Numerous area restaurants, businesses and retail stores 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 list is just some of the offers the Traveller received. 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: Veterans Day Nov. 11

  • Applebee’s restaurants are offering a free meal from a selected menu.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings offers five free boneless chicken wings and a side of fries.
  • California Pizza Kitchen has a free pizza, full-size salad or pasta from a special Veterans Day Menu.
  • Chili's is offering a free meal from a select menu on Veterans Day.
  • Cracker Barrel offers a complimentary slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola® Cake dessert or a Pumpkin Pie Latte.
  • Dunkin’ Donuts has a free donut.
  • Golden Corral restaurants will offer their free 18th annual Military Appreciation dinner, 5-9 p.m.
  • Krispy Kreme has a free donut and small cup of coffee.
  • Little Caesars offers a $5 HOT-N-READY Lunch Combo 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Mission BBQ stands by with a free sandwich and piece of cake for veterans and active-duty military.
  • Olive Garden has a free entree from a special menu that includes unlimited soup or salad and breadsticks.
  • Red Lobster is offering a free appetizer or dessert from a select list.
  • Red Robin restaurants has a free Red’s Tavern double burger and bottomless steak fires waiting on Veterans Day.
  • Sheetz convenience stories is offering a free 6-inch turkey sub and a regular-size fountain drink. Locations that have a car wash will provide a free car wash to veterans and active-duty military.
  • Shoney’s offers a free All-You-Care-to-Eat Breakfast for veterans and military members until 11 a.m.
  • Starbucks, including the Fort Lee location, has a hot-brewed (any size) coffee ready for all active duty military members, veterans, retirees and family members.

Restaurants: other days

  • Denny’s restaurants offer a free Build-Your-Own Grand Slam Breakfast® Nov. 12, 5 a.m. - noon.
  • IHOP is offering a free order of Red, White, & Blue Pancakes Nov. 12, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Other Discounts:

  • Colonial Williamsburg offers free admission to military members and their families during Veterans Day weekend.
  • Lowe’s Home Improvement always offers a 10 percent discount to veterans and active duty service members when they sign up for a MyLowes card (not a credit card).
  • Home Depot is offering a 10 percent discount on Veterans Day to veterans on in-store purchases on select items. Active duty and retirees receive this discount year-round.
  • Monticello offers complimentary admission to veterans Nov. 9-11.

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