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Share a Meal with a Veteran


Happy Thursday Everyone,

With all the focus this week on the election, did anyone forget that Veteran’s Day is tomorrow? I almost did! …..Yes, Veteran’s Day is this FRIDAY!!!

As some of you know, my S.O. is currently out of the Army Reserves and is in the IRR (Internal Ready Reserve). He enrolled in the IRR last May and it has been a big adjustment for him to not be involved with the Army Reserves. However, he loves that he is able to finally grow out his “veteran’s beard” to my dismay!  It is quite bushy and long already since he hasn’t shaved all summer and fall.. LOL!

Even though we are not as active in the military this year, it is still on our minds constantly. I swear we literally talk about the Army at least once every week! It will always be a major part of who he is and have a strong impact on our lives. I didn’t know my S.O. when he was deployed twice, but I still feel part of the military family. I am beyond proud of his service in the Army.

Veteran’s Day is a great holiday to remind me to be extra thankful of his service for our country. Not to mention all the other Veteran’s and Active Duty/Reserve’s service across the nation, especially those who made it home and those who didn’t. It is easy to take their service to our country for granite.

On Veteran’s Day, I encourage you to visit with a veteran or active service member. Have breakfast and coffee with a veteran? Or maybe take them out to lunch or dinner? There really is no excuse not too, especially since so many businesses honor our Veterans and active service members on Veteran’s Day. I definitely plan on taking my veteran soldier out to dinner tomorrow. Choosing a restaurant is going to be hard since there are quite a few options in our area, but I think that is a wonderful thing! I was amazed at the long list of places offering discounts this Veteran’s day 🙂

Here are some popular restaurants across the Nation honoring Veteran’s:


Veterans and Active Duty Military can select a free meal from a limited menu for Veteran’s Day. Provide proof of service required. All current and former military personnel will also receive a $5 coupon that can be redeemed between November 12 and November 27, 2016.

Black Angus Steakhouse

On Veterans Day, all veterans and active duty personnel will receive a free Top Sirloin Steak Dinner, with home-style mashed potatoes fresh broccoli with garlic butter and sweet molasses bread. Offer is good Veterans Day November 11th 2016.

Buffalo Wild Wings

All day long on Friday, November 11, veterans and active duty military who dine at their local B-Dubs can receive a free small order of 10-12 traditional or boneless wings and a side of fries.


Veterans and active-duty military receive a free meal on Veterans Day from a special Veterans Day menu.

Chuck E. Cheese

This Veterans Day (11/11/2016) at Chuck E. Cheese’s, active and retired military members can enjoy a free individual 1-topping pizza with offer code 5258.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

Veterans receive a complimentary Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola® Cake dessert to veterans and an opportunity for guests to make purchases that support the United Service Organizations (USO).  Veterans Day only.


All active, inactive, and retired military personnel at all participating Denny’s restaurants nationwide will receive a free Build Your Own Grand Slam breakfast on Friday, Nov. 11, from 5 a.m. to noon. Diners must show ID to receive this offer.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Veterans and active military who eat at Dickey’s on Friday, November 11th, may enjoy a free meal which includes a sandwich, side and a Big Yellow Cup, up to a $12 total value. Anyone who dines with a veteran is offered a free Big Yellow Cup with applicable purchase.

Famous Dave’s

On Nov. 11, 2016 in honor of Veteran’s Day all former and current military personnel will receive a free two meat Combo.

Golden Corral

On Monday, November 14th, 2016 from 5 PM to 9 PM, Golden Corral offers a free sit-in “thank you” dinner for Military veterans, retirees, and active duty members.


Hooters invites all veterans and current servicemen and women to a Hooters Veterans Day free meal from their select Veterans Day menu by presenting a military ID or proof of service at any Hooters location across the country on 11-11-2016.


