Restaurants aren't the only businesses showering veterans and active military with freebies and deals this Veterans Day.
Proof of service such as a military ID is typically required and a few businesses will allow dressing in uniform as a form of identification. Discharge papers, VA cards and veteran organization membership cards also can be used to prove service at most businesses.
The federal government will grant free access to national parks and other public lands to veterans and Gold Star families starting on Veterans Day, the Department of the Interior said.
Some exclusions apply and offers can vary by location. Check with your closest location to confirm participation.
Great Clips: Free haircut Wednesday for veterans and active duty or pick up a free haircut card. Also, non-veterans who get a haircut Wednesday get a free haircut card to give to a veteran.
Veterans Day free food, meal deals
The following offers are available Wednesday unless otherwise noted. Most are for dine-in only and some require a mobile app.
7-Eleven: Veterans with a Veterans Advantage account can link their account to the convenience store chain's 7Rewards loyalty program to get special offers including a free cup of coffee for Veterans Day. Learn more at www.7-eleven.com.
Applebee's: Free meal from a special menu but offers can vary.
Biggby Coffee: Free hot brewed coffee up to 24 ounces.
Bob Evans: Free meal from a special menu.
Bonefish Grill: Ongoing 10% discount daily.
Buffalo Wild Wings: Free order of 10 boneless wings and fries.
California Pizza Kitchen: Free meal from a special menu.
Captain D's: 10% off meals for veterans.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill: Free order of calamari with any purchase to all veterans, active
military, police officers and firefighters with a valid ID through Wednesday. The chain also has an ongoing 10% discount for active and retired service members.
Chili's Grill & Bar: Free meal from a special menu.
Cracker Barrel: Free slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake.
Denny's: Free "Build Your Own Grand Slam" from 5 a.m. to noon Wednesday.
Dickey's Barbecue Pit: Free Pulled Pork Classic Sandwich.
Dunkin': Free doughnut of your choice.
Einstein Bros. Bagels: Free hot or iced medium coffee when veterans state that they are a veteran.
Famous Dave's: Free Lunch Georgia Chopped Pork Sandwich with side.
Golden Corral: Through Nov. 30, Golden Corral is handing out free meal and beverage cards to all active-duty military and veterans. The cards can be used once through May 31 for lunch or dinner Monday through Thursday.
Hooters: 10 free boneless wings with the purchase of 10 wings.
Iron Skillet: Free meal for veterans Wednesday.
Krispy Kreme: Free doughnut of choice and small hot or iced coffee.
Little Caesars: Free lunch combo between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Logan’s Roadhouse: Free meal between 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday from the American Roadhouse menu.
Love's Travel Stops and Country Stores: Purchase one roller grill item and get a second free and a fountain drink or coffee of any size for free.
Macaroni Grill: Free Mom's Ricotta Meatballs + Spaghetti.
Outback Steakhouse: Free Bloomin’ Onion and Coke product Wednesday. Also, the chain has a daily heroes discount offering 10% off entire checks to all Papa Gino's: 50% off whole pizzas for walk-in and carry out orders.
Pilot Flying J: Free breakfast combo, which includes coffee, for veterans and military on the Pilot Flying J app through Nov. 15.
Qdoba: 50% off any entree Wednesday.
Red Lobster: Free appetizer or dessert.
Red Robin: This deal starts the day after Veterans Day. From Thursday through Nov. 30, veterans and active military who are current Red Robin Royalty members can get a free tavern burger served with bottomless fries.
Starbucks: Free tall hot brewed coffee for veterans, active service members and their spouses Wednesday.
Travelcenters of America: Free meals for veterans at participating Country Pride, Iron Skillet or a TA Petro quick service restaurants.
TGI Fridays: Free select meal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wendy's: Free small breakfast combo with valid military ID from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. Hours can vary by location. Service members enrolled in the Veterans Advantage program can get a free breakfast sandwich with any breakfast purchase from Wednesday through Dec. 31.
White Castle: Free combo meal or breakfast combo.