Tomorrow we celebrate 2016 Veterans Day. So, I’m sending out a huge THANK YOU to all the members of our Armed Forces who have so bravely stood up for America and the values we hold to ensure continued freedom for the rest of us. We salute all active and retired military members and honor those who paid the ultimate price protecting the land of the free – you are the brave!
I have several nephews that joined the Marines. One of them fought on front lines right after 9/11. The other two have served several tour of duties since then deployed to continue the fight. I thank God every day that he brought them all back to our family safe and sound. My heart goes out to the families whose outcome was different. Those sons and daughters paid the ultimate price for our freedom.
As a way of honoring our retired and active military, the following restaurants, though not an all-inclusive list, are offering 2016 Veterans Day meals FREE or at reduced charge to military veterans and active service members (be sure to check with your local restaurant for participation details):
Applebee’s, Nov. 11, 2016: Last year, Applebee’s served over one million free meals to military veterans and active service members. Applebee’s is again offering a free meal to military veterans and active-duty service members this 2016 Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. There will be 7 entrées to choose from. All current and former military personnel will also receive a $5 coupon to be redeemed on additional food and beverage offerings or for a later time. Military ID or proof of service required.
IHOP, Nov. 11, 2016, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free Red, White and Blue pancakes. Participating locations only. Please call ahead to verify participation.
Outback Steakhouse, Nov. 11, 2016. Outback Steakhouse is honoring America’s military veterans by offering active duty military and veterans a free Bloomin’ Onion and a non-alcoholic beverage. This offer is available to Military Personnel and veterans with ID. Also receive 15% off your purchase from Nov. 12-Dec 31, 2016.
Wiener schnitzel, Nov. 11, 2016. A complimentary Chili Dog, small fries and 20 oz. drink is redeemable at participating Wiener schnitzel locations on Friday, November 11 only, with valid military ID or by wearing a military uniform. Contact your local location to verify participation.
BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse, Nov. 11, 2016. Free entree, up to $12.95 value. Offer valid to all active duty military and veterans, with proof of service.
California Pizza Kitchen, Nov. 11, 2016. Choose a pizza, full size salad, or pasta from the special Veterans Day Menu. Dine-in only. Please come in uniform or bring your military I.D. or other proof of service.
Carraba’s, Monday Nov. 9 – Sunday Nov. 15, 2016. Free appetizer of your choice for active duty service members and veterans. Military ID or proof of service required.
Chili’s – Free meal, Nov. 11 2016. Chili’s is offering all military veterans past and present their choice of any lunch combo, or your choice of a dinner meal from a select menu, including any full-size flatbread. Offer only available at participating Chili’s in the U.S. only. Dine-in from limited menu only; beverages and gratuity not included. Veterans and active duty military simply show proof of military service.
Denny’s, Nov. 11, 2016. Free Build Your Own Grand Slam® on Nov. 11, from 5 a.m. to noon for all active, inactive, and retired military personnel. Participating locations only. Please call ahead.
Hooters, Nov. 11, 2016. Hooters invites all veterans and current servicemen and women to enjoy a free meal from a select menu. Requires drink purchase. Only valid at participating locations.
Little Caesars® Pizza, Nov. 11, 2016. Free pizza or $5 HOT-N-READY Lunch Combo to all US Armed Forces veterans and active military members between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. With proof of military service, at participating stores nationwide. Call ahead to verify participation.
LongHorn Steakhouse, Nov. 11, 2016. Complimentary Texas Tonoi and non-alcoholic beverage. Offer good for Veterans and active-duty military members. Proof of service required.
Olive Garden, Free entrée, Nov. 11, 2016. Offer good for veterans and active duty military; proof of service required. Guests that dine with a Veteran also receive 10% off of their bill as well!
On The Border, Nov. 11, 2016. Veterans and current service members will receive a free choose 2 or choose 3 “Create Your Own Combo”. Dine-in only, proof of service required.
Red Lobster – Monday, November 9 through Thursday, November 12, 2016. Free Appetizer or Dessert during the week of Veterans Day with military ID or proof of service. Vets may choose from a select list of appetizers and desserts.
Red Robin, Nov. 11, 2016. Free Red’s Tavern Double and Bottomless Steak Fries for all Red Robin guests with a military ID or proof of service.
Sizzler Restaurants, Nov. 11, 2016. Free lunch served until 4pm. Choice of 3 entrees, and a free coffee, tea, or fountain drink. Not valid for salad bar or gratuity. Valid with proof of military service. Dine-in only.
Starbucks, Nov. 11, 2016. Free tall brewed coffee for active duty, veterans, and their spouses. Participating stores only. Please call ahead.
Texas Roadhouse, Nov. 11, 2016. Free lunch event to honor the men and women of our armed forces. Choose from one of 10 free meals, plus sides and a soft drink, coffee, or tea. Offer good for All veterans – including all active, retired or former U.S. military. ID Required. Dine-in only. Call ahead to verify times and locations.
T.G.I. Friday’s, Nov. 11, 2015. Free lunch for all current military members and veterans from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Valid ID or proof of service required. Dine-on only at participating locations. Be sure to contact your local T.G.I Friday’s for details.
Tony Roma’s, Nov. 11, 2016. Free half rack Baby Back Ribs at select Florida locations. For current and former military members with valid proof of service. Valid at select locations only. Please call ahead to verify participation.
Uno Chicago Grill, Nov. 11, 2016. Free individual pizza or entrée with the purchase of a pizza or entrée of equal or greater value. Available for all active duty and veterans. No coupon necessary; proof of service required. Don’t forget to tell the staff you are there that day to support Wounded Warrior Project, and a portion of your party’s check will go to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, an awesome military charity.
Enjoy a meal tomorrow as we celebrate the 2016 Veterans Day and THANK YOU for your service!
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