2018 Veterans Day freebies and discounts that say ‘thank you’

QUAD CITIES — Veterans Day is on Nov. 11, and several local businesses are offering freebies and discounts as a way to show their appreciation to those who served. Here’s a list so you or a veteran you know doesn’t miss out on these special thank-yous!

NOTE: Most deals require a valid ID indicating military status.

Applebee’s: All veterans and active duty military are invited to visit their local Applebee’s on Veterans Day to enjoy a free full-size entrée. Find more information, here.

Chili’s: All veterans and active duty military are invited to visit their local Chili’s on Veterans Day to enjoy a free meal. Check out more information, here.

Denny’s: All veterans and active duty military are invited to build their own Grand Slam for free. This offer is limited to Monday, Nov. 12, from 12-5 p.m. Click here for details.

Dunkin’ Donuts: All veterans and active duty military are eligible to receive a free donut of their choice with no purchase necessary. Find out more, here.

Golden Corral:  All veterans and active duty military get a “thank you” dinner, limited from 5-9 p.m. on Monday, November 12. Click here for details.

Goodyear Auto Service/Just Tires: Offering free auto “Checks for Vets,” plus 10 percent off tires up to $250. Appointments can be booked beginning Nov. 9 and redeemed  through Nov. 16. They will also donate $5 to Folds of Honor for every vet check they do.

Great Clips:  Free haircut or card valid for a free haircut before the end of the year for all veterans and members of the military on November 11.  Customers who stop in for salon service can also get a card valid for a free haircut to give to a veteran.  For details, click here.

Helzberg Diamonds: Helzberg Diamonds is offering a 10% discount on jewelry and watches for all veterans and active duty military online and In-Store.

Hooters:  All veterans and active duty military get a free meal on Veterans Day with the purchase of a drink. Patrons are also encouraged to buy a Hooters calendar for active-duty personnel as part of Operation Calendar Drop. See more information, here.

Hyatt hotels: All veterans, active duty military members and their families are eligible for 10%-15% off their stay at any participating Hyatt-branded hotel in the U.S., using the offer code “MILVET*” For more information, click here

Hy-Vee:  All veterans and active duty military are invited to a free Veterans Day breakfast, during breakfast hours, Monday, November 12. For more information, click here.

Little Caesars Pizza: All veterans and active duty military can get a free lunch combo (four-slice pizza and drink) On Veterans Day. Orders must be placed between 11 and 2 p.m. See more, here.

Muscatine Transit: Offering free rides to veterans with a military ID or other identification that indicates veteran status.

Olive Garden: All veterans and active duty military are invited to visit their local Olive Garden on Veterans Day to enjoy a free meal.

Outback Steakhouse: All servicemen and women, police officers, firefighters and all first responders get 10% off their entire check minus alcohol. Find out more about the Heroes Discount, here.

Pilot Flying J: From Nov. 10-12, active-duty and retired military veterans can redeem an offer in the myPilot app to enjoy a free Pilot Coffee of any size with their choice of a PJ Fresh breakfast sandwich, packaged pastry item or a Cinnabon Center of the Roll from one of the more than 750 Pilot and Flying J Travel Centers in North America. See more, here.

Quad City transit systems: Metro, Bettendorf Transit and Davenport CitiBus will all offer free rides to veterans from Nov. 11-17.

Red Robin: All veterans and active duty military members get a free Red’s Tavern Double burger with Bottomless Steak Fries on Veterans Day, at participating locations. Find out more, here.

Red Lobster: All veterans and active duty military members get a free appetizer or dessert on Veteran’s Day and Monday, Nov. 12. For more information, click here.

Skate City: There is free admission for everyone on November 11th from 12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Sport Clips:  Free haircut on Monday, November 11 for veterans and active-duty military personnel at select loctions.  Plus, they will donate $1 from every haircut to their “Help a Hero” scholarship fund.  For information and details, click here. 

Texas Roadhouse: All veterans and active duty military are invited to a free lunch on Veteran’s Day. See more, here.

T.G.I. Friday’s: All veterans and active duty military get a free meal up to $12. The restaurant is also giving away four $50 gift cards. Find out more about both, here.

WaterPark Car Wash: Both Moline and Davenport locations are offering $10 off any car wash on Veterans Day to any veterans and active duty military.

Waterworks Car Wash: Both East Moline and Coal Valley locations are offering free car washes on Veterans Day to any veterans and active duty military from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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