On Tuesday, Nov. 11, the country will mark Veterans Day -- a day to honor those who have served in the armed forces.
Many restaurants and businesses will honor veterans with free meals, car washes, hair cuts and other deals. The following deals have been personally verified for 2014. Note, some deals are for Tuesday, others are for different days. If you see an offer I have missed, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
One important note: Before you go, please call the location you're planning to visit to make sure they are participating in the free offer so you're not disappointed. I'm getting multiple emails from people who say while a company's website says they are offering a certain special, their location is not.
And if you're a veteran -- thank you for your service!
-- FREE MEALS FOR VETS --
Applebee's will offer a veterans and active duty military a free entree from a limited menu on Nov. 11. Must show proof of service. Beverage and gratuity not included.
Red Robin is offering veterans and active-duty service members a free Tavern double burger and fries on Nov. 11. Thanks to Brian for this tip.
Chili's is offering veterans and active duty military a free meal Tuesday from a special menu.
Texas Roadhouse is offering veterans a free lunch (and beverage) from a special menu on Nov. 11. Proof of military service required. Active, former and retired military welcome. Dine-in only.
Olive Garden restaurants are giving active-duty military and military veterans a free entree from a special menu on Nov. 11. Proof of service required. Thanks to Eddie, with Olive Garden, for this information.
BJs Restaurants are giving veterans a free entree (up to $9.95) on Tuesday. Must show military ID. Thanks to Kim for this tip.
Hopdaddy Burger Bar is cutting the bill in half for active duty military members on November 11. Guests must be in uniform or present a military ID to receive the discount. The discount will apply toward the entire bill of the military guest and three family members if the bill is paid in one transaction. Thanks to Melissa for this tip.
The Ameristar Casino Resort & Spa in Black Hawk is honoring veterans and active duty military with a free buffet on Nov. 11. The lunch buffet is available 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the dinner buffet is available from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Lodge Casino in Black Hawk is offering a free meal at the Seasons Buffet on Nov. 11 to all active and retired military. Valid ID required.
Famous Dave's BBQ's website says the restaurant is offering former and active military a "one meat salute" meal (one meat, a side and a corn muffin) on Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. HOWEVER, an email from the company says it's just a pork sandwich and one side this year at the Colorado locations. Participating locations only. Thanks to Doug & Violet for this tip. Please check with your location to ask what they are offering this year.
Hooters is offering veterans and active duty military a free entree on Nov. 11. Must show proof of service and buy a drink.
Golden Corral will have its annual Military Appreciation Dinner on MONDAY, NOV. 17 from 5-9 p.m. for veterans, active duty personnel, National Guard and reservists. Dine-in only, no take-out meals. While the website says no ID is required, one of my readers (Jeff) said he has been asked for ID in the past.
On The Border restaurants are offering veterans and active duty military a free choose 2 or choose 3 "Create Your Own Combo" on Tuesday. Dine-in only. Guests need proof of military service, inlcuding a U.S. Uniform Services ID Card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired ID Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans Organization Card, DD214, Citation or Commendation. See the participating locations here. Thanks to Tom at On The Border and Offers.com for this information.
California Pizza Kitchen is offering veterans and active duty military a free pizza, pasta or salad from a limited menu on Veterans Day. Dine-in only. Must be in uniform or show military ID or other proof of service.
Denny's is offering veterans a free "build your own Grand Slam" on Nov. 11 from 5 a.m. to noon. Offer for active, non-active and retired personnel. Dine-in only.
TGI Fridays is offering veterans and active duty military a free lunch on Veterans Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dine-in only. Valid military ID required. The offer is for select items at select restaurants.
Bennetts BBQ is offering a free BBQ platter to veterans with valid ID on Monday AND Tuesday at all of its Denver Metro locations. Thanks to Rheannon for this tip!
White Fence Farm is offering veterans and active duty military a free entree with the purchase of another entree through the month of November with this certificate. Valid Tuesday through Friday, dine-in only. Thanks for Robin for this tip!
Rodizio Grill is offering veterans a free meal on Nov. 10-13 with the purchase of one full Rodizio. Proof of service required. Thanks to Shivaugn for this tip!
Hideaway Steakhouse is offering veterans a free lunch on Tuesday. Veterans get a complimentary steak sandwich with choice of potato salad, french fries, or cole slaw. Beverage, tax and gratuity not included. Must show Military ID or proof of service. Valid for lunch service only (11am-2pm). Thanks to Beth for this tip!
Lupita's Restaurant in Aurora is offering veterans a free meal from a special menu on November 11 with valid military ID. Dine-in only. Gratuity not included. Thanks to Leticia for this tip!
Baker Street Pub & Grill's Colorado locations are offering veterans and active duty military free fish and chips and $2.50 Fat Tire drafts on November 11, according to their Facebook page. Thanks to Alysa for this tip.
The Tavern Uptown restaurant in Denver is offering all veterans a complimentary entrée or appetizer on Veteran’s Day with proof of past or present service (either in uniform or with a military ID). Valid for dine in only. The offer was listed on the company's Facebook page. Thanks to Halana for this tip.
