Veterans Day Free Meals, Deals, and Discounts 2019 | Freebies for Active Duty Military, Vets, Guard, Reserves, and Family

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Veterans Day 2019 is celebrated on Monday, November 11, 2019.

Veterans Day celebrates the service and sacrifice of all U.S. military veterans. Whether you are retired, separated, active duty, guard, reserves – this day is for you!

Many restaurants and companies thank our veterans and actively serving military personnel for their service with a free meal or discounts. This year Veterans Day falls on a Monday, giving many people a three day weekend.

What better way to celebrate America's veterans than with a three day weekend and a free meal?!

Veterans Day 2019 - Free Meals, Deals, and Discounts for Veterans, Active Duty Military, Guard, and Reserves from

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Best Veterans Day Free Meals for Active Duty Military

Many thanks to all the restaurants and companies who choose to offer free meals, discounts, and deals to America's veterans. On behalf of all US military servicemembers, thank you for your tangible support!

Here is a huge list of all the 2019 Veterans Day freebies I could find.

Please share with your friends and family!


We are proud to serve those who serve. Over the past 11 years, Applebee’s®restaurants nationwide have served free meals to veterans and active duty military on Veterans Day to honor them for their courage and sacrifice. We invite you to join us this Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, 2019 to continue our tradition. – More Info

BJ's Restaurants

Valid for dine in Monday, 11/11/2019 only. Complimentary entree up to $12.95 and Free Dr Pepper beverage. Offer valid for Current and Former Military only, must present Military ID. No cash value. Not valid toward the purchase of alcoholic beverages or gift cards. Dine-in Only. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid for Take Out or Delivery. – More info

Bob Evans

Veterans and Active Duty Military, this Veterans' Day your meal is on us. Join us on Monday, November 11, 2019 and we'll treat you to one of six favorites below.

  • Country Biscuit Breakfast
  • Brioche French Toast
  • Mini Sampler
  • Stack of Hotcakes
  • Country Fried Steak Savor Dinner
  • Soup and Salad Combo

More info on Bob Evans Veterans Day deal.

Bone Fish Grill

Free appetizer for military and veterans.

Boston Market

Buy one get one individual meal and drink.

Bruegger's Bagels

Free any size drip coffee for veterans and active military.

Buffalo Wild Wings

Free order of boneless or traditional wings plus a side of fries to vets and current military members. Dine-in only.

California Pizza Kitchen

Choose from a special Veterans Day Menu with pizza, salad, or pasta. Dine in only. Uniform or ID required.


Choose a free meal from the following list. Dine in only and participating locations only. – More Info

  • Chicken Crispers®
  • Margarita Grilled Chicken
  • Bowl of Chili or Soup & Salad
  • Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadillas
  • Just Bacon Burger
  • Oldtimer with Cheese
  • Cajun Chicken Pasta


Buy-one/get-one free burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos. Offer valid for all U.S. military (active-duty, Guard/Reserve, and retired military), military spouses with ID, and veterans. For in-restaurant orders only; offer not valid for online, mobile, fax, or catering orders

Cici's PIzza

Free pizza buffet.

Cracker Barrel

Free slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola cake or a Crated coffee


All veterans, active, and retired military personnel at all participating Denny’s restaurants nationwide will receive a free Build Your Own Grand Slam breakfast on Monday, Nov. 11, from 5 a.m. to noon. Diners must show ID to receive this offer.


Free donut for vets and active mil.

Famous Dave's

Free 2 meat combo with side and cornbread muffin.

Fogo de Chao

50% all Veterans Day Weekend for veterans and active military.

Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers

Visit Freddy's on Veterans Day and receive a free Combo Meal card. No Purchase necessary.

Freedbirds World Burrito

Buy-one-get-one FREE entrees for all veterans and active military with valid I.D. Bring a friend!


Free meal with valid military ID. Dine-in only. Choose from:

  • Big-Two-Do breakfast
  • All American Burger with fries and beverage

Golden Corral

Military Appreciation Night – free meal for anyone who served in the US Military (retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard or Reserves). More info


Hooters invites all veterans and current servicemembers to a Hooters Veterans Day free meal from their select Veterans Day menu by presenting a military ID or proof of service at participating Hooters locations across the country on 11-11.


Free meal from special Veterans Day menu for vets and active.


Free red, white, and blue pancakes on Monday from 7am-7pm for veterans and active military.

Joe’s Crab Shack

20% off on Veterans Day for all veterans.

Kirspy Kreme

Free doughnut and small coffee.


Free breakfast sausage biscuit with military ID from 6 AM to 11AM on Monday.

LongHorn Steakhouse

Free app or dessert.

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants

A select menu offers veterans a free lunch or diner entree. No ID required for Gold Star Family members.

McGrath Fish House

Free meal from Veterans menu.

Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub

Free lunch (from 11am-4pm), choice of 9 options.

Olive Garden

Free entree from a special Vets Day menu with unlimited soup or salad and garlic breadsticks.

On the Border

Free create your own combo meal

Outback Steakhouse

Free Bloomin' Onion and beverage with valid ID.

Pilot Flying J

Free Pilot Coffee and a PJ fresh breakfast sandwich, pasty, or Cinnabon Center of the Roll through the app.

Red Lobster

Free appetizer or dessert from a select Veterans Day menu

Red Robin

Free Red's Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak fries

Romano's Macaroni Grill

Free Mom's Ricotta Meatballs and spaghetti for current and former soliders, sailors, airmen, and marines.

Ruby Tuesday’s

Free appetizer up to $10.


Free tall coffee for vets, active duty military, and spouses

Tap House Grill

Free meal on Veterans day.

Texas de Brazil

Complimentary meal for up to 2 veterans and 20% off for up to 6 guests.

