This Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11, Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar is on a mission to proudly serve one million free meals to neighborhood military heroes. For the 11th year, Applebee's restaurants nationwide will invite all veterans and active-duty military to visit their local restaurants on Veterans Day to enjoy a complimentary full-size entree from an exclusive menu.
As one of the first and largest national efforts of its kind, Applebee's is proud to serve those who serve. There's no better example of how Applebee's brings its commitment to service and connecting with America's military men and women to life than on Veterans Day. Since 2008, the neighborhood grill and bar has served 8.9 million free meals to veterans and active-duty military on Veterans Day.
Each Veterans Day, the entire Applebee's family looks forward to opening their doors to thousands, hosting families, friends, solo diners and more, who gather to enjoy great food and time together. Veterans and active-duty military will be able to choose their free meal from an exclusive menu of eight delicious and hearty entrees, including:
Classic Bacon Cheeseburger
6 oz. USDA Select Top Sirloin
Chicken Tenders Platter
Double Crunch Shrimp
Fiesta Lime Chicken
Oriental Grilled Chicken Salad
Oriental Chicken Salad
Three-Cheese Chicken Penne
"At Applebee's we are proud to welcome veterans and active-duty military all year long. To date, we have served nearly nine million military heroes a free meal, and in celebration of our 11th year, we welcome one million more to join us on Veterans Day for a delicious and free meal among friends," says John Cywinski, president at Applebee's. "The entire Applebee's community looks forward to this day year-round, and we hope it encourages our communities to come together to celebrate our neighborhood friends and heroes around the country."
Applebee's believes in creating connections across the table, beginning with a good meal. Applebee's also encourages everyone to give our troops a 'thank you' of their own. Head to applebees.com/vetsday to give thanks to our military heroes with a thoughtful social media post of gratitude using the hashtag #MillionMeals4Heroes.
This event is just one of the many ways Applebee's franchisees and partners around the country honor and support our American heroes. Additional initiatives include participating in veteran employment recruiting programs, sending much-needed items to active military service members overseas, delighting hometown heroes with surprise parties and Applebee's gift cards, and partnering with organizations to repair or build homes for veterans in need.
Complimentary meals from the Veterans Day menu will be available for dine-in only at nearly 1,700 Applebee's locations nationwide.
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In honor of Veterans Day, Red Lobster will be offering a free appetizer or dessert to veterans, active-duty military and reservists with a valid military ID on Sunday, November 11 and Monday, November 12. Guests may choose an item from the following special menu:
Sweet Chili Shrimp
Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp
Lobster and Langostino Pizza
Signature Shrimp Cocktail
Vanilla Bean Cheesecake
Key Lime Pie
Warm Apple Crostada
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As part of a long-standing tradition of giving back and honoring U.S. military men and women, Little Caesars Pizza is offering all United States Armed Forces veterans and active military a free $5 HOT-N-READY Lunch Combo at participating stores nationwide this Veterans Day. On Sunday, November 11, from 11a.m.—2 p.m., veterans and active military members can receive their free $5 Lunch Combo, which features four slices of Little Caesars popular Detroit-style Deep! Deep! Dish pizza, paired with a 20-ounce Pepsi product.
A nod to Little Caesars hometown, the Deep! Deep! Dish pizza is a Detroit-style, rectangular pizza that gets its crispy-crunchy edge and chewy inside texture from baking in a custom metal pan coated with olive oil.
“Little Caesars is thankful to all of our veterans and members of the military who do so much to take care of us,” says Little Caesars president and CEO, David Scrivano. “This is a small token of our appreciation for the time they’ve served on our behalf. We hope they will enjoy lunch on us and know that we are truly honored to serve them.”
Veterans Day also marks the 12th anniversary of the Little Caesars Veterans Program. Created in 2006, the Little Caesars Veterans Program provides honorably discharged veterans with significant discounts and credits towards opening a Little Caesars franchise.
The goal is to give veterans a business opportunity when they transition to civilian life or seek a career change, and to thank them for the sacrifices they and their families made for our country.
