11 freebies/deals for Veterans on 11-11-11

News 12 This Morning / Friday, Nov. 11, 2011

Even though we're News 12, I had to list 11 deals and freebies. After all, today is 11-11-11.

1. Chili's
Participating Chili's are offering past and present members of the military a choice of one of six free meals from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Veterans Day. Drinks and gratuity are not included. You must show proof of military service. Click here for the menu.

2. Denny's
Participating Denny's restaurants are offering a free Grand Slam breakfast (beverage not included) to all those with a valid military ID card from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on 11-11-11. The deal features two eggs, two bacon strips, two sausage links and two fluffy buttermilk pancakes. Click here to visit their website.

4. Applebee's
Applebee's is offering veterans one of their free signature entrees Friday. You'll be able to choose a meal from a limited menu that includes steak, cheeseburgers, chicken tenders, salad, pasta, chicken and shrimp. This deal is dine-in only and beverages and gratuity are not included. You'll need to bring in one proof of military service such as a U.S. Uniform Service ID card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired ID card, current Leave and Earnings statement, photograph in uniform, be wearing your uniform, a veterans organization card such as American Legion or VFW, or a DD214. You can see the complete menu here.

5. Hooters
Hooters is serving up free wings to local military all day on Veterans Day. The offer is good for all veterans and active duty military personnel. At participating restaurants, they will receive a free 10-piece order of wings with a drink purchase. Bring your military ID. Click here to visit their website.

6. The Olive Garden
Veterans and active military can chose from a special veterans menu at participating Olive Garden restaurants. Each entree is served with garlic bread sticks and a choice of soup or salad. Your drink is not included. Be sure to bring proof of your service to take advantage of the deal. Click here for more information.

7. Krispy Kreme
On 11-11-11, Krispy Kremes are offering free doughnuts to veterans. According to company leaders, all you need to do to is show a military base ID or simply tell the cashier that they are a veteran. They say that is enough to receive a doughnut of your choice. Click here to visit their website.

8. Lowe's
Lowe's offers all active, reserve, honorably discharged, retired military personnel and their immediate family members a 10 percent discount on in-store purchases made during the Veterans Day holiday. The discount is available on in-stock and special order purchases up to $5,000. You have to show a valid military ID or other proof of service. Lowes offers this discount daily to active duty military members but not to veterans. However, they extend the offer to military veterans on military holidays. Click to visit their website.

9. Home Depot
Home Depot is offering all active duty personnel, reservists, retired military, veterans and their families a 10 percent discount off their purchases in honor of Veterans Day. The offer is valid on purchases of up to $2,000 for a maximum of $200. The 10 percent discount is available every day for active duty and retirees, but not all veterans. Home Depot makes this offer available to all veterans on most military holidays. Click to visit their website.

10. Dollar General
Dollar General is honoring men and women who have served our country in the military with a special Veterans Day discount. On Friday, all veterans, active duty military, National Guard and Reserve and their immediate families will receive a 10 percent discount at Dollar General stores. Online shoppers will also be eligible to receive 10 percent off their purchase Nov. 11 through Nov. 13 using the code VETERANSDAY at checkout. Click here to visit their website.

11. Golden Corral
Golden Corral restaurants are providing free meals for Veterans on Monday. According to the company's website, it isn't held on the actual holiday because Golden Corral "does not want to interfere with a veteran's parade, memorial services or commemorative ceremonies or other scheduled events by our partners, the Disabled American Veterans organization." There are no rain checks and there is no required proof of service. Click here for more information.

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