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The Best Veterans Day Free Food Deals

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Salute to Service

Nov. 11 is Veterans Day, a time to honor former military members. Though there's little that can make up for the sacrifices made by many veterans and their families, many fast-food and chain restaurants offer free meals to veterans. Many establishments require proof of service, so don't forget it if you plan on hitting up any of these restaurants for a Veterans Day deal.


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Dickey's Barbecue Pit Restaurant
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Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Veterans get a free pulled pork sandwich all day on Nov. 11 by ordering online or through the app with code VETFREE.

Smashburger Fast Casual Restaurant Location I
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Smashburger

All veterans and service members can get a free burger or sandwich on Nov. 11 when they order in-store. Not all locations are participating, so check Smashburger's list before you go.

Marion - Circa April 2017: Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar Casual Restaurant. Applebee's is a subsidiary of DineEquity, Inc. V
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Applebee's

Vets, active-duty military personnel, reservists, and National Guard members get choice of one of seven free full-size entrees on Nov. 11. They also get a $5 gift card that can be used through Dec. 2. 

Cicis, Beyond Pizza restaurant
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Cici's Pizza

Vets and active-duty members get a free adult buffet on Nov. 11, not including a drink. 

Entrance to BJ's Brewhouse restaurant front
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BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

Current and former military personnel get a free meal from a set menu on Nov. 11, and thanks to a partnership with Dr. Pepper, a free Dr. Pepper beverage is included. 

Exterior of a Buffalo Wild Wings chain restaurant. Also known as B-Dubs, this dine-in establishment sells chicken wings and pub food
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Buffalo Wild Wings

Vets and active-duty military members can get an order of 10 boneless wings and fries for free on Nov. 11. How hot can you handle it?

California Pizza Kitchen Restaurant
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California Pizza Kitchen

Active-duty and retired military members get a free pizza, salad, or pasta dish and a fee drink on Veterans Day. Plus, they get a buy one, get one free voucher that's good through Nov. 21. 

Johnny Rockets Burger Restaurant in Los Angeles - LOS ANGELES - CALIFORNIA - APRIL 20, 2017
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Johnny Rockets

Score a free burger as a veteran or active-duty member on Nov. 11. 

Dunkin'
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Dunkin'

Vets and active-duty members get a free doughnut of their choice on Nov. 11. The hardest part may be deciding between jelly-filled and blueberry cake doughnuts.

Golden Corral, Fort Wayne, Indiana
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Golden Corral

On Monday, Nov. 14, veterans and active-duty members can get a free dine-in buffet and beverage after 5 p.m. with no military ID required. 

Krispy Kreme
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Krispy Kreme

Veterans get a doughnut of their choice along with a small brewed hot or iced coffee for free on Nov. 11. 

Wendy's SuperBar
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Wendy's

Veterans and active-duty members get a free breakfast combo from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 11. 

Olive Garden
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Olive Garden

Choose from one of five free entrees if you're a vet or active-duty military member on Nov. 11. Options include spaghetti and meatballs, chicken parmigiana, cheese ravioli, fettuccini alfredo, or Olive Garden's never-ending soup, salad, and breadsticks. 

Red Robin Gourmet burgers restaurant with sign
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Red Robin

Vets and active-duty military personnel get a free Red's Tavern double burger along with the chain's signature bottomless steak fries when they dine in on Nov. 11.

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Texas Roadhouse

Active-duty military personnel and veterans get a free meal voucher good through May 30. Just show up at any of the chain's locations between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Nov. 11 to get yours — no purchase necessary. 

Little Caesars Pizza Franchise. Little Caesars is a Carry-Out Chain Featuring Pizza and Wings.
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Little Caesars

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., vets and military personnel can grab a free lunch combo on Veterans Day that includes four slices of deep dish pizza and a bottle of soda.

The White Castle restaurant at Queens Boulevard and 57th Avenue near Queens Center in Elmhurst, Queens.
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White Castle

Vets and active-duty military members get a free combo meal on Nov. 11 when they dine in, including breakfast combos if you head over in the morning. 

Hy-Vee Omaha, NE
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Hy-Vee

This Midwest-based grocery store chain is offering a free breakfast buffet 6-10 a.m. on Nov. 11. Plus, vets and active-duty military members get 15% off grocery purchases, so plan to stock up. The buffet and discount are available at all locations.