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Veterans Day 2018: Free meals, deals and discounts 
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Veterans Day 2018: Free meals, deals and discounts 

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Veterans Day 2018: Free meals, deals and discounts 

Restaurants across the country will be honoring veterans and active duty military members this weekend with free and discounted meals.

Most restaurants require a military identification for the deals. Offers may not be available at all locations. Some locations do not participate in the promotions. Check with your local restaurants before you go.

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Here are some deals for veterans and active duty military members. 

54th Street Grill & Bar: Veterans and active duty military can get a free entree up to $12 on Sunday. Dine-in only.

Acapulco: Veterans and active duty military members can get a three-item combo complimentary meal from 3 p.m. to closing.

Applebee’s: Veterans and active duty military can select a free meal from a menu of seven items on Sunday with proof of service.

Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar: Veterans and active duty military can get a complimentary item from a fixed menu.

Aspen Creek Grill: Veterans and active duty military can get a complimentary menu from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday.

Black Angus Steakhouse: Participating restaurants will offer veterans and active military personnel a $9.99 top sirloin steak, mashed potatoes, broccoli and a non-alcoholic beverage.

Back Yard Burgers: Veterans and active duty military with a valid ID can get a free ‘Classic Burger’ on Sunday.

Bagger Dave’s: Veterans, active duty military and first responders with proof of military ID can get one Great American Cheeseburger and fries Sunday.

Bandana’s Bar-B-Q: Veterans and active duty eat free on Sunday.

Bar Louie: Veterans and active duty military can get a free flatbread or burger on Sunday.

Ben’s Soft Pretzels‏: Veterans and active duty military can get a free pretzel on Monday.

BJ’s Restaurant: Veterans and active duty military can get a complimentary entree up to $12.95. They also get a free Dr. Pepper by presenting a military ID or proof of service.

Bob Evans: Veterans and active duty military can get a free select menu item on Sunday.

Bubba’s 33: Free lunch until 4 p.m. for veterans on Sunday.

Buffalo Wild Wings:Veterans and active duty who dine-in can receive a free order of traditional or boneless wings and a side of fries.

Biggby Coffee: Veterans and active duty military can get a free coffee on Sunday and Monday.

California Pizza Kitchen: Veterans and active duty military can get a free entree from a special Veterans Day menu on Sunday. Come in uniform or bring your military ID or other proof of service.

Calhoun’s: All veterans and active duty military members can get a free meal on Monday.

Cantina Laredo: Veterans and active duty military can get a free meal on Monday.

Cattlemen's Steakhouse: Veterans and active duty military can get a complimentary 8 oz. sirloin steak dinner.

Chevys Fresh Mex: Veterans and active duty military can get a free three-item combo from 3 p.m. to closing on Sunday.

Chili’s Grill & Bar: Veterans and active duty military personnel can choose a complimentary meal from a select menu on Sunday.

Chipotle: Buy one, get one free burrito, bowl, salad and taco orders on Sunday. Active duty, Guard and Reserve members, military spouses and retirees are eligible. Must have a valid ID. Limit one free menu item per military ID.

City Barbeque: Veterans and active duty military can get a free sandwich, two sides and a regular beverage, applicable on either dine-in or carryout orders on Sunday.

Claim Jumper: Veterans and active duty military who show a valid ID can receive a free entree from a special menu on Monday.

Coco’s Bakery & Restaurant: Receive a free slice of pie for all veterans and active duty military with proof of service on Sunday.

Cotton Patch Cafe: Veterans and active duty military can get a free chicken fried steak or fried chicken on Sunday.

Coffee Beanery: Veterans and active duty military can get a free tall coffee on Sunday and Monday.

Connors Steak & Seafood: Get 50 percent off any dine-in lunch or dinner entree on Sunday and Monday.

Chicken Salad Chick: Veterans who present proof of service will get a Free Chick Meal and a drink on Monday.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store: Veterans and active duty military can get a free Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake dessert or Crafted Coffee beverage on Sunday.

Denny’s: Veterans and active duty military can get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam breakfast on Monday from 5 a.m. to noon. Diners must show ID to receive this offer.

Dunkin: Active Duty and veterans get one free doughnut at participating restaurants, on Sunday.

Eat’nPark: Active duty and veterans will receive a 10 percent discount for the entire month of November.

East Coast Wings + Grill: Veterans and active duty military can get a free meal Sunday. Dine in only.

El Torito & El Torito Grill: Veterans and active duty military can get a complimentary three-item combo meal Sunday from 3 p.m. to closing.

Famous Dave’s: Veterans and active duty military can get a free two-meat combo on Sunday and Monday.