“As an organization, we believe that our veterans, the men and women who have given so much to serve our country, should return home with business prospects to help them achieve their hopes and dreams,” says Ed Gleich, senior vice president of global marketing for Little Caesars. “So, we created a program to honor veterans and provide them with an opportunity to become business owners.”
Buffalo Wild Wings
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Buffalo Wild Wings
On Veterans Day, participating Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants will offer free small boneless or traditional wings and fries for all veterans or active-duty service members to show appreciation for their service.
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To celebrate the contributions of our military around the country, Chipotle Mexican Grill is offering a special buy-one-get-one (BOGO) offer from open to close on Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11, 2018.
The BOGO promotion will be available for all active duty military, reserves, national guard, military spouses and retired military with valid ID, at all restaurants in the U.S. from open to close on Veterans Day. The offer is valid on burritos, bowls, salads and taco orders.
"This is just a small way we can give back to our country's bravest men and women," says Laurie Schalow, chief communications officer at Chipotle. "We can't thank our troops and veterans enough for their services and we hope they enjoy a delicious meal on November 11."
California Pizza Kitchen
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California Pizza Kitchen
California Pizza Kitchen
California Pizza Kitchen will pay tribute to veterans and active duty members of the U.S. military this Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11, by offering them a complimentary entrée from CPK’s special Veterans Day menu at all participating California Pizza Kitchen locations nationwide. Participating guests will also receive a card to redeem for a buy one, get one free offer on pizza, pasta, or salad during a return visit November 12-18.
“Each Veterans Day, our California Pizza Kitchen family looks forward to the opportunity to recognize and thank the courageous men and women who have served our country, both past and present,” says California Pizza Kitchen CEO Jim Hyatt. “It is our great honor to serve you and extend our deepest gratitude for your tremendous service and sacrifice. We invite you to be our guest and enjoy a special meal on us this Veterans Day.”
CPK’s Veterans Day menu includes the choice of a complimentary pizza, pasta or full size salad:
The Original BBQ Chicken Pizza
Mushroom Pepperoni Sausage
Five Cheese + Fresh Tomato
The Original BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad
Garlic Cream Fettuccine with Chicken
Kung Pao Spaghetti with Chicken
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In keeping with tradition, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews is celebrating Veterans Day by giving back to the brave men and women of the military. On Sunday, November 11, the Gourmet Burger Authority is honoring all veterans and active duty military guests with a free Red's Tavern Double Burger served with Bottomless Steak Fries at participating Red Robin restaurants nationwide.
"We look forward to expressing our gratitude and appreciation for military veterans and those currently serving our country on Veterans Day," says Dana Benfield, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Red Robin. "Not only is it a special day for these men and women, but for everyone at Red Robin as we have the opportunity to say, 'thank you' for their dedication, service and sacrifice."
Red's Tavern Double Burger features two, fire-grilled beef patties topped with melted American cheese, house-made Red's Secret Tavern Sauce, fresh lettuce and tomato on a toasted sesame bun. The guest favorite is one of our Tavern burgers starting at $6.99 each on Red Robin's everyday value menu.
Red Robin's commitment to military guests extends beyond a free burger with Bottomless Steak Fries on Veterans Day. Veterans, retired, and active duty military members, along with their parents and spouses, can sign up for the Red Robin Royalty rewards program to receive exclusive offers and perks throughout the year.
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Bar Louie is saluting veterans by continuing its ongoing support for the U.S. military by inviting vets and active military personnel to enjoy a free meal on Veterans Day, while donating a minimum of $25,000 to Operation Homefront.
From open to close on Sunday, November 11, every Bar Louie throughout the country will offer veterans and military personnel a free burger or flatbread up to a $15 value when they show a valid military I.D. Additionally, through its week-long “Mission for Vets” campaign, from Monday, November 5 to Monday, November 12, Bar Louie invites its guests to donate via an add-on to their checks. All proceeds will be donated to Operation Homefront's Critical Financial Assistance program to help veterans and their families in immediate need.
In conjunction with the donation pledge and Veterans Day free meal offer, Bar Louie and partner Jim Beam will volunteer to help Operation Homefront assemble holiday meals for military families in November and December nationwide.
