November 11, 2013, - 3:06 pm

FREE Stuff Today For American Veterans & Active Duty; Golden Corral Goes All the Way for Military Vet!

By Debbie Schlussel


I always love to tell you, my dear readers and friends, about free stuff. Well, today on Veterans Day, if you are an American military veteran or currently serving, there are a lot of free things for you to take advantage of. As I’ve noted before, these are actually greater marketing tools for the purveyors than they are opportunities for free stuff for vets. But still . . . there are a lot of great freebies for vets today, including haircuts:


Denny’s: all-you-can-eat stacks of buttermilk pancakes. But you’ve got to pay up for anything else you get.

Great Clips: Vets can walk in on Monday — with no appointment — and get free haircuts. If you don’t have the time Monday, or just got a buzz cut, you can still snatch a rain check for a freebie haircut.

America’s 100 national parks: All parks with admission fees are waiving them for vets over the three-day weekend.

Hooters: offers vets free meals to $10.99 — as long as you buy a beverage.

• Participating Massage Envy shops in Washington, D.C.; Maryland; and Northern Virginia region: a free, one-hour massage (worth $49) to active military and veterans. Appointments are mandatory. A standard 20% tip (about $10) will be expected — but not required. No rain checks.

California Pizza Kitchen: will serve vets any pizza on its menu for free — even The Works.

• Vets get free access on Monday to a Kiplinger’s and Wells Fargo-sponsored online tool — valued at $49.95 — that helps vets create a personalized strategy to boost Social Security benefits. Instructions at

Golden Corral: a free buffet dinner and free beverage to active-duty and retired military.

Applebee’s: Veterans and Active Duty Military get a FREE Signature Entrée. Veterans will be given a selected menu to choose from and must have proof of military service.

Olive Garden: Veterans and current service members get a free meal from a special menu.

Chili’s: Free entree for veterans and active military personnel, dine in only. Beverage and tip not included. Show military identification.

Krispy Kreme [DS: not to be confused with Chris ChrispieCreme, who is not giving veterans freebies, but is giving Hamas supporters judgeships]: stores will feed a veteran’s sweet tooth with a free doughnut and small coffee.

Red Robin: a free Tavern Double burger — served, of course, with bottomless fries.

Starbucks: will pour a free, tall brewed coffee to vets and active military — and their spouses.

Red Roof Inn: is offering 15% off at more than 350 properties nationwide all November to vets, active-duty military and their families.

So, if you served and have proof, thanks for your service, and enjoy the free stuff. If you served America, you deserve it and more.

**** UPDATE: Reader and American military vet, John Robert Mallernee, a highly-decorated career U.S. Army man who proudly served in Vietnam and Korea and came from a military family, writes:


In response to my extremely presumptuous request, the Golden Corral restaurant in Fayetteville, North Carolina, arranged to have their free Veterans Day dinner picked up and delivered to my stepmother, Alma Capps Mallernee, who resides in the Assisted Living facility at Heritage Place.

Thank you.

John Robert Mallernee
Armed Forces Retirement Home
Gulfport, Mississippi

Happy Veterans Day, John! Thank you for your service.

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6 Responses

Sounds cool there Debbie, and I assume they don’t need a coupon for the free stuff that they’ll get on this exact date for them serving in past wars.

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on November 11, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Thank you for posting this.

John Robert Mallernee on November 11, 2013 at 4:40 pm

My friend and I (we are both retired military) went to Red Robin. I happened to notice two Fairfax County police officers (the female officer was still wearing her bulletproof vest) come in when I did, so I quietly asked the manager to bring me their bill (I try to do that when the opportunity presents itself). My friend and I were not charged for our drinks. The manager said another “good samaritan” took care of our drink bill, but there were so many vets in there, I suspect the manager did it as a way of thanking me for paying for the officers’ lunch. Either way, a bunch of us got a great free meal and enjoyed some good conversation today.

Bob on November 11, 2013 at 8:22 pm

They’re doing a lot of freebie specials for vets these days which strikes me as weird given that the Commander in Chief is most likely ineligible to hold that office and, as Debbie points out, it’s more for the free publicity as opposed to giving a rat’s ass for veterans.

But, free is free and I probably would have gone to CPK if I had read Debbie’s post in time.

One thing that has been going on for almost 20 years at least is Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA has had “military month” for a period each November.

It has changed over the years from totally free for vets and 3 three guests to its present iteration (as of last year- didn’t look at the website for this year, yet) of the vet and one guest pay $5 for a ticket, then regular price after that. It was and is still a great deal for a family and if you go on a weekday, the park is almost empty except for active duty and vets so there’s no lines for the rides and very few a-holes.

Okay, I just checked and now it’s one free ticket for the vet/active duty and $22 each add’l ticket which still is a pretty good deal:

DS_ROCKS! on November 12, 2013 at 4:35 am

Bob: Thank you for treating those officers and for your service. But I sincerely hope that both officers were wearing their concealed vests, if they were on duty.

fleiter on November 12, 2013 at 5:09 am

We went , the Navy Vet husband and I, to Chili’s for the complimentary lunch yesterday and brought one of the grandkids along…. It was a great experience. We are regular Chili’s customers anyway… so one of the wait staff and the assistant manager who knew us and stopped by to say something very nice to my husband about his Service to the USA.

The menu for the free meal was very nice and had some good choices.

I must say we really appreciated this lunch… and I can tell you it did create a sincere feeling of appreciation of one’s military service to the USA!!


It is just ME AGAIN on November 12, 2013 at 1:28 pm

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