Veterans Day Deals

Via US Veterans Magazine.

Veterans day is just around the corner and as has been the case for several years now, businesses are showing their appreciation to those who served. Below are some of the deals.

Golden Corral Veterans Day Free Meal (Monday, November 11, 2019)

On Monday, November 11, 2019, from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Golden Corral will be giving out Veterans Day free meals and a beverage to any person who has ever served in the U.S. military or is on current active duty. This includes retirees, veterans, National Guard, and Reserves.

Details of the Free Golden Corral Military Buffet

All Golden Corral locations will be participating, and no identification is required to get your free dinner buffet and beverage.

Over the last 17 years, Golden Corral served over 5.4 million veterans a Veterans Day free meal!

Red Lobster Veterans Day Free Appetizer or Dessert (Monday, November 11, 2019)

Active duty military, reserve, and military veterans can stop by Red Lobster and get a free appetizer or dessert on Monday, November 11, 2019.

More Details on the Red Lobster Veterans Day Freebie Including Appetizer and Dessert Choices

Valid proof of military service is required to get this free food.

Chili’s Veterans Day Free Meal (Monday, November 11, 2019)

Visit a participating Chili’s on Monday, November 11, 2019, to get your Veterans Day free meal if you’re a veteran or on active military duty.

Details of the Free Veterans Day Meal Including Menu Options at Chili’s

You’ll need to show proof of military service to get your Veterans Day free meal.

Olive Garden Veterans Day Free Meal (Monday, November 11, 2019)

Olive Garden is having a Veterans Day free meal for all active-duty military and military veterans on Monday, November 11, 2019.

Details of the Free Meal Including Entree Choices at Olive Garden on Veterans Day

You’ll need to verify with Olive Garden that you currently are or used to be in the military. Proof of military service usually includes bringing your military ID, U.S. Uniform Services Retired ID Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, or Veterans Organization Card.

Applebee’s Veterans Day Free Meal (Monday, November 11, 2019)

Stop into a participating Applebee’s on Monday, November 11, 2019, to get your Veterans day free meal.

Details of the Free Veterans Day Meal at Applebee’s

Check out the link above for everything you need to know about this Veterans Day free meal, including what sorts of ID they consider valid, the full list of menu items you get to choose from, who is eligible, etc.

Outback Steakhouse Free Bloomin’ Onion & Beverage (November 11, 2019)

Stop into any Outback Steakhouse on Monday, November 11, 2019, to get a free Bloomin’ Onion and coke product. This offer is for all military personnel that has a military ID.

Details of the Free Veterans Day Meal at Outback Steakhouse

Outback Steakhouse is also giving out a discount of 20% off the total check from November 8 to November 11, 2019, valid for military, police, firefighters, and first responders with a valid ID. A 10% discount continues thereafter.

Texas Roadhouse Veterans Day Free Lunch (Monday, November 11, 2019)

Texas Roadhouse will be giving away Veterans Day free meals for lunch on Monday, November 11, 2019, to active, former, or retired military.

Details on the Texas Roadhouse Veterans Day Free Meal Including Entree Options

This is for dine-in only. Hours may vary by location, so be sure to check a Texas Roadhouse near you for specific details.

Red Robin Veterans Day Free Meal (Monday, November 11, 2019)

Veterans and active duty military can stop into any participating Red Robin location on Monday, November 11, to get a free Red’s Tavern Double burger and Bottomless Steak Fries.

More Details on the Red Robin Veterans Day Free Meal

Be sure to bring your military ID to take advantage of this Veterans Day freebie.

Free Veterans Day Pancakes at IHOP (Monday, November 11, 2019)

This year on Monday, November 11, IHOP will be honoring veterans and active military men and women with the choice of a free breakfast combo or a free stack of Red, White, and Blueberry pancakes.

More Details on the Veterans Day Free Meal at IHOP

Individuals must show proof of their service before receiving this offer, such as coming in their uniform, showing a photo of them in their uniform, or showing a military ID card.

Dunkin’ Donuts Veterans Day Free Donut (Monday, November 11, 2019)

To show their support, Dunkin’ Donuts is giving away free donuts to active duty military and veterans on Monday, November 11, 2019.

This free Veterans Day donut is limited to one per customer while supplies last, but no purchase or military ID is required.

It’s possible that not every Dunkin’ Donuts location is participating, so be sure to call ahead to double-check.