“This is the 11th year that Bar Louie has hosted an offer for Veterans Day and our third year partnering with Operation Homefront to ensure the donations are delivered directly where they are most needed. It is one of the most exciting days for us every year,” says Tom Fricke, Bar Louie chief executive officer. “We value our servicemen and women who have put their lives in front of ours to protect and preserve the freedom offered within our country. We have many Bar Louie team members who have served. We’re grateful and want to thank our veterans as they walk through our doors.”
“We are grateful for Bar Louie's ongoing commitment to our nation’s veterans and military families,” says Jill Eskin-Smith, vice president of Corporate & Foundation Partnerships, Operation Homefront. "Their support will enable us to continue to deliver critical financial assistance to those who need it most. Thank you to Bar Louie and their generous customers for helping us to serve America’s military families.
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This Veterans Day, Ruby Tuesday will show its appreciation by offering a free appetizer for all military personnel on Sunday, November 11.
“We are grateful to the men and women who have served and protected our country. We look forward to celebrating your service on November 11,” says president & chief operating officer, Marty Ritson. “It is our pleasure to offer you a free appetizer on us as a token of our appreciation.”
To participate, military personnel can visit their favorite Ruby Tuesday, present military identification, and let their server know which complimentary appetizer of their choice they would like to order (some terms apply).
Classic Sampler: House-Baked Soft Pretzels with queso, Spinach Artichoke Dip, and Mozzarella Sticks.
Cheddar Cheese Queso & Chips
House-Baked Soft Pretzels
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Main Event Entertainment is honoring the brave men and women that protect our freedom with a special offer this Veterans Day.
On Sunday, November 11, the ultimate family entertainment destination will honor our nation’s veterans and active-duty military by inviting them to their nearest center for free food and fun all day. All military personnel will receive complimentary $10 in arcade play that can be used on all Main Event arcade games, and can choose one entrée from a select menu featuring:
Bacon & Cheddar Burger
Jumbo Wings & Fries Combo
10¢¢ Ultimate Sausage & Pepperoni Pizza
Classic Cobb Salad
Crispy Chicken Tender Sandwich
Chicken Tenders & Fries
“Giving back to our nation’s heroes is a top priority at Main Event,” says president and CEO Chris Morris. “We are looking forward to spending the day with active military members and veterans and letting them know how much we appreciate their service.”
So, whether it’s you, a family member or a friend who has served, head to your favorite Main Event on Veterans Day to celebrate our true American heroes.
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This Veterans Day, BJ’s Restaurants invites all current and retired military to enjoy a free entree as a thank you for their service. Plus, for the entire month, our military heroes can enjoy a free Pizookie donated by BJ’s, Dr. Pepper and our guests (while supplies last).
“Each year, we are honored to celebrate our military service members on Veterans Day. Over the last couple of years, we have wanted to step it up and do more, with the help of our guests, to honor our great servicemen and servicewomen for the entire month,” says Kevin Mayer, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of BJ’s Restaurants Inc. “We, along with our partners at Dr Pepper, see it as our pleasure to celebrate and serve our country’s dedicated heroes.”
On Veterans Day, all service members can enjoy a complimentary entree up to $12.95, plus a free Dr. Pepper beverage, by presenting a military ID or proof of service at any BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse nationwide. Offer is valid on Sunday, November 11, for dine-in guests only at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse locations and is limited to one entree and Dr. Pepper beverage per person.
In addition, beginning November 1 and throughout the month, current and retired military can reserve a free Pizookie as part of the restaurant’s “Buy a Hero a Pizookie” program. Guests who would like to honor these heroes can contribute $1 or more on their restaurant bill to the program. With a contribution of $1 of more, guests will receive a bounce-back coupon for a free Pizookie with any food purchase of $9.95 valid through 12/31/18. To get the fund started, BJ’s and Dr Pepper are contributing 11,000 free Pizookies for our military heroes.
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Known for bringing friends and family together and our commitment to the community, Huddle House is showing respect for those who have and continue to protect our country by offering a free order of Sweet Cakes to all active duty, retired and veteran military members and veterans with proper I.D. from November 9—November 12.
