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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Veterans Day is a time to recognize U.S. veterans and service members for their service, valor and sacrifice. 

Many businesses show appreciation to vets on or around Nov. 11 each year with free or discounted meals or services.

With thanks to Stars and Stripes, here's a list of some of the restaurants across the country that offer free eats or discounts to all veterans and active-duty service members on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2021.

Double-check with your local outlets to make sure they are participating in the offer and what proof of service they require. Some businesses offer discounts to veterans and active-duty service members, while some extend the discounts to family members as well.

Below is the growing list of businesses honoring veterans in 2021. If you know of an additional business that's not included in our list, please send WDRB a web link or contact, so we can verify. Please email

Businesses and restaurants honoring veterans:

Applebee's - Applebee's is offering active-duty military and veterans a free meal from a select menu on Veterans Day. Bring along proof of service. Check Applebee's website for details. 

Bed Bath & Beyond – For active-duty U.S. military, Vets and Spouses, Bed Bath and Beyond is offering 25% off any in-store purchase on November 11, 2021. Call or visit your nearest location for details.

Bob Evans - On Nov. 11, Bob Evans will be offering veterans and active-duty service members a special menu of seven homestyle favorites free. Dine-in only, beverage not included. Proof of military service required. 

Bonefish Grill is honoring and thanking the brave for all they do by offering a Heroes Discount offering 10% off all service members, veterans and first responders’ checks all day, every day with show of valid ID.

Buffalo Wild Wings - On Veterans Day, participating Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants will offer 10 free boneless wings and fries for all veterans and active-duty service members. Both dine-in or takeout, but military ID required. 

California Pizza Kitchen - Veterans and active military get a complimentary entrée and beverage from CPK's Veterans Day menu, when they dine in and show proof of service Nov. 11. 

Carrabba’s Italian Grill - is offering all service members, veterans and first responders 10% off any visit to their local restaurant this Veterans Day on Thursday, November 11 and year-round with valid ID.

Chili's - Chili's will offer a free meal from a select menu on Veterans Day with proof of military service. Available for in-restaurant only. 

Cracker Barrel - Veterans and service members will be offered a free slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake, with purchase, in-store and online with promo code VETSDAY21. 

Denny's - Veterans and active military personnel get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam on November 11, from 5 am to noon. Dine-in only.

Golden Corral - Golden Corral is hosting its Military Appreciation Night on Nov. 11 from 5 p.m. to closing. This includes a free "thank you" meal when dining in. Check local outlet for details. 

Great Clips – Veterans and active-duty military can visit a U.S. Great Clips salon on November 11 to receive either a free haircut that day or a free haircut card to use at a later date. Visit the Great Clips website for details.

Hard Rock Cafe - Alongside its existing 15% military discount, get a FREE Legendary Burger all day on November 11th with a valid military ID. 

IHOP - Veterans and active-duty military are being offered free red, white and blue pancakes on Nov. 11 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. with presentation of a military ID or proof of service.

Jaggers - Jaggers is honored to welcome American heroes with a free double cheeseburger, one side, and a drink. All veterans - including active, retired, or former U.S. military are welcome. Proof of service includes military ID card, VA card, or discharge papers.

Jiffy Lube - Louisville area Jiffy Lube service centers invite all active, retired and veteran military to their location for a special 50% off any oil change on Thursday, November 11, 2021. YOU MUST PRESENT COUPON FOR OFFERHere is a link to the voucher. 

The offer is valid at the following locations:

  • Jiffy Lube of Louisville, 7106 Dixie Highway, Louisville, KY 40258, 502-937-1227
  • Jiffy Lube of St. Mathews, 4180 Westport Road, Louisville, KY 40207, 502-896-2905
  • Jiffy Lube of Bedford, 3240 John Williams Blvd, Bedford, IN 47421, 812-277-9794
  • Jiffy Lube of Jeffersonville, 3418 East 10th Street, Jeffersonville, IN 47130, 812-725-0555

These locations which are owned and operated by Jiffy Lube franchisee Stonebriar Auto Services, LLC, which offers a range of automotive services including brakes, tires, alignments as well as the Jiffy Lube Signature Service® Oil Change.

If customers are unable to visit on 11/11, these locations offer 25% off any oil change each day throughout the year for active, retired and veteran military.

Joella's Hot Chicken will honor America's veterans, active-duty military, and reserves on Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, with a complimentary meal consisting of two Fried or Grilled Tenders, a Southern side, a Dippin' sauce, and a drink. There is no coupon required to participate. Proof of service required. Joella's also offers veterans and military personnel 10% off any meal every day at each location. 

