Veterans Day 2012 Discounts & Freebies

A promised, I’ve went ahead and compiled a list of this year’s Veterans Day discounts and freebies. Since Veterans Day officially falls on a Sunday and the observance date is on that following Monday, you will find that some places are offering their promotions on varying dates. I’ve tried to provide the most up-to-date information, according to what I have found.

I will continue to do further research throughout the week to see if there are more promotions that I can add to this list. If you have any questions or know of a discount that you would like to see included here, please feel free to contact me.

Please note: Offers and discounts may vary by location and region. I highly recommend contacting your local establishment to see if they are participating in the same promotion, prior to making a visit. You will also be required to prove your veteran status at any of these locations in order to take advantage of their promotions, so be sure to bring your government identification (or DD214, discharge papers, etc.).

  • 7-Eleven: Free small Slurpee on November 11, 2012
  • Arby’s: Free Classic Roast Beef sandwich on November 11, 2012
  • Applebees: Free meal from a limited menu on November 11, 2012
  • BJ's Restaurant: Free lunch entrée, one-topping mini pizza, or individual pizza on November 11, 2012
  • California Pizza Kitchen: Free meal and non-alcoholic beverage November 11-12, 2012
  • Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse: Free meal on November 12, 2012 (with coupon)
  • Chili's: Free meal from a limited seven-item menu on November 11, 2012
  • Denny’s: Free all you can eat pancakes from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on November 12, 2012
  • Famous Dave's: Free or discounted meal on November 11, 2012
  • Golden Corral: Free dinner on November 12, 2012, from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Hooters: Ten free Boneless Wings with the purchase of a drink on November 11, 2012
  • Hy-Vee: Free Breakfast from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m on November 12, 2012
  • Krispy Kreme: Receive a free doughnut and small coffee on November 11, 2012
  • Little Caesars Pizza: Free Crazy Bread on November 11, 2012
  • LongHorn Steakhouse: Free Texas Tonion and non-alcoholic beverage on November 11, 2012
  • Lone Star Steakhouse: Free entrée from their Stars & Stripes Menu on November 12, 2012
  • Max and Erma's: Free Best Cheeseburger in America Combo on November 11, 2012
  • McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants: Free entree from a special menu on November 11, 2012
  • O'Charley's: Free meal from the “$9.99er” menu on November 12, 2012
  • The Olive Garden: Free entrée from a special menu (including free garlic bread sticks and choice of soup or salad) on November 11, 2012
  • Outback Steakhouse: Free Bloomin' Onion and Cocoa-Cola product (non-alcoholic) beverage on November 11-12, 2012
  • Red Lobster: Free Appetizer on November 11, 2012
  • Red Robin: Free Red’s Tavern Double and Bottomless Steak Fries on November 12, 2012
  • Sizzler: Free lunch from a limited menu (6 oz. Steak, Malibu Chicken, or a Half Dozen Fried Shrimp) on November 12 until 4:00pm
  • Subway: Free six-inch sub or flatbread on Veterans Day
  • Texas Corral: Free entrée on November 11, 2012
  • Texas Roadhouse: Free lunch on November 12, 2012 off of a ten-meal menu, plus sides and a drink.
  • Tim Hortons: Free donut on November 11, 2012
  • TGI Fridays: Free lunch on November 12, 2012 (between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.) off the lunch menu
  • UNO Chicago Grill: Free entrée or individual pizza with the purchase of an entrée or pizza of equal or greater value on November 11-12, 2012

  • Banana Republic: Save 50% between November 12-15, 2012 off three full-priced items in-store. (UPDATED 11-10-12)
  • Big Lots: Veterans, active duty, reservists and dependents receive 10% off their purchase on November 10, 2012
  • Build-A-Bear Workshop: Receive a 20% discount from November 11-15, 2012
  • Dollar General: Receive a 10% Discount on November 11, 2012
  • Car Wash (select locations): Free car wash on November 11, 2012
  • Food Lion: 12% off your entire grocery purchase on November 11, 2012
  • Home Depot: Veterans receive a 10% discount (National Guard and Reserve, retirees and disabled Service Members and their immediate families receive this discount year round)
  • Lowe's: Veterans receive a 10% discount (National Guard and Reserve, retirees and disabled Service Members and their immediate families receive this discount year round)
  • Sam’s Club: 25,000 Hugo canes will be given away to U.S. Veterans in need of mobility assistance (no membership is required)
  • Sears: Receive 10% discount on purchases from November 11-12, 2012 with coupon (police, military, veterans, firefighters, teachers and hospital staff)
  • Sports Authority: Receive 15% off on purchases
  • Sports Clips: Free haircut on November 11, 2012
  • Steve Madden – 30% off all regular-priced merchandise (15% year round) on November 11, 2012

  • Bed & Breakfast for Vets (select locations): Free night’s stay on November 11, 2012
  • Central Florida Zoo (Sanford): Free Admission on Veteran’s Day
  • Colonial Williamsburg: Free Admission during Veteran’s Day weekend, November 9-12, 2012 (for veterans and family members)
  • Historic Jamestown: Free Admission for Veterans and family members on November 10-12, 2012 
  • Knott’s Berry Farm: Free Admission for Veterans and one guest from November 1-26, 2012
  • National Parks: Free admission to 100 National Parks

ONGOING MILITARY & VETERANS DISCOUNTS (This is just a basic list. There are plenty more discounts offered throughout the year. I will be sure add those to a separate post in the near future):
  • Anheuser Busch Parks: With the Here’s to the Heroes program, Active Duty Service Members and up to three dependents are allowed free admission to any one of their parks (SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, etc.) once a year.
  • Foot Locker: (with a Foot Locker Veterans Advantage Card) receive a 20% percent discount
  • Home Depot: Receive a 10% discount
  • Lowe's: Receive a 10% discount (National Guard and Reserve, retirees and disabled Mobile Phone Discounts: Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile: usually offer at least a 15% discount.
  • New York & Company: Receive a 15% discount on your purchase (active and family members)
  • Service Members and their immediate families. All other Veterans receive the 10-percent discount on Veterans Day, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July) 
  • Steve Madden – 15% off all regular-priced merchandise.

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