The Best Freebies for Vets and Military Personnel on Veterans Day 2019 – Lifehacker

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“FroYo brand honors veterans with discount,” says an actual email I got from a TCBY rep, because we live in an Infinite Jest-ass Futurama world, where the reward for risking your life on behalf of America’s imperialist oligarchs is a free 6-ounce cone of frozen yogurt.

Until the day our country ends its proud tradition of withholding pay and benefits from its soldiers and veterans, you have to take what you can get. Here are the best deals and freebies for military personnel and veterans this Veterans Day.

We’re featuring just the best freebies. For a more exhaustive list, including deals available to non-military customers, go to Offers.com. (Dunkin’ is offering every customer a free donut.) Deals below require proof of service.

Free food for active and retired military personnel

  • 54th Street Grill: Free meal up to $12
  • Applebee’s: Free dine-in meal
  • Bakers Square: Free Rise & Shine breakfast
  • Bar Louie: Free burger or flatbread
  • BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse: Free entree and Dr. Pepper
  • Buffalo Wild Wings: Free order of wings and side of fries
  • Buffalo Wings & Rings: Five free boneless wings and soft drink
  • California Pizza Kitchen: Free pizza, salad, or pasta and a beverage
  • Casa Ole: Free menu item (and same for their spouse)
  • Chicken Salad Chick: Free Chick Special with a regular drink
  • Chili’s: Free entree (from a limited menu)
  • Chill-N Nitrogen Ice Cream: Free small ice cream with two mix-ins
  • Cotton Patch Café: Free chicken-fried chicken or chicken-fried steak
  • Farmer Boys: Free cheeseburger
  • Famous Dave’s BBQ: Free “2-Meat Salute” meal
  • Fazoli’s: Free spaghetti with meat sauce or marinara
  • Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers: Free combo meal card
  • Friendly’s: Free “Veterans breakfast” (a lumberjack breakfast) and coffee, or burger, fries, and beverage
  • Glory Days Grill: Free appetizer or boneless wings
  • Gordon Biersch: Free meal
  • Green Mill Restaurant & Bar: Free single-serving menu item from a limited menu
  • Grub Burger Bar: Free entree
  • Houlihan’s: Free meal
  • Hurricane Grill & Wings: Free dine-in meal from a limited menu
  • Hy-Vee: Free breakfast buffet until 11 a.m.
  • IHOP: Free breakfast combo or Red, White, and Blueberry pancakes
  • Little Caesars: Free lunch combo 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Logan’s Roadhouse: Free meal 3-6 p.m.
  • Macaroni Grill: Free Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs and Spaghetti meal
  • Main Event Entertainment: Free $10 meal card and entree
  • Manhattan Bagel: Free bagel with cream cheese
  • Margaritas Mexican Restaurant: Free dine-in meal
  • Max & Erma’s: Free cheeseburger, fries, and beverage
  • McCormick & Schmick’s: Free lunch or dinner on Sunday
  • Menchie’s: Free 6-ounce frozen yogurt
  • Monterey’s Little Mexico: Free menu item (and one for a spouse)
  • O’Charley’s: Free meal from a limited menu
  • Olive Garden: Free entree with unlimited soup or salad and garlic breadsticks
  • On The Border: Free Create Your Own Combo meal
  • Orange Leaf: Free frozen yogurt
  • Peet’s Coffee & Tea: Free coffee or tea
  • Pie Five Pizza: Free personal pizza
  • Pilot Flying J: Free breakfast Nov. 8-11. (Also, “Pilot Flying J is donating $100,000 to the Call of Duty Endowment Fund to help veterans transition to successful careers after the military.”)
  • Red Robin: Free Tavern Double Burger and bottomless steak fries
  • Rock Bottom: Free entree
  • Sheetz: Free meal and car wash for veterans and active duty military personnel
  • Shoney’s: Free all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet until 11 a.m.
  • Sizzler: Free lunch entree, side, and beverage from a limited menu until 4 p.m.
  • Smoothie King: Free 20-ounce smoothie
  • Starbucks: Free tall brewed coffee. And “$0.25 of every brewed coffee beverage purchase on Veterans Day will be donated to Team Red, White and Blue, and Team Rubicon, who operate programs dedicated to supporting Veterans’ mental and physical wellbeing.”
  • Tap House Grill: Free dine-in meal
  • Texas Corral: Free meal from a limited menu, with soup or salad and beverage
  • Texas Roadhouse: Free meal from a limited menu
  • TooJay’s: Free meal from a limited menu
  • Tuscan Kitchen: Free three-course meal 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Twin Peaks: Free meal
  • Überrito: Free menu item (and one for a spouse)
  • Village Inn: Free four-item V.I.B. breakfast
  • Wienerschnitzel: Free chili dog with small fries and small Pepsi
  • White Castle: Free breakfast combo or Castle combo

Non-food freebies for active and retired military personnel

  • Good Year Auto Service: Free car care check and tire installation Nov. 8-16
  • Great Clips: Free haircut (or coupon for free cut until Dec. 31)
  • Sport Clips Haircuts: Free haircut at “many locations”
  • True REST Float Spa: Free 60-minute float session

And more seriously, if you’re dealing with a mental crisis, the Crisis Text Line is a year-round 24/7 support line. Text RISING to 741741 for free mental health support from a counselor. They know the mental health issues facing veterans and they’re ready to help.