On Veterans Day across the country merchants have joined together to honor those who have served in the United States military branches with discounts and free meals. Some of the promotions are running for multiple days while most will only be offered on Tuesday, November 11. To reap the benefits of these offers one just needs proof of military service, active duty or veteran status.
In the United States of America, November 11 is the annual day of recognition for veterans. This day is the anniversary of the armistice signing which ended the hostilities of World War I between Germany and the Allied nations in 1918; the 11th hour of the 11th day in the 11th month to be exact. Although many show their gratitude for veterans on a regular basis, they are thanked and celebrated publicly on Veterans Day. In 1919, President Thomas Woodrow Wilson declared the day should be filled with solemn pride for the heroism of those who sacrificed their lives in the service of the country and with gratitude for the victory.
This day is designed to honor all military personnel who served in the U.S. Parades and church services mark this day and in many places, the American flag can be seen at half mast. Some schools are closed while others remain open and celebrate the day with special assemblies and historical highlights.
Federal Government offices are closed in observation of Veterans Day whenever November 11 falls on a weekday, in the instances that it falls on a weekend offices are closed on the weekday closest to the 11th. Non-governmental businesses, schools, state and local governments are not required to close although some choose to.
With all veterans have endured during their tenure of service along with trying to navigate PTSD and depression once they are no longer active it is a small request for Americans to pause from everyday activity to honor their service. Suicide rates have escalated in recent years due to a combination of reasons while those who served and suffered for the liberties Americans have continue to fight for some sense of normality in their “after war” lives.
Clinical psychologist Dr. Craig Bryan said progress is being made to treat veterans who are at-risk of suicide. Bryan, the executive director of the University of Utah’s National Center for Veterans Studies, and his colleagues have fine-tuned specific therapies for veterans and active-duty personnel. According to a study which his team completed last year among subjects, where 75 percent of them had actually attempted suicide in the past, the future risk was reduced by 60 percent. In the final stages of therapy, Brian said:
The treatment involves skills training more so than ‘talk therapy,’ as the goal is to enable patients to learn how to live a life that’s worth living.
One of the most effective psychotherapies for those with PTSD is called prolonged exposure. It helps the veteran confront traumatic memories along with situations and locations that make them uncomfortable while re-learning ways to manage anxieties and fears so they can move on with their life regardless of those memories. The good news, according to Bryan, is there are certain treatments that work.
Although a Free meal cannot erase painful memories or show military personnel how much they are honored, it is definitely a good gesture among merchants across the country. Many of those favored franchises that are frequented regularly have joined in the efforts to celebrate these awesome men and women who have either fought or are fighting for Americans while sacrificing their own lives. Some of the restaurants giving away Free lunch and/or dinner to active, retired and veteran status military personnel include:
Applebee’s: Free meal
Chili’s: Free entrée from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Denny’s: Free all you can eat pancakes
Golden Corral: Free buffet meal
Hooters: Ten free Hot wings
IHOP: Free Red, White and Blue pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Krispy Kreme: Free small coffee and doughnut
Krystal: Free sausage biscuit
Little Caesars Pizza: Free order of Crazy Bread
Lone Star Steakhouse: Free entrée from the Stars & Stripes Menu
Longhorn Steakhouse: Free non-alcoholic beverage and Texas “T” onion
Outback Steakhouse: Free Bloomin’ Onion and Coca Cola
Red Lobster: Free appetizer from a select list
Red Robin: Free Red’s Tavern Double and endless Steak Fries
Ruby Tuesday: Free appetizer
Shoney’s: Free All-American Burger
Subway: Free Six-Inch Sub
Texas Roadhouse: Free lunch
T.G.I. Friday’s: Free Lunch
The Olive Garden: Free entrée from a special “Veterans Day” menu
Travel Centers of America: Free Meal for all CDL drivers who are Military Veterans
On Tuesday, November 11, across the nation merchants have joined together to honor those who have served in the United States military branches with discounts and free meals. In addition to the restaurants listed above, there are several other eateries and businesses who are saluting active and retired military personnel on Veterans Day with discounts and deals. To reap the benefits of these offers proof of military service, active duty or veteran status is required.
By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)