[UPDATE: David's Bridal is offering active duty military members or their future spouse a 20 percent discount on the purchase of any bridal gown through Nov. 15.]
Veterans Day is rolling around again, and many businesses and organizations are saying “thanks” by offering specials and freebies for active and retired military members.
Here’s a roundup of some opportunities for veterans. It’s important to note that not all locations may be participating and some offers may vary. Be aware that most businesses will require proper proof of service to receive the special deals.
Know of any offers I missed? Contact me via email or leave a comment at blogs.roanoke.com/shoptimist and I’ll add them to the list.
Belk: Veterans and active-duty military members will receive 20 percent off regular and sale-priced purchases storewide, 15 percent off home and shoe purchases, or 10 percent off electronics and coffee on Nov. 10 and 11. Limited exclusions apply.
Bed Bath & Beyond: Veterans and active-duty military members will receive 20 percent off purchases in-store Nov. 9 through 11.
Big Lots: Veterans, active-duty military members and their families will receive 10 percent off all purchases today.
Dollar General: Veterans, active-duty military members and immediate family members will get 11 percent off their total purchase on Nov. 11.
Food Lion: Veterans and active-duty military members will get 10 percent off their total purchase on Nov. 11.
Home Depot: Veterans and active-duty military members will receive 10 percent off purchases on Nov. 11.
JC Penney: Veterans, active-duty military members and their family will receive an extra 20 percent off in-store purchases through Nov. 11 with the coupon found at www.jcp.com.
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores: Veterans, active duty military members and their immediate family will receive 20 percent off their total purchase Nov. 10 through 15.
Lowes: Veterans and active duty military members will receive 10 percent off purchases on Nov. 11.
Toys R Us/Babies R Us: Military members and their families will get 20 percent off one regular-priced item from Nov. 10 through Nov. 16.
Walgreens: Veterans and active duty military will receive 15 percent off eligible store items and 20 percent off Walgreens, Nice! and W brand products on Nov. 11.
Applebee’s: Veterans and active-duty military members may choose one of seven signature entrees for free on Nov. 11. This offer is for dine-in only and does not include a beverage.
Blue Ridge Veterans Celebration: A free picnic for veterans, current military members and their guests will be held on Nov. 10 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Vinton War Memorial. The general public can buy tickets for $5. Proceeds will benefit the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program, Military Family Support Center and Blue Ridge Veterans Celebration grants to local organizations helping veterans and their families.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill: Veterans and active-duty military will receive a free appetizer on Nov. 11 when they show up in uniform or provide other proof of service. No purchase necessary.
Golden Corral: The restaurant will host the 13th annual Golden Corral Military Appreciation dinner from 4 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 11 for any person who has ever served in the United States Military. This offer is for dine-in only and no proof of service is required. Regular prices apply for the general public.
Denny’s: Veterans and active duty military will receive free all-you-can-eat pancakes from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
FATZ Café: Veterans and active duty military members will get a free entree up to $15. Veterans will also receive a coupon offering $2 off their next visit.
Longhorn Steakhouse: From Nov. 11 to Nov. 14, veterans will receive a complimentary Texas Tonion appetizer and non-alcoholic beverage.
Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt: Veterans and active duty military who are dressed in uniform or have other proof of service will get a free 6-ounce cup of frozen yogurt on Nov. 11.
O’Charley’s: Veterans and active-duty military will get a free meal from the restaurant’s $9.99er menu on Nov. 11.
Olive Garden: Veterans and active-duty military members may choose a free entree from a select menu (beverages are not included), and family members dining will also receive 10 percent off their meal. All entrees include garlic breadsticks and choice of homemade soup or garden salad. This offer is for dine-in only.
Additionally, the restaurant is offering current military service members and their families 10 percent off all month.
Outback Steakhouse: Veterans and active duty military members will get a free Bloomin’ Onion and beverage on Nov. 11. Military personnel will also receive a 10-percent discount on meals from Nov. 12 through Dec. 31.
Red Lobster: From Nov. 11 to Nov. 14, veterans will receive a complimentary appetizer from a list of 10 options.
Red Robin: Veterans and active duty military members will get a free Red’s Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak on Nov. 11. This offer is valid for dine-in only.
Sheetz: Free lunch for veterans on Nov. 11. The meal includes a 6-inch turkey sub and a 20-ounce fountain drink.
Shoney’s: Veterans and active military members will get a free All-American Burger for lunch or dinner. This offer is dine-in only.
Smokey Bones: Veterans will get 30 percent off their meal on Nov. 11.
Starbucks: Veterans, active-duty military members and their spouses will get a free tall brewed coffee on Nov. 11.
T.G.I.Friday’s: Veterans and active duty military members can eat lunch for free on Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Choices will be from a limited menu.
Travel Centers of America: All CDL drivers who are also military veterans get a free meal up to $15 with proof of service and a commercial driver’s license on Nov. 11.
Grace for Vets: Select car washes in the area will offer veterans and service personnel free car washes on Nov. 11. To find a location near you, visit www.graceforvets.org.
Great Clips: Veterans and active duty military who visit on Nov. 11 will get a free haircut or a voucher for a free haircut to be redeemed by Dec. 31. Other customers who come to get a haircut on Nov. 11 will receive a voucher for a free haircut to be given to a veteran.
National D-Day Memorial: The memorial will offer free admission to all active duty Marines and veterans on the Marines’ 238th birthday on Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There will also be a special Veteran’s Day program on Nov. 11 and everyone can enjoy free admission from 10 a.m. to noon.
Travel: Select inns and bed and breakfasts in the area will offer veterans and service personnel free or discounted rooms in honor of Veterans Day. For a list of participating businesses and more details, visit www.betterwaytostay.com.
U.S. National Parks: Entrance fees will be waived for all visitors Nov. 9 through 11.