Cracker Barrel Veterans Day Free Dessert (Monday, November 11, 2019)

On Veterans Day, Cracker Barrel is giving veterans a Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake dessert or Pumpkin Pie Latte…for free!

All 660 locations are participating in this Veterans Day free food offer this year.

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers (November 11, 2019)

Visit a Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers near you this Veterans Day, November 11, to get a free combo meal card.

You must be a veteran or active duty military to pick up the card, but it can be redeemed by anyone through November 30, 2019.

White Castle Veterans Day Free Meal (Monday, November 11, 2019)

White Castle is giving out a free Breakfast Combo or Castle Combo Meal (numbers 1-6) to any veteran or other military members who come in on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11th.

Proof of military service is requested but might not be required. Be sure to contact your local White Castle restaurant ahead of time to confirm that they’re participating.

Buffalo Wild Wings Veterans Day Free Wings and Fries (November 11, 2019)

Buffalo Wild Wings is having their annual Veterans Day free food deal on Veterans Day, which is Monday, November 11. All day, veterans and active duty military get a free order of small boneless or traditional wings and a side of fries.

This offer is valid at participating Buffalo Wild Wings locations and is for dine-in only. Beverages, taxes, and gratuity are not included in this offer.

Proof of military service is required, which can include a permanent or temporary military ID card, DD214, or veteran’s card. You may also come wearing your military uniform or bring a photo of you wearing it.

TCBY Veterans Day Free Frozen Yogurt (Monday, November 11, 2019)

This year for Veterans Day, all vets get their first 6 oz of frozen yogurt absolutely free.

This Veterans Day freebie is valid at participating TCBY locations only, so be sure to call and confirm before you head out on Monday the 11th. Proof of service might be required, so make sure to ask about that, too.

Twin Peaks Veterans Day Free Meal (Monday, November 11, 2019)

Active and retired military members can visit Twin Peaks on Monday, November 11, for a complimentary Veterans Day meal.

This Veterans Day free meal includes items from a special menu, so be sure to ask about it when you visit a participating Twin Peaks locations.

Veterans Day Free Lunch or Dinner at Green Mill (November 11, 2019)

This Veterans Day free offer from Green Mill is for veterans who show proof of service.

Eligible customers can pick any one item from their menu (pizza is limited to a small 1-topping deep dish, and Wing Samplers are excluded). This offer is for dine-in only.

Contact your local Green Mill Restaurant & Bar to see if they’re participating.

Green Mill also gives out a 10% discount to veterans and active-duty military all year long.

Nekter’s Free Veterans Day Smoothies and Juices (November 11, 2019)

If you’re a veteran or active military member, you can stop in to Nekter’s on Veterans Day, November 11, for a free 16oz smoothie or juice.

You can take advantage of this free Veterans Day offer at your local Nekter location, but it’s possible that not all of them are participating, so you might call ahead of time to double-check.

You need to bring proof of military service with you.

Friendly’s Free Veterans Day Meal (Monday, November 11, 2019)

Friendly’s is giving veterans and active military a free Veterans Day breakfast, lunch, or dinner (dine-in only) on Monday, November 11.

If you come in the morning for breakfast, the Veterans Day free meal is the Big-Two-Do, which comes with your choice of Brioche French toast, two buttermilk pancakes or two slices of toast, two strips of crispy Applewood-smoked bacon or two sausage links, and a side of two made-to-order farm fresh eggs. Also included is a cup of coffee.

For lunch and dinner, veterans and active service members get the All-American Burger (with or without cheese) served with fries and your choice of soda, iced tea, or a hot beverage.

You’ll need to present your military ID or honorable discharge card to get this Veterans Day freebie at a Friendly’s near you.

Fine print: Most of these business will require proof of service but not a bad deal if any of these business are someplace you frequent.

These are only some of the specials available with many other businesses offering vet only specials so feel free to add them in the comments below.

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Epic DNC Fail

I’m a little late to the party but I found this under reported story from last week’s DNC convention quite interesting.

During a speech by my former Nimitz C.O. and retired Admiral, John Nathman, they put up a several pictures of naval vessel’s on the huge video wall behind the stage that I am guessing was posted to add to the overwhelming patriotism that folks hearing the speech were supposed to feel during Nathman’s tribute to our vets. You know the move, a high ranking officer waxing poetic about our troops with 50 or so of them on stage behind him all while cool images of our overwhelming fire power are shown for effect.

