This Veteran’s Day weekend, don’t forget to thank an American hero. Whether your plans include community service or parades, please show respect and appreciation for the courageous men and women who have protected our way of life. 

To show their support for veterans and active-duty military, many restaurants are offering amazing Veteran’s Day freebies and discounts. Here are just a few nationwide deals:


Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill: Free meal from a special menu Saturday at any of the nearly 1,800 locations.

Bob Evans: Free meal from a special menu available all day Saturday at all locations.

Bonefish GrillFree Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer.

Boston MarketBuy one individual meal, get a second one free Friday through Sunday at participating locations. A military ID isn’t required, but to get this deal, you’ll need a coupon from

Buffalo Wild WingsFree small order of traditional or boneless wings with a side of fries.

California Pizza KitchenFree entrée from a special Veterans Day menu at participating locations.

Carrabba’s Italian GrillFree appetizer.

Chili'sFree meal from a special menu.

Chuck E. CheeseFree personal one-topping pizza to veterans, active duty personnel, and eligible dependents with military ID, proof of service, and promo code 5500. The chain also has daily military discounts.

Cicis PizzaFree adult buffet Saturday.

Cracker BarrelFree slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake.

Denny'sFrom 5 a.m. to noon Friday, active, inactive, and retired military personnel get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam at participating locations.

Friendly's: Free meal from a special menu at participating locations.

Gordon Biersch Brewery RestaurantFree meal Friday and Saturday from a select menu.

Hooters: Free meal from special menu.

Huddle HouseFree order of Sweet Cakes, platter-size pancakes available in eight different flavor-and-topping combinations at all locations nationwide.

IHOP: Get a free stack of Red, White, and Blue pancakes or a patriotic pancake combo from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at participating locations. The deal varies by location.

Krispy Kreme: One free doughnut and a small cup of coffee at participating locations. No ID is required.

Little CaesarsFree Hot-N-Ready lunch combo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Logan's RoadhouseFree meal from special menu between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

LongHorn SteakhouseFree appetizer or dessert. Plus guests dining with veterans will receive 10% off their meals.

Macaroni GrillFree Mom's Ricotta Meatballs and Spaghetti.

Max & Erma’s: Free meal includes a cheeseburger, endless seasoned fries, and a fountain drink.

Olive GardenFree meal from a select menu.

Outback SteakhouseFree Bloomin' Onion and non-alcoholic beverage.

Panera Bread: Free breakfast sandwiches until 10 a.m. Saturday at participating locations. After 10 a.m., military members get a coupon for a free pastry to use on a future visit.

Red LobsterFree appetizer or dessert.

Red RobinFree Red's Tavern Double Burger with bottomless fries.

Ruby Tuesday: Free appetizer up to $10.

Shoney'sFree breakfast bar from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Starbucks: Free tall coffee for any veteran, active duty military, and military spouse Saturday. Unrelated to the Veterans Day deal, Starbucks has a buy one holiday drink, get one free deal 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday. 

Texas RoadhouseFree meal from a special menu and choice of non-alcoholic drink.

TGI Fridays: Free lunch menu item up to $12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Plus get a coupon for $5 off next meal.

WawaFree coffee, any size, all day Saturday for veterans, active military, and family members.

White CastleFree breakfast combo.


Even more important than the Veteran’s Day freebies are the exclusive credits and deductions for veterans and service members included in the IRS’ complete Armed Forces’ Tax Guide. Certain benefits are excluded from being taxable income. has an extensive list of important tax information for veterans and military members, and the Department of Veteran Affairs outlines other tax benefits that are offered to injured vets.

Staying prepared for anything is a trait that many service members and veterans have for life. Our tax calculator will assist in having you ready-to-go for the upcoming tax season by showing how your credits, deductions, and allowances will affect your income tax return.


Liberty Tax® gives a special salute to our veterans and Armed Forces personnel. For veterans or service members who may have questions about deductions or credits that you may qualify for, find a Liberty Tax® office near you or call 1-866-871-1040.