Committed to serving “Any Meal, Any Time,” Huddle House restaurants have become icons in the communities they serve throughout the country. The core values on which the brand was founded—serving freshly prepared, quality home-style food in a warm, friendly environment that brings the community together—are as true today as they were when it was founded in 1964. Today, the brand has more than 400 locations open and in development.
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On November 11, Kolache Factory stores nationwide are offering free breakfast to all veterans and all those who are actively serving our country in the U.S. armed forces. All veterans and servicemen and women are invited to come in and enjoy a freshly made kolache of their choice, savory or sweet, and a cup of coffee—on the house.
“We appreciate the service and sacrifice of all those in the armed forces past and present, and Veterans Day is the perfect opportunity to show our gratitude in a special way by offering a warm and tasty start to their day with free breakfast,” says Kolache Factory COO Dawn Nielsen.
How to claim a free Veterans Day breakfast:
Walk into any of Kolache Factory’s 57 locations across the country and present a government-issued military photo ID.
Enjoy one free kolache (any kind) and one cup of freshly brewed coffee (any size)
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Menchie’s will honor servicemen and women with free frozen yogurt on Veterans Day, Sunday November 11, 2018. All veterans and active duty military will receive their first six ounces free when they present their valid military ID or proof of service at the time of purchase.
“Menchie’s is all about spreading smiles, so what better way to spread smiles than by offering a sweet treat to our servicemen and women who protect our country and keep us safe,” says Amit Kleinberger, CEO of Menchie’s Global Headquarters. “We owe everyone who served and everyone who is serving a debt of gratitude. This is one small way that we can thank our heroes and show them our appreciation for all that they do.”
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As part of an ongoing commitment to the nation’s active and veteran military service members, O’Charley’s Restaurant & Bar has raised more than $170,000 for The Folded Flag Foundation across its 200-plus restaurants. This year’s fundraising efforts are an extension of the restaurant brand’s three-year partnership with The Folded Flag Foundation, resulting in more than $390,000 collectively raised.
The Folded Flag Foundation is a non-profit organization that is making a difference by providing educational scholarships to the spouses and children of our nation’s fallen service members. Thanks to the organization’s hard work and generous supporters, The Folded Flag Foundation awarded more than $1.8 million in educational scholarships to 205 spouses and children for the 2018-2019 academic year. The scholarships cover a wide range of educational expenses for K-12, as well as for undergraduate and graduate college programs and trade schools.
“We are grateful to our O’Charley’s team and guests for their participation and generosity in donating to The Folded Flag Foundation,” says Craig Barber, O’Charley’s president & ABRH, LLC CEO. “Together we raised a total of $171,971 through our ‘Give $5, Get $5” campaign.’”
Guests who donated $5 on their checks were given a $5 O’Charley’s voucher as a thank you for their donation.
Additionally, in honor of Veterans Day, all active and retired military service members are invited to enjoy a free meal from O’Charley’s. Veterans can choose from O’Charley’s “Veterans Thank You Menu” all day on both November 11 and 12 simply by showing their military IDs. Restaurant participation may vary by location.
“We are dedicated to honoring members of the U.S. military and their families all year long through a variety of initiatives,” says Barber. “We want to do what we can to invest in their families’ futures and say thank you the way we do best—by inviting them to the table to enjoy a delicious meal with friends and family.”
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Dunkin’ will once again celebrate Veterans Day with a sweet salute to those who serve our country. On Sunday, November 11, at participating Dunkin’ restaurants nationwide, veterans and active duty military are eligible to receive a free donut of their choice with no purchase necessary. This is part of the brand’s ongoing efforts to show its support and appreciation for those who serve.
“Dunkin’ has a long and proud history of recognizing U.S. veterans and active duty military year-round for their selfless sacrifice and commitment to keeping our country safe,” says Tony Weisman, Chief Marketing Officer, Dunkin’ U.S. “On behalf of our franchisees, several of whom are veterans themselves, we are proud to express our appreciation and gratitude to these brave and heroic men and women in Dunkin’ restaurants this Veterans Day.”