Too bad the moron that choose the images for the video wall apparently couldn’t distinguish a row boat from an aircraft carrier and ended up choosing highly edited photo’s of Russian naval vessels to show during the DNC’s chest pounding I love our military moment.

Naval experts concluded the background was a photo composite of Russian ships that were overflown by what appear to be U.S. trainer jets. It remains unclear how or why the Democratic Party used what’s believed to be images of the Russian Black Sea Fleet at their convention.

The DNCC of course was oblivious to the screw up until much later but when asked for comment they blamed it on a “vendor error” and were unable to explain any further.

And these are the folks wanting us to follow them into our next 4 years?

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VA Priority 8 Horror Stories Wanted

From yesterday’s email inbox:

As you may have heard, one of the priorities of General Shinseki, when he takes over as head of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs is to re-open enrollment for VA care to those who were classified “Priority 8 Veterans” – veterans who didn’t have service connected injuries, or were rated with a zero-percent disability rating, and had an income over a certain level.

As the Military Times put it, “Priority 8 veterans were blocked from enrolling in the VA health care system in 2003 as a budget-cutting move to help ensure funding for veterans with service-connected disabilities.”

This was supposed to be a temporary move, but has stayed in place. One positive step happened last year when Congressman Chet Edwards fought for and got $375 million in the budget to expand enrollment for some Priority 8 veterans.

We’re fully supportive of the move to reopen VA services to veterans like these, but it will take some education in Congress about how the budget-cutting move affected the veterans community.

If you were classified as Priority 8, and denied VA care because of it (or know someone who was) please let us know. We would like to tell your story to Congress, so they know the negative effect of the policy, when General Shinseki comes to them to request lifting it.

Just send an email to me with your story, at

Thanks for all of your help, and Happy New Year!


Peter Granato
Iraq War Veteran
Vice Chairman,

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McCain Disses Veterans Again

For a candidate that claims to be pro-veteran, John McCain sure seems to be doing a good job of pissing them off.

Paul Riekhoff, director of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, whom already has McCain rated “D” for his voting record on issues related to it members, is slamming the GOP Presidential nominee for completely ignoring Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans during his acceptance speech at the RNC. For some reason he thinks McCain should have done more than show a picture of Walter Reed, that would be the middle school not the hospital, as a backdrop during his speech.

RIECKHOFF: I think honestly that backdrop, whether it was Walter Reed medical center or Walter Reed middle school — that’s about as close as Sen. McCain got to veterans issues last night. He didn’t mention the word veteran once during his entire speech, didn’t talk about post-traumatic stress disorder, didn’t talk about veterans funding. I think he really forgot where he came from last night.

At least McCain can’t be accused of being inconsistent. He ignores all veterans equally except for the one POW who somehow managed to learn how to be President in the Hanoi Hilton which he discusses all the time.

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Touching But…

If you happened to catch the “Pledge of Allegiance” video on Tuesday at the GOP convention, you might have thought it to be quite touching. If you missed it, I have embedded it below.

What isn’t as touching and what the GOP failed to mention is despite over 4500 military deaths and a similar number of funerals since we went to “war”, they instead decided to hire actors for the military funeral scene in the video, much to the dismay of some veterans groups.

Brandon Friedman from VetVoice:

The issue here isn’t that the RNC used actors in what might have been a haste. Rather, the underlying problem is that Bush and McCain supporters don’t like to deal with the messy reality of warfare that genuine troops bring to the table. That is, they feel compelled to stage a funeral with actors. Because to show a real military funeral–with the heaving chests of a broken family clutching a flag-draped coffin containing the pieces of their dead soldier–might just make the funny hat-clad, stupid button-wearing audience blanch. And that doesn’t make for good TV. Plus, people just wouldn’t go for it. So they use sanitized actors.

But this is an insult to the military. The use of actors shows an unwillingness to face up to what they’ve done–to the military and to the nation. And it shows that the only way to keep up support for the war is to hide its reality from the American people.

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McCain Again Takes Credit For New GI Bill

You may or may not remember the discussions regarding the new 21st Century GI Bill, you know the one that John McCain spoke out against, failed to return to the Senate to vote on, and then took credit for when it passed. Well he is at it again, this time taking credit for the new legislation in a speech at the VFW Convention.

