Sam’s Club. Veterans in need of mobility assistance can get a free Hugo Folding Cane November 9-11 at Sam’s Club stores. No Sam’s Club membership is needed. Offer available while supplies last. Find a Sam’s Club near you.

Other Offers

Free Admission to National Parks. More than 100 national parks that usually charge an entrance fee are offering free admission to everyone on Veterans Day weekend, November 11-13. Fee waiver includes entrance fees, commercial tour fees and transportation entrance fees. Find a National Park near you.

*NEW/UPDATED* Free Car Washes. Veterans and military personnel can get a free car wash at various locations nationwide on November 11 as a part of the Grace for Vets program. Find a participating car wash near you. For our Minnesota readers, there are 41 participating locations in the state.

Free Greeting Card for Military. We’ve mentioned this offer before, but it’s still available: Create a free Holiday for Heroes or Brave Blessings greeting card with the coupon code mentioned on the Tiny Prints Facebook page. Shipping is free if you mail it to yourself or $0.44 (the cost of a stamp) if you send it directly to your recipient.

*NEW* Free Minnesota History Center Admission (MN). Admission is waived for veterans this weekend (11/11-11/13) at the Minnesota History Center. The museum is open from 10am-5pm on Friday and Saturday and 12-5pm on Sunday. Current exhibits include The 1968 Exhibit, Minnesota’s Greatest Generation, MN150, Open House and Grainland.

Free Night’s Stay at Select Bed & Breakfasts and Hotels. Select inns and B&Bs are offering a free night’s stay to active and retired military and one guest each on Thursday, November 10. Space is limited, so be sure to make your reservation as soon as possible.

Free Veterans Day Honor MP3 Album. Download a free MP3 album of various patriotic music performed by the official US armed forces bands.

Free Wedding Gown Giveaway. Bridal salons across the nation are giving away wedding gowns to qualified military brides on select dates (depending on location). Each store will be preparing a select number to give away on a first-come, first-served basis as long as you qualify. For our Minnesota readers, The Wedding Chapel in Crystal will be giving away gowns on November 9 and 10.

Your turn: Which of these offers is your favorite? What other Veterans Day discounts do you know of?


  1. says

    On Friday, November 11, Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley will show their appreciation for veterans and active servicemen and women by offering them a free meal at the Grand Buffet.

    Military personnel will need to show their military or veteran ID card during normal business hours to receive the free buffet (11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 10 p.m. at Grand Casino Mille Lacs and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Grand Casino Hinckley).


  2. says

    In Friday November 11th 9am-5pm, The Redpear Salon (12085 Hanson Blvd. Coon Rapids, Mn 55448) is giving away FREE Haircuts for military men/women past and present. Simply present a Military I.D. We are very proud of our veterans and all that they continue to make possible for the American people. So stop in, share some stories and let us serve you for the day. I also want to mention that all year long we offer discounts for military men/women AND their families. We recognize that the families make a great sacrafice as well. Many Blessings!! MIKI OTTERNESS Co-Owner of The Redpear Salon 763-767-1900

  3. says

    On Friday, Treasure Island Resort & Casino is honoring out active duty service members and veterans with a free buffet. All you need is an active military ID or discharge papers.

  4. Cassie B says

    On Friday, Perfect 10 Carwash is offering free carwashes to all military, past and present. Along with this, Perfect 10 Carwash will donate a portion of the proceeds of ANYONE who brings their vehicle in to get washed to an AMAZING organiztion, Tribute to the Troops, for the Fallen Heroes Children's Education Fund, which provides financial assistance to the children of fallen Heroes for post secondary education costs.

  5. Marla Hughes says

    We get a 10% discount at Lowes and The Home Depot with our military proof (Active or Veteran) any time!! Lowes will stack your discount on top of whatever other special or discount you may have. The Home Depot will apply only the best discount available but will not stack.

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