Dunkin’ is honored to serve veterans and active duty military at its restaurants, including at 44 military locations on bases around the world. Additionally, through the Dunkin’ Coffee for Our Troops program, the company has donated more than 300,000 pounds of coffee to troops deployed overseas. Under the program, each week the company sends a case of coffee to deployed troops based on recommendations from friends, family members or troops themselves. Since 2003, the brand has sent 10 cases of coffee each week.
Fans who wish to submit the name of a deployed member of the United States armed forces can do so at https://www.dunkindonuts.com/en/about/contact-us/military-coffee-request. Dunkin’ will surprise some of these members with a case of the brand’s ground Original Blend Coffee.
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Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar is saluting America’s veterans with a free meal on Monday, November 12, 2018 in observance of Veterans Day all day at all locations (excluding Patchogue, New York).
All veterans and troops will receive one complimentary item from a fixed menu which includes some of Arooga’s favorites such as their famous Buffalo Pretzel, Arooga’s Chopped Salad, Sriracha Chicken Caesar Salad, BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich (served with fries, chips, or coleslaw), Grilled Cheese and Creamy Tomato Basil Soup, Spicy Italian Wrap or Sub (served with fries, chips, or coleslaw), Original Boli, and, of course, their world famous boneless wings (10) tossed in any one of their more than 30 sauce creations.
“We proudly support the men and women that serve our country,” says Gary Huether, Jr., Co-Founder and President of Arooga’s. “We hope that this small gesture of appreciation to our nation’s veterans and active duty service members will show them how much we value their commitment and dedication.”
Arooga’s is also a proud supporter of VetFran, a program that helps to support veterans who wish to get involved in franchising. Arooga’s offers its largest discount on its franchising fee to any honorably discharged veteran who becomes an Arooga’s franchisee.
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To honor those who have served our country and protected our freedom, Friendly’s is treating veterans and active military, with a valid military ID or honorable discharge card, to a free breakfast, lunch or dinner on Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11, 2018.
Eligible guests are invited to start their day with a hearty meal that’s sure to satisfy any appetite. The Big-Two-Do Breakfast allows guests to customize their breakfast entrée by choosing two slices of Brioche French toast, two buttermilk pancakes or two slices of toast; two strips of crispy applewood-smoked bacon or two sausage links, along with two made-to-order, farm-fresh eggs. As guests delight in the Big-Two-Do’s array of breakfast options, they’ll also be treated to a fresh cup of coffee.
For veterans who prefer to dine at Friendly’s for lunch or dinner, the restaurant is showing its appreciation with a complimentary All-American Burger with fries and a beverage (soda, iced tea or hot beverage). Friendly’s All-American Burger features a fresh Big Beef burger patty topped with sliced tomato, crisp lettuce, red onion and a dash of mayo on a buttery brioche roll. For guests who prefer a slice of cheese on their burger, Friendly’s is offering a free upgrade to a cheeseburger.
Friendly’s takes pride in giving back to the community and recognizing the men and women who diligently serve our country. This Veterans Day, Friendly’s will once again say, “thank you” to veterans and active military with a bountiful, mouth-watering meal…no wallets needed! This offer is valid for dine-in guests only at participating Friendly’s locations and is limited to one breakfast or lunch/dinner entrée per person.
Aspen Creek Grill
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Aspen Creek Grill
Aspen Creek Grill, offering scratch-made, comfort fresh food and a full-service bar, will serve complimentary meals from a special menu to both active duty and military veterans from 11 a.m. to close on Monday November 12 in recognition of Veterans Day. “We are honored to give back to the women and men who currently serve or have served in the United States Armed Forces and we look forward to serving them a meal to say thank you for their sacrifice for our country,” said Bern Rehberg, president of Aspen Creek Grill.
The Aspen Creek Grill Veteran’s Day special menu includes:
Aspen Chicken Pasta
Juicy Double Cheeseburger
Crispy Fried Catfish
Chicken Caesar Salad
Veterans wishing to stop in for a complimentary meal at Aspen Creek Gill locations may do so from 11 a.m. to close on Monday November 12 at any of the eight restaurant locations and showing their proof of service or military ID cards.
