Deals and freebies for vets on Veterans Day

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This Veterans’ Day there are a ton of great deals and freebies for active, inactive, and retired military personnel.

Note: Store locations can often opt out of special promotions. We recommend checking with the location of any of these businesses to confirm they are participating in the promotions. Here’s just a few deals for active, inactive, and retired military personnel:

Applebee’s:  Free “Thank You” meal from a special menu.

Baskin Robbins: No deal here, but the ice cream chain will donate 10 cents from every scoop of their First Class Camouflage ice cream to the United Service Organizations (USO).

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse: Complimentary lunch entree, up to $9.95 value

Bob Evans: Go back for seconds with all-you-can-eat hotcakes.

California Pizza Kitchen: At participating locations, receive a complimentary entree from a special Veterans Day menu.

Carraba’s: Free appetizer of your choice.

Cheeseburger in Paradise: Free All-American Burger and fries. Beverages not included.

Chick-fil-A: Get a free meal at participating locations.

Chili’s: During lunch, get any lunch combo for free. For the dinner menu, the free meal is one of seven on a special menu.

Cotton Patch Cafe: Free chicken fried steak or chicken fried chicken meal.

Cracker Barrel: Free Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake dessert.  Bonus: If you’re not a vet, purchase the dessert (as well as by purchasing some other retail items), and the restaurant will donate 10 percent of proceeds to the USO.

Denny’s: Free Grand Slam breakfast from 5 a.m. to noon at participating locations.

Dunkin’ Donuts: Participating locations are offering up a free medium hot or iced coffee.

Einstein Bros. Bagels: Free coffee at participating locations.

Famous Dave’s: Free meal (one meat, one side, and a corn muffin) at participating locations from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Golden Corral: On Nov. 17 from 5-9 p.m. (take note, it’s on a different day than everything else),  get a free “Thank You” dinner at the buffet.Great Clips: Stop by and get a free haircut if you’re a vet, or get a card to redeem for a free cut by Dec. 31. Bonus: If you’re not a vet, you can still get a free haircut card to give to a vet when you purchase a trim for yourself.

Hooters: With the purchase of a drink, you can get a free entree.

IHOP: Get a free plate of Red, White, and Blue pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Krispy Kreme: Free doughnut and small coffee.Olive Garden: Free entree from a special menu.

On The Border: At participating locations, get a free “Choose 2″ or “Choose 3″ Create Your Own Combo.

Outback Steakhouse: Free Bloomin’ Onion and drink.

Perkin’s: Get a free Magnificent Seven meal at participating locations only.

Red Lobster: Through Nov. 13, get an appetizer for free.

Red Robin: Get a Red’s Tavern Double Burger with fries on the house.

Ruby Tuesday’s: Free appetizer at participating locations.

Shoney’s: Get a free All-American Burger, all day long.

Starbucks: For both vets AND their spouses, pick up a free, tall brewed coffee all day long.

Texas Roadhouse: Get a free lunch entree off a special menu. Bonus: The chain will donate 10 percent of the value of all gift cards purchased between now and Dec. 31 to Homes For Our Troops.

T.G.I. Friday’s: Free lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Twin Peaks: A free 2015 calendar goes to the first 100 service-members at each location.Uno Chicago Grill: Free individual pizza or entree with the purchase of another. Bonus: Tell your server you’re there to support Fisher House Foundation, and a portion of your check will go to the charity.