Hobbies Frugal Living 56 Veterans Day Free Meals 2021 Plus Other Veterans Day Freebies for 2021 Share PINTEREST Email Print The Spruce / Karen Hibbard 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 11/09/21 Currently being updated for Veterans Day 2021. Here is your guide to all the great Veterans Day free meals! We want to thank you for your service. Below are all the popular restaurants and other retailers that are giving away free meals, discounts, and other freebies to veterans on Veterans Day (Thursday, November 11, 2021). If you're a veteran and looking for some free food, you'll want to check out these 56 restaurants where you can eat for free on Veterans Day. At the bottom of this list, you'll find free food that requires a purchase as well as some local restaurants that are giving out free Veterans Day meals. Important: Please read through my Veterans Day Free Meals FAQ for important information you need to know before getting your freebie or a free meal, like military qualifications, restaurant participation details, and lots more. You can find even more freebies for vets on my list of Veterans Day Freebies and Discounts for 2021. Here you'll find freebies like free haircuts, car washes, and even hotel stays. Olive Garden Olive Garden is having a Veterans Day free meal for all active-duty military and military veterans on Thursday, November 11, 2021. Details of the Free Veterans Day Meal at Olive Garden You'll need to verify with Olive Garden that you currently are or used to be in the military. Proof of military service usually includes bringing your military ID, U.S. Uniform Services Retired ID Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, or Veterans Organization Card. Applebee's Stop into a participating Applebee's on Thursday, November 11, 2021, to get your Veterans day free meal, plus a discount card for a future meal. Details of the Free Veterans Day Meal at Applebee's Check out the link above for everything you need to know about this Veterans Day free meal, including what sorts of ID they consider valid, the full list of menu items you get to choose from, who is eligible, etc. IHOP This year on Thursday, November 11, IHOP will be honoring veterans and active military men and women with a free stack of Red, White, and Blueberry pancakes. More Details on the Veterans Day Free Meal at IHOP Individuals must show proof of their service before receiving this offer, such as coming in their uniform, showing a photo of them in their uniform, or showing a military ID card. Golden Corral On November 11, Golden Corral will be giving out Veterans Day free meals to active duty military members and veterans. Details of the Free Golden Corral Military Buffet All Golden Corral locations will be participating, and no identification is required to get your free dinner buffet. Over the last 20 years, Golden Corral served several million veterans a Veterans Day free meal! Wienerschnitzel Wienerschnitzel sells millions of hot dogs every year, and for Veterans Day this November 11, eligible customers can have a chili dog and small fries free, plus a small Pepsi. There are hundreds of locations, but not all of them may be participating, so be sure to contact your local Wienerschnitzel to double-check. This Veterans Day free food is for both active military members and veterans who can provide military ID or who show up in their military uniform. Chili's Visit a participating Chili's on Thursday, November 11, 2021, to get your Veterans Day free meal if you're a veteran or on active military duty. Details of the Free Veterans Day Meal Including Menu Options at Chili's You'll need to show proof of military service to get your Veterans Day free meal. O'Charley's Veterans and active duty military can stop into an O'Charley's location and get a free meal from their special Veterans Day menu on Thursday, November 11. Details of the O'Charley's Free Veterans Day Meal This deal is available only at participating O’Charley’s restaurants, military ID is necessary, and it's for dine-in only. Additionally, O’Charley’s provides a 10% military discount all year long. Denny's Stop by Denny's on Thursday, November 11, 2021, and all active, non-active, and retired military personnel can get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam Breakfast from 5:00 AM to Noon. Details of the Free Veterans Day Breakfast at Denny's Visit the link above for the full menu to see all the different items you can put together in a Grand Slam Breakfast at Denny's. Most Denny's locations should be participating in this promotion, and you'll need to bring a valid military ID along with you. This is for dine-in only. Starbucks Starbucks is honoring veterans, active duty service members, and military spouses this year for Veterans Day by offering a free coffee on Thursday, November 11, 2021. Details on the Starbucks Veterans Day Free Coffee It's possible that not all U.S. company-operated stores are participating, so be sure to check ahead of time and bring military ID with you to get your free coffee. Texas Roadhouse To celebrate Veterans Day, Texas Roadhouse will hand out dinner vouchers at their stores’ parking lots on Thursday, November 11, from 11am – 2pm. They ask that all active, former, or retired military members please have their Military ID or proof of service when driving through to pick up their dinner voucher. Veterans and active military can redeem their dinner vouchers in-store until the end of May 