2014 Veterans Day Discounts and Freebies

This coming Tuesday, November 11, 2014, is Veterans Day.  To celebrate many companies offer discounts to veterans as well as active duty military.  Here are just a few of the Veterans Day discounts for 2014.


Stores and restaurants are often crowded on Veterans Day because of the freebies and discounts.  Consider this when planning your dinner or lunch out.  Also, remember to call your local store to confirm the discount.  All deals are valid on the 11th only unless otherwise stated.  Many of these deals require uniform, military ID or proof of service.

Veterans Day Restaurant Discounts

Applebee’s  Free Select Entree for Active Duty or Veterans. Veteran’s Day Menu here!

Bakers Square – Free Breakfast for Veterans and Active Military.

Bob Evans – Free all you can eat hotcakes for Veterans and Active Miliatry.

Californian Pizza Kitchen  Free Entree for Veterans and Active Military. Choose an entree from their special menu.

Carraba’s – Free Appetizer for Veterans and Active Military.

Cheeseburger In Paradise – Free All American Burger with fries with Military ID.

Chili’s – Free meal for Veterans or active duty.

Denny’s  Free Build Your Own Grand Slam® between 5 a.m. to noon, on Nov. 11.

Golden Corral  Military Appreciation Monday on November 17th from 5 pm-9 pm. Veteran Buffet for anyone who has served in the military.

Krispy Kreme Free doughnut and small coffee for Active Duty, Retired Military or Veterans

Max & Erma’s Free “Best Cheeseburger in America” combo meal for Veterans and Active Duty Military.

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood  On Sunday, November 9th Veterans get a free meal. See special menu for details.

Longhorn Steakhouse Free Texas Tonion and non-alcoholic beverage for Active Duty, Retired Military or Veterans November 11th.

Olive Garden  Free meal for Veterans off special menu.

On The Border – Free Meal for Veterans and Active Duty Military from the “Create Your Own Combo Menu”.

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt – A free 11oz cup of froyo for Veterans and Active Military.

Outback Steakhouse Free Bloomin’ Onion and beverage for Active Duty, Retired Military or Veterans.

Red Hot & Blue – Buy 1 Entree Get 1 Free for Veterans and Active Duty Military with printable coupon.

Red Lobster Free Appetizer for Active Duty, Retired Military or Veterans from special menu, November 10th – 13th.

Shoney’s Free All American Burger for all Veterans and Active Duty Military.

Sizzler – Free Lunch for Active Duty and Veteran Military Members until 4pm.

Spaghetti Warehouse BOGO Lasagna or Spaghetti entrees (coupon required); valid November 11th.

Starbucks – Free Tall Coffee For Veterans, Active Duty, and Spouses.

Texas Roadhouse Free Lunch and beverage for Active Duty, Retired Military or Veterans. See the special menu here.

T.G.I. Friday’s Free lunch for Active Duty, Retired Military or Veterans from 11am – 2pm.

Village Inn Free Breakfast from select menu for all Veterans and Active Duty Military.

Retailer’s Offerings:

Amazon – Free download of the Veterans Day Honor album. It includes 12 songs performed by military bands.

B&B for Vets  Bed and Breakfasts around the nation will be participating in the 6th Annual B&Bs for Vets celebration on November 10th and 11th.

Bonton/Carson’s – Save up to 50% off sitewide. Valid now through the 11th.

Carter’s – 50% off everything valid now through the 11th.

Car Washes Grace for Vets works with hundreds of car wash locations around the US to provide free car washes to any Veteran or Active Duty Military on Veteran’s Day.  Click the link to find a participating location near you.

Eddie Bauer – Up to 50% off everything plus an additional 10% Off for Veterans & Acitve Duty Military(in store only) valid now through the 12th.

Great Clips  All Veterans and Active Military can come in and receive a free haircut or anyone can come in and get a coupon to give to a veteran/active duty military for a free haircut. Coupon expires December 31st, 2014.

Grizzly Industrial – 5% Off purchases starting on November 11th through the 28th.

Harris Teeter – 11% off entire purchase for Veterans.

Lifeway Christian – 25% Off Entire Purchase valid now through the 11th.

Love You and Miss You – 15% Off t-shirts and hats for Veterans and Active Military.

