— -- Businesses are thanking veterans today, Veterans Day 2014, with deals and freebies for everything from drinks and desserts.
Before you try to redeem these deals, it's a good idea to call ahead and note limitations and restrictions. Some of these deals are reserved for those who have served in the American military and their families, while other promotions are open to everyone.
On Tuesday, Outback is honoring all active and retired military personnel with a free Bloomin' Onion and a beverage. You must show a valid military ID at participating restaurants.
Active-duty and retired military are invited to Hooters to dine for free on Tuesday: get a free entree by presenting a military ID or proof of service.
Baskin Robbins' flavor of the month in honor of Veterans Day is First Class Camouflage Ice Cream: chocolate, salty caramel and cake flavored ice creams. The ice cream chain will donate 10 cents from ice cream scoops sold at all U.S. locations to the United Service Organizations (USO).
California Pizza Kitchen
California Pizza Kitchen is offering a complimentary entrée from a special Veterans Day Menu at all participating restaurants in the U.S. to active and retired members of the United States Military on Tuesday.
World of Coca-Cola
The World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta offers free admission to members of the Armed Forces (active duty, reserves and retirees) year-round. In honor of Veterans Day, from Nov. 8 through Sunday, Nov. 16, members of the Armed Forces may also purchase up to four half-price general admission tickets for their friends and family. Military members and retirees can present their valid Armed Forces ID cards at the World of Coca-Cola ticket windows.
Friendly's will serve free breakfast, lunch or dinner to veterans and active military on Veterans Day.
Service members get a free "Thank You" meal when you dine in at Applebee's. Guests will need to provide proof of their service.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
On Tuesday, veterans get a free Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake dessert. If you're not a vet and you buy the dessert or other retail items, 10 percent of all proceeds will be donated to the USO.
On Tuesday, active, inactive and retired military personnel can build your own free Grand Slam breakfast from 5 a.m. until noon at participating Denny's.
From Monday, Nov. 10 through Thursday, Nov. 13, Red Lobster will be thanking veterans, active duty, active serving military and reservists with a free select appetizer, including the new crispy shrimp lettuce wraps or several other options.
Through Nov. 16, Sleep Number is offering current and past military personnel $700 off on a Sleep Number m7 bed plus 24-month financing and free standard shipping, plus other Sleep Number military offers.
Slim Jim launched a “Salute the Troops” campaign, allowing friends, family and supporters to personalize Slim Jim wrappers with messages to troops. Slim Jim will donate one million sticks. To date, more than 60,000 of these sticks will be delivered with personal messages.
On Tuesday, Starbucks is offering all veterans, active duty service members and spouses a free tall hot brewed coffee at participating stores, limited to one per customer.
The salon chain is offering veterans a free hair cut from Tuesday through Dec. 31, 2014. Customers who come in for a service on Veterans Day get a free haircut card to give to veterans, redeemable through Dec. 31.
On Tuesday, veterans and active-duty service members can get a free Red's Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Fries, dine-in only, by providing a military I.D., proof of service, or wearing your uniform.
DoubleTree by Hilton Cookies
All-day on Tuesday, all veterans can get a free chocolate chip cookie in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio from DoubleTree by Hilton, with or without a reservation.
Marie Callender’s is donating to send more comforts from home to the U.S. military for Veterans Day. The company teamed up with USO2GO for the Comforts From Home program, an initiative that delivers care kits with electronics, games, sports gear and more to troops in remote global locations. With the code entry found on specially-marked packages of Marie’s comfort foods like chicken pot pies and apple pies, a donation is made.
Grill buffet franchise Golden Corral is offering veterans a free beverage and buffet meal on Nov. 17 from 5 to 9 p.m. (Golden Corral always hosts their Military Appreciation Day on a Monday.)
Menchie's Frozen Yogurt
Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, in 38 states, is offering all veterans and active duty military a free six-ounce frozen yogurt from over 70 rotating flavors.