Logan's Roadhouse - inviting all veterans, active duty and retired U.S. military personnel to enjoy a free meal* between 3-6 p.m. from our American Roadhouse menu at participating locations.

Louisville Zoo - To honor those who are serving and who have served our country in military service, the Zoo is offering active and retired military and their dependents FREE general admission on Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. Must provide proof of military service and present it at the admission windows. The Zoo gift shop will also offer 10 % gift shop purchases and 50% off food and drink concessions.

Mesh - To show their appreciation, veterans are invited to join Mesh for a complimentary meal on Veterans Day. Only one meal per veteran. Please provide proof of service before your meal. Reservations suggested. 

Metro Diner is offering 50% off to active and retired military with valid military ID on Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11th and 10% off year round. Their Louisville location is on Outer Loop.

Mike's Car Wash - will be giving free Basic Washes to Veterans and active military personnel at all 31 of their locations on Wednesday, November 11. Mike's will also offer them the option to upgrade to the Ultimate Wash for just $5 with the proceeds donated back to Project Hero. For non-veterans, Mike’s will offer their Ultimate wash for $15 and will donate $1 from each of these washes sold to Project Hero.

Mission BBQ - Veterans and active-duty military get a free sandwich on Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m..

Outback Steakhouses - A 10% discount on meals is available for service members as well as nurses, doctors, medical staff, police officers and firefighters. 

Red Lobster - Active-duty service members, veterans, and reservists can receive a free appetizer or dessert on Nov. 11. Guests only need to show a valid military ID or proof of service to redeem this offer. 

Smokey Bones - Jeffersontown is offering a free meal to active and retired military for Veteran's Day. The offer is good for dine-in only and veterans can choose from three different meals. They include:

  • 8 piece boneless wings with fries, baked beans, roasted corn or coleslaw
  • Pulled pork sammie with fries, baked beans, roasted corn or coleslaw
  • 4 whole wings with fries, baked beans, roasted corn or coleslaw

Smokey Bones also offers a year-round 10 percent military discount. To find a location, visit

Tackett Total in Simpsonville, Ky. - For the month of November we are going to be celebrating our heroes! We are offering 20% off any routine service and 15% off any repair over $500! Thank you for your service, we can't wait to help serve you! Expires 11/30/2021

Texas Roadhouse - Louisville-based Texas Roadhouse will hand out dinner vouchers at the stores' parking lots on Nov. 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proof of service includes military or VA card, or discharge papers. Vouchers can be redeemed for one of 10 entrees including a 6-ounce sirloin and two made-from-scratch sides plus a choice of any Coca-Cola product, sweet tea/iced tea or coffee.

The Texas Roadhouse events are drive-thru only, but vouchers can be redeemed when the restaurants open for dinner. Valid through May 30, 2022. Six area locations include Shelbyville Road, Dixie Highway and Outer Loop in Louisville, Middletown, Shively and Elizabethtown, Ky. 

The Whistle Stop -All Veterans with a Military ID will receive 50 percent off their Meal all day from 11 a.m. till 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11. We want to " Thank " all of our Veterans Active and Inactive for their Service. Come see us Thursday at The Whistle Stop in Historic Glendale, Ky.

Wick's Pizza - This Thursday, Wick's Pizza will be offering Veteran's (active, retired, or former US military with ID, VA card, or discharge papers) 50% off your meal, including food and soda!! *for dine in or carryout orders at both of our locations.

White Castle -- A free Combo Meal #1-#6 or Breakfast Combo Meal will be given to all veterans and active duty service members who dine at a participating White Castle restaurant. The special offer is valid on Thursday, Nov. 11, only. No purchase is necessary, but veterans and active duty personnel are requested to show a military ID. 

YMCA of Greater Louisville - Veterans and current military service members and their families are invited to visit any YMCA of Greater Louisville location, free-of-charge, during Veterans Day weekend. Nov. 11-14, 2021. Service members and veterans can visit any area location and show photo ID at the front desk. 

ZIPS Car Wash - ZIPS will use the honor system to provide free car washes on Veterans Day for veterans and active military personnel. These guests are also encouraged to use wash code 1112 for expedited service at their local ZIPS. The car wash package includes all of its exterior cleaning and protection products, as well as free towels for extra drying and surface cleaner to use on site with ZIPS free turbo vacuums for self-serve detailing.

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