Veterans Day 2014: Deals and freebies for military members and veterans

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Happy Veterans Day!

Many businesses are offering free or discounted food and services to say thanks to the men and women who have served our country:

  • Get a free haircut. Veterans who visit Great Clips shops on Nov. 11 can either receive a free haircut — or a card for a free haircut to redeem by Dec. 31.
  • Eat a free meal. At Hooters, the freebie meal on Veterans Day is worth up to $10.99, with any drink purchase. Applebee’s, Chili’s, TGI Fridays and California Pizza Kitchen all offer free meals from a special menu to vets and active military.
  • Eat a free buffet. Golden Corral is serving free dinner buffets (with beverages) from 5 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 17, at all restaurants, to anyone who is serving or who has served in the military. That same date, Bonanza Steakhouses also will offer free buffets for vets and active military.
  • Down a free burger. Shoney’s offers its signature All-American Burger, free, to vets or active duty military all day on Veterans Day. Or, you can head to Red Robin and get a Red’s Tavern Double burger with Bottomless Steak Fries, on the house.
  • Drink a free coffee. Starbucks is offering a free, tall brewed coffee on Tuesday to all U.S. military veterans and active duty service members — and their spouses.
  • Savor a cupcake. Cake it by V bakery in High Point is offering one free cupcake per veteran or military members.
  • Eat a free turkey sub. Sheetz is offering a 6″ turkey sub and regular fountain drink all day on Veterans Day.
  • Enjoy some protein. O’Charley’s offers a choice of one of nine meals on the O’Charley’s “$9.99er” menu — including O’Charley’s Famous Chicken Tenders & Twisted Chips, Cowboy Sirloin and Santa Fe Tilapia.
  • Scarf down free pancakes. IHOP offers vets and active military free Red, White and Blue pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Bob Evans also has all-you-can-eat hotcakes on Veterans Day for veterans and active military. And all active, inactive and retired military personnel with a valid military ID, at all participating Denny’s restaurants, will receive a free build your Grand Slam on Tuesday from 5 a.m. to noon.
  • Enjoy a free appetizer. Red Lobster, Nov. 10 through Nov. 13, is offering free appetizers to veterans and active duty military. Carrabba’s is offering a free appetizer at participating locations Nov. 8-11. Ruby Tuesday will give a free appetizer on Veterans Day to all those who served or are serving. Outback Steakhouse is offering a free Bloomin’ Onion and a beverage — and all military personnel get 15 percent off from Nov. 12 to Dec. 31. And at East Coast Wings, veterans can receive a free appetizer or dessert with a $10 or more purchase.
  • Down a free doughnut — and coffee. Krispy Kreme will give a free doughnut and small coffee to anyone who identifies themselves as a veteran or active duty military on Veterans Day.
  • Free oil change. Greensboro Meineke Car Care Centers (West Wendover Avenue and West Market Street) are offering free basic oil changes to all active, retired and reserve military personnel as well as spouses of those who are deployed on Veterans Day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Enjoy an entire meal. Sagebrush Steakhouse is offering a free meal on Veterans Day, from 11 .m. to 10 p.m., up to $20.
  • Pasta, anyone? Olive Garden is offering a free meal from a special menu on Veterans Day.
  • Enjoy a scrumptious dessert. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store will offer a complimentary Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake dessert and an opportunity for guests to purchase items that support the United Service Organizations (USO).
  • Remove a tattoo. Carolina Laser and Cosmetic Center in Winston-Salem is offering a free laser tattoo removal session on Veterans Day.
  • Get free game tokens. Chuck E. Cheese will give 20 free tokens to U.S. military vets and active-duty military through Nov. 15.
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