Texas Roadhouse

Free lunch (11am -2 pm) from special Veterans Day menu, includes side and drink, dine-in only.

TGI Friday's

Free item up to $12 for all current military and veterans, ID required, dine-in only.

Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill

Everyday American Soldier special – active duty military can get a free cheeseburger, fries, and drink.

Twin Peaks

Active duty and veterans get a free meal from a select menu on November 11.

Village Inn

Free INN-credible V.I.B. breakfast, choose from 4 items:

  • Cheese omelette
  • Strawberry crepe
  • Hickory-Smoked Bacon
  • French Toast

Yard House

To honor and celebrate those who have served our country, we invite veterans and active duty military to join us for a complimentary appetizer on Veteran's Day.

More info on Yard House Veterans Day deal.

How to Get Veterans Day Free Meals Deals

Before you go, remember four things.

  1. You will need some form of ID. Most companies require some form of military ID before giving you the discount. Usually a military ID card (Common Access Card, or CAC), Retired ID card, VA ID Card, current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) pay stub, drivers license with veterans designation, DD214, discharge paperwork, veterans organization card (i.e., American Legion, VFW), photograph of yourself in uniform, a citation or commendation, or going in uniform while be sufficient.

  2. Not all locations participate. While the overall franchise or corporation may offer a Veterans Day free meal or discount, a specific location may not participate. It never hurts to call ahead and ask before you're seated so you are not surprised when the check comes.

  3. Leave a nice tip! Tipping is the worst and tipping culture is sexist, racist, and classist, but that's an argument for another day. Until I complete my life long goal to get rid of tipping in the US, it's important to tip based on what the meal would have cost you before the discount.

    Don't stiff your waitress or waiter, they're still working just as hard whether your meal cost $100 or $0. Thank them with a nice tip!

  4. This isn't a right or a privilege, but a gesture of thanks. Yes, we're all thankful for your service. If a corporation or restaurant chooses not to participate in the Veterans Day discounts or doesn't have the item you wanted available, don't throw a hissy fit. Please act like an adult.

    Be gracious and thankful that some organizations and companies are giving you a discount and celebrating your service on Veterans Day.

Please don't abuse this great benefit of military service that private organizations, companies, and business owners choose to give to us.

If you act entitled to perks like this, people will soon sour on giving them away. Be grateful, kind, and generous when you tip!

Which restaurants give free meals on Veterans Day?

Some of the restaurants that give veterans free meals on Veterans Day include Applebee's, BJ's Restaurants, Bob Evans, Bone Fish Grill, Boston Market, Bruegger's Bagels, Buffalo Wild Wings, California Pizza Kitchen, Chili's, Chipotle, Cici's PIzza, Cracker Barrel, Denny's, Dunkin', Famous Dave's, Fogo de Chao, Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, Freedbirds World Burrito, Friendly's, Golden Corral, Hooters, Houlihan’s, IHOP, Joe’s Crab Shack, Krispy Kreme., Krystal, LongHorn Steakhouse, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants, McGrath Fish House, Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub, Olive Garden, On the Border, Outback Steakhouse, Pilot Flying J, Red Lobster, Red Robin, Romano's Macaroni Grill, Ruby Tuesday’s, Starbucks, Tap House Grill, Texas de Brazil, Texas Roadhouse, TGI Friday's, Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill, Twin Peaks, Village Inn, Yard House.

Ceasars Palace 40% Off Veterans Day Discount

Caesars Palace in Las Vegas is offering a Veterans Day discount that stacks on top of their normal 10% Ceasars Palace Military Discount. Learn more about this great military discount here.

Eligible categories for the Caesars Palace military discount are active duty military, veterans, and military spouses.

You can get up to 40% off with stacking military discounts on Veterans Day at Caesars Entertainment properties in Las Vegas at the following locations:

  • Bally's Las Vegas
  • Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
  • Flamingo Las Vegas
  • Harrah's Las Vegas
  • NOBU Hotel, Las Vegas
  • Paris Las Vegas
  • Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas
  • Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
  • The Cromwell, Las Vegas
  • The LINQ Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas

Other Caesars Entertainment resorts with the military discount include:

  • Harrah's Lake Tahoe, Stateline
  • Harrah's Laughlin
  • Harrah's Reno
  • Harveys Lake Tahoe
  • Bally's Atlantic City
  • Caesars Atlantic City
  • Harrah's Resort Atlantic City
  • Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Cherokee
  • Harrah's Cherokee Valley River, Murphy
  • Harrah's Ak-Chin, Maricopa
  • Harrah's Resort Southern California, Funner
  • Harrah's Joliet
  • Harrah's Metropolis
  • Horseshoe Southern Indiana, Elizabeth
  • Harrah's Council Bluffs
  • Harrah's New Orleans
  • Horseshoe Bossier City
  • Harrah's Gulf Coast, Biloxi
  • Horseshoe Tunica, Robinsonville
  • Tunica Roadhouse, Tunica Resorts
  • Harrah's North Kansas City

Go here to book this great Veterans Day military discount!

National Parks Service (NPS) Free Annual Military Pass

Grand Tetons National Park


Grand Tetons National Park. Unreal! I took this photo when we visited in 2015.

When is the last time you went to America's greatest natural asset? The US National Parks are some of the greatest natural beauty and wonder available and you don't even need to fly to get to most of them.

Active duty, Guard, and Reserve US military personnel are entitled a free annual pass. You can pick up your pass wherever you pay entrance fees to a National Park. We've had a free pass for the past four years. Dependents can also use the pass without the military servicemember present, which is handy when the SM is deployed.

This deal is available year round and not just on Veterans Day, so take advantage of America the Beautiful and visit the National Parks for free. The National Park System is amazing and deserves a visit. Spend your three day weekend visiting a National Park!

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