Lowe’s – 10% discount for Veterans and Active Military.

Musician’s Friend – 15% Off a single item that is over $199. Offer is for Veterans, Active Military and immediate family.

New Egg – 10% Off sitewide up to $20 for Veterans and Active Military. Offer valid now through November 21st.

Sleep Number – Save up to $700 on select Sleep Number beds.

Free Admission:

Colonial Williamsburg – Receive free admission November 7-11, 2014 for all active duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans, and their dependents.

Historic Jamestowne – Free admission for Veterans Day, November 11, 2014.

Knott’s Berry Farm – Knott’s annual tribute to our Military, past and present, starts November 2nd. FREE admission for Veterans or current serving military personnel and one guest with proper I.D. presented at turnstile. Plus purchase up to six additional tickets for just $24 each from November 2-21 and for $29 each November 22 through January 4. Military personnel may also purchase additional tickets at their local MWR ticket office.

Lego Land – Free Admission from now through November the 23rd for Veterans. Also, 50% off on up to 6 additional tickets.

National Parks – Everybody gets free entrance to our National Parks Veterans Day, November 11, 2014. Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment – 50% off single day admission tickets for Veterans or Active Duty Military.  Must purchase by November 11, 2014.  Accepted at the following parks: SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Antonio, and Sea World San Diego; Busch Gardens Tampa and Busch Gardens Williamsburg; and Sesame Place. Visit must occur before December 21, 2014.

Year-Round Veterans Discounts:

Aero Precision  10% off firearm components for veterans, active duty personnel, reservists and first responders. The discount is applied at check out in the online shopping cart.

All American Gifts  10% discount on flag cases and medal display cases to active duty, retirees, and veterans.

Armed Forces Eyewear 10%- 30% off sunglasses and prescription glasses for U.S. Military, retirees, reservists and veterans.

AXO – 30% off motorcycle and motocross lifestyle apparel, footwear, and gear for veterans, active duty service members, retired military, and reservists. Customers must create an AXO account or log in.

Buckle – 10% off clothing brands like OBEY, Fossil, Hurley, Puma, and Oakley for veterans, reservists, active duty personnel, and their dependents. Customers must create a Buckle account and log in before their military status can be verified. 

Bunion Bootie – 10% off Bunion Bootie bunion treatments to veterans, service members, retirees, military spouses and their immediate family members.

Costco – Join Costco as a new member and receive over $50 in savings for all members of the United States Armed Forces, veterans and their families.

Dell – Member Purchase Program for Service Members. Limited time Veterans and Active Military get additional 15% off PCs and Tablets through November 13th.  Get great offers on best selling PCs that supports the military lifestyle.

Fathead –20% off officially licensed sports and entertainment graphics and more for military and their families.

Individual Software —60% off business, educational, and personal productivity software to veterans, service members, retirees, military spouses and their immediate family members.

Jans.com — 15% off ski, bike, and other outdoor gear and clothing for military ID holders. The discount is applied at check out in the online shopping cart.

Karen Kane — 20% off women’s apparel for active duty military, retirees, veterans, and military family members. Verify your military status online.

OnePlay — 10% off video games for veterans, active duty service members, retirees, military spouses and immediate family member.

Outback Steakhouse 15% off entire guest check from November 12 – December 31, 2014.  Must show ID.

Rockin’ Green  15% off eco-friendly cleaning products for pets, babies, and the home. Active duty military and their families are eligible.

SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Sesame Place, Water Country USA or Adventure Island – One free day admission pass each year for any active duty, activated or drilling reservist, or National Guardsman.  Restrictions apply.

Shindigz —20% off on party supplies for veterans and active duty military. If military spouses log into their soldiers’ accounts, they can also receive the discount. Enter the code SMTPD in the promotional code box at checkout.

Universal Studios Hollywood – Huge discount options to all members of our Armed Forces all year long! Eligible members include retirees, DOD personnel, members of the National Guard/Reserves, dependents and all other base personnel. Tickets for these specially priced offers must be purchased in advance and can only be obtained at participating MWR/ITT offices throughout the United States. These special military rates are not available at the Universal Studios Hollywood box office. A military or U.S. Government I.D. is required for purchase.

For more discounts, printable coupons, and information on how you can support the USO visit the USO.

