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Free meals and deals for Veterans Day

National parks are free for all, and active or former military members can get dinners, car washes and shopping discounts.

Posted by Teresa Mears Wednesday, November 10, 2010 1:09:47 PM

We wrote last week about deals for Veterans Day, but so many new deals have emerged that we've put together another roundup.

Remember that entry to national parks is free for everyone Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day, and some state parks and tourist attractions are offering free entry to either the public or veterans and military.


We wrote last week about free meals from Applebee's and Golden Corral. Military members and veterans can also get these meal deals Nov. 11:

  • Participating T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants are offering a free entrée Thursday, Nov. 11, to Sunday, Nov. 14, with the purchase of an entrée by a guest with an old or current military ID.
  • Chili's is offering veterans and active military a free meal, from a choice of six.
  • Hooter's is offering a free meal to active military and veterans from its new specialty items menu with the purchase of a drink.
  • Uno's will give military and veterans a free entrée or individual pizza with the purchase of an entrée or pizza.
  • BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse will serve a free lunch entree or free one topping mini-pizza for dinner to active-duty military and veterans.
  • Hy-Vee Supermarkets with in-store dining will serve a free breakfast buffet to veterans from 7 to 11 a.m. Some stores plan special activities.

Remember that franchise restaurants are locally owned, and some restaurants may not participate in national promotions, so it's smart to call ahead. Keep an eye on local newspapers and blogs for deals offered by local restaurants and franchises.

Here are some Veterans Day deals you can't eat:

  • Dollar General stores are offering members of the military, veterans, National Guard members and families a 10% discount Nov. 11.
  • Grace for Vets is providing free car washes for veterans and military personnel Nov. 11 at more than 1,200 locations in all 50 states.
  • The Hugo company will distribute 36,000 free folding canes to veterans at Sam's Clubs. Nov 10-12.
  • Sears is offering veterans an extra 10% off Nov. 11-12. The deal is also good for police, firefighters, teachers and hospital staff.

Ryan Guina at The Military Wallet has information on more Veterans Day discount deals. You can find more information about Veterans Day deals at and about discounts for the military the rest of the year at


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11/10/2010 7:39 PM

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