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Veterans Day: Everywhere Vets Can Eat Free, Deals and Sales

Happy Veterans Day, America and to all those who have served and currently served in the military!

To pay respect and honor to our beloved vets, a lot of restaurants, retailers and service and product providers are offering up a host of free meals, deals and other sales just for Vets and their famlies!

Here is a curated list from Military benefits to start you off:

2020 Free Meals

Updated Daily!

All November

Eat’n Park

All active and former United States military personnel will receive a special 10% discount for the entire month of November.

Golden Corral

From November 1 – November 30, 2020, all active and former military members can pick up a free “thank you meal” promotional card that’s good for one free lunch or dinner buffet and beverage. The promotional card can be used Monday – Thursday after 11am from November 1 – May 31, 2021. One promotional card per person.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

110 Grill

Complimentary lunch entrée from a select menu to all Veterans and active duty military on November 11th.

54th Street Grill & Bar

Free entree up to $12 on Veterans Day (Wed 11-11-20) for Veterans + Active Duty who dine inside a 54th Street. #54supportsvets.


Get a free coffee or Big Gulp on Memorial Day, July 4th, and Veterans Day. Download the 7-Eleven app and sign in or register.

Ahipoke Bowl

On Nov. 11, veterans and active-duty military receive 50% off poke bowls. Dine-in or take out.

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza Veterans and active military personnel receive a free 12-inch cheese pizza on November 11th.


Veterans and Active Duty Military can select a free meal from a limited menu on Veteran’s Day. Provide proof of service required.

Aroma Joe’s Coffee

On Veterans Day (11/11), all Veterans and Active Duty Military can get up to a 24oz drink for free.


Active Duty military and veterans with a valid ID can choose a free item from a special menu on 11/11/2020 at participating locations. Menu include Arooga’s Buffalo Pretzel, Chopped or Caesar Salad, Cheeseburger, Grilled Cheese & Bacon with Creamy Tomato Basil Soup, Spicy Italian Wrap, Boneless Wings and Original Boli.

Aspen Creek Grill

On Wednesday, Nov. 11th, all veterans and active duty military can select from a complimentary menu from 11 am to close.

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m on Wednesday, 11/11, Veterans & Active Duty servicemen and women receive a free BD’s All American Burger & side with valid Military ID. In person only.

Bagger Dave’s

Active, non-active, reservists, retired personnel, and first responders with proof of military identification get one Great American Cheeseburger and fries on November 11, 2020.

Baker’s Square

Free Rise & Shine breakfast for veterans on 11.11.20 and on that same date, all Veterans and active duty members who dine their will receive a 20% off the entire check coupon valid for their next visit.

Bandana’s Bar-B-Q

Veterans and active duty get a free Budget Buster Meal on Wednesday, 11/11/20.

Bar Louie

Wednesday, November 11th Louie nation is offering a free craft burger or flatbread of your choice to all active or retired military.

bartaco 20% off food on Nov. 11 for all active duty and retired military.

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s

Free meal for veterans with a purchase of equal or greater value up to $10 on Nov. 11.

Ben’s Soft Pretzels‏

Free pretzel for veterans and active military on 11/11/20.

BIBIBOP Asian Grill

BIBIBOP is giving all Veterans and Active Duty Military a free bowl on Veteran’s Day.

Big Boy

Veterans can come in on Veteran’s Day with a valid ID and pickup a voucher for a free future meal. Participating locations only, limit 200 per store.

Biggby Coffee

On November 11th BIGGBY COFFEE will be offering free brewed coffee for veterans.

Billy Sims BBQ

Veterans & active military can enjoy a free pulled pork or chicken sandwich, 1 reg. side & reg. drink. Offer good for dine-in & carry-out only. Valid only on #VeteransDay.

Black Angus Steakhouse

11/11/20 participating restaurants will offer veterans and active military professionals get an All-American Steak Plate for just $10.99 plus all the fixings and a non- alcoholic beverage. Must show military ID.

