We love and appreciate our veterans and active military, and so do local and national merchants. To show their appreciation, many are offering freebies to veterans and active military.

The below freebies and discounts are for active military and veterans with valid proof of service. As a precaution, it doesn't hurt to call the locations ahead of time to verify they're participating.

  • Applebee's will serve a free meal.
  • BJ's Restaurant & Brew House offering a free entree up to $12.95 value.
  • Chili's is offering a free meal.
  • Cotton Patch Cafe is offering a free meal.
  • Denny's from 5 to 11 a.m. -- free Build Your Own Slam.
  • Fox & Hound free meal up to $10 value.
  • Golden Corral is offering a free meal between 5 and 9 p.m.
  • Hooters is offering a free meal from a select menu with drink purchase.
  • IHOP is serving free Red, White & Blue Pancakes or Red, White & Blue combo plate from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Longhorn Steakhouse is offering a free Texas Tonion and non-alcoholic beverage.
  • Menchie's Frozen Yogurt will offer a free 6 oz. frozen yogurt.
  • Olive Garden is offering a free entree and guests with veterans recevie 10% off of their bill.
  • On The Border is offering a free 'Choose 2' or 'Choose 3' combo platter. (Dine-in only.)
  • Outback is offering a free Bloomin' Onion and non-alcoholic beverage, plus 15 percent off their bill.
  • Red Lobster is offering a free appetizer or dessert.
  • Red Robin is offering a free Red's Tavern Double and Bottomless Steak Fries.
  • Starbucks is offering a free tall brewed coffee.
  • Texas Roadhouse is offering a choice of 10 meals, which include sides and tea or coffee.
  • Wienerschnitzel is offering a free hot dog and small soft drink.
  • Quick Quack Car Wash is offering a free car wash.

[Source: The Military Wallet]

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