A number of local businesses are saluting veterans, military service men and women, and their families this Veterans Day by offering local discounts, specials and promotions.
Here's a guide to specials in and around the Pine-Richland area taken from themilitarywallet.com. Check with their site for the latest deals.
Two important notes:
- Most companies require some form of military ID. These include: a Military ID Card (active/reserve/retired), Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), Drivers License with Veterans Designation, a photograph in uniform, you in uniform (if your service permits), Veterans Organization Card (e.g., American Legion and VFW), DD214, discharge paperwork, or other form of identification. Other restaurants and companies may go by the honor system.
- Always call ahead to verify locations, times and participation. Many of the listed companies are franchises and may have different policies.
- Applebee’s—free meal, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012: Last year, Applebee’s served more than 1 million free meals to military veterans and active service members. Applebee’s is again offering a free meal to military veterans and active-duty service members on Veterans Day. There will be seven entrées to choose from, beverage and gratuity not included. Military ID or proof of service required.
- Chili’s—free meal, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012: Chili’s is offering all military veterans their choice of one of seven meals. This offer is available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at participating Chili’s. Dine-in from limited menu only; beverages and gratuity not included. Veterans and active duty military simply show proof of military service.
- Denny’s—free pancakes, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012: Free all-you-can-eat pancakes from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. for all active military personnel, retirees, and veterans with a valid military ID or proof of military service. Offer available in every Denny’s nationwide.
- Outback Steakhouse—free Bloomin’ Onions and Cokes until Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012: Outback Steakhouse is honoring America’s military veterans by offering active duty military and veterans a free Bloomin’ Onion and a Coca-Cola product during the week leading up to Veterans Day. This offer is available to Military Personnel with ID.
- T.G.I. Friday’s—free lunch, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012: Valid for all US Military personnel and veterans. Must wear uniform (if permitted by your service) or present military ID or other proof of service. Only valid at participating locations for anyone with an old or current military ID.
- The Olive Garden—free entrée, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012: Offer good for veterans and active duty military during regular business hours. Choose from a special menu; all entrées include freshly baked garlic sticks and choice of soup or salad. Proof of service required.
- 7-Eleven—free Slurpee, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012: Available from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Offer good to all current and former military members. ID or proof of service required.
- Home Depot Military Discount: The Home Depot(R) is offering all active duty personnel, reservists, retired military, veterans and their families a 10 percent discount off their purchases in honor of Veterans Day. The offer is valid on purchases of up to $2,000 for a maximum of $200 and is available at The Home Depot stores, The Home Depot Design Center locations, Yardbirds and EXPO Design Center(R) locations. The 10% military discount is available everyday for active duty and retirees, but not all veterans. Home Depot makes this offer available to all veterans on most military holidays.
- Lowe’s Military Discount: Lowe’s Companies, Inc. will offer all active, reserve, honorably discharged, retired military personnel and their immediate family members a 10 percent discount on in-store U.S. purchases made during the Veterans Day holiday. The discount is available Nov. 7 – Nov. 11. The discount is available on in-stock and special order purchases up to $5,000. To qualify, individuals must present a valid military ID or other proof of service. Excluded from the discount are sales via Lowes.com, previous sales, and purchases of services or gift cards. Like Home Depot, Lowe's offers this discount daily to active duty military members, but not to veterans. However, they extend the offer to military veterans on military holidays.
- Old Navy: Every Monday, including Nov. 12, active and veteran military personnel with ID cards are granted 10 percent off their purchases.
- Big Lots: Veterans, active duty, retired and reserve military personnel and their immediate family members with valid ID get a 10 percent discount on purchases.
- Build-A-Bear Workshop: To celebrate Veterans Day, the store is offering 20 percent off a purchase when guests present a valid military ID.
- Amazon.com—free MP3 album download “Veterans Day Honor”: Available at Amazon on Veterans Day. Download the album (album will be full price again starting Nov. 12).
- Bed and Breakfasts: For any active or retired military or veteran and one guest, over 900 inns will offer discounts or free rooms. Check out betterwaytostay.com for a list of participants and available rooms.
- Red Roof Inn: Veterans with valid military IDs get 15 percent off their stay for the entire month of November.
- National Park Services: All 397 National Park Service sites will offer free admission for all visitors from November 10-12 in honor of Veterans Day.
Sports Clips Haircuts—The “Help a Hero Program” collects donations from October through Veterans Day to provide service members with free phone calls to their families. Also, on Veterans Day, Sports Clips Haircuts will take $1 from every hair care service given and put it toward the program. Veterans will be able to get free haircuts this Veterans Day at participation locations.
Subway is donating $111,112 to the Wounded Warriors Project and encourages others to do the same. A link on Subway's website enables viewers to donate directly to the project, which raises awareness for the needs of injured service members.