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This week we will recognize Veterans Day, a federal holiday to commemorate and honor all those who have served in the US military. The holiday coincides with Armistice Day, which is celebrated in other parts of the world to honor the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I, ending hostilities at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.

Many restaurants and stores offer freebies, discounts, and special offers on Veterans Day and throughout the week to honor those who have served and are currently serving. A list of a few offers from restaurants and retail stores are below, and you can see a full list here.

Chili's -- Veterans and active-duty service members get a free meal from a select menu on November 11. Available for in-restaurant only.

Denny's -- Veterans and active military personnel get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam on November 11, from 5 a.m. to noon. Dine-in only.

Applebee's -- Veterans and active-duty military receive a free meal when dining in from a special menu on November 11. And when dining in on November 11, military guests will receive a $5 bounce back card to redeem for dine-in, To Go or delivery within three weeks.

Bob Evans -- Veterans and active-duty military get a free meal from a select menu on November 11. Dine-in only.

California Pizza Kitchen – Veterans and active military get a complimentary entree and beverage when they dine in and show proof of service on November 11. In addition, all veterans who dine with California Pizza Kitchen will receive a BOGO, redeemable from November 12 through 20.

Chicken Salad Chick -- On November 11, veterans and active-duty military will receive a free Chick Special and Regular Drink.

Fox & Hound -- Veterans and active-duty military get a free meal on November 11. Fox & Hound will also hand out a $5 bonus card to all veterans and active military members that can be used from November 12 through December 31, 2021. The free meal has a value of $15.

Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers -- Veterans and current military personnel get a card for a free Freddy's Original Double combo meal on November 11 that can be used until November 30, 2021.

Golden Corral -- Golden Corral is hosting their Military Appreciation Night on November 11 from 5pm to close. This includes a free “thank you” meal when dining in.

IHOP -- Veterans and active-duty military get free Red, White & Blueberry Pancakes at participating locations on November 11. Dine-in only.

Menchie's -- Veterans who visit stores on November 11 get their first 6 oz of froyo free.

Mission BBQ -- Veterans and active-duty military get a free sandwich on November 11.

Pilot Flying J -- Veterans get a free meal at participating locations November 11 through a special offer in the app.

Red Lobster -- Veterans, active-duty military and reservists get a free appetizer or dessert from a special menu on November 11. Dine-in only.

Red Robin – Veterans and active-duty military who are Red Robin Royalty members can redeem a free Red's Tavern Double Burger with Bottomless Steak Fries November 1 through November 14 for dine-in or to-go. You must register for Red Robin's Royalty Program with military designation by Monday, November 1.

Shoney's -- Veterans and active-duty service members get a free All You Care To Eat, Freshly Prepared Breakfast Bar on November 11 until 11 am. Dine-in only.

Smoothie King -- On November 11, veterans and active-duty military members get a free 20 oz. smoothie.

Starbucks -- Veterans, military service members and military spouses get a free tall (12-oz) hot brewed coffee at participating stores on November 11.

Texas Roadhouse -- Texas Roadhouse will hand out dinner vouchers at the stores’ parking lots on November 11, from 11am to 2pm. Veterans and active-duty military can redeem their dinner vouchers when the restaurant opens for dinner, through May 30, 2022.

Wendy’s -- Active-duty military and veterans get a free breakfast combo on November 11 at participating locations from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Great Clips – On November 11, veterans and active military members can visit a U.S. Great Clips salon and receive either a free haircut that day or a free haircut card. 

Publix -- Veterans, active military personnel and their families save 10% on groceries on November 11.

Academy Sports + Outdoors -- Veterans, active-duty and reserve service members and their immediate family members get 10% off their entire purchase both in-store and online from October 24 through November 15.

Academy Sports + Outdoors -- Veterans, active-duty and reserve service members and their immediate family members get 10% off their entire purchase both in-store and online from October 24 through November 15.

Army & Air Force Exchange Service -- On November 11, MILITARY STAR card holders will receive various deals, including double the everyday gas savings with 10 cents off per gallon of fuel purchased at Exchange fuel locations, 15% off all purchases at participating Exchange restaurants and $10 off Exchange mall concession or kiosk purchases of $25 or more with coupon (see main store customer service for the coupon). Plus, Exchange stores will be handing out free challenge coins to veterans on November 11.

Brakes To Go -- Veterans and active-duty service members get 10% off their brake repair service for the entire month of November with a valid military/veterans ID or VA benefits card.

Dollar General -- Veterans, active-duty military and their families get a 20% discount on in-store and online purchases on November 11 through 14.

GM -- GM offers special savings for the military November 2 through 30. 

Home Depot -- Home Depot offers a 10% discount to all veterans on November 11, and a 10% discount year round to active duty and retirees.

Meineke -- Veterans and active-duty military get either a Free Basic Oil Change or 50% off Synthetic Oil Change on November 11 at participating centers.

Office Depot and OfficeMax -- Veterans, active-duty military personnel, retirees, Reservists and their dependents get 25% off qualifying regular and sale-priced purchases November 11 through 13. This offer is valid in-store only.

Rack Room Shoes -- Military personnel and their dependents get a 20% discount off their entire purchase in store on November 11.

Sleep Number -- Military and veteran families receive 20% off all smart beds, all adjustable bases and most bedding with promo code November 2 to November 22.

Sport Clips -- On November 11, participating locations will provide free haircuts to veterans and active-duty service members with valid proof of service.

Staples -- Active-duty military personnel, reservists, retired or disabled veterans and their immediate families get a 25% discount November 7 through 13.

Target -- Target is offering a 10% discount from October 31 through November 13 to active-duty military personnel, veterans and their families. The discount can be used on two separate transactions and applies to all in-basket items, online and in-store.

Here at Orion Talent, we thank you for your service!