BJ’s Restaurant

On Veterans Day, all service members can enjoy a complimentary entree up to $14.95, plus a free Dr Pepper, by presenting a military ID or proof of service.

Bob Evans

Bob Evans Restaurants are offering free select menu items to Veterans and Active Duty Military on Veterans Day, Wednesday., Nov. 11.

Break Time

Break Time will give all veterans a free  fountain drink or coffee on Wednesday (11/11).

Brick House Tavern + Tap

20% off meal on Nov. 11 for veterans and parties up to 4.

Bruegger’s Bagels

Veterans can grab a free medium fresh-brewed hot or iced coffee with your breakfast 11/11/20.

Bubba Gump Shrimp

Military personnel and their families receive 20% off on food and retail purchases on Nov. 11, 2020.

Buffalo Wild Wings Free Wings

All day long on Wednesday, November 11, veterans and active duty military who dine-in at their local B-Dubs can receive a free one order of boneless wings and a side of fries. At participating U.S. locations only.

Buffalo Wings & Rings

Veterans and Active Military with valid ID will receive 3 free tenders and a drink on November 11th, 2020 at participating locations. Valid for Dine In Only.


All veterans and active duty military members can enjoy a free meal on Wednesday, November 11.

California Pizza Kitchen

On Veterans Day, all veterans or active duty military personnel will be able to select a free entree from a special Veterans Day menu including pizza, salads and pasta. Please come in uniform or bring your military ID or other proof of service.

Cantina Laredo

Veterans and active duty military can receive a complimentary meal on Wed., Nov. 11.

Casey’s General Store

Casey’s is providing free coffee on Veterans Day across its more than 2,200 locations. In addition, $1 will be donated for every online or in-app purchase of a large pizza and two-liter Pepsi brand drink, up to $50,000 total.

Cattlemens Steakhouse

Cattlemens Steakhouse offers current and former military members a complimentary 8 oz. Sirloin Steak dinner on Veterans Day, November 11.

CC’s Coffee House

Free tall brewed coffee for all Veterans & Active Military this #VeteransDay, Nov. 11. (Participating locations only).

CentraArchy Restaurants

On Wednesday, November 11 CentraArchy Restaurants are showing their gratitude by honoring veterans and active duty military service members with 50% off an entrée. Includes California Dreaming, New York Prime, Chophouse ’47, The Tavern at Phipps, Carolina Roadhouse, Joey D’s Oak Room, Gulfstream Cafe, Chophouse New Orleans.

Charley’s Philly Steaks

Offering a small or regular size Cheesesteak on Veterans Day. Please note that this promotion is at domestic non-AAFES locations only.

Chicken Salad Chick

free Chick meal and regular drink on Wednesday, November 11.

Chili’s Grill & Bar

All veterans and active duty military personnel can choose a complimentary meal from a select menu on Veterans Day 2020.

Cicis Pizza

Free adult buffet with valid active duty or retired military ID on 11/11/20.

Coco’s Bakery & Restaurant

Receive a free slice of pie for all Veterans and Active Duty Military with proof of service plus buy one get one free entree for breakfast, lunch or dinner on Veterans Day.

Coffee Beanery

Veterans can use code THANKYOU20 to take 20% off your online order Nov. 11 – Nov. 13.

Colton’s Steak House

Veterans eat free on November 11 from 11am-4pm. Free entree valid for all active, former, or retired military when ordering from Veterans Day menu.

Connors Steak & Seafood

On Wednesday, November 11th, Connors Steak & Seafood locations in TN, AL, and FL are offering 50% off any dine-in lunch or dinner entree to all active duty and retired service members with military ID or in uniform.

Cotton Patch Cafe

Veterans and active duty may enjoy a free Chicken Fried Steak or Chicken Fried Chicken on Veteran’s Day.

Country Cookin

All active, reserve, retired, and honorably discharged members of the U.S. military are invited to dine on Veteran’s Day, November 11th and receive a free salad bar or $5 off any entree.

