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Area businesses, restaurants offering Veterans Day perks

Thursday is Veterans Day, and plenty of businesses and restaurants around the country are...
Thursday is Veterans Day, and plenty of businesses and restaurants around the country are taking time to honor veterans with special deals and discounts.(KWTX)
Published: Nov. 10, 2021 at 5:28 AM CST
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) - Thursday is Veterans Day, and many restaurants and businesses around Central Texas and the country are offering deals and perks to thank veterans for their service.

That includes Firefly Yoga & Movement Studio in Morgan’s Point Resort.

Owner Kelly Partyke said there is a good sized veteran community in the area, so they wanted to offer a way to give back. Partyke said yoga is a great way to reduce stress, and practicing is a way to help bring mindfulness and breathwork to other areas of life.

“It just brings a way to help manage stress a lot of times helps with sleep, it helps a lot of different ways for different people,” Partyke said. “But the biggest are just being able to manage the stress for sure.”

Partyke said there are two free classes on Thursday. The first is a Holy Yoga class at 10 a.m., and the second is a Vinyasa class at 5:30 p.m. Both classes will be veteran-friendly, which Partyke said means avoiding certain words or phrases that could be a trigger and making sure the room is comfortable.

“Since we do have such again, such a large community of veterans here in the area, being sensitive to their specific needs, helps them to not only feel their best but to also do their best,” Partyke said.

Firefly Yoga & Movement Studio isn’t the only place offering free perks for veterans. Military.com has compiled a list of deals from around the country.

FOOD AND DRINK

Applebee’s -- Veterans and active-duty military receive a free meal when dining in from a special menu on November 11. And when dining in on November 11, military guests will receive a $5 bounce back card to redeem for dine-in, To Go or delivery within three weeks.

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse -- On November 11, current and former military members receive a free entree from a select menu. Dine-in only.

Bubba’s 33: Offering a free lunch or rain check voucher between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Veterans and active service members can choose from list of six entrees. Proof of service required.

Buffalo Wild Wings -- Veterans and active-duty service members get a free order of 10 boneless wings and fries on November 11. The offer is available for dine-in or takeout (online ordering excluded).

Chicken Salad Chick -- On November 11, veterans and active-duty military will receive a free Chick Special and Regular Drink.

Chili’s -- Veterans and active-duty service members get a free meal from a select menu on November 11. Available for in-restaurant only.

Cicis Pizza -- Veterans and active-duty military get a free adult buffet on November 11. Dine-in only. Coupon required.

Cotton Patch Cafe -- Veterans and active-duty military get a free Chicken Fried Steak or Chicken Fried Chicken Entrée with a valid military ID on November 11.

Country Kitchen -- Active and retired military get a free Country Scramble on November 11 at participating locations. Dine-in only.

Denny’s -- Veterans and active military personnel get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam on November 11, from 5 a.m. to noon. Dine-in only.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit -- Veterans and active-duty military get a Free Pulled Pork Sandwich on November 11. Valid in-store, and online/app for carryout.

Dunkin’ Donuts -- On November 11, veterans and active-duty military receive a free donut at participating locations. Offer available in-store only.

Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers -- Veterans and current military personnel get a card for a free Freddy’s Original Double combo meal on November 11 that can be used until November 30, 2021.

Golden Corral -- Golden Corral is hosting their Military Appreciation Night on November 11 from 5pm to close. This includes a free “thank you” meal when dining in.

Hooters -- Active-duty military and veterans get a free entrée from the Hooters Veterans Day Menu with purchase of a beverage on November 11. Dine-in only.

IHOP -- Veterans and active-duty military get free Red, White & Blueberry Pancakes at participating locations on November 11. Dine-in only.

Kolache Factory -- Veterans and active-duty military get a free kolache and a cup of coffee on November 11 from 6 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Little Caesars -- Veterans and active-duty military get a free Lunch Combo at participating stores on November 11, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Logan’s Roadhouse -- Veterans and active-duty military personnel can enjoy a free meal between 3 and 6 p.m. from a special menu at participating locations on November 11.

MOD Pizza -- Enter online before November 8 to receive an offer for a buy one MOD-size pizza or salad, get one MOD-size pizza or salad free. Offer valid only on November 11 in-store, in-app or at www.modpizza.com.

Pilot Flying J -- Veterans get a free meal at participating locations November 11 through a special offer in the app.

Red Lobster -- Veterans, active-duty military and reservists get a free appetizer or dessert from a special menu on November 11. Dine-in only.

Smoothie King -- On November 11, veterans and active-duty military members get a free 20 oz. smoothie.

Starbucks -- Veterans, military service members and military spouses get a free tall (12-oz) hot brewed coffee at participating stores on November 1

Texas Roadhouse -- Texas Roadhouse will hand out dinner vouchers at the stores’ parking lots on November 11, from 11am to 2pm. Veterans and active-duty military can redeem their dinner vouchers when the restaurant opens for dinner, through May 30, 2022.