I suppose from my opponent’s vantage point, veterans concerns are just one more issue to be spun or worked to advantage. This would explain why he has also taken liberties with my position on the GI Bill. In its initial version, that bill failed to address the number one education request that I’ve heard from career service members and their families — the freedom to transfer their benefits to a spouse or a child. The bill also did nothing to retain the young officer and enlisted leaders who form the backbone of our all-volunteer force.

As a political proposition, it would have much easier for me to have just signed on to what I considered flawed legislation. But the people of Arizona, and of all America, expect more from their representatives than that, and instead I sought a better bill. I’m proud to say that the result is a law that better serves our military, better serves military families, and better serves the interests of our country. (emphasis mine)

Is he too proud to admit that he had nothing to do with it? Apparently so, but why let something like the truth get in the way of his consistently false pro-veteran talking points.

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Good News For McCain

As veterans wait endlessly in line at the various VA facilities or are forced to take up residence in some due to debilitating wartime injuries, victims in part, of  John McCain’s horrible veterans voting record, McCain can at least take solace in the knowledge that they will not be able to register to vote while waiting.

WHAT is the secretary of Veterans Affairs thinking? On May 5, the department led by James B. Peake issued a directive that bans nonpartisan voter registration drives at federally financed nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and shelters for homeless veterans. As a result, too many of our most patriotic American citizens — our injured and ill military veterans — may not be able to vote this November.

Sort of like the old saying that you shouldn’t go to the grocery store on an empty stomach. Something else for McCain to thank his buddy George Bush’s Administration for.

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More Irony From McCain

Does anybody else besides me see the irony of having John McCain speak at the Buffalo Chip next Monday at an event to honor veterans when he has one of the poorer veterans issues voting records in the Senate? And considering the somewhat rebellious nature of the Buffalo Chip crowd during Sturgis Rally week, will he be called on his horrible voting record?

Just a reminder for those of you scoring at home:

  1. IAVA (Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans for America) – John McCain “D”
  2. Vietnam Veterans Of America (McCain is one of course) – He voted against them 17 out of their last 26 scored votes
  3. DAV (Disabled American Veterans) – John McCain has a 20% rating

Blogmore seems to think that if anything, McCain might get bit nationally by the somewhat notorious reputation of the Buffalo Chip. But if you think about it, can things be much more seedy than McCain’s veteran’s support?

UPDATE 8/4 – It appears that not all veterans in South Dakota on the day that McCain will be at the Chip will be supporting his veterans positions. From the South Dakota Democratic Party via SD Watch:

P.O. Box 1485, Sioux Falls, SD 57101

August 3, 2008


CONTACT: Rick Hauffe, Executive Director

PHONE: (605) 271-5405

South Dakota Veterans Question McCain’s Record
Sturgis, South Dakota—On Monday, August 4, 2008, at 10:00 AM, local veterans will gather at the Freedom Memorial in Sturgis City Park to call on John McCain to abandon his suggestion to ration VA care, and to highlight his unsatisfactory record on veteran’s issues including his votes against funding for service members and veterans and his opposition to the GI Bill.

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McCain To Vets: I Would Ration Your Heathcare

The self proclaimed pro-veteran candidate, John McCain, is again looking to stick it to the veterans he supposedly fights for. This time he wants to ration veteran heathcare by concentrating the VA’s efforts on those with combat injuries.

Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s call to “concentrate” veterans’ health care on those with combat injuries is raising questions about the Arizona senator’s commitment to funding the failing VA system.

Rep. Bob Filner, D-Calif., said a system that treats combat veterans and non-combat veterans differently is inherently unfair. “We can care for both combat veterans and non-combat veterans if we just decide it is an important thing to do,” Filner said Thursday, one day after McCain talked at a Dover, N.H., town hall meeting about the need to concentrate veterans’ health care on people with injuries that “are a direct result of combat.”

So McCain’s idea of being pro-vet is to further limit access to heathcare to veterans? Here’s an idea Senator McCain, instead of screwing over some veterans so that others can get the care they already deserve, why don’t you work to fix the system so that none of our veterans get left out?

Then again considering McCain’s voting record on veterans issues, this latest from him should come as no surprise.

UPDATE: Retired General Robert Gard poses a few questions for Senator McCain like which one of the “non combat related injuries” should we ignore? The thousands suffering from PTSD from repeated 15 month deployments in a combat zone? How about the 15% of women soldiers that have screened positive for military sexual trama?

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