On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina
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On The Border
On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina
Over the past five years, On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina has served more than 100,000 veterans with a free meal on Veterans Day. This year, the brand is expecting more of the same as it continues its complimentary Veterans Day Create Your Own Combo 2, all day long at participating restaurants on Sunday, November 11.
On The Border’s salute to active and retired military allows for more than 150 different possible combinations, choosing two of OTB favorites like enchiladas, crunchy or soft tacos, empanadas, mini chimichangas, soup or salad. The entrees are served with Mexican rice, refried beans (black beans available upon request) and endless tortilla chips and house-made salsa. Veterans with valid military ID or proof of service get to choose any two items from the Create Your Own Combo meal at no charge, and with no other purchase required. We’re expecting a big turnout again this year, especially since the official holiday falls on the weekend.
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill
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Firebirds Wood Fired Grill
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill
Monday, Nov. 12 for Veterans Day, Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, serving classic American cuisine, is honoring active military and veterans by treating them to a free lunch or dinner entrée. Guests will need a valid form of military ID, or they can wear their uniform to any Firebirds location. If you dine with family or friends on this special day, the complimentary entrée will be the entrée of lesser value. Offer details: • Receive one complimentary military entrée • Dine in Only • Not valid in conjunction with any other offer including restaurant week items • One offer per guest • Tax and gratuity not included • Offer valid November 12, 2018
Accepted forms of ID also include: • S. Uniform Services Identification Card • S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card • Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) • Photograph of you in uniform • Wear your uniform • Veterans Organization Card (i.e. American Legion and VFW DD214)
IHOP will once again offer veterans and active duty service members a free stack of Red, White and Blueberry pancakes across the nation on Monday, Nov. 12 in observance of Veterans Day.
Select IHOP restaurants will also offer veterans and active duty military members a Red, White and Blue Combo which includes two eggs, hash browns and choice of two bacon strips or pork sausage links with the short stack of Red, White and Blueberry pancakes.
As all IHOP restaurants are owned and operated by franchisees, guests should check with their local IHOP for additional details.
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As grateful Americans recognize the work and sacrifice of our nation’s veterans, CentraArchy Restaurants once again offers veterans their service. Any U.S. veteran or active duty military member is invited to enjoy a free entree Sunday, November 11, at any CentraArchy restaurant location.
“Many members of the CentraArchy family have served our country—including my father,” says CentraArchy chairman Greg Greenbaum. “We are proud of them, our guests and all fellow Americans who have answered the call to service over the years. It is an honor to recognize them with this small gesture of our appreciation on November 11.”
For Veterans Day, The Greene Turtle is offering a free meal worth up to $12 to anyone showing a valid military ID. This offer is valid all day Sunday, November 11.
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On November 12, for the 18th consecutive year, Golden Corral restaurants across the country will once again thank more than 300,000 active duty and retired United States military personnel for their service with a free dinner buffet and beverage, while also raising donations for DAV (Disabled American Veterans). A tradition started in 2001 to celebrate our nation’s heroes, Golden Corral’s Military Appreciation Night has served 5.4 million complimentary meals to military personnel and generated more than $14 million dollars in guest contributions to support community-based service initiatives for veterans.
“Our employees and franchisees are passionate about supporting our military service men and women, and we believe thanking them with a free dinner buffet is one way to show our gratitude for their service,” says Lance Trenary, president and Chief Executive Officer of Golden Corral. “Along with the generous support from our guests and suppliers, we are honored to have raised more than $14 million for DAV over the past 17 years, and we look forward to adding to that total again this year.”
Golden Corral will serve free dinner buffets with a beverage from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, November 12 to any person who is or has served in a United States Military branch, including the National Guard and Reserves. State and local DAV representatives will be on-site at all Golden Corral locations coordinating the collection of donations from customers. While only current and former United States military personnel qualify for the free meal, everyone is encouraged to come out and show support for our veterans.