2022. Be sure to call your local Texas Roadhouse for details. Details on the Texas Roadhouse Veterans Day Free Meal Outback Steakhouse Stop into any Outback Steakhouse on Thursday, November 11, 2021, to get a free Bloomin' Onion and Coca-Cola product. This offer is for all military personnel that has a military ID. Every day, Outback Steakhouse also gives out a discount of 10% off the total check for nurses, doctors, medical staff, servicemen and women, police officers and firefighters, plus military personnel and their immediate family members. Details of the Free Veterans Day Meal at Outback Steakhouse Red Robin Veterans and active duty military can stop into any participating Red Robin location between November 1 and November 14 to get a free Red's Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries. More Details on the Red Robin Veterans Day Free Meal You must be a member of their rewards program by November 1 to qualify for this Veterans Day freebie. BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse BJ's will be giving free meals to veterans on Veterans Day; choices are available from a select menu. Here are More Details on the BJ's Veterans Day Free Meal Please contact your local BJ's to get details on their Veterans Day promotion before heading out. This is for dine-in only and military ID or other proof of service is required. Dunkin' Donuts To show their support, Dunkin' Donuts is giving away free donuts to active duty military and veterans on Thursday, November 11, 2021. This free Veterans Day donut is limited to one per customer, but no purchase or military ID is required. It's possible that not every Dunkin' Donuts location is participating, so be sure to call ahead to double-check. Red Lobster Active duty military, reserve, and military veterans can stop by a Red Lobster location and get a free appetizer or dessert on Thursday, November 11, 2021. This free food offer is for dine-in only, and applies to a special menu: Appetizers Lobster and Langostino Pizza Seafood-Stuffed Mushrooms Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp Langostino Lobster-Artichoke-and-Seafood Dip Crab-Stuffed Shrimp Rangoon Signature Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail Mozzarella Cheesesticks White Wine and Roasted-Garlic Mussels Desserts Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Brownie Overboard Key Lime Pie Proof of military service is required, and tax and gratuity are not included. Wendy's Wendy's thanks veterans and active military this year with a free breakfast combo on November 11. This free meal deal might not be available at all locations, so check with your local Wendy's before visiting. You'll need military ID or a Veterans Advantage card. Buffalo Wild Wings Buffalo Wild Wings is having their annual Veterans Day free food deal on Veterans Day, which is Thursday, November 11. All day, veterans and active duty military get a free order of 10 boneless wings and a side of fries. This offer is valid at participating Buffalo Wild Wings locations and is for dine-in or takeout. Proof of military service is required, which can include a permanent or temporary military ID card, DD214, or veteran's card. You may also come wearing your military uniform or bring a photo of you wearing it. Little Caesars Veterans and active military members can visit Little Caesars on Thursday, November 11th, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM for a $5 HOT-N-READY Lunch Combo. This Veterans Day free meal includes four slices of Little Caesars DEEP!DEEP!™ Dish pizza with pepperoni, plus a 20 oz Pepsi product. You don't need a coupon to redeem this free meal for Veterans Day. Just mention this offer and present proof of service, which can include an ID card with a veteran designation, a DD-214 form, or a current military-issued ID card. Bob Evans Veterans and active military personnel can stop into any Bob Evans location any time on Thursday, November 11, to receive a free meal. The Veterans Day free meal choices include Country Biscuit Breakfast, Brioche French Toast, The Mini Sampler, Buttermilk Hotcakes, Soup & Salad Combo, Country-Fried Steak – Dinner Bell Plate, and Mushroom & Onion Chopped Steak – Dinner bell Plate. This is for dine-in only, and beverages and gratuity aren't included. You'll need to bring proof of military service to get your Veterans Day free meal. This can include a US Uniformed Services ID Card, US Uniformed Services Retired Card, current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), veterans organization card (i.e. American Legion, VFW), photograph of yourself in uniform, wearing uniform, DD214, or citation or commendation. Menchie's This is the ninth Veterans Day that Menchie's Frozen Yogurt has given out a freebie for Veterans Day. Veterans can get the first 6 oz. of frozen yogurt for free. This offer is valid all day long at participating Menchie's locations, and you need to show military ID to receive this Veterans Day freebie. Famous Dave's The Veterans Day free meal at Famous Dave's is a Georgia chopped pork sandwich plus one side. This offer is valid all day on Thursday, November 11, at participating Famous Dave's locations. Valid for dine-in or to go, only on 11/11/21. Online ordering is permitted (see link for code), but the deal is not valid for delivery. Only one meal per veteran or active military person with valid proof of service. Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers Visit a Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers near you this Veterans Day, November 11, to get a free Freddy's Original Double combo meal card. You must be a veteran or active duty military to pick up the card—no purchase necessary, but it can be redeemed by anyone through November 30, 2021. White Castle White Castle is giving out a free Combo Meal or a free Breakfast Combo Meal to any veteran or other military members who come in on Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11th. A military ID is required to get the complimentary meal. Be sure to contact your local White Castle restaurant ahead of time to confirm that they're participating. 54th Street Grill 54th Street Grill will be having a free meal up to a $14 value for veterans and active military on Veterans Day. This is for dine-in only and is valid on November 11, 2021, only. Proof of military service is appreciated and can be shown via military ID or by visiting in uniform or showing a photo in uniform. Find out where a 54th Street Grill is near you. Perkins Perkins Restaurant & Bakery Any veteran can visit a Perkins Restaurant & Bakery on Thursday, November 11, for a free Magnificent 7 platter, which consists of two eggs, two strips of bacon, and three pancakes. It's possible that not every Perkins location is participating, so be sure to call ahead of time to make sure. On The Border For the 9th year in a row, On The Border is giving veterans and active duty military members a free meal. This year, on Thursday, November 11, it's a Pick 2 Combo. This deal is for dine-in only and you might need to bring military service proof such as a U.S. Uniform Services ID Card, a U.S. Uniform Services Retired ID card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans Organizations Card, DD214, or Citation/Commendation. Check with your local On The Border to ensure that they're participating before you head out. California Pizza Kitchen California Pizza Kitchen is having a Veterans Day free meal as well, and both veterans and those in active military duty can take advantage. Stop by a participating California Pizza Kitchen location on Thursday, November 11, 2021, for a free meal and drink when you dine-in. In addition to that is a BOGO offer for any veteran who visits on Veterans Day, redeemable from November 12-20. You'll need come in uniform or bring your military ID or another proof of service to redeem this offer. Tap House Grill Another place veterans, active, and inactive military personnel can receive a complimentary meal on Veterans Day is Tap House Grill. This free meal offer is for dine-in only on November 11, 2021, and includes all Tap House Grill locations. Glory Days Grill With proper ID, veterans can enjoy a free appetizer or an order of boneless or grilled boneless wings at Glory Days Grill on Thursday, November 11. This Veterans Day free meal is available at Glory Days Grill restaurants in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, and West Virginia. Any valid form of military ID is acceptable. Country Kitchen Active duty military and veterans can stop by a participating Country Kitchen location any time on Thursday, November 11, to get a free Country Scramble, which includes two pancakes with scrambled eggs mixed with ham and cheese. Valid proof of service is necessary. This Veterans Day free meal offer is for dine-in only and cannot be combined with other discounts or offers. City Barbeque All military members and veterans can visit City Barbeque on Thursday, November 11, for Veterans Day to get a free sandwich platter. This Veterans Day free food offer includes not only a free sandwich but also two sides and a regular drink. Every City Barbeque location is participating. Farmer Boys If you're a veteran, stop by a Farmer Boys on Veterans Day, Thursday the 11th, for a free Big Cheese cheeseburger. Check with your local Farmer Boys to see if they're having this deal; the promotion is valid at all participating locations while supplies last. Military personnel need to mention the offer and show proof of service when ordering. Bad Daddy's Burger Bar All active, retired, and former military members who stop into a Bad Daddy's Burger Bar location on Veterans Day will receive a complimentary All-American Burger with choice of cheese and one of its basic sides (fries, tots, sweet potato fries or chips). This Veterans Day free food offer is valid only for dine-in, from 11 AM to 3 PM. You need to show your military ID card, veteran ID card, or discharge papers. Twin Peaks Active and retired military members can visit Twin Peaks on Thursday, November 11, for a complimentary Veterans Day meal. Options are provided from a special Veterans Day menu. Contact your local Twin Peaks location before heading out to make sure they're participating. Green Mill This Veterans Day free offer from Green Mill is for veterans and active-duty military who show proof of service. Eligible customers can pick any one item from their menu (pizza is limited to a small 1-topping deep dish, and Wing Samplers are excluded). This offer is for dine-in only, and beverages and gratuity are not included. Contact your local Green Mill Restaurant & Bar to see if they're participating. Juice It Up! Free 20 oz classic smoothies at Juice It Up! are up for grabs for veterans and active military on Thursday, November 11, 2021. Find a Juice It Up! near you for the menu and to confirm if they're participating in this Veterans Day free food offer. It can't be