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:
Bonefish Grill: Free Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer.
Boston Market: Buy 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 www.bostonmarket.com.
Buffalo Wild Wings: Free small order of traditional or boneless wings with a side of fries.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill: Free appetizer.
Chili's: Free meal from a special menu.
Chuck E. Cheese: Free 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 Pizza: Free adult buffet Saturday.
Cracker Barrel: Free slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake.
Friendly's: Free meal from a special menu at participating locations.
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant: Free meal Friday and Saturday from a select menu.
Hooters: Free meal from special menu.
Huddle House: Free 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 Caesars: Free Hot-N-Ready lunch combo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Logan's Roadhouse: Free meal from special menu between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
LongHorn Steakhouse: Free appetizer or dessert. Plus guests dining with veterans will receive 10% off their meals.
Macaroni Grill: Free Mom's Ricotta Meatballs and Spaghetti.
Max & Erma’s: Free meal includes a cheeseburger, endless seasoned fries, and a fountain drink.
Olive Garden: Free meal from a select menu.
Outback Steakhouse: Free 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 Lobster: Free appetizer or dessert.
Red Robin: Free Red's Tavern Double Burger with bottomless fries.
Ruby Tuesday: Free appetizer up to $10.
Shoney's: Free 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 Roadhouse: Free 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.
Wawa: Free coffee, any size, all day Saturday for veterans, active military, and family members.
White Castle: Free 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. IRS.gov 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.