This coming Wednesday, November 11 is Veterans Day and since I'm far too much of a wuss to serve in the military, I thought the least I could do was put together a list of freebies available to active military members and veterans. Most (all?) of the offers below require nothing more than proof of military service in order to get the freebie.
Applebee's – Applebee's is offering free meals all day long! Well, the offer is all day long, I doubt they'll let you actually eat meal after meal throughout the entire day. But heck, why not try?!
Golden Gorral – A ginormous video staring Gary Sinise pops up on this page, which makes perfect sense. When I think of Veterans Day and Golden Corral, I obviously complete the trifecta with thoughts of Gary Sinise. Anyway, GC is giving away a free military appreciation thank you dinner on Monday, Nov. 16 from 5-9pm.
– All veterans and active military personnel can get a free doughnut of any variety, including glazed, kreme filled, and chocolate cake. Whoa, whoa, whoa – chocolate cake doughnuts? Wouldn't that simply be a slice of chocolate cake? Somebody at Krispy Kreme Laboratories needs to stop slacking off and come up with better ideas.
– They're hosting a special dinner on Sunday, Nov. 8 and space is limited. There's a reservation form at the bottom of their page, so RSVP today if you want to attend! Parties cannot be larger than 6 though.
*NEW*– All veterans and active duty military get a free Bloomin' Onion and beverage.
Sam's Club – Over 25,000 Hugo canes will be given away free of charge to United States military veterans in need of mobility assistance. Sam's Club membership is not required, but supplies are limited so you may want to call your local store before heading there.
– They're offering a free entree or individual pizza with an entree or pizza purchase of equal or greater value. A BOGO isn't the best offer on this list, but at least you can feed the entire family for half the price.
– All of the areas managed by the DOI is offering free admission to any and everyone on Veterans Day. This includes all national parks, forests, and monuments.
Those are all of the national freebies I could find for Veterans Day, however there are a ton of local offers available in a few dozen states. Military Avenue seems to have the best collection of them, so be sure to check them out! And by all means, if you know of a nationwide freebie I missed, please let us know about it in the comments!