Country Kitchen Restaurants

Free country scramble for active & retired military on Nov. 11 at participating locations.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

During Military Family Appreciation Month Cracker Barrel will offer in-store specials on Veterans Day for military veterans and promotions throughout November to support military families in partnership with Operation Homefront. On 11/11, veterans can receive a free slice of Double Fudge Coca-Cola Cake with their meal.

Crooked Pint Ale House

On Nov 11. veterans and active military eat free.

Davanni’s Pizza

Get a free Solo 1-Item Pizza and a Regular soda for all veterans and active service members on Nov. 11.


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

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Free Pulled Pork Classic Sandwich this Veterans Day. To redeem in-store, veterans and current military personnel must present a military ID or valid proof of service.


Veterans and active duty military will receive a complimentary meal at participating locations.

Dunkin’ Donuts

On November 11, Veterans and active duty military can enjoy a free donut at Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide, no purchase necessary.

East Coast Wings + Grill

Wednesday, November 11th have a free meal. Available all day, dine in or takeout.

Einstein Bros. Bagels

On 11/11/20 veterans and active-duty military get a free hot or iced medium coffee.

El Chico Cafe

Veterans and active military eat free on Wednesday 11.11.20 (Limit $20).

El FeniEl Fenix veterans eat free Wednesday, 11/11, with Taco Dinners. Choose from two Chicken or Beef Tacos, served with rice & beans.


The Exchange will feature one-day only specials on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, including a free coffee for all shoppers at Express and participating Exchange restaurant locations. From Nov. 8 through 14 The Exchange will also feature deals deals in stores and online at ShopMyExchange.com.

Famous Dave’s

On Nov. 11 in honor of Veteran’s Day all former and current military personnel will receive a free free Georgia Chopped Pork Sandwich plus a side. Dine-in or To-Go.


Veterans and Active Military are invited to join us for a FREE Calabash Chicken Basket on Nov. 11, 2020. Dine-In Only.

Farmer Boys

Wednesday, Nov. 11 veterans and active duty military with valid proof of service get a free big cheese cheeseburger.


Complimentary meals to active duty military and veterans on Veterans Day.

Fogo de Chão

On 11.11.20, Veterans receive 50% off and their guests 10% (up to three).

Food City

Veterans and active military members eat free at the Food city deli on November 11. Bring your Military ID card or proof of service with your ValuCard.

Fox & Hound

This Veterans Day get a free meal. Dine-in only. Not available at Schaumburg and Arlington Heights locations.

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers Veterans and active duty military can pick up free combo meal cards on Veterans Day. The cards are good through 11/30/2020.

Frickers Restaurants

Veterans get 10 free wings (boneless or traditional) on Nov. 11.

Friendly’s Free Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner

Friendly’s is treating veterans and active military, with a valid military ID or honorable discharge card, to a free All-American meal for lunch or dinner, which consists of the All-American Burger, served with a side of fries and a drink on Veteran’s Day 11-11-2020. The burger can be upgraded to a cheeseburger for free.

Glory Days Grill

Free appetizer or a regular order of boneless or grilled boneless wings on Veteran’s Day.

Gold Star Chili

Enjoy a free 3-way and drink on Veterans Day. For all who served.

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurants

Participating locations will offer veterans and active duty military a complimentary free entrée from a Veterans Day menu, on November 11th.

The Greene Turtle

Current service-members and veterans can enjoy a free meal on Veterans Day.

Green Mill Restaurant and Bar

Veterans and Active Duty Military will receive a free lunch or dinner dine-in meal at participating locations on Veterans Day. Must show proof of service, and beverages and gratuity are not included in free meal.

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria All veterans will receive 25% off on 11/11/20.

Hamburger Stand

All veterans and active duty with a valid military ID receive a free hamburger, regular fries, and a small Pepsi.


