Jo Anne Embleton
Jacksonville Daily Progress
JACKSONVILLE — A number of business throughout the country will honor veterans and military service members this Veterans Day by offering free meals or discounts on purchases.
A list compiled by the Lone Star Military Resource Group highlights area businesses who traditionally have shown support of veterans on Nov. 11.
However, LSMRG coordinator Julianne Sanford reminds those wanting to enjoy these offers to first check whether local businesses are offering such, and if a form of military ID is needed as proof of service.
Among those offering perks to veteran are businesses such as:
Chili’s will provide veterans and active military personnel with a free entree on Veterans Day, which falls on Monday this year. Items are limited to a special “Veterans Day Menu” and lunch combo plates during lunch hours.
As a “thank you” to all veterans and active military, on Nov. 11 Cotton Patch restaurant invites service members and veterans for a full size chicken fried steak or fried chicken meal on the house. Must show military ID, DD-214 or other forms of service identification.
Applebees – on Nov. 11, a seven-entrée menu is offered, not including beverage or gratuity. Military ID or proof of service required. Find locations at http://applebees.com/.
BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse will offer a complimentary lunch entree or a one topping mini pizza for dinner Nov. 11 to all active duty military and veterans, with proof of service.
Denny’s Veterans Day Appreciation Event – the restaurant will offer a free Grand Slam breakfast to any veteran Nov. 11. It is recommended that you call ahead to verify, and check with your local Denny’s if you live in another area.
Golden Corral – The 13th annual Golden Corral Military Appreciation Monday dinner will be held from 4-9 p.m. Nov. 11 in all Golden Corral Restaurants nationwide and is available to any person who has ever served in the United States Military. For more information visit http://www.goldencorral.com/military/.
Little Caesars Pizza – The pizza delivery service is honoring the men and women of the United States armed forces this Veterans Day by providing veterans and active military members with a free Crazy Bread with proof of military status/service at participating stores nationwide.
Outback Steakhouse – The restaurant is offering a week of Free Bloomin’ Onions and Cokes, concluding Nov. 11, to active duty military and veterans with proper military ID. For more information, visit, http://outback.com/companyinfo/veteransday.aspx.
Subway – A free six-inch sub sandwich is being offered at select restaurants to military veterans on Veteran’s Day. Military ID or proof of service required. Because these restaurants are franchises, the offer may not be available everywhere, so diners are advised to call ahead for participation and times.
Every Texas Roadhouse location across the country will participate in the free lunch event to honor the men and women of our armed forces. Offer good for all veterans – including all active, retired or former U.S. military. ID Required. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Nov. 11.
T.G.I. Friday’s – Buy one, get one free Nov. 11, an offer valid for all U.S. Military personnel and veterans at participating locations. Must show a military ID. Find more details on TGIFridays.com.
The Olive Garden is giving free entrées Nov. 11 to veterans and active duty military. A special menu is offered.
Other offers for military members in honor of Veterans Day?
Building supply giants Home Depot and Lowe’s offer a 10 percent discount on purchases everyday to military members carrying valid ID, up to a maximum discount of $200. Visit store websites for more information.
To honor America’s service men and women, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that areas managed by the National Park Service would not charge entrance fees on Veteran’s Day weekend, Nov. 9-11. More than 100 national parks will participate in this event; visit the www.nps.gov website to learn more.
The San Jacinto Monument and Museum in La Porte is offering vets and their families free admission through Nov. 13 to the theatre, Observation Floor, and the special exhibit to all veterans and their families. Visit www.sanjacinto-museum.org for more information.
Amazon.com is offering a free MP3 album download of “Veterans Day Honor,” which includes 12 songs as performed by the military bands and ensembles of the U.S. Armed Forces. The offer lasts through Veteran’s Day.
Big Lots stores are offering military members a 10% discount on their entire purchase with valid military ID.
On Nov. 10-11, Cabela’s is giving their standard employee discount to all U.S. military veterans, active duty military, Guard/Reserves, law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel. The discount varies from 5% to 20%, depending on the item.
Dollar General also is offering a 10% discount on entire purchase on Veteran’s Day, with the offer extended to all active-duty military, retirees, veterans, Guard/Reserve and immediate family members. The coupon is located in the store circular or by asking an employee. An online code – using Coupon Code VETERANSDAY – is valid Nov. 11-13.
Additionally, thousands of car washes around the country are offering vets a free car wash on Veterans Day; find a list of locations at http://graceforvets.org/.
7/11 stores are offering a free Slurpee from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 11 to all current and former military members. ID or proof of service required.
Need a haircut? Participating Great Clips salons are offering a free haircut cut to give to a veteran with every haircut purchased. Veterans have through the end of the year to redeem their gift card. The salons are also offering free haircuts to vets through Nov. 11.