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Veterans Day 2020: Deals, Freebies For Military In Georgia

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GEORGIA — Restaurants and coffeehouses across Georgia are offering Veterans Day 2020 specials — free or discounted meals, drinks and treats — for veterans, retired and active duty military personnel and, in some cases, first responders to thank them for their service.

Remember, not all locations participate in Veterans Day promotions, so call ahead to check. Most require some form of ID or proof of service.

Wednesday marks the federal holiday to honor those who have served in the military.

We've rounded up places offering freebies or discounts to service members on Veterans Day, with information from Offers.com and other sources. Let us know in the comments if we missed anything.

And thanks and gratitude to all retired and active duty for serving the U.S., from Patch!

  • 7-Eleven: 7-Eleven salutes U.S. military veterans and families with exclusive 7Rewards offers when connecting their Veterans Advantage account. After linking the 7Rewards with Veterans Advantage membership, simply scan your 7-Eleven app at checkout and get a free coffee or Big Gulp.
  • Applebee's: Military veterans and active-duty service members will be able to eat a free meal selected from the Applebee's Veterans Day Menu at participating Applebee's across the U.S. on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Contact your local Applebee's to learn about any Veterans Day offerings in your neighborhood. Offers may vary based on local mandates and guidelines.'s:>
  • Bob Evans: On Veterans Day, Bob Evans Restaurant is providing a comforting meal to veterans and active-duty military. Enjoy a free special menu on Nov. 11.
  • Bonefish Grill: Military receive a 10 percent discount so members of the military can enjoy fresh fish specialties and hand-crafted cocktails year-round.
  • California Pizza Kitchen: mVeteran and active-duty guests are invited toCalifornia Pizza Kitchen to enjoy afree meal from a pre-selected menu. On Nov. 11, order your meal to go or dine-in and also receive a Bounceback, which is good for one free pizza, pasta or salad with the purchase of a pizza, pasta or salad. The Bounceback is valid from Nov. 12 through Nov. 20. Veteran or active military guests must be in uniform or show military ID or other proof of service.
  • Carrabba's: Service members and first responders receive 10 percent off any visit to Carrabba's on Veterans Day and year-round.
  • Chili's: On Veterans Day, and every day, Chili's is grateful to our veterans and active military members. Again this year, they will be showing their gratitude with a free Veterans Day meal on Nov. 11.
  • Cracker Barrel: On Veterans Day, in an effort to say "thank you" to the brave men and women who have served our country, Cracker Barrel wants you to enjoy a complimentary slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake when you dine with them on Nov. 11.
  • Denny's: Continuing a long-standing tradition of honoring our service men and women, Denny's is once again offering a complimentary Build Your Own Grand Slam breakfast to all active, nonactive and retired military personnel. Offer valid for dine-in from 5 a.m. until noon with valid military ID.
  • Dunkin': On Wednesday, Nov. 11, Dunkin' is offering veterans and active-duty military a free donut of their choice, no purchase necessary at participating Dunkin' restaurants.
  • Famous Dave's BBQ: Thanking veterans with a meal, all day on Nov. 11, Famous Dave's BBQ is offering one free Georgia Chopped Pork Sandwich plus One Side to all military personnel for either dine-in, to-go or ordering online.
  • Golden Corral: On Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Golden Corral will be giving out Veterans Day free meals and a beverage to any person who has ever served in the U.S. military or is on current active duty. This includes retirees, veterans, National Guard, and reserves.
  • Little Caesars Pizza: On Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., all United States Armed Forces veterans and active military are invited to Little Caesars Pizza for a free lunch combo, featuring four slices of Little Caesars popular Detroit-style deep pizza and a 20-ounce Pepsi product.
  • Omaha Steaks: On Veterans Day (and year-round), Omaha Steaks offers a 10 percent military discount active-duty military, retirees, veterans, military spouses and dependents.
  • Outback Steakhouse: Free Bloomin' Onion and Coke products at Outback Steakhouse on Wednesday, Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day.
  • Publix: Veterans, active military personnel and their families receive 10 percent off on Veterans Day at Publix Super Markets on Nov. 11.
  • Red Lobster: In honor of Veterans Day, guests with a valid military ID or proof-of-service, can receive a free appetizer or dessert from a select menu at Red Lobster on Wednesday, Nov. 11. The offer is available with valid military ID or proof of service for dine-in only.
  • Red Robin: Veterans and active military who are Red Robin Royalty members will have their free Tavern Double Burger with Steak Fries offer, good from Nov. 12 through Nov. 30, automatically uploaded to their dashboard.
  • Rock Bottom: Featuring four entrée options, on Veterans Day, Rock Bottom, the brewery restaurant with 19 locations, will be offering veterans a free complimentary entrée all day.
  • Starbucks: Veterans, military service members and their spouses can enjoy a free Tall Hot Brewed Coffee on Nov. 11, at participating Starbucks in honor of Veterans Day.
  • Texas Roadhouse: Active, former, or retired military members can drive through Texas Roadhouse parking lots on Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to receive a free dinner voucher in honor of Veterans Day. Veterans and active military can redeem their dinner vouchers in-store until June of next year.

Other Deals Offered

  • National Parks: There were five free entrance fee days sponsored by our nations' National Park Service this year, and Veterans Day is the last one in 2020. There are 419 possible national park choices. Current U.S. military members and dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard as well as Reserve and National Guard members can obtain a free annual National Park Pass (value $80), by showing a Common Access Card (CAC) or Military ID (Form 1173) in person at issuing facilities.
  • Great Clips: On Nov. 11, Great Clips continues their annual Thank-a-Veteran promotion. Say "thank you" to a Veteran on Veterans Day by visiting a U.S. Great Clips salon on Veterans Day, purchasing a service and receive a free haircut card to give to a military service member you know.
  • Jiffy Lube: Offering a discount of 25% off their car care services, Jiffy Lube is proud to honor our military members' service to our country.

The first Veterans Day, initially recognized as Armistice Day in 1919, marked the date when Germany and the Allies signed a 1918 agreement to end the fighting in World War I.

Veterans Day was later officially approved as a national holiday on May 13, 1938 to primarily honor veterans of World War I. Almost two decades after in 1954, it became a day to recognize American veterans of all wars, and the name changed to its current form, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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