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Veteran Freebies

By: MTN Reporters Kristi Jones and Roselyn Pickens

Many restaurants and retail stores are eager to help veterans celebrate Veteran’s Day today. Middle Tennessee News has compiled a list of establishments offering veterans great things to eat, drink, and shop on this special day.

Applebees: All active military, veterans, reserves and National Guard can get a complimentary full-size entrée from an exclusive menu Thursday. When dining at Applebee’s on Thursday, these guests will receive a $5 bounce back card to redeem for dine-in, to-go or delivery within three weeks.

BJ’s Restaurants: Current and former military who dine-in Thursday can get a complimentary meal from a select menu and a Dr. Pepper beverage.

Buffalo Wild Wings: A free order of 10 boneless wings and fries will be offered to all past and present armed services members on Thursday. The offer is available for dine-in or takeout (online ordering excluded). Proof of service must be shown for redemption.

Chili’s: Veterans and active-duty military can get a free meal from a special menu Thursday.

Dunkin’: All veterans or active-duty military personnel can get a free donut and choice of a small coffee Thursday.

Hooters: All veterans who present a military ID or proof of service and purchase a beverage at any participating Hooters location nationwide will receive a free entree from the Hooters Veterans Day menu Thursday.

IHOP: Veterans and active-duty military can get free Red, White & Blueberry Pancakes at participating locations Thursday.

Krispy Kreme: has two freebies for Veterans on Thursday. They can get a free doughnut of their choice and a free small coffee.

Little Caesar’s: A free lunch combo for veterans and active military will be offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday.

Max & Irma’s: Veterans and active military can get a free Best Cheeseburger in America, endless fries, a fresh-baked cookie, and a fountain drink Thursday.

McDonald’s: Participating McDonald’s restaurants across Ohio will offer free meals to all veterans on Nov. 11, with valid ID. Each meal will feature a choice of sandwiches, drinks, and a side. McDonald’s restaurants will also be giving all customers American Flag window decals to honor the veteran community.

Olive Garden: providing Veterans with a free entrée from a select menu on Thursday. Dine in only.

Red Lobster: Military service or veterans dining in can get a free appetizer or dessert Thursday. Guests only need to show a valid military ID or proof of service to redeem this offer.

Starbucks: Starbucks will offer a free tall (12-ounce) hot brewed coffeeThursday for veterans, military service members and military spouses at participating U.S. stores. 

Wendy’s: Those who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. military can get a free breakfast combo offer with valid military ID or a Veterans Advantage card Thursday.

White Castle: A free Combo Meal #1 through #6 or Breakfast Combo Meal will be offered to all veterans and active-duty service members who dine at a participating White Castle

restaurant Thursday.


Dollar General: Veterans, active-duty military and their families can get 20% off purchases Nov. 11-14 after verifying military credentials online.

Great Clips: Veterans and active military members can visit a U.S. Great Clips salon and receive either a free haircut that day or a free haircut card. In addition, non-military customers who get a haircut on Veterans Day at Great Clips will receive a free haircut card they can give to an active service member or veteran. The cards can be redeemed for a free haircut from Nov.12 through Dec. 10.

Target: Veterans and active-duty military and their families can get 10% off two separate purchases with verification of military status through Nov. 13 with the Target Circle program.

Travel Centers of America: Anyone who has served in the armed forces can receive a complimentary meal of their choice by showing proof of service to their restaurant server prior to ordering Thursday.

Walgreen’s: Nov. 11 through Nov. 14, veterans, military, and their families will receive 20% off regular price eligible store items at any Walgreens or Duane Reade drugstore nationwide with myWalgreens and proof of service.


Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine: Veterans and military personnel on Thursday and Friday can get free dental exams and cleanings. Patients may also receive a $100 voucher toward future dental services if they sign up for a comprehensive treatment plan. For more on preregistration, click here.

Laketran: Free rides will be offered to veterans during the week of Veterans Day from Monday, Nov. 8, to Saturday, Nov. 13. Laketran customers on Local Routes and Park-n-Ride will need to inform their driver that they are a veteran when they board the bus, and their trip will be free. Dial-a-Ride customers should inform Laketran of their veteran status when scheduling their reservations.

Humane Society of Summit County: During the week of Nov. 8-14, adoptions will be free for adopters who provide a valid military identification or other proof that they are a military family member, with adoption application approval.


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