Veterans Day meals 2017: Freebies, discounts and other deals

Veterans Day is Saturday, Nov. 11, and there’s no way to completely thank our military members for their service.

That being said, would a free meal, a new haircut or some cool discounts be a good start?

In honor of Veterans Day, several Indianapolis restaurants and businesses are offering freebies and discounts to current and former military service members Saturday. Make sure to verify participating locations before you go.

All discounts apply to both active-duty military personnel and veterans unless otherwise specified. Be sure to bring along proof of your service.

Here’s who has freebies and deals for veterans:

Early bird specials

Aspen Creek Grill: Free lunch from special menu from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Bar Louie: Free flatbread or burger for veterans and active military.

BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse: Free entrée under $12.95 on Friday and Saturday. Plus, get a free BJ’s beer, which was donated by a community member. Learn more at

Boston Market: Buy one individual meal, get a second free Friday through Sunday at participating locations. No military ID required. Coupon required from

Denny’s: From 5 a.m. to noon Friday, active, inactive and retired military personnel get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam at participating locations.

Fazoli’s:Free spaghetti with meat or marina sauce Friday through Sunday. The chain also is rolling out a new 10 percent military discount.

IHOP: Get a free stack of Red, White and Blue pancakes or a patriotic pancake combo from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at participating locations. Deal varies by location.

Tucanos Brazilian Grill: Get a free Churrasco Meal for your veteran when you buy another adult Churrasco Meal through Saturday.

Veterans Day free eats

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill: Free meal from a special menu Saturday at any of the nearly 1,800 locations.

Arni’s: Free entree up to $10 for active duty military and veterans with proof of service. Dine-in only.

Bob Evans: Free meal from a special menu available all day Saturday at all locations.

Bonefish Grill: Free Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer.

Brew Link Brewing:Free beer. Co-owner and Indiana Army National Guard veteran Ruari Crabbe will buy all active duty military and veterans a beer with a purchase of beer in the Tap Room.

Bruegger’s Bagels: Free small drip coffee.

Buffalo Wild Wings: Free small order of traditional or boneless wings with a side of fries. Military ID required.

Carrabba’s Italian Grill: Free appetizer.

Chili’s: Free meal from a special menu.

Chuck E. Cheese: Free personal one-topping pizza to veterans, active duty personnel and eligible dependents with military ID, proof of service and promo code 5500. The chain also has daily military discounts.

Cicis Pizza: Free adult buffet.

Circle K: Free Polar Pop with the Veterans Day deal on the convenience store chain’s mobile app and with military ID.

Cracker Barrel: Free slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit: Veterans get a free sandwich, savory side and a Big Yellow Cup from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Dunkin’ Donuts: Free doughnut of choice, while supplies last.

Famous Dave’s: Free two meat combo.

Grindstone Charley’s: Free meal off a special Freedom Menu.

Hooters: Free meal from special menu.

Houlihan’s: Free meal from select menu. Offers vary by location.

IKEA: Free meal up to $9.99.

Little Caesars: Free Hot-N-Ready lunch combo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Logan’s Roadhouse: Free meal from special menu between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

LongHorn Steakhouse: Free appetizer or dessert. Plus guests dining with veterans will receive 10% off their meals.

Main Event: Free meal and $10 FUNcard. Locations open until 5 p.m. Saturday.

Max & Erma’s: Free Best Cheeseburger in America meal for veterans and active military. Meal includes 1/2-pound cheeseburger, endless seasoned fries and a fountain drink.

Michaelangelo’s Italian Bistro: Free meal off special Freedom Menu.

Mimi Blue Meatballs: Free slider to all veterans and active service members.

O’Charley’s: Free meal from the “$9.99er Menu.” Plus get a $5 off $20 voucher for your next visit. Offers may vary by location. O’Charley’s offers a 10 percent military discount year-round.

Olive Garden: Free meal from a select menu.

On the Border: Free combo meal.

Orange Leaf Yogurt: Free frozen yogurt up to 11 ounces.

Outback Steakhouse: Free Bloomin’ Onion and non-alcoholic beverage.

Panera Bread: Free breakfast sandwiches until 10 a.m. Saturday at participating locations. After 10 a.m., military members get a coupon for a free pastry to use on a future visit.

Perkins: Free Magnificent Seven meal.

Pie Five Pizza: Free customized pizza.

Ponderosa Steakhouse: Free buffet.

Primanti Bros.: Free classic sandwich.

Red Lobster:Free appetizer or dessert.

Red Robin: Free Red’s Tavern Double Burger with bottomless fries.

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery: Free meal.

Ruby Tuesday: Free appetizer up to $10.

Starbucks: Free tall coffee for any veteran, active duty military and military spouse Saturday. Unrelated to the Veterans Day deal, Starbucks has a buy one holiday drink, get one free deal 2 to 5 p.m.Thursday through Nov. 13 from

Texas Roadhouse: Free meal from a special menu and choice of non-alcoholic drink.

TGI Friday’s: Free lunch menu item up to $12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Plus get a coupon for $5 off next meal.

Tijuana Flats: Free meal.

Vitality Bowls: Free smoothies to veterans at all corporate and participating franchise locations.

White Castle: Free breakfast combo.