Fox & Hound is offering veterans and military members a free cheeseburger on Tuesday. Must show military ID. This deal was listed on the Fox & Hound Westminster's Facebook page, as always, please check with your local location. Thanks to Rhianna for this tip.
McCormick & Schmick's Seafood & Steaks is offering its annual Veterans meal on SUNDAY, Nov. 9. Dine-in only from a special menu. You will need military ID. Please make a reservation. Thanks to Katherine for this tip. (This deal was Sunday.)
-- OTHER FOOD FREEBIES --
Outback Steakhouse is giving all active and retired military personnel a free Bloomin' Onion and a beverage on Veterans Day. Just show a valid military ID at participating restaurants. If you prefer to visit another time, Outback is offering all Military Mates - including active or retired military personnel and their families - 15 percent off their entire check from Nov. 12 through Dec. 31, 2014 with a valid military ID at participating restaurants. Thanks to Erin for this information.
Carrabba's is offering veterans and active duty military a free appetizer now through Nov. 11. Must show ID. Thanks to Claire for this tip.
Einstein Bros Bagels is giving FREE coffee to all military personnel on Veterans Day. Thanks to Kristina for this tip.
IHOP is offering veterans and active duty military free red, white and blue pancakes on Nov. 11 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Must show proof of service. Some locations are offering the free pancakes as part of a free combo meal, but not all locations, according to the news release from IHOP.
Village Inn is offering a free breakfast item on Nov. 11 to active military and veterans. Choose from pancakes, a waffle or French toast. No purchase necessary. It appears the free breakfast offer is valid all day.
Steak and Shake is giving veterans a free breakfast skillet and coffee on Tuesday from 6-11 a.m. Dine-in only. Proof of military service requested. Thank you to Julio for this tip.
LaMar's Donuts is giving veterans and active duty military a free donut and 12-ounce coffee on Veterans Day. Thanks to Temi for this tip.
Dunkin' Donuts is giving veterans a free medium hot or iced coffee on Nov. 11 at its locations in Denver, Aurora, Edgewater, Thornton, Westminster, Boulder and Ft Collins. The offer is also available at the Pena Blvd location, but not the airport terminal location. Thanks to Anna for this tip.
Krispy Kreme is offering all veterans and active duty military personnel one free doughnut of any variety and one free small coffee on Tuesday. Military I.D. is not required. Krispy Kreme is also offering a 10 percent military discount throughout the year at its Colorado locations in Lone Tree and Thornton. Thanks to Kathryn and Lisa for this tip!
Cracker Barrel is offering veterans a free double chocolate fudge coca-cola cake dessert on Nov. 11. Dine-in only.
Arbys locations across Colorado are offering veterans a free classic roast beef sandwich on Nov. 11. Thanks to Offers.com and Tony, the local General Manager, for this tip.
Longhorn Steakhouse is offering veterans and active military members a complimentary Texas Tonion appetizer and non-alcohol beverage with proof of service on Veterans Day. Thanks to Eddie for this information.
Ruby Tuesday is offering veterans, active duty and reserve service members with a proof of service a free appetizer on Nov. 11.
Red Lobster is thanking veterans, active duty military and reservists for their service with a free appetizer from a limited menu on November 10-13. Thanks to Madeline for this tip.
Everyone gets a free dessert, with the purchase of an individual meal, at Boston Market on Nov. 11 with this coupon.
Participating Starbucks locations are offering a free tall (12 fl. oz.) brewed coffee to veterans, active duty service members and military spouses on Nov. 11.
-- FREE HAIR CUTS, CAR WASHES & OIL CHANGES--
Great Clips will give veterans a free hair cut on Nov. 11. Veterans who don't need a hair cut can stop by on Nov. 11 and get a free haircut card to redeem by Dec. 31. If YOU get your hair cut on Nov. 11, they'll give you a coupon to give to a veteran for a free hair cut from Nov. 11 to Dec. 31. Thanks to Susan for this tip.
Many Sport Clips locations will offer free haircuts to active-duty U.S. service members and veterans on Nov. 11 with valid proof of service. See the list of participating locations here.
Several Jiffy Lube locations in greater Denver area are offering active and retired members a free Value Oil Change Plus (up to five quarts of conventional motor oil) on Tuesday. However, each location is independently operated so please call your local service center to confirm that they are participating in the Veterans Day oil change program. Thanks to Brianna for this tip.
Several Grease Monkey locations are offering free and 50 percent off oil changes on Tuesday. Please see the list of which locations are giving free oil changes and which one are giving 50 percent discounts here. Thanks to Susana for this tip.
Waterway Carwash is giving veterans and current military service a free car wash, a discount on gas and a free fountain soda every Wednesday in November, plus Veterans Day on Tuesday the 11th. Veterans and current military personnel will only need to verbally inform Waterway about their service. Thanks to Cathy for this tip.
Jazz Car Wash and more than 20 car wash companies across the state are offering veterans a free car wash on Nov. 11. See the full list on the Grace for Vets website, just search Colorado.
Everyone gets free admission to Rocky Mountain National Park and national parks across the country on Nov. 11.