combined with any other offer, and military ID or another proof of service, like wearing your uniform, is necessary. Taco John's From open to close, on Thursday, November 11, veterans who visit Taco John’s will receive a free Small Beef Taco Combo. Find a Taco John's near you to see if they are participating. Be sure to use the code VETERAN in the mobile app to get this free meal offer. Bar Louie Bar Louie is giving away free Veterans Day food on Thursday, November 11, to veterans and active duty military members. This free food offer includes a free burger from any of their craft burger offerings, including their limited addition burger and Impossible burger. The free meal is valid at participating Bar Louie locations. Visit that link to find your local restaurant and see if they'll be offering this deal this year. It's for dine-in only, and you'll need to show proof of military service. Nekter If you're a veteran or active military member, you can stop in to Nekter's on Veterans Day, November 11, for a free 16oz smoothie or juice. You can take advantage of this free Veterans Day offer at your local Nekter location, but it's possible that not all of them are participating, so you might call ahead of time to double-check. Military ID is required, and add-ons are extra. Mission BBQ On Veterans Day, November 11, Mission BBQ locations will be giving away free sandwiches to veterans. Military ID is not required to get this Veterans Day free food offer. LaMar's Donuts Veterans and active military personnel can visit a participating LaMar's Donuts and Coffee location to get a free donut and 12 oz. coffee on Thursday, November 11. No coupon or purchase is necessary, but the offer doesn't apply to specialty donuts. Just bring military ID or wear your uniform to redeem this free Veterans Day offer. Cotton Patch Cafe Cotton Patch Cafe is giving out free Veterans Day meals to veterans and active military on November 11, 2021. You can get a free Chicken Fried Steak or Chicken Fried Chicken as long as you bring along a form of military ID to your local Cotton Patch Cafe on Veterans Day. Max & Erma's Max & Erma's will be honoring veterans and active military personnel by giving out a free Best Cheeseburger in America with endless seasoned fries, a fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie, and a fountain drink on Veterans Day. This Veterans Day free meal offer is valid only at participating Max & Erma's, so be sure to contact your local restaurant before heading out. Proof of military service is necessary. Chicken Salad Chick On November 11, 2021, all Chicken Salad Chick locations are giving out a free Chick Special and regular size drink in honor of Veterans Day. Veterans and active-duty military can take advantage of this Veterans Day free meal. Proof of service (uniform or military ID) is required. Huddle House Huddle House honors active duty, retired, and veteran military members this year with a free MVP Platter on Veterans Day. You can visit any Huddle House restaurant on Thursday the 11th to get this Veterans Day free food offer. Proper military ID is required, and it's for dine-in only. Logan's Roadhouse Logan's Roadhouse serves veterans and military personnel a free American Roadhouse Meal this Veterans Day in honor of their service. The free meal offer is valid from 3 PM to 6 PM only, on Thursday November 11. Proof of military service is required. Find a Logan's Roadhouse near you to take advantage of this free meal, but call ahead before you arrive to ensure that they're participating. Fazoli's If you're a veteran, you can stop into your local Fazoli's on November 10 or 11, 2021, to get free spaghetti with meat sauce or marinara. Not all locations are participating, so call before you go. Proof of military service is required before you can get your free Veterans Day food, so make sure you bring valid military ID, your discharge card, or wear your uniform. You might need to belong to Fazoli's eFamily email club to take advantage of this Veterans Day free food offer. Hy-Vee Veterans and active duty military, plus their families, can stop into a Hy-Vee store on Thursday, November 11, to receive a free Veterans Day breakfast either in the store or individually packaged via a parking lot pickup. The hours for this deal is between 6 AM and 10 AM. Also, free donuts and coffee will be offered to all veterans and active-duty military members at all Dollar Fresh locations on November 11. Find a Hy-Vee near you to confirm that they will be participating. Veterans and active military members can also get 15% off their in-store grocery purchases on Veterans Day. Shoney's Participating Shoney's will be having a Veterans Day free all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet in 2021 for veterans as well as active duty military. Proof of military service might be required, it's for dine-in only from open until 11 AM on the 11th, and beverages, tax, and gratuity aren't included in the free offer. Find a Shoney's near you. Although this free Veterans Day offer isn't compatible with other offers and discounts, Shoney's also gives out a 15% discount all year long to the Armed Forces, Police, Fire Department, EMT Units, and anyone else with proof of service. Crooked Pint Ale House Another way veterans can get a free meal on Veterans Day in 2021 is from Crooked Pint Ale House. We recommend contacting a Crooked Pint Ale House location near you to confirm that they're participating there