Restaurants Offer Free Meals to Vets and Servicemembers Today



Much to the chagrin of a reader who called this morning, most restaurants offering Veterans Day deals aren’t extending them to military family members. But if you’re an active or former service member (and have the ID or uniform to prove it), you’re eligible to eat for free at dozens of chain restaurants today.

Locations aren’t required to participate in the national promotions, so make sure to call your chosen destination before dining. And prices don’t include beverage, tax or tip, unless otherwise noted. has compiled perhaps the most comprehensive online list of Veterans Day offers. The following freebies are likely to be of interest to eaters in the Charleston area; click the links for further details:

Applebee’s (entrée chosen from special menu)

Carrabba’s (appetizer chosen from special menu)

Chili’s (entrée chosen from special menu)

Menchie’s (6 oz. frozen yogurt)

Olive Garden (entrée chosen from special menu)

Red Lobster (appetizer chosen from special menu)

Shoney’s (All-American burger)

Finally, for folks who want to give back, Holy City Sinner reports that Mellow Mushroom is serving $6 spinach-and-artichoke dip; $6 PBR pitchers and $6 half hoagies: Proceeds from Veterans Day menu sales will benefit Veterans on Deck, a non-profit sailing program for veterans coping with pots-traumatic stress disorder.

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