Veterans Day discount meals

Capriotti’s: Buy one sandwich, get one free.

Fogo de Chão: 50% off meals for veterans and active duty personnel Friday through Sunday. Plus up to three guests get 10% off their meals at all U.S. locations.

Post-Veterans Day munchies

Golden Corral: Free dinner buffet with beverage from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 13 for the chain’s annual Military Appreciation Night. Learn more at

Twin Peaks: Vets get a free meal from a special menu on Nov. 13.

More Veterans Day freebies

Crew Carwash: Free car wash for veterans and active military members Saturday at all 30 locations across Indiana. To get this deal, say that you’re a veteran and would like the free car wash.

Great Clips: Veterans and active duty get a free haircut on Veterans Day or pick up a free haircut card to use through Dec. 31. Also non-veterans who get a haircut Saturday get a free haircut card to give to a veteran.

Meineke: Free basic oil change Saturday.

Sports Clips: Through its Help A Hero campaign, participating stores offer free haircuts to service members and veterans with valid military identification. Stores also are collecting money for scholarships.

Topgolf: Complimentary lifetime membership, 10 percent off gameplay and 20 percent off all other memberships on Saturday for active duty military and veterans, police, fire and EMS personnel. Patrons can donate to Folds of Honor to raise money for scholarships for children and spouses of fallen or disabled service members.

Shopping discounts

Babies R Us: 15 percent off in-store purchases through Saturday.

Bed Bath & Beyond: 25 percent off entire purchase through Nov. 12, in-store only.

Cabela’s: In addition to the 5 percent everyday military discount, the chain is offering additional discounts through Sunday.

Dollar General: 11 percent discount in-store and online with promo code VET17 on Saturday.

Fresh Market: 10 percent off Saturday for veterans and spouses. Not valid on alcohol or gift cards.

Giant Eagle Inc.’s GetGo: Free cup of coffee for veterans with military ID or veteran’s card. This offer is available daily.

Home Depot: 10 percent discount Saturday. To get the discount online, sign up here.

Jo-Ann Fabric:10 percent discount for military service members and their families year round.

LIDS: 25 percent off online and 50 percent custom embroidery in-store Saturday. A military ID is required.

Lowe’s: 10 percent discount.

Michaels: 15 percent discount for military families every day.

Rack Room Shoes: 10 percent military discount on Veterans Day as well as every Tuesday.

Target: Through Saturday, 10 percent discount on in-store and online purchases for veterans, active military, spouses and dependent children. Register for this discount at

Toys R Us: 15 percent off in-store purchases through Saturday.

Walgreens: 20 percent off eligible regular-price items Saturday for all veterans, military and their families with Balance Rewards card and proof of military service.

World Market: 25 percent off entire purchase through Nov. 12, in-store only.

Veterans on the go

National parks: No entrance fees Saturday and Sunday to more than 100 national parks. This deal isn’t only for veterans and military — it’s for everyone.

Museums: Across the country, many museums including the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis, are offering free admission for veterans Saturday. Some also are offering discounts for family members. Many zoos and aquariums nationwide will have free admission too.

Recreation areas: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is waiving day use fees for veterans, active and reserve component service members, and their families at the more than 2,800 recreation areas nationwide on Veterans Day.

Red Roof: 40 percent off discount for active duty or retired military members when they book on through Nov. 22 with its Home for the Holidays discount good for stays through the end of February.

Super 8: 20 percent discount for active military members, veterans and their families for trips booked now through Dec. 4 and taken by July 31. Also veterans get preferred parking. Learn more at

Westgate Resorts: The company is honoring U.S. military personnel and their families by giving away 1,500 free vacations. Beginning Friday at 9 a.m. EST, the first 1,500 eligible service members to complete the online military appreciation form at and place a fully refundable $100 deposit can sign up for either one of 1,400 complimentary four-day, three-night vacations for up to four people at Westgate Town Center Resort & Spa, May 3-6, or one of 100 three-day, two-night vacations for up to two people at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, Dec. 8-10, 2017.

Woodworking Project Helping Veterans Recover from PTSD

A woodworking project is helping veterans recover from the stresses of their time on their front line.

The former servicemen and women say creating their own rocking horses has also boosted their confidence and helped them on the road to recovery from illness or injury.

Among them is Kevin Gray, who served with The Royal Artillery twenty years ago and has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

I feel a massive sense of achievement and apart from my children, I think this is probably the proudest thing I have ever created.

That thing that has been missing in my life for twenty years, the friendship, the sense of belonging, was all instilled immediately here over the past seven months it has been a fantastic journey.” – KEVIN GRAY

Kevin and a handful of other veterans have each spent more than one hundred hours working on the project at Pheonix House, the Help for Heroes Recovery Centre in Catterick.

Woodshop manager Bob Marshall said he was delighted by the result.

PTSD is a very difficult thing to cope with and there is a feeling on worthlessness and just reminding people that they have been highly skilled, highly functioning individuals in a former life while they were serving and bringing that back through a piece of wood is a fantastic journey.” – BOB MARSHALL

The skill and workmanship of the veterans has been recognised by the Guild of Rocking Horse Makers.

Each horse has been valued at up to £1800 and on this occasion, they will be given to loved ones.

Via: ITV News