Torchy’s Tacos -- On November 11, veterans and active-duty military get a complimentary taco and beverage. Dine-in and pick-up orders placed by phone or in-person only. Offer not available for online orders or delivery.

TravelCenters of America -- Active-duty military, veterans and Reservists receive a complimentary meal on November 11 at participating quick service and full service restaurants nationwide.

Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux -- As a thank you for their service, all active duty and veteran service members can come dine in for a FREE scholarship burger and fries on 11/11 for #VeteransDay. *Must show military ID, veteran affairs card or discharge papers.

Wendy’s -- Active-duty military and veterans get a free breakfast combo on November 11 at participating locations from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m.

RECREATION

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recreation areas -- Fees are waived for day use on Nov. 11 at the more than 2,850 USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide. The waiver covers fees for boat launch ramps and swimming beaches; it doesn’t apply to camping and camping-related services, or fees for specialized facilities such as group picnic shelters, or events. Visitors should contact USACE lake and river projects beforehand to make sure the recreation areas are open. The status of these areas is available here.

RETAIL

Academy Sports + Outdoors -- Veterans, active-duty and reserve service members and their immediate family members get 10% off their entire purchase both in-store and online from October 24 through November 15.

Army & Air Force Exchange Service -- On November 11, MILITARY STAR cardholders will receive various deals, including double the everyday gas savings with 10 cents off per gallon of fuel purchased at Exchange fuel locations, 15% off all purchases at participating Exchange restaurants and $10 off Exchange mall concession or kiosk purchases of $25 or more with coupon (see main store customer service for the coupon). Plus, Exchange stores will be handing out free challenge coins to veterans on November 11.

Bed Bath & Beyond -- Veterans, active duty, and military spouses get 25% off their entire purchase online or in-store November 11 to 13.

Dollar General -- Veterans, active-duty military and their families get a 20% discount on in-store and online purchases on November 11 through 14.

Great Clips – On November 11, veterans and active military members can visit a U.S. Great Clips salon and receive either a free haircut that day or a free haircut card. In addition, non-military customers who get a haircut on Veterans Day at Great Clips salons can pay it forward. They will receive a free haircut card they can give to an active service member or veteran as a way of saying thank you. The cards can be redeemed for a free haircut from November 12 through December 10, 2021.

Home Depot -- Home Depot offers a 10% discount to all veterans on November 11. Home Depot offers the 10% discount year round to active duty and retirees.

Michaels -- Offering an additional 15 percent off entire purchase, including sale items, in store and online. Available to active duty and other veterans and their registered dependents. Those eligible are verified through SheerID, and sync their military status to their Michaels Rewards account so that the discount will be automatically applied to purchases and online, moving forward. Some exclusions apply. Get more information and sign up here.

Rack Room Shoes -- Military personnel and their dependents get a 20% discount off their entire purchase in store on November 11.

Sport Clips -- On November 11, participating locations will provide free haircuts to veterans and active-duty service members with valid proof of service.

Staples -- Active-duty military personnel, reservists, retired or disabled veterans and their immediate families get a 25% discount November 7 through 13.

Target -- Target is offering a 10% discount from October 31 through November 13 to active-duty military personnel, veterans and their families. The discount can be used on two separate transactions and applies to all in-basket items, online and in-store.

Tractor Supply Company -- Active-duty military, veterans and their dependents get a 15% discount on November 11.

Walgreens -- On November 11 through 14, veterans, active-duty military and their families receive 20% off regular price eligible store items at any Walgreens or Duane Reade drugstore nationwide.

Additional discounts can be found on Military.com.

BEFORE YOU GO

• Check the fine print, and call the participating organization to be sure the offer is available at the time you plan on arriving.

• Let the host, cashier, attendant, reservation agent or other relevant employee know up front that you want the discount or deal.

• “Free” isn’t always completely free. A free meal doesn’t always come with a drink, for instance. Be prepared to pay for extras such as taxes, (and to tip). Most restaurants require patrons to dine in if they want the deal.

• Call ahead to local establishments to be sure they are aware of, and are participating in, national chain programs. Confirm availability and what type of ID is required.

• Not all offers apply to veterans of all stripes. Be sure you are eligible and you have the appropriate ID/paperwork.

• Not all discounts apply to the entire party. Be sure you’re clear whether family members or guests are covered in the discount.

• Always check with your local installation’s tickets and tours office before making plans for travel and visiting local attractions. They work with local and national companies to offer discounts on a variety of hotels and attractions, and many of these deals are available only through that installation office.

• It doesn’t hurt to ask a company whether they offer a military discount before you book a reservation or order from your waitress.

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