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Originally published: 2012-11-08 12:28:21
Last modified: 2012-11-08 12:28:21

Veterans’ Corner 11.8.12

Mike Halus

As Veterans Day 2012 approaches, some restaurants and companies offer Veterans Day discounts, deals and free meals as a thank you to our veteran’s service to our country. Veteran’s Day will be observed on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012.

Restaurants with Veterans Day free meals …

Applebee’s: Applebee’s is offering a free signature entree on Sunday, Nov. 11, at participating locations. Choose from a seven-ounce House Sirloin, Fiesta Lime Chicken and a Bacon Cheeseburger. Beverages and gratuity not included. Veterans must present valid Veteran’s form of identification.

Denny’s: Get all-you-can-eat pancakes for all active duty military and veterans with a valid ID on Monday, Nov. 12.

Golden Corral: Get a Veterans Day free meal for any veteran who has served in the United States military or is a current active duty service member. All Golden Corral locations will be participating from 4 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12. No identification is required to get your free Veterans Day meal.

Chili’s: Choose from Margarita Grilled Chicken, Chicken Club Tacos, Santa Fe Wrap, Old-Time with Cheese, Cobb Salad and more. Beverages and gratuity not included.

Olive Garden: Choose from Seafood Alfredo, Chicken Parmigiana, Braised Beef and Tortellini, Cheese Ravioli or Spaghetti and Meatballs.

Texas Roadhouse: Choose from Country Fried Chicken, Country Fried Sirloin, Cheeseburger, BBQ, Grilled Chicken Salad and more. Dine in only.

Outback Steakhouse: Get a free Bloomin’ Onion and beverage (non-alcoholic drinks only).Hooters: Get 10 free boneless or traditional style wings. Drink purchase required.

Retail stores with Veterans Day discounts …

Home Depot Veterans Day discount: Every year on Veterans Day, Home Depot offers a 10-percent discount on Veterans Day. Must present a valid military ID. Home Depot also offers this discount to veterans on Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day.

Lowe’s Veterans Day discount: All veterans receive a 10-percent discount on Veterans Day up to $5,000 on in-stock and special-order purchases. The offer can’t be used online, on previous sales or on sales of services or gift cards. Veterans must present a valid Veteran Identification Card (VIC), valid Form DD214 or other proof of service. Lowe’s also offers this Veteran’s discount on Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.

Other discounts and Veterans Day deals …

National Parks free Veterans Day admission: Everybody gets free entrance to our National Parks Veterans Day weekend. Dates this year are Nov. 10 to 12.

Companies that haven’t announced Veterans Day specials but did so last year include …

7-11,, Kmart, Krispy Kreme, Little Caesars Pizza, Old Navy, Sizzler, Sports Authority, Sports Clips, Subway Restaurants, T.G.I.Fridays and Walgreens.

Note: Not available at all locations; be sure to bring proof of military service and call ahead to confirm. 

Note: Those without computers can go a library for computer assistance.

For VA questions, call Georgia Henry at (828) 733-8211. 

Comments and suggestions on the Veteran’s Corner can be emailed to Mike Halus at (