Farmer Boys: Veterans and active duty military can get a free big cheese cheeseburger on Monday.

Fatz Southern Kitchen: Free Calabash Chicken basket on Monday, plus 25 percent off the entrée on each visit to Fatz through Nov. 30.

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill: Dine with a veteran or active duty service member and their lunch or dinner is free on Monday.

Friendly’s: Veterans and active duty military can get a free dine-in breakfast, lunch or dinner from select menus on Sunday.

Fogo de Chão: Active duty and veterans get a 50 percent discount from Friday through Sunday.

Glory Days Grill: Veterans and active duty military can get a free appetizer or a regular order of boneless or grilled boneless wings on Sunday and Monday.

Golden Corral: Veterans and active duty military can get a free dine-in “thank you” dinner on Monday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Green Mill Restaurant and Bar: Veterans and active duty military can get a free lunch or dinner dine-in meal at participating locations on Sunday.

Grub Burger Bar: Veterans and active duty military can get a complimentary entree on Sunday.

Hamburger Stand: Veterans and active duty military can get a free hamburger, regular fries and a small Pepsi on Sunday.

Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream: Veterans and active duty military can get a free single cone on Sunday.

Hickory Tavern: Veterans and active duty military can get a free Tavern Burger with the purchase of a beverage on Sunday.

Hooters Free Meal: Veterans and active duty military can get a free meal from a select Veterans Day menu on Sunday.

Hoss’s Family Steak & Sea House: Veterans and active duty military can get a free soup, salad and dessert bar entry for free on Monday.

Huddle House: Active duty and veterans get a free order of Sweet Cakes with military identification from Friday until Monday.

Houlihan’s: Veterans and active duty military can get a free entree from a select menu on Sunday.

Human Bean: Veterans and active duty military can get a free 16 oz. drink of their choice on Sunday.

Hy-Vee Free Breakfast: Veterans and active duty military can get a free breakfast buffet during regular breakfast hours on Monday.

Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant: On both Sunday and Monday, veterans and active duty service members can get a free burger or sandwich and non-alcoholic beverage.

Joe’s Crab Shack: Veterans and active duty military get 20 percent off their meal.

Jon Smith Subs: On Sunday, veterans and active duty military can get a free 6-inch Steak Bomb sub.

King’s Family Restaurant: Veterans and active duty military can get a free meal on Monday.

Kolache Factory: Veterans and active duty military can get a free kolache and a free coffee on Sunday.

K&W Cafeteria: Veterans and active duty military can get a free meal that includes a choice of entrée, two vegetables, bread and a refillable beverage, with the presentation of their military ID on Monday.

Lamar’s Donuts: Veterans and active duty military can get a free doughnut and a 12-oz. coffee on Sunday.

Little Caesars: Get a free $5 Hot-N-Ready Lunch combo, which includes four slices of pizza, with a 20-oz. drink, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Logan’s Roadhouse: On Sunday, veterans and active duty military can get a free American Roadhouse Meal with proof of service.

Luna Grill: Active duty and veterans will receive their choice of a free signature wrap, plate or gourmet salad when they purchase a meal from Saturday through Monday.

Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que: Veterans and active duty military can get a complimentary dessert, and a 20 percent discount with proof of service.

Macaroni Grill: Veterans and active duty military can get a free Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs & Spaghetti entrée on Sunday.

MacKenzie River Pizza: Veterans receive 25 percent off their entire check on Veterans Day.

Main Event Bowling: Veterans and active duty military members can get a free entree plus a $10 FUNcard on Sunday.

Margaritas Mexican Restaurant: Veterans and active duty military and their significant others can get a free entree on Sunday.

Max & Erma’s: On Veterans Day, participating Max & Erma’s are offering veterans and active military personnel a free cheeseburger, endless fries and a fountain drink.

McCormick and Schmick’s:Veterans and Gold Star families (parents and spouse) can get a free lunch or dinner on Sunday.

Menchie’s Free Frozen Yogurt: Veterans and active duty military can get a free 6-oz. frozen yogurt on Sunday.

Mission BBQ: Veterans and active duty military can get a free sandwich and slice of cake on Sunday.

Native Grill & Wings: Veterans will receive one free menu item (up to $11.99 in value) on Sunday.

Nekter Juice Bar: Veterans and active duty military can get a free, 16-oz. fresh juice or Superfood smoothie on Sunday.

Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub: On Sunday from 11 a.m.– 4 p.m., veterans and active military can receive a free lunch from their 9 Real Size Entrées for $9.99 menu with the purchase of any entrée.