Veterans can stop in for 10 free boneless wings with any 10 purchase from a long list of wing styles.

hopdoddy burger bar

Free Classic Burger with Cheese for veterans on 11/11/20. Redeemable for in-store dining or to-go orders placed by phone.

Hoss’s Family Steak & Sea House

20% off meals on 11/11 for all veterans.


Receive a free entrée from a select menu on Veteran’s Day 11/11 with proof of veteran status or active service in the military.

Huddle House

Huddle House is offering a free MVP Breakfast Platter to all active military members and veterans with proper I.D. on Veterans Day, November 11.

Huey Magoo’s

Treat a veteran or active military member with proper I.D. to a free meal for one when you purchase a meal for one and two beverages on Veterans Day.

The Human Bean Coffee

Free 16oz drink to all veterans and military personnel on Veterans Day.

Hurricane Grill & Wings

All veterans and active duty military receive a complimentary entree on Nov. 11th at participating locations. #veteransday.

Hy-Vee Free Breakfast

Enjoy a free curbside pickup breakfast for veterans and active military members November 11, 2020 from 6 – 10 a.m. Plus, get 15% off discount on groceries when shopping Aisles Online or in stores.


All active duty and Veterans are invited to come in and enjoy Free Red, White, & Blue Pancakes on Wednesday, November 11, from 7 am to 7 pm.

Ikea Enjoy a free meal at Ikea 11/11. Military ID Required.

Incredible Pizza

Veterans eat free all week (expires 11/13/20).

Insomnia Cookies veterans & active military can enjoy a free 6-Pack in-store w/ any purchase on Veterans Day (just show military ID in-store to redeem).

Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant

On 11/11, veterans and active duty service members get a free Brewski burger or either of our fried chicken sandwiches and soft drink.

J Christopher’s

Wednesday, November 11th, those who served receive a free meal.

Jet’s Pizza

On 11/11, America’s military veterans, retirees, and active-duty personnel can order 50% off menu priced pizzas with a military ID. Pick up orders only, not available online.

Joe’s Crab Shack

On November 11th, all veterans can enjoy 20% off. Valid for parties up to 4.

Joellas Hot Chicken

Wednesday, November 11, all Veterans, Active Duty, and Reserves get a free meal of 2 Jumbo Tenders, 1 Southern Side, Dippin’ Sauce & Drink.

Juice It Up!

This Veterans Day all veterans and active military will receive a free  20oz Classic Smoothie.

K&W Cafeteria

Free meal that includes choice of entrée, two vegetables, bread and a refillable beverage, with the presentation of your military ID on Wednesday, 11.11/20. Offer valid from 11a.m. to closing.

Kolache Factory

Enjoy one free kolache (any kind) and one cup of freshly brewed Katz coffee (any size). All veteran and active military with government-issued military photo ID or DD 214.

Krispy Kreme Free Doughnut & Coffee

On Veterans Day, a free doughnut and coffee will be on the house.


November 11th veterans receive free coffee at Kwik Fill locations.

Lamar’s Donuts

Free donut and a 12oz coffee for all veterans and active military on Veterans Day.

Lion’s Choice

Free original roast beef sandwich for active-and-retired-members of the armed forces on Wednesday, November 11.

Little Caesars Pizza

On Wednesday, November 11, from 11am to 2pm, veterans and active military members can receive a free Lunch Combo, which features four slices of Little Caesars popular Detroit-style DEEP!DEEP!™ Dish pizza, paired with a 20-ounce Pepsi product.

Logan’s Roadhouse

On Nov. 11, all active duty and retired U.S. military personnel are invited to enjoy a free meal from the American Roadhouse menu in honor of Veterans Day. This offer is available from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at all Logan’s Roadhouse restaurants nationwide.

Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que

On Veterans Day (Nov. 11), active and former military can enjoy a complimentary dessert, and a 20% discount with proof of service. Veterans receive 20% off the entire month of November for ‘Military Family Month.’

