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Deals Abound for Veterans Day

Local businesses salute military men and women with discounts this weekend, and sometimes year-round.

A number of local businesses are saluting veterans, military members and their families this Veterans Day with discounts, specials and promotions. Here's a guide to various deals, taken from themilitarywallet.com.

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. Some 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.

Free food:

  • Applebee’s—free meal, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012: Last year, Applebee’s served more than 1 million free meals to military veterans and active servicemembers. Applebee’s is again offering a free meal to military veterans and active-duty service members on Veterans Day, Sunday. There will be seven entrées to choose from, but beverages and tips are 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 in the U.S. Dine-in from limited menu only; beverages and gratuity not included. Veterans and active duty military simply show proof of military service. Visit their website to find locations
  • 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-duty military, 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 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 Veteran’s Day. This offer is available to military personnel with ID.
  • Subway—free 6-Inch Sub, Nov. 11, 2012: Select SUBWAY® Restaurants will offer a free 6-inch sub or flatbread to military veterans on Veterans Day. This offer is valid only on Sunday. Military ID or proof of service required. Note: SUBWAY® Restaurants are franchises, so this offer may not be available everywhere. Please call ahead for participation and times.
  • T.G.I. Friday’s—free lunch, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012: Valid for all U.S. 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 inlcude freshly baked garlic sticks and choice of soup or salad. Proof of service required.
  • 7-Eleven—free Slurpee, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012: Available 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Offer good to all current and former military members. ID or proof of service required.

Store discounts:

  • Home Depot Military Discount: Home Depot is offering all active-duty personnel, reservists, retired military, veterans and their families a 10 percent discount on purchases in honor of Veteran’s Day. The offer is valid on purchases of up to $2,000 for a maximum of $200 and is available at Home Depot stores, Home Depot Design Center locations, Yardbirds and EXPO Design Center locations. The military discount is available every day 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 will offer all active, reserve, honorably discharged and retired military personnel and their immediate family a 10 percent discount on in-store U.S. purchases made 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, Lowes offers this discount daily to active-duty military members, but not to veterans. However, it extends the offer to military veterans on military holidays. You can also find exclusive discounts at Lowe’s.com.
  • 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 with valid ID get a 10 percent discount on purchases.
  • Build-A-Bear Workshop: To celebrate Veterans Day, the store is offering a 20 percent discount when guests present a valid military ID.
  • Amazon.com—free MP3 album download “Veterans Day Honor”: Available at Amazon on Veterans Day, Sunday. Download the album (album will be full price again starting Nov. 12).
  • Sports Authority—15 percent off all purchases: All veterans and military personnel will receive 15 percent off purchases on Nov. 11, 2012. Please show proper identification or proof of service at checkout.

Free activities:

  • All national parks, forests and monuments offer free admission to all on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

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