- Veterans Day is Nov. 11, 2018.
- Retailers and restaurants are offering discounts to show appreciation for service members and veterans.
- Eligible people and their families can save on meals, clothing and more.
Many retailers show appreciation to America’s service members on Veterans Day, which falls on Nov. 11. In addition to getting Veterans Affairs resources for service members, you can use your military ID to save money on everything from dining out to buying a car.
Keep reading to see the best military discounts for service members and veterans, and then check out the 10 best military banks and credit unions.
Military Discounts at Restaurants
Service members and veterans can take advantage of military discounts at national chain restaurants and food-related services, including, in some cases, free meals. Take advantage of these offers now:
- Applebee’s: Veterans and active-duty military will receive a free meal from a limited menu.
- BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse: All military members will receive a complimentary entree priced up to $12.95 that includes a free Dr. Pepper.
- Buffalo Wild Wings: Veterans and active-duty military personnel can munch on a free small order of wings with a side of fries.
- California Pizza Kitchen: Veterans and active-duty military can take advantage of CPK’s limited menu for a free entree.
- Chili’s: Veterans and active-duty service members will be able to choose among a limited menu for a free meal.
- Chipotle: Veterans and active-duty service members and their families have access to a buy-one-get-one-free deal applicable to burritos, bowls, salads and taco orders from 3 p.m. to close.
- Cracker Barrel: All veterans and active-duty military get a complimentary slice of Coca-Cola cake plus a coffee or espresso on Nov. 11.
- Denny’s: America’s diner is offering veterans and active-duty service members a free Build Your Own Grand Slam from 5 a.m. to noon on Nov. 12.
- Dunkin’ Donuts: If you’re a veteran or active-duty service member, stop on by Dunkin’ Donuts for a free donut.
- Famous Dave’s: Veterans and active-duty can take advantage of Famous Dave’s free “2 Meat Salute” on both Nov. 11 and 12.
- Golden Corral: Participating locations will hold a military appreciation night on Nov. 12 from 5-9 p.m., when eligible military members will receive a free dinner.
- Hooters: Hooters is offering veterans and active-duty military members a free meal from a limited menu on Nov. 11.
- Little Caesars: The pizza chain will offer a free Hot-N-Ready lunch combo to veterans and active-duty military at participating locations.
- Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que: Lucille’s is celebrating veterans and military all through November with its Military Family Month. Veterans and active-duty military get 20 percent off their meals for the entire month, and on Nov. 11-12 they receive a free dessert.
- Wienerschnitzel: The hot dog chain is offering all veterans and active-duty military a free chili dog, small fries and small Pepsi on Nov. 11.
Military Discounts on Retail and Apparel
From local shops to national chains, stores offer special prices on clothing, accessories and more for veterans and active-duty military personnel year-round. Get some great discounts from these participating companies:
- 1-800-Flowers: Active-duty military and veterans can save 30 percent on floral arrangements using promo code VETERAN4 and their Veterans Advantage card member ID.
- Academy Sports + Outdoors: Military members can enjoy 10 percent off purchases now until Nov. 11.
- Bass Pro Shops: Eligible military members receive a 5 percent discount every day on select products and Cabela’s gear with a valid military ID.
- Champion: Military personnel and veterans get 20 percent off.
- Big 5 Sporting Goods: Active-duty and reserve military personnel, retirees and veterans receive a 10 percent discount on their in-store purchases.
- Foot Locker: Qualified military personnel can get up to a 20 percent discount on most purchases on the Kids Foot Locker site.
- Great Clips: Veterans can receive a free haircut on Nov. 11, or wait to get a cut on a later date.
- Michaels: Get 15 percent off your purchase — including sale items — every day with a military ID.
- Nike: Receive a 10 percent discount when shopping the Nike website and at Nike stores as an eligible military member or veteran.
- Under Armour: For eligible military personnel, veterans and first responders, the sports retailer offers a sitewide 15 percent discount with verification.
- Target: The retailer is offering a 10 percent military discount on purchases made in store and online from now until Nov. 12.
Military Discounts on Travel, Recreation and Entertainment
From local theaters to giant theme parks to vacations, venues of all kinds offer discounts for veterans, as well as military personnel. Here’s where to have more fun for less:
- 9/11 Memorial & Museum: From Nov. 7-11, the museum is holding a special five-day service honoring veterans and their families. Veterans will receive free museum admission, plus a half-price museum ticket for two family members during the tribute.
- Aquarium of the Pacific: Veterans and active-duty personnel will receive free admission on Nov. 11, with discounts for accompanying family.
- Army Corp of Engineers Recreation Areas: The sites are waiving day-use fees for their boat ramps and swimming beaches.
- Best Western Hotels & Resorts: Veterans and active members enjoy at least 10 percent off the flexible rate at Best Western locations in North America. The offer is also extended to Canadian military members who are on official government business travel.
- Cinemark Theatres: Service members can see a movie for less with a valid ID. Contact your nearest Cinemark theater to find out exact discount days, rates and times.
- Enterprise: Throughout the month of November, Enterprise’s car sales department will use Kelly Blue Book to appraise service members’ vehicles, and add $300 to whatever the price comes out to be. Veterans, active-duty military and dependents are eligible.
- Globus: Veterans and active-duty military can save an additional $100 per person when booking any 2019 Globus North America vacation now through Nov. 16.
- Goodyear: The auto service’s “Checks for Vets” offer will include free tire, brake and battery checks. Appointments can be booked online beginning Nov. 9 and are good through Nov. 16.
- Greyhound: Veterans Advantage cardholders receive 10 percent off tickets purchased online or at a Greyhound station.
- Harley Davidson Museum: From Nov. 9-11, the motorcycle museum will offer free admission for veterans, active-duty members and their families.
- Knott’s Berry Farm: The theme park’s military tribute days means veterans and active-duty military can receive free admission for themselves and one guest, valid from Nov. 1-15 and Nov. 26-Dec. 21.
- LEGOLAND Florida: All veterans and active-duty members can receive free admission to the LEGOLAND Florida resort for the month of November. Veterans can also purchase theme tickets for up to six guests at a 50 percent discount.
- National Parks Service: Visitors can commemorate Veterans Day by catching breathtaking views throughout the National Park System for free on Veterans Day weekend. This freebie is open to everyone.
- The National World War I Museum and Memorial: The museum in Kansas City, Missouri, will offer free admission to vets and half-price admission to the general public on Nov. 9-11. Make sure to check its website for other events.
- Westgate Resorts: Veterans save 10 percent on vacations at one of Westgate’s resorts.
- World of Coca-Cola: Up to Nov. 11, veterans can purchase general admission tickets for their friends and families at 50 percent off.
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Jodi Thornton-O’Connell contributed to the reporting for this article.