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28 Veterans Day restaurant deals to thank our veterans

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Restaurants are saying 'thanks' to veterans with free meals and deals this Veterans Day

This Veterans Day, Nov. 11, chain restaurants across the country are doing their part to thank the men and women in the military for their service.

Many restaurants are offering free meals, free appetizers and discounts to active duty military and veterans. Check out the participating restaurants below. Make sure to call ahead at your local spot to confirm its participation and to find out what, if any, proof of service is required.

Applebee's

Veterans can choose a free meal from a special "Thank You" menu at Applebee's on Nov. 11, 2015. Beverage and gratuity not included; military ID or proof of service is required.

BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

This Veterans Day, active duty military and veterans with military ID can receive a free entrée (under $12.95) at BJ's.

California Pizza Kitchen

CPK is offering a special Veterans Day menu on Nov. 11 to those in uniform or with military ID or proof of service. Choose a salad, pasta or pizza; for dine-in only.

Carrabba's

From Monday, Nov. 9 to Sunday, Nov. 15, active duty military and veterans with proof of service or military ID can get a free appetizer at Carrabba's.

Chili's

On Nov.11, Chili's is offering a free entrée or any lunch combo to veterans and active duty military with proof of service from a special Veterans Day menu. Dine-in only; beverages and gratuity not included.

Golden Corral

Golden Corral will be holding its annual Military Appreciation buffet dinner on Nov. 11, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., at all locations for any person who has served or is serving in the U.S. military.

Hooters

On Nov. 11, Hooters is offering veterans and active duty military a free entrée from a special Veterans Day menu. Military ID or proof of service is required.

Hurricane Grill & Wings

Veterans and active duty military can enjoy a free meal and nonalchoholic beverage from a special Veterans Day menu at Hurricane Grill & Wings on Nov. 11. Must present military ID or wear a uniform.

IHOP

On Nov. 11 at IHOP, veterans and active duty military will receive a complimentary Red, White and Blue pancake breakfast between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. with proof of service.

Little Caesars Pizza

Veterans and active military members will receive a free $5 HOT-N-READY Lunch Combo at Little Caesars between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Proof of service required.

Olive Garden

Olive Garden is offering a free entrée from a special menu to veterans and active duty military with proof of service on Nov. 11. Those dining with a veteran will receive a 10 percent discount on their bill.

On the Border

Veterans and active duty military with proof of service will receive a free "Choose 2" or "Choose 3" selection from the "Create Your Own Combo" menu for dine-in only on Nov. 11 at On the Border.

Texas Roadhouse

On Veterans Day, Texas Roadhouse is offering free lunch from a special Veterans Day menu to active duty military and veterans with military ID or proof of service. There are 10 meals to choose from, sides and drink included. Dine-in only.

Red Robin

On Nov. 11, Red Robin is offering a free Red's Tavern Double burger and Bottomless Steak Fries to active duty military and veterans with military ID or proof of service. Dine-in only.

Sizzler

This Veterans Day, Sizzler is offering a free lunch, with a choice of three entrées and a beverage, until 4 p.m. to those with proof of military service.

Uno Pizzeria & Grill

Veterans and a guest can enjoy a buy-one-get-one-free entrée or individual pizza at Uno Pizzeria & Grill on Nov. 11 with military or veteran's ID.

Even more Veterans Day meal deals for the military

  • Get a free coffee at Einstein Bros. Bagels.
  • Build Your Own Grand Slam for free at Denny's from 5 a.m. to noon.
  • Get a free doughnut and small coffee at Krispy Kreme.
  • Receive a complimentary tall brewed coffee at Starbucks, valid for active duty military, veterans and military spouses, at participating locations.
  • Lone Star Steakhouse is offering up a free starter.
  • Enjoy a complimentary Texas Tonion and nonalcoholic beverage at LongHorn Steakhouse.
  • Veterans and their guests can enjoy a buy-one-entrée-get-one-free deal at Spaghetti Warehouse on Nov. 11.
  • Get a free 6-ounce froyo at Menchie's.
  • On Nov. 11, active duty military and veterans with military ID receive a free Bloomin' Onion and nonalcoholic beverage at Outback Steakhouse. From Nov. 12 to Dec. 31, active duty military and veterans also receive 15 percent off their meals.
  • At Red Lobster, get one of 11 free appetizers or five desserts from a select menu.
  • Ruby Tuesday is offering a free appetizer at participating locations.
  • Get a free doughnut at Tim Hortons.

For updates and to find out about even more meal deals on Veterans Day, check out The Military Wallet.

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