A huge thank you to Shortcut Saver for their help in compiling this year’s Veterans Day discounts!

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Infographic: The Military Home

Having been in a military family for 21 years, I know firsthand how tricky (and sometimes complicated it can be) purchasing a home. We’ve done a VA loan for our last two houses and will probably continue to do so if/when we move again.

Navy Federal Credit Union specializes in helping military families with financial services, loans, mortgages, etc. If you are a military family that is looking to purchase a home, be sure to check out their latest infographic on, “The Military Home: A Household Unlike Any Other.”

The Military Home: A Household Unlike Any Other – An infographic by the team at Navy Federal.

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Deployment: Over!

Sorry friends! I know many of you have been waiting, worrying, and praying! Things have been crazy here the past few weeks. I’ll try to give you the longer/ shorter version of a very long story.

This all started back in November, not long after the deployment officially began. Commander sent me an email saying there was a problem with his orders.

The problem, there was no funding for the job they sent him there to do. This is a problem because if there is not funding you can’t be there. The best/ worst part, the funding was cut last July, but the information was just trickling down and had finally reached the right person, who then realized there was a little bit of a problem.

I can laugh about it now that, but at the time I was mad. My family was going through this for nothing! Technically he never should have even been deployed, and the reaction was basically, “oops.”

Of course, true to form for our lives they now had to figure out what to do with a guy who by federal law had to be out of the country (Afghanistan) by January 31st.

  • Problem #1: His job is actually really important and needs to be done.
  • Problem #2: They spent money and time to train and get him over there and didn’t want him to leave.
  • Problem #3: The military has two speeds, speed of light and molasses. They had to figure out the next step quickly because his time was running out and unless they gave him new orders to a new job he had to leave the country.

I’ve learned that the military would rather keep someone over there than send a new person over there. I’ve also learned that it takes 87 people to make life altering decisions in the military. I’ve learned a few other things as well, but I’ll keep those to myself.

For the next several weeks, we lived with daily changes to the situation. We had no idea if he was coming home, moving jobs, staying longer, it was totally up in the air. From the minute he told me the news we decided not to tell anyone there was a possibility of him coming home early.

There were too many what-ifs, maybes, and probably nots. Each day we had different information and many days it wasn’t the information I wanted to hear.

I decided not to count on anything until I got confirmation he was on a plane headed home. We’ve been doing this long enough to know better. As you can tell from the video the kids had no idea he was coming home and I’m so glad we did it that way. There were many days when it wasn’t going to happen and I can’t imagine them going through that sort of emotional roller coaster.

So for those of you who have emailed, messaged and commented. He is home for good. Our deployment days are over. This deployment was probably the hardest thing we’ve ever done as a family and I’m grateful it ended early.

I also struggle. I know deployments rarely end early for good reasons. I know most of the time they are longer and I hurt for those families who are still going through it every day. My heart breaks for the families who have seen their deployments get extended or just getting started. It is hard.

Just this weekend I saw a friend who began her deployment story yesterday. I felt a pain for her that was raw. I cried huge tears as we prayed for each other. It stinks that we have this common bond, but we do and I’m glad.

So while our deployment story is over we have lots of new stories beginning. Like this one.



That’s right, I’m going to be a mother-in-law!!!!! Can you believe it?!?! Me either. I’m much too young to have a daughter old enough to get married! 🙂

So, another chapter begins as we close our deployment chapter. From the bottom of my heart I am thankful for your prayers, emails, comments, texts, and private messages over the past several months. We did not do this alone and I’m grateful for your support through our journey.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18  Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.


My husband has been deployed to the Middle East for 274 days.  These are my real thoughts expressing my heart during his absence.  I appreciate your prayers and kind words as we cope, adapt, and carry on without him until August 2014.  To read from the beginning, click here.

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Deployment Day #97

Today would have to be the BEST day so far.

Thank you for your prayers and support. I can’t wait to share the story with you. Soon.

PS- Sorry for not having my phone the right way… I had to pretend I was using it.

My husband has been deployed to the Middle East for 274 days.  These are my real thoughts expressing my heart during his absence.  I appreciate your prayers and kind words as we cope, adapt, and carry on without him until August 2014.  To read from the beginning, click here.

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