Updated again: Veterans Day freebies and discounts

Posted by Amy Dunn on November 5, 2013 

With Veterans Day coming up on Monday, businesses across the Triangle will be saluting veterans and active-duty military with freebies and discounts.

Grocery and drugstore discounts, free haircuts, restaurant freebies, free car washes and free Krispy Kreme doughnuts and coffee are among the offers.

Here's a round up of Veterans Day promotions valid on Monday, Nov. 11 (unless otherwise noted). I’ll be adding to the list as I find new offers. Please add any deals you’ve found in the comments section and I’ll be sure to update the list.

• Active, retired and honorably discharged military personnel are eligible for a 10 percent discount on their grocery orders at Food Lion stores. Alcohol, tobacco, gift cards, lottery, postage stamps and services are not included. Military identification and a Food Lion loyalty card are required.

•  Harris Teeter will be offering an 11 percent discount to active-duty military and veterans. Military identification and a Harris Teeter loyalty card are required. The discount excludes alcohol, tabacco, tickets and gift cards.

• At Walgreens, veterans and active-duty military get 20 percent off all Walgreens, W Brand and Nice! products, plus 15 percent off almost everything else, according to an email sent out Friday afternoon. Ask at your store for more details.

• Now through Nov. 11, veterans and active-duty military will receive an extra 20 percent off on purchases at J.C. Penney stores. Click HERE to print the coupon. Proof of service is required to redeem the coupon.

• Cary and Apex locations of Carolina Auto Spa will provide free car washes to veterans and current military service personnel Sunday and Monday, Nov. 10-11. A $15 service, the free washes are available at 1370 NW Maynard Road in Cary and 900 East Williams St. in Apex. Veterans and immediate family are eligible. No proof of service is required.

• At participating Krispy Kreme locations, veterans and active-duty military personnel will receive a free doughnut and small coffee. Present your military identification or dress in uniform.

•  Great Clips hair salons are giving free haircuts to veterans and active-duty military on Nov. 11 or a coupon for a free haircut any time through Dec. 31. In addition, any customer who gets a haircut on Nov. 11 will be offered a free haircut card to pass along to an active/inactive/retired military member of any branch, including the National Guard.

• Select Sports Clips locations will be giving free haircuts to veterans and active-duty military with proof of service. Click HERE to check the list. I found a participating location in the Triangle at the Falls Village shopping center at 6637 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. In addition, for each haircut given on Veterans Day, Sports Clips will donate $1 to veterans’ causes.

• Veterans and active-duty military eat free from a special menue at Applebee’s restaurants. Choices include Fiesta Lime Chicken, 7 oz. House Sirloin and Double Crunch Shrimp. Click HERE to see the full menu and acceptable forms of proof of service.

•  Bob Evans Farms restaurants will be serving up free hotcakes -- all-you-can-eat -- to veterans and active-duty military. A valid military ID is required.

• Active and retired military are entitled to a free appetizer at Carrabba’s restaurants Saturday, Nov. 9, through Monday, Nov. 11. Military identification or uniform is required.

• At Chili’s restaurants, veterans and active-duty military will receive a free meal from a special Veterans Day menu. Choice include pizza, burgers, soup and salad, turkey sandwich and chicken salad. See the full menu HERE. Additionally, Chili’s is pledging to donate 10 percent of its net sales on Sunday, Nov. 10, to the Wounded Warrior Project. All you have to do is mention the Wounded Warrior program to your server.

•  Golden Corral will host its annual “Military Appreciation Monday” from 4 to 9 p.m. Anyone who has served in the U.S. military will get a free meal. No proof is required. Dine-in only.

• Veterans and active-duty military can pick up a free order of Crazy Bread from Little Ceasars Pizza. A military ID card or Form DD-214 is required.

• Active military and emergency first responders receive 15 percent off their checks every Monday at Lone Star Steakhouse. Alcohol, tax and tip excluded.

• At McCormick & Schmick’s, veterans eat free from a special menu on Sunday, Nov. 10. Menu choices include Salmon Rigatoni, Parmesan Crusted Chicken, Tender Beef Medallions and McCormick’s Cheeseburger. Check out the full menu HERE. Official identification required.

• All active-duty military receive a 10 percent discount every day at O’Charley’s restaurants. Identification is required.

• At Olive Garden, veterans and active-duty personnel eat free from a special menu. Throughout November, military families receive a 10 percent discount. Menu choices include Sausage and Peppers Rustica, Seafood Alfredo and Venetian Apriocot Chicken. Click HERE to the the full menu. Identification is required.

• Veterans get a free lunch at TGIFridays restaurants, according to a blurb on the company website. No other details were provided. I’ll update if I get more information.

• Veterans and active-duty military eat free at Tijuana Flats restaurants, according to the Tijuana Flats Facebook page. No other details were provided.

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