Luna Grill

Luna is offering a “Buy One, Get One Free” deal from Wed., November 11 through Fri., November 13 to any active duty or veteran member of the armed forces at all locations.

Macaroni Grill

This Veterans Day, 11/11, all veterans and active military receive a free Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs + Spaghetti with military ID.

Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant

Nov. 10th thru Nov. 15th, all Veterans & Active Duty Military personnel receive 50% off their entree. Valid for dine-in only with valid Military ID.

Max & Erma’s

On Veterans Day, participating Max & Erma’s locations are celebrating veterans and active military personnel with a free cheeseburger, endless fries, fountain drink and a chocolate chip cookie.

McCormick & Schmick’s

Veterans of the Military, National Guard, Gold Star Parents and Gold Star Spouses can enjoy a half priced entrée off a select menu on Sunday, November 8, 2020.

Menchie’s Free Frozen Yogurt

On Veterans Day, all Veterans and military personnel with a military ID or proof of service will receive a free six ounce frozen yogurt any time of day on Veterans Day 11.11. Show a valid ID or be in uniform to receive.

Mimi’s Cafe – Now through November 13, 2020, 20% off for Veterans and their families.

Mission BBQ

Veterans and active duty will receive a free sandwich on Veterans Day, 11/11/20.

MOD Pizza

Sign to receive a buy-one get-one free MOD-size pizza or salad with military ID by November 8 and MOD will send you a coupon on November 9 to redeem on #VeteransDay.

Morton’s The Steakhouse

All current and former military members enjoy 20% off on November 11. Valid for parties up to 4. Must show valid ID.

Mountain Mike’s

Enjoy 15% off any large pizza this Veterans Day. (coupon code: 178130)

Native Grill & Wings All Veterans and Active Duty Military are invited to enjoy a free menu item (up to $11.99) on 11.11.

Nektar All veterans are invited to come into their local Nékter and enjoy a free fresh juice or superfood smoothie (16 oz.) on November 11.

Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub

On 11/11 from 11am – 5pm, Veterans and active military can receive a free entrée from a special Veterans Day menu with the purchase of any other entrée. Dine-in only.

Noah’s Bagels

Veterans can grab a free medium fresh-brewed hot or iced coffee with your breakfast on 11/11/20.

Read more: https://militarybenefits.info/veterans-day-discounts-sales-deals-free-meals/#ixzz6dWGxlL8O

Veteran’s Day: The Best and Worst US Cities For Vets (SURVEY)

Happy Veterans Day!

Today, we in America, celebrate the service that Vets gave to secure freedom with some paying the ultimate sacrifice. More needs to be done in this country and around the world to ensure that those who sacrifice themselves to serve in the armed forces and are fortunate enough to return home alive, are given the best care possible!

Fortunately,  71 percent of the Veteran’s Administraion’s medical centers recently demonstrated an increase in quality in the past year. Owing to this boost, the personal-finance website WalletHub recently released its report on 2018’s Best & Worst Places for Veterans to Live as well as accompanying videos.

The report compares the 100 largest U.S. cities across 18 key metrics, ranging from share of military skill-related jobs to housing affordability to availability of VA health facilities.

Best Cities for VeteransWorst Cities for Veterans
1Austin, TX91Philadelphia, PA
2Scottsdale, AZ92Cleveland, OH
3Colorado Springs, CO93Baton Rouge, LA
4Raleigh, NC94San Bernardino, CA
5Gilbert, AZ95Toledo, OH
6Plano, TX96Baltimore, MD
7Virginia Beach, VA97Fresno, CA
8Irvine, CA98Memphis, TN
9Tampa, FL99Newark, NJ
10Orlando, FL100Detroit, MI

Best vs. Worst

  • Virginia Beach, Virginia, has the highest veteran population, 130.43, which is 15.3 times higher than in Hialeah, Florida, the city with the lowest at 8.51.

  • Chesapeake, Virginia, has the highest veteran income adjusted for cost of living, $56,568, which is 2.8 times higher than in Newark, New Jersey, the city with the lowest at $20,462.

