Hobbies Frugal Living Olive Garden's Free Meal on Veterans Day 2021 Share PINTEREST Email Print The Spruce / Andrew Bui Frugal Living Food Savings Bargain Shopping Household Savings Do-It-Yourself Grocery Savings Money Management Beauty & Health Care By Stacy Fisher Stacy Fisher Writer B.S., Business Education, Emporia State University Stacy Fisher has over 18 years experience in teaching and writing about personal finance. Learn about our Editorial Process Updated on 10/29/21 There are lots of businesses giving out Veterans Day freebies and discounts, plus restaurants that give out free meals on Veterans Day. Olive Garden is one of those that are participating in 2021. Eligible customers who come into an Olive Garden on Veterans Day can get a completely free meal paid in full by the restaurant, which includes an entrée from a special Veterans Day menu, plus unlimited soup or salad and garlic breadsticks to round out the meal. Restaurants that commonly give out a similar Veterans Day offer include Texas Roadhouse, T.G.I. Friday's, Red Robin, Denny's, Chili's, Outback Steakhouse, O'Charley's, Red Lobster, Golden Corral, BJ's, IHOP, and Applebee's. When Veterans Get Their Free Meal at Olive Garden Olive Garden is having their free meal offer on the day of Veterans Day, which this year is on Thursday, November 11. Find your local Olive Garden and check with them before Veterans Day just to be sure that they're participating in the free offer. Eligibility Olive Garden's Veterans Day free meal can be had by all military veterans and active-duty military members. Special Veterans Day Menu Eligible customers can choose any item from their limited Veterans Day menu. You can try calling your local restaurant ahead of time for the menu details. What You Need to Take With You You'll need to verify with Olive Garden that you currently are or used to be in the military. Proof of military service may vary from each restaurant that offers a Veterans Day free meal. Usually, this can be done in a number of ways, from wearing your uniform or bringing a picture of you in uniform, to showing your military ID, U.S. Uniform Services Retired ID card, current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), or veterans organization card. If you have any questions, just call your local restaurant to see what they require. Restrictions This year's free Veterans Day meal offered by Olive Garden is for veterans and active-duty military only. This means everyone else who comes into Olive Garden on this day will have to pay full price for their meals unless they, too, can provide proof of military service. You can't take advantage of Olive Garden's Veterans Day free meal on any other day than Thursday, November 11, 2021. The meal is valid throughout the entire day during normal hours of your local Olive Garden, but not any other day of the week. Olive Garden's Veterans Day menu is dine-in and from a limited menu only. This means you can't choose food from any other menu other than the one you're given at the restaurant. Beverages and gratuity are not included in this offer, so be sure to plan accordingly.