Colorado State Parks is offering free admission on Tuesday to veterans, active duty military personnel (including active duty, Reserve and National Guard members) and their families with military ID,VFW card, discharge papers or other proof of service. Everyone in the same vehicle as the military member also get free admission.
The Denver Zoo is offering free admission for military veterans and active military on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Visitors must show a military or veteran organization ID, discharge papers or other official military identification. Thanks to Tiffany for this tip.
K1 Speed Denver, a go-karting track in Littleton, is offering a Buy 1 race, Get 1 FREE to any veterans and active duty military personnel on Tuesday. Proof of military service required. Not valid with any other offers. Good for the standard arrive and drive races. Must present Valid Military ID. Thanks to Andrew for this tip.
Pelican Lakes Golf & Country Club is offering veterans two free rounds now until Veterans Day (Nov. 11). Veterans must show their DD214 release form when they check in for their tee time. The service members also receive food specials in the public club’s restaurant and bar and free entry into the Veteran’s Day Tournament on Nov. 11. Thanks to Kurt and Jami for this tip.
The Dumb Friends League will waive the adoption fee on all pets for veterans and active duty military members on Nov. 11. While you get a freebie, your new pet still gets free spay/neuter, vaccinations and a microchip. Thanks to Megan for this information.
Veterans shoot free at Centennial Gun Club on Nov 10 and Nov 11. The deal was listed in an email from the company. Please call the range directly for details on the offer.
-- SHOPPING DISCOUNTS --
Brides! If you or your fiance are serving in the military, you may be able to get a free wedding dress from Brides Across America. They'll be at d’Anelli Bridal in Lakewood on Nov. 11. Learn more on the BridesAcrossAmerica website. Thanks to Dana for this tip.
Cost Plus World Market is a 20 percent discount on your entire in-store purchase from now until Tuesday to anyone with a Military ID Card (active duty, dependents, retiree, guard/reserves, veterans and military spouses). For details, please visit or call your local store. The offer is listed on the Cost Plus World Market Facebook page. Thanks to Greg for this tip.
Some Pearle Vision locations are offering veterans a discount on a complete pair of glasses, but the discount varies from 20 to 50 percent. Please call your local location to ask if they are offering veterans a deal and how much the discount is. Thanks to Terri for this tip.
JCPenney is offering current and former military personnel AND their families an extra 20 percent off Nov. 3 to 15 with this coupon.
Cabela's is offering active military, veterans, law enforcement, firefighters and EMS personnel an extra 5 to 10 percent off Nov. 8-11. Learn more on Cabela's Hometown Heroes page. Thanks to JoJo for this tip.
Bed, Bath and Beyond's Facebook page says active duty, reserves, guard, retirees, veterans and military spouses get 20 percent off their entire purchase Nov. 8-11. In-store only. Military ID required.
Lowe's is offering current service members, retired veterans, VA recipients and their immediate family 10 percent off on Veterans Day. The offer is also valid on Memorial Day and Fourth of July. A DD214 or other proof of service required. *Note, many veterans have written to say Lowe's offers the discount year round, but this is their official policy. Please ask your local store for their policy.
I've also had MULTIPLE veterans and their families tell me that Home Depot offers a 10 percent military discount, but when you go to http://www.homedepot.com/c/military_discount, there is nothing listed there. I appreciate all the emails from veterans saying they get the discount every day, but it appears to be a store-by-store policy. Some stores give the 10 percent discount every day, some give it on military holidays and some do not give it at all. Please ask your local store about its policy.
JoAnn Fabric is offering military service members and their families 20 percent off their total purchase from Nov. 7-11. You must present proof of your military service, past or present, or Military Dependent ID upon checkout to receive discount.
Hancock Fabrics is offering the military a 20 percent discount off their entire purchase. The offer is mentioned on page 9 of their circular, but it just says "see an associate for details." Thanks to Judy for this tip.
Twin Peaks Restaurant is giving its 2015 calendar free to the first 100 service men and women who come in on Nov. 11. The calendar has coupons that can be used throughout the year.
Sleep Number is offering current and past military personnel $400-$700 off select Sleep Number mattress sets. See details on the company's website. Thanks to Elizabeth for this tip.
AARP is offering veterans 20 percent off membership dues. Thanks to Angela for this tip.
Frontier Airlines is offering everyone 15 percent off to mark Veterans Day. Use promo code HONORVETS. Special ends at 11:59 ET Nov. 12.
Chiropractor Chris Bantock in Glendale is offering veterans a free exam and half off treatment this week. Offer ends Nov. 14. Learn more on his website. Thanks to Diana and Dr Bantock for this tip.
The Colorado Department of Labor is launching a special job site for veterans to find resume help, interview prep and more. Check it out here.
Coupons.com has a series of coupons for companies that support the Wounded Warrior Project. Thanks to Amanda for this tip.
Several Sheer ID partners are offering veterans and military discounts for Buckle.com, Grizzly Industrial, LYMY, Newegg and Musicians Friend. See the list here. Thanks to Angela for this information.
Personal note, I want to thank my dad, both brothers, my sister-in-law, my uncles, my cousins and all of you who have served our country.
To verify a deal I must see it on the company's home page or in an official email from the company. I do not write about deals I can not verify.