A simple thank you goes a long way for anyone.

Veterans will get lots of thank you's, bless you's and handshakes around Veterans Day. They'll also get a nod from restaurants and businesses throughout the country through a free meal or a discount.

WARNING: PLEASE CALL AHEAD: Some stores have the option to not participate on a case-by-case basis, so be sure your favorite location is participating.

Here's a list of deals available this week from restaurants and stores at participating locations. You must show your military ID or proof of service to get any of the offers.

RELATED: LIST: Veterans Day Events in the Triad


Outback Steakhouse

Veterans and active military can get a free Bloomin' Onion and a beverage. From Nov. 12 through Nov. 16, military members will receive 20 percent off their check. Also beginning November 17, Military, Fire and Police will receive 10 percent off their check.

Texas Roadhouse

Veterans get a free lunch from a special veterans menu below. Also includes choice of iced tea, sweet tea, soft drink or coffee. Must be dine-in.

  • 6 oz. sirloin steak (two sides)
  • Grilled pork chop (two sides)
  • Pulled pork dinner (two sides)
  • Country fried chicken (two sides)
  • Country fried sirloin (two sides)
  • All-American cheeseburger (with steak fries)
  • BBQ chicken sandwich (with steak fries)
  • Pulled pork sandwich (with steak fries)
  • Grilled chicken salad
  • Chicken critter salad

World Of Beer

World of Beer is holding a cookout at its location at 1310 Westover Terrace. There will be burgers, bratwurst, an outside bar, games, raffles, prizes, magic and live music.

Veterans will get $5 off their check inside or a free burger or bratwurst. Veterans’ family members will be offered a discounted rate of $5 for a classic burger or bratwurst from the outside grill.

Olive Garden

Free entree from a special menu to active duty military and veterans.

Dunkin' Donuts

Veterans get a free donut of their choice.

Red Lobster

Free appetizer or dessert.


  • Sweet Chili Shrimp
  • Mozzarella Cheesesticks
  • Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp
  • Seafood-Stuffed Mushrooms
  • Lobster and Langostino Pizza
  • Signature Shrimp Cocktail


  • Vanilla Bean Cheesecake
  • Key Lime Pie
  • Warm Apple Crostada
  • Chocolate Wave
  • Brownie Overboard


Free 12 oz. cup of brewed coffee


Free meal off special menu below to active and former military all day. Must show military ID.

  • Butcher's meat & potatoes
  • Chicken tenders platter
  • Oriental chicken salad
  • Three-cheese chicken cavatappi
  • 'The American Standard' burger and fries
  • Fiesta lime chicken
  • Double crunch shrimp

Bob Evans

Veterans and active military personnel can choose one of six free meals:

  • Stack of hotcakes (buttermilk or multigrain)
  • Fresh Back Brioche French Toast
  • Country Biscuit Breakfast
  • Mini Sampler Breakfast
  • Farm Boy Sandwich
  • Country Fried Steak Dinner

Zoes Kitchen

Free entree to all veterans and active members of the military.

Bonefish Grill

Free order of Bang Bang Shrimp with military ID.

O' Charley's

Veterans and military get a free meal from the $9.99 menu.

Cracker Barrel

Veterans can get a free piece of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake.

Hickory Tavern

A special 50 percent off menu for all Veterans and active duty military.

Little Caesars

Veterans can get one free HOT-N-READY lunch combo between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Cicis Pizza

Buy one, get one free pizza buffet for Veterans and active duty members at participating locations.

TGI Fridays

Free lunch menu item up to $12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a $5 coupon for their next meal at Fridays.

On the Border

Vets and military get a Free Create-Your-Own Combo Meal with rice and beans, plus chips & salsa.


Veteran cans get a free meal from a special menu with the purchase of a beverage.

Mimi's Cafe

Free entree from a select menu with a purchase of a beverage.

Red Robin

Free Red’s Tavern double burger and bottomless steak fries.


Veterans, active military and their family members (spouses and dependent children) can save 10 percent on a Target purchase through Nov. 11. The discount is available in stores and online when shoppers register through SheerID. Some products are ineligible for the discount. See Target's website for more details.


One of the below entrees are free for veterans and active service members.

  • OldTimer with Cheese
  • Classic Bacon Burger
  • Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadillas
  • Chili or Soup & Salad Combo
  • Chicken Crispers (All flavors: Original, Crispy, Crispy Buffalo Bleu, Crispy Honey Chipotle and Crispy Fiery Pepper)


All veterans and active military can get free haircuts this week at two Greensboro locations (Battleground Ave. and Lawndale Dr.). Supercuts will also be at American Legion Post 386 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday offering free haircuts to veterans.

Great Clips

Veterans get either a free haircut that day or the free haircut card to use at a later date.

Lowe's Home Improvement

Veterans and active duty service members get a 10 percent discount when they sign up for a MyLowes card.


Veterans and active duty military can get a six-inch turkey sub and a regular size fountain drink for free. Stores that offer carwashes will also provide a free carwash.

Home Depot

10 percent discount is year-round when Veterans and active duty members show their military ID.


Offer 10 percent discount for Veterans on Veterans Day.

US National Park Service

Free admission for everyone on Veterans Day Weekend.

Burlington Animal Services

Any veteran can adopt a pet with no adoption fee anytime.


Golden Corral

Veterans and active military members can get a free buffet meal from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for Military Appreciation Night.