VETERANS DAY 2016: Free offers, discounts for service members

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Service to our country is being recognized by dozens of businesses for Veterans Day. Many are offering free meals, coffee or other freebies to military members past and present and/or military spouses. Here's a list of some of the places with Veterans Day promotions for 2020.

Proof of military service required. 

Note: Not all franchise locations participate in their national chain's Veterans Day programs. Contact your nearest establishment to make sure they are participating.

Here's a list of deals in the Louisville area that will be available for veterans in 2020. We will update, as more information comes in:


Participating Applebee's restaurants are offering free meals to veterans and active-duty military members on Veterans Day. Offers and menu choices vary by location, so Applebee's recommends confirming with your local restaurant.

Bob Evans: 

Bob Evans is offering veterans and active military members their choice of a free entrée from a special menu of seven favorites on Veterans Day. The offer is good for dine-in only.

Bonefish Grill:

Bonefish Grill offers a "Heroes Discount" of 10% to all military, veterans or first responders during a visit on any date with proof of service.

BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse: 

Dine-in customers at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse can enjoy a free meal (up to $14.95 in value) and a complimentary Dr. Pepper by presenting military ID.

Buffalo Wild Wings:

Veterans or military members can get 10 free boneless wings and free fries on Veterans Day. The offer is good for both dine-in and takeout orders.

Carrabba's Italian Grill:

Carrabba's offers a "Heroes Discount" of 10% to all military, veterans or first responders during a visit on any date.


Dine-in customers at Chili's is offering a free entrée from a special menu to active military members and veterans on Veterans Day. The restaurant chain recommends calling your local Chili's to confirm participation.

Cracker Barrel: 

Cracker Barrel is offering all veterans a complimentary slice of its Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake on Veterans Day when dining in at any U.S. location.


Denny's is offering free "Build Your Own Grand Slam" breakfasts to all active and inactive military members. The deal is valid for dine-in customers at participating locations on Veterans Day from 5 a.m. to 12 p.m..


Dunkin’ is offering a free doughnut of choice to all active military members or veterans. The company is also encouraging people to send gift cards to veterans via its "Dunkin' Coffee Break" program to share a “sweet thank you with the brave men and women who help keep America running.”

Famous Dave's:

Famous Dave's is giving military members a free pulled pork sandwich plus a side (up to a $7.49 value) on Veteran's Day. The promotion is available when dining-in, ordering take-out or ordering online (with the code VETERAN).


Any veterans or active-duty military members who order 10 wings at Hooters will get 10 more wings, absolutely free, at all participating locations on Nov. 11.

Golden Corral: 

This Veterans Day, the Golden Corral buffet and grill has pivoted its celebration in order to safely serve military personnel. Golden Corral is commemorating all active duty and veterans by handing out a free meal and beverage card between Nov. 1-30. Military personnel can then redeem their card once for lunch or dinner Monday through Friday from Nov. 1 to May 31.

Gordon Biersch

This Veterans Day, all veterans who visit Gordon Biersch will receive one free complimentary entrée from these options – top sirloin, beer-battered fish and chips, BBQ chicken pizza or Marzen BBQ burger – with proof of service. This offer is for dine-in only. Additionally, 25 cents of every beer sold on Nov. 11 will be donated to a veterans charity.

Joella's Hot Chicken 

Louisville-based Joella’s Hot Chicken is proud to offer a free meal to all veterans and active duty military next Wednesday for Veterans Day (Nov. 11). Joella’s also offers a 10% “Heroes” discount year-round to veterans and military personnel at each of its 17 current locations, including two in Louisville in Middletown and St. Matthews (with one coming soon in Clarksville, Indiana!).

Logan’s Roadhouse

On Wednesday, Nov. 11, Logan’s Roadhouse is inviting all active duty and retired U.S. military personnel to enjoy a free meal between 3-6 p.m. from the American Roadhouse menu at participating Logan’s Roadhouse restaurants nationwide.

Louisville Zoo 

The Zoo is offering active and retired military and their dependents FREE general admission, a 10% discount at the gift shop and 50% off zoo concessions on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020 thanks to sponsor T-Mobile. Those wishing to participate must simply have proof of military service (including but not limited to: U.S Uniformed Services ID Card, U.S. Uniformed Services Retired ID Card, current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), veterans organization card (i.e., American Legion, VFW), photograph in uniform, wearing uniform, DD214 and citation or commendation) and present it at the Zoo’s admission windows.


Veterans eligible for one free Breakfast Combo Meal at participating McDonald’s restaurants across Greater Louisville & Lexington, Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Offer ends at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 11. 

Offer valid only on Wednesday, November 11 until 10:30 a.m. All forms of proof of service are welcome. One meal per customer


Veterans and active service members eligible for one free meal on Veterans Day, and a 10 percent discount year-round. 

Olive Garden:

Olive Garden is offering a free entrée, from a select menu, for all active-duty military or veterans who dine-in at a participating location.

Outback Steakhouse:

Outback Steakhouse is offering a free Bloomin' Onion along with choice of Coke beverage to all veterans and active military on Veterans Day.

Red Lobster:

Veterans or active military members can redeem a free appetizer or dessert from a special Veterans Day menu during dine-in visits on Nov. 11.

Romano's Macaroni Grill: 

All U.S. locations of Romano's Macaroni Grill are offering a free order of Mom's Ricotta Meatballs and Spaghetti to any active-military personnel or veterans on Nov. 11. Offer is good for both dine-in and carryout, but not on delivery.

SpeedWash Car Wash

On Wednesday, Nov. 11, SpeedWash Car Wash locations are offering free car washes for veterans. 


Veterans or active military personnel who present a valid military ID at participating restaurants can get a free small breakfast combo, between 6:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The chain says to check your local Wendy's to see if it is participating.

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