Veterans Day freebies 2020: Here's where retired and active military members can get free food

Stephanie Asymkos
·Reporter
·6 min read

Many restaurants around the country are saluting veterans and military members this year on Veterans Day by providing freebies and discounts on meals, desserts, and drinks. Many of these deals only last the day, so take action quickly.

Here’s a list of national restaurant and retail chains offering Veterans Day deals.

7-Eleven

Veterans can get a free coffee on Veterans Day. Download the 7-Eleven app to register.

Applebee’s

Veterans and active duty military members can get a free meal from a limited menu on Veterans Day. Proof of service required.

BJ’s Restaurant

All service members can get a free entree up to $14.95 and a free Dr. Pepper on Veterans Day. Military ID or proof of service required.

PORTLAND, ME - NOVEMBER 11: Tom Caron of Portland salutes soldiers walking along Congress Street during Portlands Veterans Day parade on Monday, November 11, 2019. Caron served in the U.S. Army in the 1950s and said he has participated in Portlands Veterans Day parade in the past but was showing his support for marchers this year from a covered a bus stop bench on Monday. (Staff Photo by Gregory Rec/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
Tom Caron of Portland salutes soldiers walking along Congress Street during Portlands Veterans Day parade on Monday, November 11, 2019. (Staff Photo by Gregory Rec/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

Bob Evans

Veterans and active duty military members can get select menu items for free on Veterans Day.

Bruegger’s Bagels

Veterans can get a free medium fresh-brewed hot or iced coffee with breakfast on Veterans Day.

Bubba Gump Shrimp

Military personnel and their families can get 20% off on food and retail purchases on Veterans Day.

Buffalo Wild Wings Free Wings

Veterans and active duty military members can get a free order of boneless wings and a side of fries on Veterans Day at participating U.S. locations.

California Pizza Kitchen

Veterans and active duty military members can get a free entree from a special Veterans Day menu that includes pizza, salads and pasta. Please come in uniform or military ID or proof of service will be required.

Carrabba’s Italian Grill

Veterans, active duty military members and first responders can receive a free Calamari from November 8 through November 11.

Chili’s Grill & Bar

Veterans and active duty military members can get a free meal from a select menu on Veterans Day.

Cicis Pizza

Veterans and active duty military members can get a free adult buffet on Veterans Day. Military ID or proof of service required.

Country Kitchen Restaurants

Veterans and active duty military members can get a free country scramble on Veterans Day at participating locations.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

Veterans and active duty military members can get a Pumpkin Pie Latte or free slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake with their meal.

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 11, 2019  -- Participants attend the Veterans Day Parade in San Jose, California, the United States, Nov. 11, 2019. (Photo by Li Jianguo/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/Li Jianguo via Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 11, 2019 -- Participants attend the Veterans Day Parade in San Jose, California, the United States, Nov. 11, 2019. (Photo by Li Jianguo/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/Li Jianguo via Getty Images)

Dunkin’ Donuts

Veterans and active duty military members can get a free donut at restaurants nationwide. No purchase necessary.

Einstein Bros. Bagels

Veterans and active duty military members can get a free hot or iced medium coffee on Veterans Day.

Famous Dave’s

Veterans and active duty military members can receive a free free Georgia Chopped Pork Sandwich and a side on Veterans Day. Dine-in or to-go.

Golden Corral

Veterans and active duty military members can get a free “thank you meal” promotional card that’s good for one free lunch or dinner buffet and beverage from November 1 through November 30.

Hooters

Veterans and active duty military members can get 10 free boneless wings on Veterans Day after purchasing 10 wings at any nationwide location. Military ID or proof of service required.

Houlihan’s

Veterans and active duty military members can receive a free entrée from a select menu on Veterans Day. Military ID or proof of service required.

Joe’s Crab Shack

Veterans and active duty military members can get 20% off on Veterans Day. Valid for parties up to 4.

Krispy Kreme

Veterans and active duty military members can get a free doughnut and coffee on Veterans Day.

Kwikfill

Veterans can receive a free coffee on Veterans Day.

Little Caesars Pizza

Veterans and active military members can receive a free Lunch Combo paired with a 20-ounce Pepsi product on Veterans Day.

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2019/11/11: A giant American flag was unfurled at Madison Square Park  during the Veteran's Day Parade. (Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images)
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2019/11/11: A giant American flag was unfurled at Madison Square Park during the Veteran's Day Parade. (Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Macaroni Grill

Veterans and active military members can receive a free Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs and Spaghetti. Military ID or proof of service required.

Morton’s The Steakhouse

Veterans and active military members can enjoy 20% off on Veterans Day. Valid for parties up to 4. Military ID or proof of service required.

O’Charley’s

Veterans and active military members can receive a free meal from O’Charley’s “Veterans Thank You Menu” all day on Veterans Day. Military ID or proof of service required. Restaurant participation may vary by location.

Outback Steakhouse

Veterans and active military members can get a free Bloomin’ Onion and Coca-Cola on Veterans Day.

Petro Stopping Centers

Veterans, active military members, and reservists with proof of service can get a complimentary meal from a select menu on Veterans Day at any participating Country Pride or Iron Skillet restaurant nationwide.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 11:   People watch the Veterans Day Parade on November 11, 2019 in New York City. President Donald Trump, the first sitting U.S. president to attend New York's parade, offered a tribute to veterans ahead of the 100th annual parade which draws thousands of vets and spectators from around the country.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
People watch the Veterans Day Parade on November 11, 2019 in New York City. President Donald Trump, the first sitting U.S. president to attend New York's parade, (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

Pilot Flying J/U.S. Pilot

Veterans and active military members can get a free breakfast, including a coffee, November 9 through November 15. The offer is also available via the app.

Red Lobster

Veterans, active duty military and reservists can get a free appetizer or dessert from their select Veterans Day menu. Military ID or proof of service required.

Red Robin

Veterans and active duty military who are Red Robin Royalty members can redeem a free Tavern Double Burger with Steak Fries between November 12 and November 30.

Sagebrush Steakhouse

Veterans and active duty military members can receive a complimentary meal from a select menu on Veterans Day.

Smashburger

Veterans and active duty military receive a free Double Classic Smash on Veterans Day.

Sonny’s BBQ

Veterans and active duty military can receive a free pulled or sliced pork sandwich along with a voucher for free BBQ egg rolls on another visit. Military ID or proof of service required.

Starbucks

Veterans, active duty military, reservists, and military spouses can get a free tall (12-ounce) hot brewed coffee on Veterans Day.

TA Stopping Centers

Veterans, active duty military, and reservists can get a complimentary meal from a select menu that includes a beverage on Veterans Day at any participating Country Pride or Iron Skillet restaurant nationwide. Military ID or proof of service required.

TCBY

Veterans and active duty military can get their first 6-oz free on Veterans Day.

Wawa

Veterans, active duty military, and family can get a free coffee on Veterans Day.

Wendy’s

Those with a valid military ID can get a free small breakfast combo. No purchase necessary.

Wienerschnitzel

Veterans and active duty military members can get a free chili dog with a small fry and a small Pepsi. Military ID or proof of service required.

Yard House

Veterans and active duty military can receive a free appetizer on Veterans Day. Military ID or proof of service required. Offer is valid for dine in only.

Stephanie is a reporter for Yahoo Money and Cashay, a new personal finance website. Follow her on Twitter @SJAsymkos.

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