Nov. 11 is Veterans Day in the U.S., a national holiday that honors both active-duty military members and veterans.
In an effort to thank the U.S. military and recognize their service to our country, businesses across America offer special discounts and freebies to vets each year on Veterans Day.
Here’s a quick look at 12 tasty freebies vets can score on Nov. 11:
- Denny’s: From 5 a.m. to noon on Veterans Day, military personnel can get a free “Build Your Own Grand Slam” breakfast at Denny’s.
- IHOP: Vets can snag a free order of red, white and blue pancakes at IHOP restaurants from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 11.
- Longhorn Steakhouse: Not only do veterans and active-duty military get a free appetizer or dessert on Veterans Day, but your whole table gets a 10 percent discount on its bill.
- Applebee’s: For the ninth year in a row, Applebee’s is offering vets and active military members a free meal on Nov. 11, and a $5 coupon that can be redeemed between Nov. 12 and Nov. 27.
- Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar: Vets eat free at Arooga’s all day on Friday. Drinks are not included.
- Ruby Tuesday: Vets and military personnel can get a free appetizer — up to $10 in value — on Veterans Day.
- Ben’s Soft Pretzels: Vets and active military members can nab a free jumbo soft pretzel on Veterans Day.
- Olive Garden: All vets and active duty military eat free — from a list of six of the chain’s most popular entrees — on Veterans Day.
- BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse: Troops can score a free entree — $12.95 and under — on Nov. 11.
- California Pizza Kitchen: Vets and active military members can score a free pizza, salad or pasta on Nov. 11.
- Golden Corral: During the buffet chain’s Military Appreciation Night — which takes place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 14 — anyone with a military ID can get a free dinner.
- Twin Peaks: Past and present military members can score a free menu item from Twin Peaks’ “Annual Veterans Day Appreciation Menu.”
Remember to bring your military ID to the participating restaurants on Veterans Day. You may be required to show it to your server.
It’s also generally a good idea to call your local restaurant or business ahead of time to make sure they’re participating in the Veterans Day promotions.
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