Veterans honored with free meals and discounts - – Rockford’s News Leader

Veterans honored with free meals and discounts


Monday marks Veterans Day and several restaurants and businesses are offering free meals and discounts as a way to thank the men and women who have served our country.

The following restaurants are offering free meals on Monday:

  • Applebee's - 7 options to choose from, drink and gratuity not included
  • Chili's - 7 choices during dinner or any lunch combo during lunch, drink and gratuity not included
  • Denny's - Free all you can eat pancakes until 2:00 p.m.
  • Famous Dave's - Offers vary by location
  • Golden Corral - Offering a military appreciation dinner, find more at
  • Granite City Food & Brewery - Free lunch until 2:00 p.m.
  • Hooter's - Free meal up to $10.99 in value with any drink purchase
  • Little Caesars - Free Crazy Bread 
  • Logan's Bar & Grill in Freeport, IL - 50% off anything on the menu
  • Lone Star Steakhouse - Buy one get one free entree
  • Outback Steakhouse - Free Bloomin' Onion and non-alcoholic beverage, veterans can also get 10% off their purchase through the end of the year
  • RBI's in Rockford - 15% off purchase
  • Red Lobster - Free appetizer
  • Red Robin - Free Red's Tavern Double and Bottomless Steak Fries, the restaurant is also donating $10,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project
  • Starbucks - Free coffee for military member and spouse
  • Texas Roadhouse - Free lunch event, choose 1 of 10 options plus sides and a drink
  • TGI Friday's - Free lunch until 2:00 p.m. 
  • The Cave in Byron, IL - Free appetizer with purchase of beverage until 10p.m.
  • The Olive Garden - Free entree from a special menu, including bread sticks and salad or soup, all current military members and families can get 10% off their purchase through the end of the month
  • The Railway in Pecatonica, IL - Free appetizer with purchase of beverage until 10p.m.

Other discounts available:

  • Home Depot - 10% off purchase up to $2,000 for all active duty, reservists, retired military, veterans, and their families
  • Lowe's - 10% off in-store purchases up to $5,000 for all active, reserve, honorably discharged, retired military personnel and their families
  • - 35% off purchases over $30 for veterans, reservists, active duty and spouses
  • Bed Bath and Beyond - 20% off entire purchase
  • Dollar General - 11% discount on entire purchase, good online using code OURHEROES
  • Grease Monkey - Free oil change
  • Great Clips - Free haircut
  • Meineke - Free oil change
  • Walgreens - 20% off Walgreens and W Brand products and 15% off eligible store items

Most veterans will need their military ID card, current leave and earnings statement, a drivers' license with veteran designation, veterans organization card, discharge paperwork, or other form of ID to get the deals. In addition, always call ahead because local franchises may have different policies.

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