Veterans Day is a national holiday to give thanks to someone who has served, or is serving, in the U.S. military. It is a way of showing appreciation to servicemen and women, as well as their families. Many companies also see Veterans Day as an opportunity to thank U.S. military personnel and veterans by offering them, and sometimes their spouses and/or families, freebies, deals, and services abound. Here are some of the freebies and deals available to those who have served the nation.
Starbucks is honoring active and retired military as well as military spouses by offering a tall brewed coffee at no charge. However, this offer is only available at participating locations, so it would be wise to inquire before placing an order. Maybe even call ahead to make sure that (free) hot cup of coffee is available for redemption in the serviceperson’s area.
The Great Clips hair salon chain is offering free haircuts to active and retired members of the military. Vets and military personnel can walk into any Great Clips salon on Veterans Day for a free haircut, or opt for a free haircut card to use at a later date in 2014. Moreover, for those not in the military, interested parties can purchase a haircut on November 11, and will receive a free haircut card to give to an active or retired military member. However, it is important to remember that the free haircut card must be redeemed by Dec. 31, 2014.
Other freebies and deals abound on Veterans Day include the 24-Hour Fitness chain, which offers free use of their health clubs to vets and active military personnel through Tuesday, November 11. Moreover, special deals and offers are also available to disabled vets and military personnel on Veterans Day. It is wise to check with the local VA and other service organizations in a disabled serviceperson’s locale to find out details.
The Red Lobster chain is also offering free appetizers to veterans and active duty military personnel from November 10 to November 13. However, it should be noted that these freebies are from a select list only.
Meanwhile, the Outback Steakhouse chain is offering vets and military personnel a free Bloomin’ Onion appetizer and a non-alcoholic beverage in recognition of their service. Moreover, they also receive 15 percent off the purchase of their meal from November 12 through December 31.
Another option for those who have served on Veterans Day includes a free Denny’s Build Your Own Grand Slam breakfast from 5 a.m. to noon for all active, inactive, and retired military personnel. However, this deal is limited to participating locations only, so it would be wise to call ahead.
Bob Evans restaurants are also offering free meal deals for those who have served. The chain is giving away free, all-you-can eat hot cakes for active duty military personnel and veterans, along with ID or proof of service. Moreover, IHOP chains also offer vets and active military personnel free Red, White, and Blue pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 11.
For those vets and military personnel with a sweet tooth, Krispy Kreme is offering a free doughnut and small coffee at participating stores for active duty, retirees, and veterans. Once again, since it is limited to certain locations, it is wise to call ahead to make sure the deal is available in the serviceperson’s area.
On Veterans Day, freebies and deals are abound for those who have served or are currently serving the nation. It is a way of showing appreciation to servicemen and women, as well as their families. There are also a number of local deals that are offered in a serviceperson’s area that might not be well-publicized. It is always a good idea to investigate online and via local press to secure freebies and deals abound for those who have served the nation. For the record, the author of this article, Guardian Liberty Voice Writer and Editor Leigh Haugh, is a proud veteran of the U.S. Army Medical Corps.
By Leigh Haugh
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