Businesses across the nation honor veterans with great deals and complementary services

Special to the Sun

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212;Businesses, national parks, will be honoring veterans today, with some offers through the weekend.Applebeeandamp;#8217;s – free meal, Friday, Nov. 11: Last year, Applebeeandamp;#8217;s served 1,024,000 million free meals to military veterans and active service members. Applebeeandamp;#8217;s is again offering a free meal to military veterans and active-duty service members on Veteran’s Day, Friday, Nov. 11, 2011. There will be seven entres to choose from. Military ID or proof of service required. Find locations at http://www.applebees.comChiliandamp;#8217;s – free meal, Friday, Nov. 11. Chiliandamp;#8217;s is offering all military veterans past and present their choice of one of six meals. This offer is available during business hours on Nov. 11, 2011 at participating Chiliandamp;#8217;s in the U.S. only. Dine-in from limited menu only; beverages and gratuity not included. Veterans and active duty military simply show proof of military service. Visit Corral – free meal, Monday, Nov. 14: The 10th annual Golden Corral Military Appreciation dinner will be held on Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, 5-9 p.m. in all Golden Corral Restaurants nationwide. The free “thank you” dinner is available to any person who has ever served in the United States Military. If you are a veteran, retired, currently serving, in the National Guard or Reserves, you are invited to participate in Golden Corralandamp;#8217;s Military Appreciation Monday dinner. For more information visit Special thanks to Golden Corral: To date, Golden Corral restaurants have provided over 2.5 million free meals and contributed over $4.3 million to the Disabled American Veterans organization.Hooterandamp;#8217;s – free meal, Friday, Nov. 11. Hooterandamp;#8217;s is serving up a free meal to military veterans all day on Veterans Day. Offer good for all veterans and active duty military personnel. Choose one of the new specialty items on the Hooterandamp;#8217;s menu. Offer valid at participating Hooterandamp;#8217;s only; open to all active duty and military veterans with valid military ID or proof of military service. Drink purchase required. For more information, visit, Kreme – free doughnut. Available only at participating Krispy Kreme stores. Offer available to all active-duty, retirees and veterans on Friday Nov. 11. Be sure to call ahead to verify your local Krispy Kreme is participating.McCormick andamp; Schmickandamp;#8217;s Seafood Restaurants – free lunch or dinner, Sunday Nov. 13, 2011: McCormick andamp; Schmickandamp;#8217;s is celebrating their 13th annual Veteran’s Appreciation Event on Sunday, Nov. 13. Veterans will be able to choose a complimentary lunch or dinner entre. Veterans must provide proof of military service. Be sure to contact your local McCormick andamp; Schmick’s as this is valid at participating restaurants only. Also, space is limited and reservations are highly recommended. For more information visit: Mandamp;S Veterans Appreciation Event Outback Steakhouse – Outback Steakhouse is honoring America’s military veterans by offering active duty military and veterans a free Bloomin’ Onion and a Coca-Cola product during the week leading up to Veteran’s Day. This offer is available to Military Personnel who have one of the following forms of identifications: U.S Uniform Services Identification Card, U.S Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), DD form 214 Veterans Organization Card (i.e., American Legion and VFW), Photograph in Uniform, Wearing Uniform. For more information, visit, Outback understands commitment. For the past two years, The Outback, with the help of their patrons, has donated $2 Million to Operation Homefront ( a nonprofit organization providing everyday and emergency support for active troops, wounded warriors and their families.Subway – free six inch sub. Select Subway locations offer a free six inch sub to military veterans on Veterans Day. However, Subway restaurants are franchises, so this offer may not be available everywhere. Please call ahead.Texas Roadhouse – free meal, Friday, Nov. 11. Offer varies by location; our local Texas Roadhouse is offering a free meal from opening until 4 p.m. Other locations may vary in offer, hours, or availability. Call ahead to your local restaurant for more information.T.G.I. Fridayandamp;#8217;s – Buy one get one free Nov. 11-14. At participating locations for anyone with an old or current military ID.Uno Chicago Grill, Friday, Nov. 11. Uno’s is offering a free entree or individual pizza with a purchase of an entree or pizza of equal or greater value. Offer good for all military for veterans and active duty military. ID or proof of service required: Show up in uniform (if your service permits), provide military ID, show a picture of yourself in uniform, or have other ID showing proof of service. More info here Depot and Lowes Coupon UpdatesUpdate: Home Depot and Lowes 10 Percent Military Discount Available Everyday.Home Depot: The Home Depot is offering all active duty personnel, reservists, retired military, veterans and their families a 10 percent discount off their purchases in honor of Veterans Day. The offer is valid on purchases of up to $2,000 for a maximum of $200 and is available at The Home Depot stores, The Home Depot Design Center locations, Yardbirds and EXPO Design Center) locations. The 10 percent discount is available everyday for active duty and retirees, but not all veterans. Home Depot makes this offer available to all veterans on most military holidays. You can also find Home Depot discounts online Lowes Companies, Inc. will offer all active, reserve, honorably discharged, retired military personnel and their immediate family members a 10 percent discount on in-store U.S. purchases made during the Veterans Day holiday. The discount is available Nov. 7 – Nov. 11. The discount is available on in-stock and special order purchases up to $5,000. To qualify, individuals must present a valid military ID or other proof of service. Excluded from the discount are sales via previous sales, and purchases of services or gift cards. Like Home Depot, Lowes offers this discount daily to active duty military members, but not to veterans. However, they extend the offer to military veterans on military holidays. You can also find exclusive discounts at Lowe’s.comFee Free Day at National Parks. To honor America’s service men and women, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that areas managed by the National Park Service would not charge entrance fees for Veterans Day weekend – Nov. 11-13, 2011. More than 100 national Parks will be participating in this event Hugo Canes for Veterans.Sam’s Club locations nationwide will distribute 36,000 Hugo canes free of charge on Nov. 11, 2011 to U.S. military veterans in need of mobility assistance. Limited quantities available, while supplies last. Sam’s Club Membership is not required, but proof of military service may be required. For more information, visit Other Veteran’s Day DiscountsHere are some additional Veteran’s Day Discounts. In all cases, be sure to provide proper ID or proof of service. In addition, some of these stores are franchises, so verify participation before assuming the discount is in place.Free Car wash. Thousands of car washes around the country are offering vets a free car wash on Veterans Day. Find a list at Grace for Veterans, which helped veterans receive 101,537 free washes on Veterans Day in 2010. – Discount Veterans Day Honor MP3 album download. This downloadable album includes 12 songs as performed by the military bands and ensembles of the U.S. Armed Forces. Visit Amazon on Veterans Day to download the album – one month free trial, Clips – free haircut to active-duty military and veterans. Offer only available at select locations Please call to verify local participation. Through Nov. 24 (Thanksgiving Day). Veterans or current serving military personnel plus one guest get in free with proper ID presented at Knottandamp;#8217;s turnstile (DD214, Veterans Administration Hospital ID or Active Military Service ID). Purchase up to six additional tickets for just $17 each. More info Free Day at National Parks. To honor America’s service men and women, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that areas managed by the National Park Service would not charge entrance fees for Veterans Day weekend, Nov. 11-13, 2011. More than 100 national parks will be participating in this event,

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