As a salute to those who have served our country, on Friday, many restaurants and other businesses are offering freebies to active military and veterans for Veterans Day.

You'll need military ID or proof of service in many cases, and it's recommended you call first to make sure the particular franchise you're visiting is participating. Some offers, as indicated below, might also apply to civilians as well and might be happening on a different date.

Dig in and enjoy. That's an order!

The following are among the best deals for 11-11-11 compiled by Coupon Sherpa, plus a few we added on our own.

1. Chili's
Free meal for active duty military personnel and veterans. Choice of one of six meals on a dine-in-only basis. Beverages and gratuity not included. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

2. Denny's
Free Grand Slam breakfast for active duty military personnel and veterans. Geographically limited.

3. Subway
Free six-inch sub for veterans.

4. Macy's
Use promo code VET15 and receive 10% to 15% off through Nov. 13. Nonmilitary customers can also get the discount.

5. Spaghetti Warehouse
A 11-cent meal with a coupon for both military and civilians. "Like" the Spaghetti Warehouse on Facebook and get a serving of lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, or any original recipe spaghetti entree for 11 cents.

6. Texas Roadhouse
Free lunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for active duty military personnel and veterans. Dine-in only.

7. McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants

Free lunch or dinner entrée on Nov. 13 for veterans as part of restaurant's 13th annual Veterans Appreciation Event.

8. Grace For Vets
Free car wash for active duty military personnel and veterans.

9. Hy-Vee
Free breakfast buffet from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. for active duty military and veterans at its Midwestern stores.

10. Applebees
Free entree for active duty military personnel and veterans. Menu includes house sirloin and fiesta lime chicken. Basic sides come with the deal, but not dessert or tip. Dine-in only.

11. Hooters
10-piece wing order with the purchase of a drink. Active duty military personnel and veterans must bring proof of military service.

12. Olive Garden
Special free menu for all active-duty and retired service men and women.

13. Krispy Kreme
Active-duty military, retirees and veterans get a free doughnut.

14. Golden Corral
Active-duty or retired military personnel dine free Nov. 14 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. No proof required.

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