Veterans Day Freebies, Discounts, and Donations

It's that time of year again. November is a month of Thanksgiving, and we are thankful for our many Veterans who served our great country. Happy Veterans Day! This year makes Veterans Day even more special, with the date of 11-11-11! However, we're not the only one's showing our gratitude. Many companies and non-profits are showing their appreciation by giving donations and gifts. I've taken the opportunity to make a round-up of some of the great Vet-Day offers.

Always call ahead to verify locations, times, and participation. Many of the listed companies are franchises and may have different policies. Also, most companies require some form of military ID – including a U.S. Uniform Services ID Card (active/reserve/retired), Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), Photograph in uniform, be wearing uniform (if your service permits), Veterans Organization Card (e.g., American Legion and VFW), DD214, discharge paperwork, or other form of identification. Most veteran deals also include those on active duty, but you should call ahead to verify. Other restaurants and companies may only require a photo of you in uniform, or go by the honor system. I've done my best to verify the accuracy of the deals listed. My best bet for your Veteran's Day 2011 - - you won't go hungry!

Papa John's Pizza
Papa John’s announced a new partnership with the United Service Organizations (USO) in support of America’s military personnel and their families.

In celebration of the partnership, Papa John’s will donate $1 to the USO for every online order of its newly created USO Meal Deal at The USO Meal Deal consists of two large one-topping pizzas for $20. Additionally, on 11-11-11, between the hours of 11am ET and 11pm PT, Papa John’s will donate $1 from every online order.

Applebee’s will serve a free signature entrée to veterans and active duty members on Friday, November 11th. Guests will need to provide proof of service, which includes U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, current leave and earnings statement, Veterans Organization Card, photograph in uniform or wearing uniform, DD214, citation or commendation. The offer is valid for dine-in only. Veterans and active duty service people will have to choose items from a special, limited menu. Drinks and gratuity are not included.

Chili's is offering a free entree from a limited menu to Veterans and active military members from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 11. Beverage and gratuity not included. You will need to show proof of military service.

Texas Roadhouse
Texas Roadhouse is giving Veterans and active duty military a free entree from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 11. The offer comes with a free Coca-Cola, tea or coffee. Please show proof of service. Dine-in only.

Golden Coral
Golden Coral is hosting its Veteran Appreciation Dinner on Monday, November 14th, between 5 and 9 pm. Veterans eat dinner for free.

TGI Friday's BOGO
TGI Friday's is offering a buy one, get one free entree on Nov.

11. To get the deal, you must be in uniform or present a valid military or veteran's ID. Dine-in only.

Hooters is offering Veterans and active duty military personnel 10 free wings all day on Nov. 11. A drink purchase is required for the freebie and you have to show proof of military service.

Friday, 11 November 2011. Selected Denny’s locations are offering a free Grand Slam Breakfast to all veterans.

Krispy Kreme Donuts
All active-duty, retirees & veterans get a free doughnut on Veterans Day. Be sure to call ahead to verify your local Krispy Kreme is participating.

Olive Garden
Free entrée on November 11. Offer good for veterans and active duty military, on Friday, November 11th during regular business hours. Chose from a special menu; all entrées include freshly baked garlic sticks and choice of soup or salad.

Offer good in US and Canada, proof of service required.

Participating Subway restaurants will offer a free six inch sub or flatbread to veterans November 11th.

National Parks
Free admission to our Nation's National Parks that normally charge a fee November 11-13 (Veteran's Day weekend).

Sam's Club
Sam’s will give away 36,000 collapsible Hugo Canes on Veterans Day to military veterans in need of mobility assistance. Sam’s Club will require membership for this offer, but proof of service may be necessary.

Bed & Breakfast Stay
Innkeepers want to say thank you to those who’ve served their country by inviting veterans to wake up on 11-11-11 in a B&B. Inns and B&Bs throughout North America will open their doors to active and retired military and vets and one guest by offering a free room to those who’ve served in the military on Thursday, November 10, 2011.

Bill of Rights Institute
Beginning at 12 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 7 and continuing through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, $1 of every $10 of educational resources purchased on the Bill of Rights Institute website will support Veterans Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization.

The Bill of Rights Institute is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization focused on educating young people about the Constitution. The Institute was launched in September 1999 to fill the need expressed by many high-school teachers for educational materials about American Founding documents and principles.

Veterans Inc.’s mission is to help veterans re-gain control of their lives to eliminate homelessness among veterans. In many cases, Veterans Inc. actually saves lives, as their clients tell them time and again. They aim to remain a leading provider of services that improve the lives of veterans and their families by providing the highest quality services; and continuing to create new opportunities in the areas of health, employment and housing.

Sleep Number Beds
Sleep Number will offer free travel pillows (while supplies last) to active and retired military personnel who visit any of the 400 Sleep Number stores nationwide to ensure they get the rest they need no matter where they lay down their heads. Sleep Number will also offer $700 off the Sleep Number i8 and p7 bet sets plus 36 months financing, free standard shipping on all beds, and 30 percent off ALL Sleep Number bedding solutions. These deals are exclusive to all active/retired military personnel from October 30 through November 20th.

Need More? A word of advice: check out your local area for more Veteran's Day deals. Many amusement parks, museums, aquariums, local restaurants, sporting arenas, and retail stores are also offering discounts and/or freebies to say "Thanks!"

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