As we approach Veteran's Day on Friday, many popular national chains and local restaurants will be offering free and discounted meals for all US Military Veterans.

We've put together a list of restaurants accommodating those who have fought for the freedoms we share in our country. A simple gesture, to say we appreciate all that Veterans sacrifice to keep us safe.

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    Start Your Vterans Day Morning With Breakfast At IHop

    Ihop is honoring Veterans and active military men & women with a free stack of Red, White and Blue pancakes. The offer is good Friday, November 11th, from 7am until 7pm.

    Not all Ihops will be participating in the Veterans Day promotion.

    What do you need to participate? US Uniformed Services ID Card, US Uniformed Services Retired ID Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), veterans organization card (American Legion, VFW, etc.), photograph of yourself in US military uniform, wearing uniform, DD214, military dog tags, and citation or commendation.

    There's always restrictions. Remember that this free Veterans Day meal at IHOP is for military members and veterans only. Friends, family, co-workers, etc. can't take part in this offer unless they, too, can provide proof of military service.

    Remember, it's only the Red, White and Blue pancakes Ihop is giving away.

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    Lisa Lake, Getty Images for Audi

    Olive Garden Invites Veterans To Dine On Friday

    Veterans are getting a free meal at Olive Garden on Veteran's Day. The meal includes an entree from a special Veterans Day menu, and unlimited soup or salad and garlic breadsticks.

    All vets and active military are eligible on Friday, November 11th. There are some items you'll need.

    Proof of military service may be different with each restaurant that offers a Veterans Day free meal.

    Usually, this can be done in a number of ways, from wearing your uniform or bringing a picture of you in uniform, to showing your military ID, U.S. Uniform Services Retired ID Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, or Veterans Organization Card.

    There are restrictions.

    The meal is valid throughout the entire day during normal hours of your local Olive Garden, but not any other day of the week.

    Olive Garden's Veterans Day menu is for dine-in and is from a limited menu only. This means you can't choose food from any other menu other than the one you're given at the restaurant.

    Beverages and gratuity are not included in this offer.

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    Enjoy A Veteran's Day Breakfast At Denny's

    Denny's has been honoring Veterans for many years and will continue in 2016. They will be serving all eligible customers a free breakfast on Veteran's Day.

    Although, I suggest you contact Denny's before heading to make sure they are participating. Also, verify the hours of their promotion.

    Who can take advantage at Denny's?

    All active, non-active, and retired military personnel can take advantage of this free Veterans Day meal at Denny's. This means family members and friends must pay full price for their breakfast.

    There are options included with the Denny's Grand Slam Breakfast.

    You get to choose four of any of the following options from the Grand Slam Breakfast menu at Denny's:

    • Bacon Strips
    • Buttermilk Biscuit
    • Buttermilk Pancakes (2)
    • Chicken Sausage Patty
    • Egg Whites (2)
    • Eggs (2)
    • English Muffin
    • Gluten Free English Muffin
    • Grits
    • Hash Browns
    • Hearty Wheat Pancakes
    • Oatmeal
    • Sausage Links
    • Slices of Toast (2)
    • Turkey Bacon Strips

    You will have to identify your military service. As with most restaurants that give out free Veterans Day meals, Denny's will expect you to show military ID before you can get the free breakfast.

    Denny's Veterans Day free meal is for dine-in only.

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    Outback Is Honoring Veterans On Friday

    Outback is offering up their signature Bloomin' Onion and beverage, in addition to a discount for family members. It's completely free for all Vets.

    Outback Steakhouse is also giving out a military discount of 15% off the total check from November 12 to December 31, 2016, valid for military members and their families.

    Normally, this means even if you bring friends or family with you, only the military members would be able to take advantage of the free food. But Outback Steakhouse is also giving out 15% discounts to the families of military members, which means so long as a military ID is shown, your family can also take part in this Veterans Day special.

    Outback's Veterans Day free food can be had by all military personnel. This includes not only veterans but also active duty military.

    You may want to show your ID to your server to avoid any confusion.


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    LongHorn Is Feeding Veteran's On Friday, November 11th.

    All veterans can visit a LongHorn Steakhouse this November 11th, to get a free appetizer or dessert in honor of Veterans Day. There's also a full table 10% discount they're giving away, meaning even your family and friends can take advantage of Veterans Day.

    Any veteran or active service member can come in to LongHorn Steakhouse on Veterans Day to get their free dessert or appetizer.

    Vets must bring some form of identification  to prove that they were, or currently still are, in the military, such as by wearing their uniform or showing military ID.

    There are and will always be restrictions. Check with your local LongHorn before heading out.


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    Texas Roadhouse Is Honoring All Vets This Friday

    Texas Roadhouse is offering up a free lunch to all eligible customers. Always call before you go to be sure your local restaurant is participating.

    Texas Roadhouse is giving away this free meal to all active, retired, and former military members only. Family and friends will have to play full price.

    Texas Roadhouse Special Veterans Day Menu

    Veterans, active-duty military, and former military personnel can pick from any of these options for their Veterans Day free meal:

    • 6 oz. Sirloin Steak (with two sides)
    • Country Fried Chicken (with two sides)
    • Country Fried Sirloin (with two sides)
    • Pulled Pork Dinner (with two sides)
    • Single Grilled Pork Chop (with two sides)
    • All-American Cheeseburger (with fries)
    • BBQ Chicken Sandwich (with fries)
    • Pulled Pork Sandwich (with fries)
    • Grilled Chicken Salad
    • Chicken Critter Salad



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    Starbucks To Honor Veterans

    Starbucks proudly supports all Veterans and they're giving out complimentary coffee to all eligible customers.

    All veterans, active-duty military members, and their spouses can get a free coffee on Veterans Day.

    ID is required to verify you're retired or active military.

    Find more offers and discounts here.

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