Veterans Day Deals: The Best Offers and Freebies This Weekend

McCormick and Schmick'sEvery Friday, we scan the weekly ads, deal sites and retailer marketing emails to find the best deals available for the coming week. With Veterans Day coming this Sunday, here are a few of the best deals that retailers and restaurants are offering in celebration, including many freebies for veterans and active-duty military members.

• A number of restaurants offer free meals for veterans and active-duty military personnel. Coupon site BeFrugal passes along this special menu from seafood restaurant McCormick and Schmick: Veterans with proper identification can get any one item from the menu for free on Sunday. Olive Garden has its own special menu for veterans on Sunday, with six possible free meals (including unlimited salad and breadsticks). On Monday, veterans can get a free "Big Two Do Breakfast" and coffee during breakfast hours at Friendly's. And point us to this deal from California Pizza Kitchen, which offers veterans a free pizza and non-alcoholic drink on either Sunday or Monday.

• While most National Parks offer free admission year-round, those that do charge admission periodically offer fee-free days and weekends. Veterans Day weekend is one such time, and there's no military ID required -- admission is free for everyone at more than 100 participating parks on Saturday and Sunday.

• Coupon site Coupon Sherpa points us to Grace for Vets, an international organization which gets the car wash industry to provide free washes to military members and veterans on Veterans Day. The site has a state-by-state directory of car wash locations participating this Sunday. As the site notes, no identification is required to get the free car wash, just tell them that you're a veteran. "This may lead to some abuse, but we believe that the program must be based on one of the guiding principles for a veteran, honor," says the organization.

• Finally, a number of retailers are having special sales events connected with the holiday weekend. Crocs, for instance, will give you 25% off non-sale items on its website with the code VETERANS. The code is good through 11:59 p.m. EST Monday, and Crocs stores are likewise participating. Brooks Brothers, meanwhile, is running a clearance sale on its site this weekend, taking up to 70% off.

Matt Brownell is the consumer and retail reporter for DailyFinance. You can reach him at, and follow him on Twitter at @Brownellorama.

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Reply to Evelyn. A lot had to do with Romney's demeanor as he is arrogant and being a former CEO he has no connection to the people that work hard. I am not unemployed or a loser, as I served in Viet Nam and am retired after working 46 years. I worked for a major brokerage firm and I saw many people like Romney and a lot of them are not really nice people as they feel they are above anyone else because of their wealth. I have nothing against having money but he made a lot of his wealth laying off people and making his CEO status make himself look good with the bottom line and getting bonuses that are outrageous.

November 12 2012 at 12:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
G man

thank you all ... and Semper Fi !
g man usmc 1970 ....

November 11 2012 at 7:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Freebies? Is Obama now in charge of Veterans Day? hmmmmmm?

November 11 2012 at 3:44 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply

what ever happened to the rule that the vets get there old job back after there hitch in the service ?????
I got mine back after 8 years in Navy...something got messed up some where...

November 11 2012 at 2:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Jose! There are a few programs out there.. You just have to do some research... Contact the closest Education Center, VA Office at College, or any Army Reserve Career Counselor can guide you to someone who can help.

November 11 2012 at 11:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jose D Dejesus


November 10 2012 at 10:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lisa A. Santos

Why dont the big retailers invite the troops who have fighting oversea for a free shopping trip in one of their stores Anything they choose for about 2hrs. of shopping!!! Only vets!

November 10 2012 at 4:44 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

I am a veteran and also military retired. Remembering and rewarding those of us who served, is a noble gesture and much appreciated, Still, the greatest reward to any soldier, sailor or airman, is world peace. Thus, reward all of us, the entire country, by electing to power, those who would, both preserve peace and avoid war... Two such wars, that could, and should have been avoided, were Vietnam and Iraq... Another one that can, and should be prevented, is a war with Iran.... Thanks for taking th time.

November 10 2012 at 1:21 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply

it is a sad day and a sign of things to come for America...when the leadership of this country is chosen by the Uneducated , lazy,welfare lifestyle persons..people whom do not add to the productivity of this counrty...
I am sort of glad I am old and may not live to see the demise of the country I fought for...

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knotts berry farm has a great deal for vets. get in free with 1 partner and others for reduced rates .they been doing it for years during november. call and check if any thing else is needed. or if any changes has happened. it a great park

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