To qualify you will need evidence of service such as a military ID or Veterans Organization Card (i.e., American Legion and VFW). Some restaurants allow a photo of yourself in uniform, or just wear your uniform.
Here are the deals that EatDrinkDeals has confirmed with the national chains, with links to the chain websites that have more information.
Applebee’s has a free steak or other entree for veterans and active duty personnel on Veterans Day. This is during normal business hours on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. Choose from an Applebee’s Signature entree such as a 7 oz House Sirloin, Fiesta Lime Chicken or Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger. Beverages not included. More details at the Applebee’s website: http://www.applebees.com/menu/vetsday
Bailey’s and Fox and the Hound Sports Grille has a sandwich or entree for veterans on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. More details at this website: http://allstarbrewclub.fbmta.com/members/ViewMailing.aspx?MailingID=40802229188&_X=Jkv1gITmADUb0
Bob Evans has free all you can eat pancakes for vets on Veterans Day. More details on the Bob Evans website at https://bobevans.com/
Boston Market has a free whole chicken with purchase of a family meal on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. More details at the Boston Market website at http://vipclub.bostonmarket.com/assets/BOST/0800423389.jpg
Golden Corral has what is probably the biggest national event, their annual free dinner buffet for active duty personnel and veterans. This deal is 4 to 11 pm on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. Golden Corral says they have served more than 3 million free meals to vets. More details: http://goldencorral.com/military/
Hooters is offering all veterans and active duty military a free meal up to $10.99 in value with any drink purchase. More details on the Hooters home page at http://www.hooters.com/Home/Default.aspx#
In addition, Hooters is encouraging its patrons to participate in its 2014 Operation Calendar Drop. If you purchase a 2014 Hooters Calendar, you can write a special message on it and Hooters will personally deliver it to service members overseas. More information is available at www.operationcalendardrop.com.
Jake’s Wayback Burgers is offering all veterans and active duty military with valid ID a free Sandwich or Jake Cheeseburger with purchase of any side. More details on the Jake’s home page at http://www.waybackburgers.com/
Krispy Kreme has a free donut and small coffee for veterans on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. More details on this Krispy Kreme website: http://krispykreme.fbmta.com/members/ViewMailing.aspx?MailingID=2147526519
McCormick & Schmick’s seafood restaurant has a free meal for veterans on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 (the day before Veterans Day). Choose from fried shrimp, grilled salmon, chicken chopped salad, cheeseburger and other entrees. Menu and more details on this McCormick & Schmick’s website: http://mccrmckschmcks.fbmta.com/members/ViewMailing.aspx?MailingID=36507263538
Miller’s Ale House is offering 50% off entrees for veterans and active service members. More details at this Miller’s website: http://millersalehouse.fbmta.
O’Charley’s is giving away a free meal from the $9.99 menu on Monday, November 11 for all active duty military and veterans. More details on the O’Charley’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=588467924524481&set=a.179294848775126.30670.157524280952183&type=1
Olive Garden has a free entree for the military on Veterans Day. In addition, current military service members and their families get 10% off their meals during November. More details at this Olive Garden website: http://www.olivegarden.com/Menu/Specials/?cmpid=og_email_20131101_Military_Specials
On the Border has a free combo for the military on Veterans Day. More details at the On the Border Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151960602730365&set=a.311269805364.191594.259641920364&type=1
Shoney’s has a free All American Burger on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. More details at this Shoney’s website: http://www.shoneys.com/emma-09/vet-mailer.html
Smokey Bones has 30% off on a Veterans Meal on Veterans Day.
Taco Bueno has a free crispy beef or chicken taco for vets on Veterans Day. More details at this Taco Bueno website: http://tacobueno.fbmta.com/members/ViewMailing.aspx?MailingID=21474865236&StoreCode=3065&_X=KDpAJO0fADcb0
TGI Friday’s has a free lunch for veterans lunch on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 from 11 am until 2 pm. Details: http://www.tgifridays.com/veteransday