On Veteran’s Day between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., participating IHOP Restaurants around the nation will be honoring the brave men and women who have served, or are serving, in the United States Military by offering them free Red, White and Blue pancakes. Select IHOP restaurants will also offer a combo of two eggs, hash browns and choice of two bacon strips or pork sausage links as part of the Red, White & Blue Pancake promotion.  Promotion for retired and active duty military personnel.

Krispy Crème’s

On Veterans Day 2016, a free doughnut and small coffee will be given to anyone who identifies themselves as a veteran or active military personnel (no ID required).

Little Caesars Pizza

On Friday, November 11, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. veterans and active military members can receive a free $5 HOT-N-READY® Lunch Combo. Proof of service required to receive this offer.

LongHorn Steakhouse

LongHorn Steakhouse will offer a free appetizer or dessert (no purchase required, no restrictions) to anyone showing proof of military service. In addition, guests that dine with Veterans on November 11 will receive 10% off.

Old Country Buffet

Free buffet and drink for all veterans and active duty military on 11/11/16.

Olive Garden

On Veterans Day, Olive Garden restaurants will offer a free entrée from a special menu to active-duty military and military veterans. The special menu features six of Olive Garden’s most popular items. Entrées are served with unlimited homemade soup or famous house salad and warm, garlic breadsticks.

Outback Steakhouse

All active, retired military and veterans get a free Bloomin’ Onion® and a beverage on Veterans Day. Must have valid identification. There is also a military discount of 15% off the total check from valid for military members and their families.

Panera Bread

1 free You Pick 2 for Veterans and Active Duty members on Veterans Day at participating locations in South Florida, Kentucky, Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Bring proof of service.

Perkins Restaurant

Get free Magnificent Seven® meal to U.S. Military both past and present on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2016.

Red Lobster

To thank Veterans, active duty military and reservists, Red Lobster will offer a free appetizer or dessert from their select Veterans Day menu. To receive offer, show a valid military ID on November 10th and 11th.

Red Robin

All Veterans and Active Duty Military get a free dine-in Red’s Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries on Veterans Day 11/11/2016.

Ruby Tuesday

On 11/11/2016 veterans, active duty, and reservists (with proof of service) may receive one free appetizer up to $10 in value.


Sizzler is proud to honor and celebrate United States veterans and active-duty military personnel with a free lunch and beverage on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016.


On Veterans Day 2016, active duty service members, reservists, veterans and military spouses are invited to enjoy a free Tall Brewed Coffee. In addition, now through November 11, for every Veterans Day Starbucks Card or eGift purchased, Starbucks will contribute $5 to help support programs assisting service members, military spouses and veterans.

Texas Roadhouse

Select from a free special veterans lunch menu including a beverage and sides.

TGI Fridays

Guests who show valid military ID can enjoy a free lunch menu item up to $12. This offer is valid on Friday, November 11th, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time.

Tony Roma’s

Come into Tony Roma’s on Veterans Day and receive a complimentary half a rack of baby back ribs. At participating locations only. With proof of Military Service or Veteran Status.

Village Inn

All who have served get a free Inn-Credible V.I.B. breakfast on Veterans Day.

For a more detailed list and places in your local area, please visit this link.


What are your plans for Veteran’s Day? Any favorite places to go too?


10 thoughts on “Share a Meal with a Veteran

  1. Hey Christy, thanks for your appreciation post. Being an Airforce veteran , and having two sons in the Army now, I certainly have a love for the sacrifice given from military people. Yea, I think Veterans day has slipped from a lot of minds this week, thanks for the gentle reminder!.


    1. I was very surprised with how many restaurants honor veterans! I think it is great to have so many across the nation supporting the military. Please thank your father and your sister for me for their service!


  2. I love that restaurants honor veterans with free meals. I am taking my hubby out for dinner tonight in honor of Veterans Day. Thanks to your family for their service.


  3. I actually did share a meal with a Veteran yesterday. My friend and I went out to lunch after Bible study. We didn’t go to any of the restaurants that were offering discounts or free meals though. Maybe next year. 🙂


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