This Veteran’s day, many national chains are saying “thank you” to veterans and active military members by offering freebies. Many of the deals require proof of service, and some of the deals are extended to family members. Here is a list of freebies for veterans and active military members:


Krystal:Veterans will receive a free chicken or sausage biscuit from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Nov. 11.

Denny’s: Active, inactive and retired military personnel can stop by participating Denny’s to build a “grand slam breakfast” from 5 a.m. to noon on Nov. 11.

Starbucks: Free traditional free tall-brewed coffee for active duty service members, veterans and military spouses. Starbucks will also donate $5 to the USO Transition 360 Alliance with every purchase in select stores. The coffee-chain isn’t just giving away coffee. Starbucks announced Monday its offering employees that are current or former service members an additional tuition-free education benefit that they can extend to a spouse or child.

IHOP: IHOP restaurants across the country will give free red, white and blue pancakes to veterans and active personnel from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 11.

Lunch and dinner: 

Panera Bread: Wear a uniform or show your military ID or discharge papers on Nov. 11 to receive a free “You-Pick-Two” meal at participating locations, including ones in Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Florida.

Ruby Tuesday: Free appetizer for current and former service members at participating locations.

Hooters: Hooters will offer a free “thank you” meal to all active duty and retired military. The deal is available until close on Nov. 11.

Olive Garden: Veterans and active duty military can enjoy one of five entree choices at Olive Garden. Family members dining with the service members will receive a 10% discount.

Applebee’s: Veterans and active duty military can pick a dish from Applebee’s “Thank You Meal Menu,” which include options like a 7 oz. house sirloin and cheeseburger.

Bob Evans:  Veterans can take their pick of five breakfast items at participating Bob Evans restaurants on Veterans Day.

Outback Steakhouse: Free bloomin’ onion and a beverage for active and retired military members with a valid military I.D. at participating restaurants on Nov. 11. Outback is also offering all “Military Mates,” including active or retired military members and their families, 15% off their check from Nov. 12 – Dec. 31. Deployed military personnel can get a rain check by registering at

Golden Corral: Free “Thank You” meal and drink for veterans and active duty.

Red Lobster:  Free dessert or appetizer through Thursday. Must show valid military I.D. or proof of service to redeem this offer.

McCormick & Schmick’s:  On Sunday, Nov. 8, McCormick & Schmick’s will offer veterans with official verification a free dinner entree. Buttermilk fried shrimp and Parmesan crusted chicken are just a few of the options veterans can choose from.

Red Robin: Free Red’s Tavern double burger and bottomless steak fries for veterans and current service members. 

Other freebies:

Great Clips: Need a haircut? On Nov. 11, Great Clips is giving patrons a free haircut card to give to a veteran they know. The card is redeemable through Dec. 31, 2015.  Veterans can get either a free haircut or a card to use later.

TIDAL: The streaming and entertainment platform TIDAL is offering discounted subscriptions for current and retired military. Premium memberships are $5.99 and HiFi membership are $11.99, originally $9.99 and $19.99. Sign up at:

via. KHOU-11

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