Starbucks Free Veterans Day Coffee

Grab a Free Coffee at Starbucks on Veterans Day

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Note: This information was valid in 2015 but details have yet to be released for 2016. At this point, it seems unlikely that Starbucks will participate in 2016.

Starbucks proudly honors veterans each and every year in a number of ways. This year on Veterans Day, they're giving out complimentary coffee to all eligible customers.

Lots of other restaurants have free food, desserts, and other things for veterans and military members this year on Veterans Day, like Texas Roadhouse, Applebee's, Red LobsterRed Robin, T.G.I. Friday'sDenny'sOlive Garden, Smokey BonesIHOPOutback SteakhouseLongHorn SteakhouseBJ's RestarauntGolden Corral, O'Charley's, and Chili's.

Tip: See this list of Veterans Day Freebies and Discounts for other ways you can save money on Veterans Day.

When Veterans Get Their Free Coffee at Starbucks

Starbucks is giving out free tall (12 fl oz) hot brewed coffees on Veterans Day, which is on Wednesday, November 11, 2015.

Instead of getting to Starbucks on Veterans Day and finding out that your location isn't giving out free coffee, you may want to call your Starbucks ahead of time just to be sure that they are.

I also have some common questions and answers about Veterans Day free meals you'll want to check out.

Who's Eligible for the Starbucks Veterans Day Free Coffee

All veterans, active-duty military members, and their spouses can get a free coffee on Veterans Day.

This means that anyone else who comes in to Starbucks on Veterans Day will need to pay regular price for their coffee. More restrictions like this that you should be aware of are explained below.

What You Need to Take With You to Starbucks

You should take some sort of military proof with you to Starbucks on Veterans Day to show that you are in fact a veteran or active military personnel.

Given that military spouses are also eligible for free coffee, there most certainly will be some sort of ID requirement so as to prevent non-military members from taking advantage of this offer.

Starbucks Veterans Day Free Coffee Restrictions

Starbucks' Veterans Day free coffee is valid on Veterans Day only. This means you must visit a participating store on Wednesday, November 11, to get your free coffee - no other day.

It's also important to remember to bring proof of service in case it's required. Anyone without it may be turned away from the free coffee.

This free coffee from Starbucks is limited to one per person, and any customizations you want will have to be paid for.

Other Way Starbucks Honors Veterans

With every purchase of a Starbucks Veterans Card through Veterans Day, November 11, Starbucks will donate $5 to USO Transition 360 Alliance. This money goes toward helping members of the service transition smoothly to a regular, civilian lifestyle, like assisting them in a career path.

Starbucks further supports USO Transition 360 Alliance by matching every purchase of Starbucks VIA Instant (made through the online US store by the end of day November 11) with a donation of the same amount to the USO to deliver to service members all around the globe.

In addition to these donations, you can demonstrate your military pride by purchasing a Starbucks Veterans Mug with the inscription "proudly serving those who serve." This mug is available in select stores.

Starbucks is obviously a strong supporter of service members, as they're also committed to hiring 5,000 service members and their spouses by the year 2018, already half-way through their goal of 10,000. You can read more about this on their website.