Veterans Day Means Free Stuff for Military Vets

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Veterans Day is Monday, Nov. 11. Restaurants, retailers, even the hospitality industry are rolling out the red carpet to our nation's military vets and to some regular civilians too.

Whether you're looking for a meal, a free massage, discounts on apparel and services, depending on your fancy, here's a breakdown of who is offering what.

Retailers:

J.C. Penney: In honor of Veteran's Day, the department store chain is offering current and former military personnel and family members of active duty, reserves, guard and retirees a 20% in-store discount from Nov. 6 to Nov. 11. Customers can print a copy of the coupon online to receive their in-store military discount. J.C. Penney is also encouraging customers to join in the conversation on social media using the hashtag #ThanksVets.

The Buckle : Active duty service members, veterans, reservists and their spouses and dependents can receive a 10% discount at Buckle.com . To qualify for this discount, complete the one-time verification process by selecting the "Military Discount" link on the shopping bag page. Some exclusions may apply, the company said.

Yankee Candle: All customers can take advantage of the candle company's promotion of Buy 2, Get 2 on all large jars and tumblers on Veterans Day. Yankee Candle has more than 200 fragrances and just launched its holiday fragrance lines for personal use and gifting needs.

Restaurants:

Applebee's: Veterans and active duty military can choose from a free "Thank You Meal" menu on Monday that includes seven of Applebee's signature and favorite items, including a 7 oz. House Sirloin, Three-Cheese Chicken & Sundried Tomato Penne, Fiesta Lime Chicken, and other entrees. Guests will need to provide proof of service, which includes: U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans Organization Card, photograph in uniform or wearing uniform, DD214, Citation or Commendation.

Offer is valid for dine-in only. Traditional sides are included with free entrees; two for $20 appetizers, upgraded side items or extras, beverages, desserts and gratuity are not included.

Boston Market: Veterans can get a free whole chicken with the purchase of any Family Meal on Nov. 11. The offer is for restaurant only; it is not available for online dining. Meatloaf or turkey can be substituted. Veterans will need to show their military or veteran identification to redeem the offer.

California Pizza Kitchen: Any veteran or active duty military personnel will be able to get any menu pizza and non-alcoholic beverage for free with the purchase of one entree (excluding small plates, appetizers and desserts). The offer is good for dine-in only.

Chili's: Veterans and active military personnel can receive a free entrees when they dine at one of Chili's 1,200 locations on Nov. 11. Veterans must choose from a select menu that includes Oldtimer with Cheese, Chicken Crispers, Margarita Grilled Chicken and others.

Denny's: Military vets can receive a free never-ending stack of Denny's famous buttermilk pancakes between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. at participating nationwide restaurants to active, inactive and retired military personnel on Monday.

Einstein Bros. Bagels/Noah's New York Bagels: Hungry for breakfast? Eligible active, inactive and retired military personnel can get a free bagel and Shmear, or any other topping, on Nov. 11. The offer is good from 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday.

Golden Corral: Golden Corral's annual Military Appreciation Monday offers free dinner buffet and beverage to active-duty and retired U.S. military personnel for their service with a free dinner buffet and beverage.

The free dinner buffet is available from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 11 to any person who is or has served in a United States military branch, including the National Guard and Reserves -- identification is not required.

Menchie's: Frozen-yogurt franchise, Menchie's will offer a free 6 oz. frozen yogurt for all veterans on Nov. 11. Anyone that is active duty will be eligible to receive the frozen yogurt. Veterans will need to show their military ID or dress in uniform to receive the offer.

Olive Garden: Service members receive a complimentary entree from a special menu of seven entrees, including Venetian Apricot Chicken, Sausage & Peppers Rustica and others.

Family and friends dining with the service member receive a 10% discount on their meal as well. Olive Garden is also offering a 10% percent discount on meals in November for all current members of the military and their family with military identification.

Red Lobster: From Nov. 11 through Nov. 14, service members receive a complimentary appetizer from a list of 10 options, including its new Crispy Fried Green Beans, Lobster-Crab-and-Seafood-Stuffed Mushrooms and Sweet Chili Shrimp.

Red Robin: Veterans or active-duty military can get a free Tavern Double burger and Bottomless Steak Fries after showing military identification, proof of service or dressed in military uniform. Offer valid at participating Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Burger Works locations only. (Unlimited fries refills only available at traditional Red Robin locations.)

Wingstop: All military personnel - active or retired - can stop at participating Wingstop locations to receive their choice of a 6-piece boneless wing combo or 3-piece chicken strip combo by showing current military identification. All combos include an order of fresh-cut seasoned fries, regular beverage and dipping sauce.

Starbucks: Starbucks is offering a free tall brewed coffee on Veterans Day to all veterans, active duty military and military spouses.

Services:

Bike and Roll NYC: Bike and Roll NYC is offering veterans and active military members free bike rentals on Veterans Day along with 50% off for anyone who rides with a veteran or active military member. Bike and Roll offers bike rentals and tours of Manhattan, Brooklyn and North Jersey.

Great Clips: The hair salon franchise is promoting its "Thank a Veteran" initiative.

Here's how it works. Customers who come in to any U.S. location on Veteran's Day for a service will receive a gift card to give to an active, inactive or retired military member of any branch, including the National Guard, for a free haircut. Military members can also come in on Veterans Day for a free haircut or to pick up a free haircut card to use, with proof of service, any day before Dec. 31, 2013. Limit one card per customer.

Massage Envy: If you are in the Maryland, Washington, D.C. or Northern Virginia area on Monday, military personnel are eligible for a free one-hour massage at one of the 35 participating Massage Envy locations.

Hotels

BnBFinder.com, a nationwide resource of B&B inns, has several member establishments offering complimentary stays to military members who can show military identification. The site has offers specifically for Veteran's Day stays as well as promotions for vets during the rest of the year too. However, rooms are limited, so check with the inns for availability and restrictions.

Red Roof Inn: Red Roof is showing its support of veterans, active duty military and their families with a special discount. In honor of Veteran's Day, they are offering 15% off at more than 350 properties nationwide in November.

Military travelers will be pleased to learn about Red Roof's recently renovated NextGen rooms at hundreds of locations across the country. The NextGen redesign comes with wood-like floors, vessel sinks, and flat screen TV's, among other upgrades.

Red Roof Inn is military and government friendly all year long, offering 10% off at locations nationwide.

To book Red Roof's Veterans Deal, use code 608455 at RedRoof.com or call 800.RED.ROOF (800.733.7663). Proof of present or past military service must be provided. This promotion is good at all properties nationwide Blackout days may apply.

Written by Laurie Kulikowski in New York.

Disclosure: TheStreet's editorial policy prohibits staff editors, reporters and analysts from holding positions in any individual stocks.

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