For restaurants and retailers, Veterans Day is both a time to honor former and current service members and an opportunity to lure all potential shoppers.
So on Wednesday, that means a host of restaurants will offer free meals to military veterans and active-duty service members. Through Wednesday, some national retailers also will offer sales and coupons to anyone interested in a deal.
Note, however, that veterans and service members are generally required to show military identification or other proof of service to take advantage of offers for them. It’s also a good idea for them to call ahead to local restaurants to ensure they’re participating.
Free food for veterans
- Applebee’s: Free meal from a special menu on Wednesday.
- Famous Dave’s: Free One-Meat BBQ Salute (which includes your choice of meat and side with a corn bread muffin) on Wednesday.
- Olive Garden: Free entree from a special menu (includes unlimited soup or salad and breadsticks) on Wednesday. Veterans’ and active-duty service members’ families who dine with them also save 10 percent.
- Shoney’s: Free All-American Burger on Wednesday.
- Sizzler: Free lunch (includes a steak, Malibu chicken or six pieces of shrimp) and drink (coffee, ice tea or fountain drink) until 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
- Texas Roadhouse: Free lunch from a special menu and drink (soda, tea or coffee) on Wednesday.
- Tony Roma’s: Free half-rack of baby-back ribs on Wednesday.
- Village Inn: Free breakfast (which includes buttermilk pancakes, a Belgian waffle or French toast) on Wednesday.
Top deals for everyone
- JCPenney: $10 off a $25 purchase in stores (print coupon) or online (use promo code WETHANKU) through Wednesday. Home collections are also 30 percent to 50 percent off during the Veterans Day Home Sale.
- Kohl’s: $10 off a $25 purchase in stores (print pass) or online (use promo code VETERANS10) through Wednesday. (There’s also a Veterans Day Sale and an offer to earn $10 in Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent, although those two deals end Tuesday.)
- National Park Service: Free admission to national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests and many other federal lands on Wednesday. (It is also worth noting that for active-duty military members and their dependents, the annual pass to the national parks is always free.)
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