  • Stockton, California, has one of the lowest shares of veterans living below the poverty line, 1.91 percent, which is 11 times lower than in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the city with the highest at 21.05 percent.

  • Virginia Beach, Virginia, has the lowest ratio of homeless veterans to the veteran population, 0.65, which is 49.1 times lower than in San Francisco, the city with highest at 31.89.

  • Plano, Texas, has the lowest veteran unemployment rate, 2.40 percent, which is 6.5 times lower than in Detroit, the city with highest at 15.60 percent.

To view the full report and your city’s rank, please visit: https://wallethub.com/edu/best-and-worst-cities-for-veterans/815

Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson headline Concert for Valor [LIVE! VIDEO STREAM LINK!]

Going on NOW! Tune in to HBO to peep two of our Bellyitch Bumpwatch moms Jennifer Hudson and Carrie Underwood perform during the first of its kind Concert for Valor to honor US Veterans for Veterans Day today going down at the National Mall.

Other performers include Bruce Springsteen, Rihanna, Metallica , the Zac Brown Brand, The Black Keys and more.

Or if you don’t have HBO you can Watch it LIVE on the event’s website HERE: 

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Happy Veterans Day: Military-inspired Nail Art

Today, we in the United States honor and salute the brave men and women who have served in the military!
Just for fun, if you’d like to wear your salute on your nails and have a day off, consider also decorating your nails in a military -inspired designs or nail art. 

Find this tutorial HERE:

And check out these other designs:




Air Force

Coast guard

Veteran’s Day: ALL US National Parks are FREE

This Veterans’ Day, many schools and the federal government are closed. The US National Park Service is waiving entrance for everyone to commemorate the service of U.S. Armed Forces veterans.
“From frontier forts to battlefields and memorials, there are almost 100 national park sites with direct connections to the military,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “We are committed to telling the story of our veterans. We must never forget their valor and their service to our country.”
Many parks will also hold special events. Hear the story of America’s first top guns at Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site in Alabama.  Visit the historic Nike Hercules Missile base – a remnant of the Cold War – in Everglades National Park. Witness an enlistment during a commemoration at Valley Forge. Tour Mammoth Cave and learn about its role in the War of 1812.
Find more information about these and other events at www.nps.gov/findapark/military-honor.htm.
If you live near a park and are thinking of something to do while the kids are off, consider taking a trek to your nearest one.
FIND A park near you HERE
photo: Atop Indian Head, National Park Service

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Memorial Day: 16 Things NOT to say to a Military Spouse

Memorial Day is this Monday and generally, in addition to honoring and remembering fallen soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice, people also have come to use the holiday to also express their gratitude to alive, wounded and actively serving members of the military. 
This holiday, Mom.me‘s Rebecca Yarros reminds us all of the top 16 things to NOT say to a military spouse. Often times, people are well-intentioned but end up sticking their feet in their mouths and insulting those women (and men) who are married to servicemen.
Here is a snapshot of the items on the list:
1. “But, that war is over.”
2. “Do you really think the military is the right environment to raise a child?”
3. “Can’t you just go visit him?”
4. “You must think men in uniform are sexy!”
5. “Don’t all military wives cheat when their husbands are gone?”
6. “Oh, ‘Army Wives,’ just like the TV show?”
7. “Man, I wish my husband would deploy.”
8. “Where can I get that pretty gold star pin?”
9. “ I know just how you feel, my boyfriend has business trips all the time.” 

10. “Marriage must be so much easier when he’s not home to annoy you!”
11. “So, has he killed people?”
12. “Have you thought about getting in shape during deployment and surprising him?”
13. “Aren’t you scared he’ll die?”
14. “Will he ever get that scar fixed?”
15. “You knew what you were getting into.”
16. “I could never do that.”
To read why these words are “no-nos” head over to Me.com and check out Yarros’ piece there.

photos: Shutterstock

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