NYC Bagel & Sandwich Shop: Veterans are getting a free bagel and cup of coffee on Sunday from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
On The Border: Veterans and active duty military can get a free create-your-own combo meal on Sunday.

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt: Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt will be offering free frozen yogurt for all active and retired military at participating locations on Sunday.

Pilot Flying J: Veterans and active duty military can get a free Pilot Coffee of any size with their choice of a PJ Fresh breakfast sandwich, packaged pastry item or a Cinnabon Center of the Roll from Saturday through Monday.
Rapid Fire Pizza: Veterans and active duty military get a free single topping 9- or 11-inch pizza on Sunday.

Recovery Sports Grill: Veterans and active duty military can get a free meal on Sunday.
Red Lobster: Active Duty and veterans get a free appetizer or dessert from a special menu on Sunday and Monday.

Red Robin: Veterans and active duty military can get a free dine-in Red’s Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries on Sunday.

Rib Crib: Veterans and active military service members can choose a free meal from RibCrib’s Menu of Honor that includes a choice of two meats and two sides, including their slow-smoked meats and award-winning St. Louis spare ribs.

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery: Veterans get a free entrée Saturday through Nov. 17.

Ruby Tuesday: On Sunday, all former and active duty military can enjoy a free appetizer.

Ruby’s Diner: Veterans and active duty members of the military can get a Ruby’s adult entrée on the house on Monday.

Sagebrush Steakhouse: Veterans and active duty military can get a free meal from a select menu on Sunday.

Shane’s Rib Shack: Active duty and veterans can get a free sandwich, regular side, and 20-oz. beverage at participating Shane’s Rib Shack locations through Saturday.

Scooter’s Coffee: Active duty and veterans with proof of service get a free drink on Sunday.

Sheetz: Active duty and veterans get a free 6-inch turkey sub and a regular fountain drink on Sunday.

Shoney’s: Veterans and active duty military can get a free All You Care To Eat breakfast, until 11 a.m. on Monday.

Sizzler: Veterans and active duty military can get a free lunch and beverage before 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Spaghetti Warehouse: Active duty and veterans can use this coupon to get a free meal when they purchase a meal Friday through Sunday.

Starbucks: On Sunday, active duty service members, reservists, veterans and military spouses can get a free Tall Brewed Coffee.

Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt: Active duty and veterans get a free 12-oz. frozen yogurt Sunday.

Taco Mac: Veterans and active military get a free six-pack of wings with a purchase of a beverage on Monday.

Tap House Grill: Veterans and active duty military can get a free meal (dine-in only) plus discounts on beer and cocktails.

Texas Steakhouse & Saloon: All veterans and active duty military personnel can get a free meal from a select menu on Monday.

Texas de Brazil: Two veterans or active duty service personnel dine free plus get 20 percent off for up to six additional guests on Sunday and Monday. Must have proof of service.

Texas Roadhouse: On Sunday, Veterans and active duty military can select from a free special veterans lunch menu.

The Chop House: Veterans with military ID or in uniform get 50 percent off any dine-in lunch or dinner entree.

Thornton’s: Get a free cup of coffee with a military ID Friday through Sunday.

TooJay’s: Active duty personnel and veterans get a free entree from a special menu featuring 13 different items on Sunday.

Tucanos: Veterans and active duty military can get a free Churassco meal with the purchase of another adult Churassco meal through Monday.

Twin Peaks: Veterans and active duty military can get a free entrée from a select menu on Monday.

White Castle: Military veterans and active duty military receive a free breakfast combo or Castle Combo meal (numbers 1-6) Sunday and Monday.

Wienerschnitzel: On Sunday, Wienerschnitzel is offering a free chili dog with a small fry and a small Pepsi to veterans and active duty military.

Wild Wing Cafe: Veterans and active duty military can get a complimentary meal from a select menu on Sunday.

Yard House: Veterans and active duty military can get a complimentary appetizer on Sunday.

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 11: A woman holds a sign thanking veterans during the Veterans Day Parade on November 11, 2017 in New York City. The largest Veterans Day event in the nation, this year's parade features thousands of marchers, including military units, civic and youth groups, businesses and high school bands from across the country and veterans of all eras. The U.S. Air Force is this year's featured service and the grand marshal is space pioneer Buzz Aldrin. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 11: A woman holds a sign thanking veterans during the Veterans Day Parade on November 11, 2017 in New York City. The largest Veterans Day event in the nation, this year's parade features thousands of marchers, including military units, civic and youth groups, businesses and high school bands from across the country and veterans of all eras. The U.S. Air Force is this year's featured service and the grand marshal is space pioneer Buzz Aldrin. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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