Where Can Veterans Eat Free on Veterans' Day?

A number of restaurants with Gwinnett locations are offering freebies to those who served our country in the military.

While Veterans Day was officially on Sunday, Nov. 11, it is being observed on Monday, Nov. 12. This Veterans' Day, a number of local restaurants are giving away free meals to our nation's bravest.

Here is a list of restaurants with Gwinnett locations that offer specials for Veterans. Each restaurant's participation may vary. Most require a form of military identification 

  • Denny’s - Free pancakes, Monday, Nov. 12 2012: Free all-you-can-eat pancakes from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12, for all active, retirees, and veterans with a valid military ID or proof of military service. Offer available in every Denny’s nationwide.
  • Golden Corral - On Monday, Nov. 12, between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m., veterans get a free meal.
  • Longhorn's - On Monday, Nov. 12 get a free appetizer and drink.
  • Outback Steakhouse - On Nov. 12, 2012 military personnel and veterans get a free Bloomin’ Onion and Coca-Cola. Must have valid identification. Also, receive 10 percent off the entire guest check (excluding alcohol, taxes and gratuity) through Dec. 31, 2012.
  • Texas Roadhouse - Every Texas Roadhouse location across the country will participate in a free lunch event to honor the men and women of our armed forces on Monday, Nov. 12. Choose from one of 10 free meals, plus sides and a drink. Offer good for All veterans, including all active, retired or former U.S. military. ID Required.
  • T.G.I. Friday’s - Free lunch, Monday, Nov. 12, valid for all U.S. Military personnel and veterans. Must wear uniform (if permitted by your service) or present military ID or other proof of service. Only valid at participating locations for anyone with an old or current military ID.
  • Sweet Tomatoes - On Nov. 12, get a free meal with purchase of a regular price meal by being in uniform or showing military ID.

Visit this website to find more restaurants. 

Do you know of any other local restaurants and businesses offering discounts to veterans? Let us know in comments below so we can get the word out to our local veterans.

Rhonda Apple November 12, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Much of the public sending out Veterans Day greetings do not seem to understand that while we're all proud of our men and women currently in uniform - they are not considered veterans. A veteran is a man or woman who served on Active Duty in the military (or active duty reserves or National Guard). Also, many of the American public eg business owners offering discounts do not understand military service - especially these businesses offering free/discounted meals to vets and requiring ID cards. DoD ID Cards are ONLY issued to retirees, active duty personnel, reservists, national guard members, children of dependents on active duty, dependent spouses of a service member on active duty. Millions of us Veterans out here served our country honorably and for less than 19 years. We do not receive an identification card. We do not all use VA and a veterans administration ID card is not considered proper identification with most "supposedly supporting the military" businesses in the USA. One enlistment as required by that service member's contract might be 2, 3, 4 or more years. Most of us today served four or more years - we are considered veterans of the Armed Forces. We do not receive an ID card. My DD-214 has to be ordered as I recently lost much of my life in a flood caused by Hurricane Sandy. Therefore, I can not take advantage of anything offered to us veterans today. And please stop wishing active duty military Happy Veterans Day, America. They are not veterans - yet!
PSBarge November 12, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Rhonda, You couldn't be more wrong! My husband is a veteran of every war since Panama and is still serving....you're so misinformed!!! Our country celebrates PAST AND PRESENT VETERANS!!! Take care of YOURSELF...file the proper paperwork and do something for yourself so that you get those benefits!!! All I hear is wah wah wah!!! Did the military teach you anything?! Veteran From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia For other uses, see Veteran (disambiguation). The examples and perspective in this article deal primarily with the United States and do not represent a worldwide view of the subject. Please improve this article and discuss the issue on the talk page. (December 2010) The Hôpital des Invalides in Paris is a hospital and retirement home for French war veterans A veteran (from Latin vetus, meaning "old")[1] is a person who has had long service or experience in a particular occupation or field; " A veteran of ..." .[2] This page refers to military veterans, i.e., a person who has served or is serving in the armed forces. Those veterans that have had direct exposure to acts of military conflict may also be referred to as war veterans (although not all military conflicts, or areas in which armed combat takes place, are necessarily referred to as "wars")
PSBarge November 12, 2012 at 03:05 PM
On that note...my family is eternally thankful for VETERANS and all businesses and people who do truly love and take care of them!!!
Kathryn Joan Vargas November 12, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Also...there is no legal definition for a veteran by Congress. Veterans benefits were added one by one and each has its own eligibility qualifications. Most only require 180 of service. My hubby is a veteran and currently serving:)
PSBarge November 12, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Thanks to your husband and you Kathryn!
Dee J Kasper November 12, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Everyone has done there part to serve you idiot. We are all veterans.. From the infantry on the front line to the admin marine or soldier that signs and deposits your check. One hand washes the other so be proud and stop trying to predict who is a veteran and who is not. You couldn't have been anymore wrong about who is a veteran an who is not. I have fellow devil dogs and soldiers who have deployed 6-8 times and are still on active duty and you are trying to tell me that they are not veterans. How dare you. You should really get some Knowledge and common sense. Don't talk what you don't know.
txowl November 12, 2012 at 06:05 PM
I am disheartened by the backlash of harsh comments in response to Rhonda Apple. And I agree... it's frustrating to be a military vet and not have access to a meal deal because I don't have ID to prove I'm a vet. And really, the definition of a vet is very simple: "A military veteran is Any person who served for Any length of time in Any military service branch." source: http://www.americanwarlibrary.com/whatvet.htm Please try to be nicer to your fellow vets. I'd like to advise: don't write anything you wouldn't say to someone's face (and not be punched for saying). Cheers!
mary November 12, 2012 at 06:14 PM
I served 10 years in the Marine Corp and 7 years in the Army and I am currently serving, @Rhonda Apple I am a Veteran, I am currently serving and I wear the title of a Veteran til the day I die. Please get more educated, especially if you were in the military.
mary November 12, 2012 at 06:15 PM
I served 10 years in the Marine Corp and 7 years in the Army and I am currently serving, @Rhonda Apple I am a Veteran, I am currently serving and I wear the title of a Veteran til the day I die. Please get more educated, especially if you were in the military.
ray November 12, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Can't we all get along? And yes I too am a veteran. Purple heart and Valor Award recipient. Afghanistan, Sar Hawza, Orgun-e Providence. Still Serving!
Marcus November 12, 2012 at 09:42 PM
I understand what Apple is saying, but u can get an ID with out a problem, when she said u can only be a veteran if u served and not while u r serving, think about it, VETERAN, not active
Dee J Kasper November 12, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Wow. A lot of you guys on here need to do your homework. If you served and are now discharged there is absolutely no reason you can't have a VA I'd card. There a reason upon discharge that you receive transition assistane programs and classes. They should have told you all of this. But just in case they didn't, please get over to the VA and see what benefits are available to you. Bring your DD-214 Good luck to all my fellow veterans, active and Not active


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