MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - As a way to honor active duty and retired veterans during Veterans Day, many businesses are offering their own 'thank you" with special discounts.
Here are some of the businesses taking part in Veterans Day deals, but there are a few things to go over before trying to take advantage of the deal.
First, free and discounted deals are expensive to businesses, especially in a down economy, so expect to provide some proof that you or your loved one is an actual veteran. Companies aren't being disrespectful when they ask. They simply want the deal to go to those who deserve it.
Second, many deals are offered by major chains and franchises, but not every location participates due to ownership policies. It's very important that you call ahead or verify with the specific location before you arrive.
Third, this list is by no means an all-encompassing list. There are many local businesses that are offering specials. We'll add them to this list as they're reported to us.
HERE ARE SOME VETERANS DAY DEALS
- APPLEBEE'S - Many of the chain's restaurants are offering a free meal to vets and on Friday, Nov. 11. There is a limited menu approved for the special and proof of military service is required. - [Applebee's on the web]
- GOLDEN CORRAL - This company is offering a Military Appreciation dinner the Monday following Veterans Day, Nov. 14. No ID required. [Golden Corral on the web]
- OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE - This chain of restaurants is offering a weeklong special on Free Bloomin' Onions and Coca-Cola products to America's veterans. Proof of military service is required. [OutBack on the web]
- OLIVE GARDEN - This nationwide chain is offering a free entree to all veterans on Nov. 11. There is a pre-selected menu to choose from. [Olive Garden on the web]
- TEXAS ROADHOUSE - This franchise is offering one free entree to our military heroes for lunch on Veterans Day. ID is required. [Texas Roadhouse on the web]
- KRISPY KREME - Participating locations are offering one free doughnut to active or retired military personnel.
- HOOTERS - Many of the company's restaurants are offering 10 free wings to veterans. A drink purchase is required as is proof of military service. [Hooters on the web]
- SAM'S CLUB - Veterans who need assistance will get a free folding cane made by the Hugo Company. The offer is only good while supplies last, or through Veterans Day. No membership is required. [Sam's on the web]
- NATIONAL PARKS - The National Park Service is waiving entrance fees.