FORT LEE, Va. (Nov. 9, 2017) -- Numerous area restaurants, businesses and retail stores will offer free meals and discounts to prior service personnel, active duty military members, reservists and retirees on Veterans Day Weekend, Nov. 10 and 11, or on other days as noted.

The following is a listing of offers about which the Traveller has received information. Military ID or other proof of service is required in most cases. Also, it’s wise to call ahead to verify the offer – some discounts are only at participating locations. Most restaurant offers are for dine-in only.

Also, be sure to tip wait-staff based on the full price of the meal. It’s the right thing to do.

Restaurants: Nov. 10

• Denny’s restaurants will offer a free “Build Your Own Grand Slam®” from 5 a.m. - noon.

• Firebird’s Grill will provide a free lunch or dinner entre to a veteran or military member when they dine with another person.

• IHOP will offer free red, white and blue pancakes 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Restaurants: Veterans Day Nov. 11

• Applebee’s restaurants are offering a free meal from a selected menu.

• Bob Evans restaurants will offer free select lunch and dinner items.

• Buffalo Wild Wings will offer a free small order of traditional or boneless wings and a side of fries.

• California Pizza Kitchen will offer a free pizza, full-size salad or pasta from the special Veterans Day Menu.

• Chili’s will offer a free lunch combo or a dinner meal from a select menu.

• Chuck E. Cheese will offer a free personal pizza.

• Cracker Barrel will offer a complimentary slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola® Cake dessert.

• Dunkin’ Donuts will offer a free donut.

• Friendly’s will offer a free dine-in breakfast, lunch or dinner from select menus.

• Glory Days will offer a free appetizer or an order of boneless or grilled chicken wings.

• Hooters will offer a free meal from a special Veterans Day select group of choices with a drink purchase.

• Little Caesars will offer a free HOT-N-READY® Lunch Combo from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

• O’Charley’s will offer a free $9.99 entree.

• Olive Garden will offer a free entree from a special menu..

• On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina® will offer a free “Create Your Own Combo menu.” Diners can select from a Choose 2 or Choose 3 offer.

• Outback Steakhouse will offer a free Bloomin’ Onion and a non-alcoholic beverage on Veterans Day. From Nov. 12 - Dec. 31, a 15-percent discount is being offered on all food items.

• Red Lobster is offering a free appetizer or dessert from a select list.

• Red Robin restaurants will offer a free Red’s Tavern double burger and bottomless steak fires.

• Ruby Tuesday’s will offer a free appetizer up to $10.

• Shoney’s will offer a free all-you-can eat breakfast from the breakfast bar from 6-11 a.m.

• T.G.I. Friday’s will offer a free lunch up to $12, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. A $5 coupon also will be given out for a future meal at the restaurant.

Restaurants: other days

• Golden Corral restaurants will offer their free 16th annual Military Appreciation dinner Nov. 13, 5-9 p.m.

Retail/grocery stores

• The Army and Air Force Exchange offers Veterans Day discounts on many items until Nov. 16. Also effective Nov. 11, veterans can begin shopping online at

• Publix supermarkets, Food Lion and Target stores will offer a 10 percent discount.


• Lowe’s offers a 10-percent discount to active duty military, family members and veterans with 20 years of service all year. On Veterans Day, the offer is extended to all veterans.

• The Home Depot offers veterans and active duty a 10 percent discount on Veterans Day as well as Memorial Day and Independence Day.

Other Discounts

• Colonial Williamsburg is offering free admission for military members, veterans and their immediate dependents Veterans Day weekend. In addition, veterans are invited to march in a commemorative parade led by the Fife and Drum Corps, 4 p.m., Nov. 11. For details, email

• The Science Museum of Virginia is hosting Veterans Day activities to recognize contributions the military has made to science, technology and engineering Nov. 11, 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond.

The museum also will premiere two free showings of a documentary “Blackbird: Legacy of Innovation” at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Museum admission is free for active duty, veterans and retired military. For details, call (804) 864 -1400.

• Free admission is offered at more than 100 national parks Nov. 11-12.

• Busch Gardens offers active duty service members and up to three dependents free admission once a year.

For details on other discounts, visit or check with other restaurants and businesses.