In honor of Veterans Day, Triangle businesses will be saluting men and women who have served our country with all sorts of freebies and discounts.
Free haircuts, lots of free food and multiple grocery discounts are on the calendar.
Most of the offers are valid on Tuesday, Nov. 11, and military identification is required -- unless otherwise specifically noted.
At Harris Teeter, active-duty military personnel and veterans will receive an 11 percent discount on a shopping order. Alcohol, tobacco, tickets and gift cards are excluded.
At Publix, veterans, military personnel and family members will receive a 10 percent discount on a shopping order.
Active and retired military personnel will receive a 10 percent discount on a shopping order at Lowes Foods. Alcohol, services and gift cards are excluded.
At Food Lion, active, retired and honorably discharged military personnel receive a 10 percent discount on a basket of groceries. Alcohol, tobacco, gift cards, lottery, postage stamps and services are excluded.
Food freebies and discounts:
Treat a military friend or family member to a free meal at Dean’s Seafood Grill in Cary, Twisted Fork in North Raleigh or The Daily Planet Cafe in downtown Raleigh on Veterans Day when you purchase a meal. Veterans and active-duty military are eligible. Show an ID or come in uniform. Reservations are suggested.
Participating Starbucks shops will be serving up free 12-oz. coffees to veterans, active-duty military and military spouses. Additionally, Starbucks will donate $5 to the Onward Veterans initiative for each Veterans Starbucks gift card purchased through Nov. 11.
At McCormick & Schmick’s, veterans eat free from a special menu on Sunday, Nov. 9. Menu choices include Salmon Rigatoni, Parmesan Crusted Chicken, Tender Beef Medallions and McCormick’s Cheeseburger. Check out the full menu HERE.
Veterans and active-duty military will receive a free Create Your Own Combo entree at participating On The Border restaurants.
At participating Krispy Kreme locations, veterans and active-duty military personnel will receive a free doughnut and small coffee. No purchase necessary and no coupon or ID required. Simply identify yourself as a veteran.
Veterans and military personnel with ID or dressed in uniform will receive a free six-ounce frozen yogurt any time of day at Menchie’s.
Veterans and active military personnel will receive all-you-can-eat hotcakes from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Bob Evans restaurants.
Active and retired military will receive a free sandwich or three free tenders at PDQ.
At Golden Corral, anyone who has served in the U.S. military will receive a free buffet and beverage from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 17. No identification is required.
Texas Roadhouse locations will serve free meals to active, former and retired military. Meal selection is from a special menu, which can be seen HERE. A free soft drink, tea or coffee is also included.
Veterans and active-duty military eat free from a special menu at Applebee’s restaurants. Click HERE to see the full menu.
Red Lobster is offering veterans, active duty military and reservists a free appetizer from a select menu. The deal is valid Monday, Nov. 10, through Thursday, Nov. 13.
A grilled food item is 25 cents for active military and veterans who stop in at Kangaroo Express. One per person.
Miscellaneous freebies and deals:
As a thank you to the military, Staples office supply store is offering a 10 percent discount all week long through Saturday, Nov. 15. Active duty, reservists, retired military or disabled veterans and their immediate families are eligible at all U.S. locations, according to Sunday’s circular.
Though November 13, save 20 percent on an AARP membership and AARP will donate a portion of the dues to a USO project. The 20 percent savings is available year round to active-duty and retired military, veterans, National Guard, reservists and military spouses.
Great Clips hair salons are giving free haircuts to veterans and active-duty military, or a coupon for a free haircut at a later date. 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. The free haircut cards are valid through Dec. 31.
Thrift 2 Gift, 900 E. Chatham St. in Cary, will be offering veterans and active-duty military a 25 percent discount on purchases up to $100. Proceeds from the day’s sales will go to Veterans Helping Veterans, a nonprofit in Durham. The store will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Select Sports Clips locations will be giving free haircuts to veterans and active-duty military. 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.
Through Nov. 15, veterans and active-duty military and their families will receive an extra 20 percent off on purchases at J.C. Penney stores. Go to JCP.com/military to print the coupon and read the fine print on exclusions.