Veterans Day 2015: Freebies, discounts and specials for our military heroes


Wednesday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day; restaurants, stores and other establishments all across the country and Northeast Ohio are thanking our military heroes.

Many are offering special discounts, free meals or free admission to veterans and members of the military.

**Most businesses require proof of military service, and the deals include participating locations only. It’s recommended you call specific locations to make sure they are taking part in the promotions.

If you would like to submit a discount/freebie not on this list, email the information to

Applebee’s: Veterans and active duty military receive a free meal from a limited menu on Nov. 11.
Bar Louie: Free meal worth up to $12 value for veterans and military personnel on Nov. 10 and Nov. 11.
Bob Evans: Veterans and active military personnel receive free all you can eat hotcakes on Nov. 11.
Bonefish Grill. Veterans and military members will receive a complimentary ‘Bang Bang Shrimp’ at all Bonefish Grill locations on Nov. 11. Valid military ID required.
California Pizza Kitchen: Veterans and active military receive a complimentary entrée from a special menu on Nov. 11.
Chili’s: All veterans and active military can get a free entree from Chili’s.
Cracker Barrel: On Wed., Nov. 11, Cracker Barrel will offer veterans a complimentary Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake dessert.
Denny’s: Active, inactive and retired military personnel get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam on Nov. 11 from 5 a.m. to noon at participating locations.
Friendly’s: Veterans and active military get a free breakfast, lunch or dinner from a limited menu on Nov. 11.
Golden Corral: Military Appreciation free dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Military retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard and Reserves.
Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park: One free buffet meal on Nov. 11 at Fresh Harvest restaurant, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. A military identification is required.
IHOP: Free red, white and blue pancakes for veterans and active duty members from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Little Caesars: Free $5 Hot-N-Ready combo
Logan’s Roadhouse: On Nov. 11 military and ex-military guests receive a free dessert. Veterans can also get a 10 percent discount on Veterans Day and every other day of the year. Guests must present a military or veterans’ ID.
Max & Erma’s: Participating Max & Erma’s locations are offering veterans and active military personnel a free Best Cheeseburger in America Combo meal Nov. 11.
Olive Garden: Free meal from a special menu.
Outback Steakhouse: Free Bloomin’ Onion appetizer and beverage.
Panera: Participating Panera locations on Nov. 11 will offer veterans and military personnel a free ‘You-Pick-Two’ at any Northeast Ohio Panera Bread locations by wearing his or her uniform, sharing a military I.D. or discharge papers.
Pizza Hut: Free lunch buffet or fast lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 11 for all current and former military.
Ponderosa: Free buffet from 4 p.m. to close on Nov. 11 for all active duty and retired military personnel.
Red Robin: All veterans and active duty service members can enjoy a free Red’s Tavern Double Burger with Bottomless Steak Fries on Nov. 11 at all of its restaurants nationwide. Military Red Robin Royalty members can also get a 20 percent discount at participating restaurants from Nov. 12 through Dec. 31.
Ruby Tuesday: All veterans, active duty and reserve service members can get a free appetizer on Nov. 11 with proof of service.
Spaghetti Warehouse: Three-day buy one entree, get one entree free coupon for ‘Original Recipe Spaghetti’ entrees from Nov. 9 through Nov. 11.
Texas Roadhouse: Veterans get a free lunch from a special Veterans Menu on Nov. 11. Offer is good for active duty, retired or former U.S. military.
TravelCenters of America: All truck drivers who are also veterans of the armed services will get a complimentary meal (up to $15 value) Nov. 11 at any participating TA and Petro sit-down restaurant.
World of Beer: Veterans, current servicemen and servicewomen will get a free select draught beer by presenting a military ID, VA card or proof of service at World of Beer locations across the country on Nov. 11.

Bed, Bath and Beyond:
Saturday, Nov. 7, through Wednesday, Nov. 11, veterans and members of the U.S. military will get 20 percent off any purchases. Must have ID.
Cleveland Running Company: Located in Shaker Heights. On Nov. 11, veterans and military members get 20 percent off of all shoes EXCLUDING Brooks and Adidas. Other days of the year, veterans and military members receive a 10 percent discount. Proof of military involvement must be presented. 
Great Clips: Customers who come in Nov. 11 for a service can get a free haircut card to give to their favorite veteran. Veterans can also get a free haircut or get the free haircut card. Haircuts are redeemable until Dec. 31.
Fitworks: Military members and veterans can get a 30-day membership. Offer ends Nov. 13.
JC Penney: All current and former military personnel and family members of active duty, reserves, guard and retirees get a 5 percent off in-store discount from Nov. 4 through Nov. 11. Presdent military ID for the discount.
Lowe’s: All veterans receive a 10% discount on Nov. 11. The offer is available in stores only.
Sports Clips: Participating locations are offering veterans and active duty service members free haircuts Nov. 11.

— Akron Zoo: The zoo will offer free admission to all military personnel and veterans from Nov. 7 to 11, 2015. Veterans or people currently serving in the military will have to show a military ID to receive the discount.
Andy’s AutoWash: Located in North Olmsted. Offering a free Express exterior car wash for all United States military veterans on Veterans Day.
Fitworks: 30-day membership for veterans, valid until Nov. 13.
National Parks: On Nov. 11, veterans will have access to over 100 National Parks that require entrance fees for free.
North Ridgeville Family Dentistry: Beginning at 9 a.m. on Veterans Day, the office will be open exclusively for military veterans. Services offered will include cleanings, extractions, fillings, X-rays, and a denture cleaning. No appointment is necessary, but a phone call would be appreciated. at 440-327-0027.
— Parmatown Kwik Car Wash: Veterans cars will be washed for free.
ProFootball Hall of Fame in Canton: Any veteran (and one spouse or guest), along with members of Gold Star families or Blue Star mothers and members of the U.S. Armed Forces will receive free admission and a 10 percent discount in the Hall of Fame Store. The Hall of Fame is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
StoryWorth: Veterans and servicemembers and their families can get six free months of StoryWorth, which includes 25 free weekly story prompts through email. Users can also use the site to write and share stories for free with their families.
Suburban Propane: Throughout November, veterans and military personnel can get a $10 fuel delivery credit. Several other special promotions for new and existing customers.
ThistleDown Racino/Horseshoe Casino Cleveland: Veterans and active military can get a free barbeque buffee from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at ThistleDown Racino. Horseshoe Casino Cleveland will offer a half-priced buffet at The Spread and 25 percent off at its retail shop. Guests must have their Total Rewards card and proof of service.

**There is a long list growing of Veterans Day parades, ceremonies and other events set in communities all over Northeast Ohio. For a full list, CLICK HERE.**