before you head out. Proof of service is necessary. Crooked Pint also saves vets 10% every day of the year. Pilot Flying J In honor of Veterans Day, a free meal is available for all US military veterans who visit a Pilot Flying J location on November 11. This Veterans Day free food offer can be valued up to $10. You need to use the myRewards Plus app to get the food. Claim Jumper This year on Thursday, November 11, Claim Jumper locations are offering a free meal for veterans. Visit that link for the special Veterans Day menu. Veterans must show official verification of their service to take advantage of this free Veterans Day dine-in meal offer. Tax and gratuity aren't included, and Golden Nugget locations are excluded from the offer. TCBY This year for Veterans Day, all vets and active military members get their first 6 oz of frozen yogurt absolutely free. This Veterans Day freebie is valid at participating TCBY locations only, so be sure to call and confirm before you head out on Thursday the 11th. Proof of military service is required. Romano's Macaroni Grill For Veterans Day, Romano's Macaroni Grill is offering free Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs & Spaghetti meals to vets and active military on Thursday, November 11. All locations are participating in this offer except Puerto Rico, airport and international locations. You can get this Veterans Day free meal offer after presenting military ID or some other proof of military service. Caribou Coffee Caribou Coffee is giving away free coffee this Veterans Day to veterans, active military members, and their spouses, when they shop in-store. There are over 450 Caribou Coffee locations; just ask about the deal on November 11 to receive the free small cup of hot brewed coffee. Dickeys Barbecue Pit Visit a Dickeys Barbecue Pit location on Thursday, November 11, for a free pulled port sandwich. All branches of the military, past and present, can take advantage of this free food offer on Veterans Day. It's valid in-store and online for carryout, using the code VETFREE. Proof of service is required. Free Meals That Require a Food Purchase DanielBendjy / Getty Images These Veterans Day free meals or free food require a purchase: Cracker Barrel: Veterans can receive a complimentary slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake in-store and online (VETSDAY21 promo code) when they make a purchase at Cracker Barrel. Rock Bottom Brewery: All day on Thursday, November 11, Rock Bottom is inviting all active and retired military members to enjoy 10% off their purchases. Gordon Biersch: In honor of Veterans Day, Gordon Biersch is inviting all active and retired military members to enjoy 10% off all day on Thursday, November 11. Barbecue at Home by Dickey’s Barbecue: From November 11 through the end of the year, Barbecue At Home is taking 15% off all orders for veterans when they use the code VETERAN15. Products ship nationwide. Ledo Pizza: This Veterans Day, Ledo Pizza is offering all active military and veterans $5 off any order over $20 when they show a valid ID. CentraArchy Restaurants - Veterans and active military get 50% off of any meal from the dinner menu on Veterans Day this year. Valid ID is required, it's for dine-in only, and only some locations are participating. Kemah Boardwalk - 10% off restaurants for Veterans Day at Kemah Boardwalk in Texas. McCormick & Schmick's - Veterans with valid ID get 50% off an entrée from a special Veterans Day menu on Sunday, November 7, 2021. Reservations are strongly recommended. 99 Restaurant & Pub: All 99 Restaurant & Pub locations are offering active military members and veterans a free meal on Veterans Day when they purchase another. This is valid on November 11 only, from 11 AM to 5 PM. Proof of service is necessary, and the free meal choice can come from this Veterans Day menu. Price Chopper - Veterans get 500 points that they can use for food rewards on November 11. Margaritas Mexican Restaurant - From November 8 through November 14, veterans and active-duty military who dine-in with valid military ID get 50% off an entrée at participating locations. Spaghetti Warehouse - On November 11, Spaghetti Warehouse is allowing guests to present a coupon (see the link above) for a BOGO lasagna or spaghetti meal, served along with sourdough bread and your choice of salad or soup. Dine-in only, valid at Dayton, Akron, and Toledo OH locations. Location-Specific Free Meals Ariel Skelley / Getty Images Below are even more 2021 Veterans Day free meals, but they're valid at only one or two locations. Bombshells Restaurant & Bar - All locations in Texas will provide free meals and drinks for veterans and active service members on November 11. Accompanying family members will receive a 20% discount. Valid military ID is requested. San Angelo TX Elks Lodge - Veterans, active military, and first responders (and their spouses and children) can get a free breakfast at San Angelo Elks Lodge on Saturday, November 20, from 7:30 AM to 10 AM. Yard House - Visit a Yard House location on November 11 to get a free appetizer in honor of Veterans Day. This offer is good for veterans and active duty military. Calhoun's - Calhoun's Restaurant in Tennessee is having free food for veterans on November 11 at all Calhoun's locations, all day long. Military ID is required. More Military Freebies Lots of military freebies are available all year round and Memorial Day is also a time where veterans can get free stuff.