Veteran’s Day is on Friday, November 11, 2011. As we honor former and current servicemen and women who have dedicated their lives to our country, CWW lifetime member Constance A. Burns — president, CEO and founder of the National Association of American Veterans, Inc. — has provided us with information about restaurants that provide veterans with free and discounted meals.
In order to qualify, most companies require individuals to provide some form of military identification, as specified in each listing. We recommend that you call ahead to your participating restaurant to confirm their participation, considering many of the companies are franchised and can have separate policies. In commemoration of our American heroes, we present this information to you here.
Applebee’s is offering a free meal on Veteran’s Day to military veterans and active-duty service members, giving them seven entrées from which to choose. Military ID or proof of service is required. Last year, there were 1,024,000 free meals provided as part of their commemoration. Find locations by visiting the Applebee’s website.
On November 11, 2011, Chili’s is offering a free meal, dine-in only, to all past and present military veterans, where they can choose from one of six meals. It is necessary to show proof of military service, please check the Chili’s website for participating locations.
Golden Corral is holding their 10th Annual Golden Corral Military Appreciation Dinner on Monday, November 14, 2011 from 5-9pm in all Golden Corral Restaurants across the country. Any person who has ever served in the US Military is invited to attend this free dinner. Find out more information by visiting the Golden Corral Military Appreciation webpage. To date, Golden Corral restaurants has provided more than 2.5 million meals to veterans, while contributing more than $4.3 million to the Disabled American Veterans organization.
Hooter’s is serving a free chicken wings meal to all military veterans who present a valid military ID or proof of military service on November 11, 2011. Veterans may choose a new specialty item from the menu and a drink purchase is required. Offer valid at participating restaurants, please check out this Hooter’s website for more information.
For desert, Krispy Kreme is offering a free donut to all active-duty, retirees and veterans on November 11th. Be sure to visit the Krispy Kreme website and call ahead to determine if your local shop is participating.
Outback Steakhouse would like to honor America’s active duty military and Veteran’s week of November 7 to the 11th by offering them a free Bloomin’ Onion and Coca-Cola. Military Personnel who have one of the following forms of identifications: a US Uniform Services Identification Card, a US Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, a Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), a DD form 214 Veterans Organization Card (i.e., American Legion and VFW), or a photograph in uniform, wearing uniform. In the past two years, The Outback Steakhouse has also donated $2 million to the non-profit organization Operation Homefront, which delivers everyday and emergency support to troops, wounded warriors and families.
On Sunday, November 13, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants is offering free lunch or dinner as part of the 13th annual Veteran’s Appreciation Event, where veterans will be able to choose a complimentary lunch or dinner entrée. Veterans must provide proof of military service, space is limited and reservations are highly recommended. We recommend that you visit the M&S Veterans Appreciation Event to find a participating restaurant near you. Space is limited and reservations are highly recommended.
Texas Roadhouse is offering a free meal at participating restaurants, from opening until 4pm. Please check with your local restaurant by visiting the Texas Roadhouse website.
About Constance A. Burns: CWW lifetime member Constance A. Burns is the founding president and chief executive officer of the National Association of American Veterans, Inc. (NAAV), an organization she established and incorporated in 2005 to provide support for severely injured service members, military caregivers, combat veterans and their families of the Middle East war, delivering stress counseling, and legal, housing, employment, and financial assistance. If you are interested in providing support to our severely injured servicemen and women, disabled veterans and their families, please visit http://www.naavets.org. Corporate sponsorship is available; please call Constance directly at (202) 465-3296 to learn about additional opportunities.
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