Veterans Day 2011: Companies Offering Freebies & Discounts to VetsKatherine Stone
Companies around the country will honor Veterans Day this November 11 by doing a little something nice for our country’s veterans. From big box retailers to amusement parks and restaurants, corporate America will offer a token of appreciation to members of the military past and present.
Home Depot, Lowe’s, Big Lots and Dollar General will offer 10% discounts on Veteran’s Day to all active, reserve, honorably discharged, or retired military personnel and their immediate family members. DISH Network will be offering new subscribers to its service who are vets a $100 American Express Prepaid Rewards card.
Many national restaurant chains will be offering free meals to vets, including Applebee’s, Chili’s, Golden Corral, and McCormick & Schmicks. Others are offering special “buy one, get one free” deals like Uno’s Chicago Grill and T.G.I. Friday’s. Those looking to start the day off right can get a free donut from Krispy Kreme. Add a free six-inch sub from Subway, and veterans will have breakfast, lunch and dinner covered.
For those seeking a little fun on Veterans Day, many theme parks and other recreational facilities offer discounts. The VFW reports that Anheuser-Busch Parks offers free admission for the vet and up to 3 dependents to any of their parks once a year, including SeaWorld (Orlando, San Diego, San Antonio) and Busch Gardens (Tampa Bay). Veterans can also get free admission to Knott’s Berry Farm in California until November 24, along with one additional guest.
Most of these companies will require a form of military ID to take advantage of the offers, and it’s best to call ahead to one’s local outlet to make sure the deal is available. The VFW says the following types of identification should be acceptable:
- U.S. Uniform Services ID Card (active/reserve/retired)
- Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES)
- Veterans Organization Membership Card (e.g. VFW)
- DD 214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty
For more information on these and other discount offers for Veterans Day, visit Veterans of Foreign Wars.