Veterans Day 2019 is on Monday, Nov. 11th, 2019. This Veterans Day discounts list will continue to be updated as we learn of more nationally available Veterans Day discounts, meals, or other ways businesses and organizations want to give back to Veterans. These Veterans Day discounts, free meals and other programs are being shared so that Veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors are aware of all resources available to them.

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Veterans Day discounts and meals at restaurants

Hometown Buffet – November 11, 2019
Active duty, reserve, or retired military personnel in uniform or with a valid ID receive 15% discount on Military Mondays (Every Monday including Memorial Day) at Hometown Buffet. Be sure to ask your server for more details. Visit the BJs Wholesale website for details.

Old Country Buffett – November 11, 2019
Active duty, reserve, or retired military personnel in uniform or with a valid ID receive 15% discount on Military Mondays (Every Monday including Memorial Day) with up to four members of the family at Old Country Buffett. Be sure to ask your server for more details. Visit the BJs Wholesale website for details.

Applebee’s – November 11, 2019
Veterans and active-duty military receive a free meal from a limited menu at participating Applebee’s on November 11. Dine-in only. Visit the Applebee’s website for details.

Chili’s Grill & Bar – November 11, 2019
All Veterans and active duty military personnel can get a free meal on Veteran’s Day Monday, November 11, 2019, at all participating Chili’s Grill and Bar restaurants. Please call ahead to your local Chili’s restaurant if you have any questions about your Veteran’s Day meals. Visit the Chili’s website for details.

Baker’s Square – November 11, 2019
All Veterans and active duty service members receive a free meal on Veteran’s Day (November 11, 2019) from Baker’s Square. Visit the Baker’s Square website for details.

54th Street Grill and Bar – November 11, 2019
Veterans + Active Duty military personnel who dine inside a 54th Street Grill and Bar  receive a free entrée up to $12 on Veteran’s Day (11-11-2019). Visit the 54th Street Grill and Bar website for details.

Golden Corral – November 11, 2019
Military Veterans, retirees, and active duty members are being offered a free sit-in “thank you” dinner on Monday, November 11, 2019, from 5pm -9pm. For more details visit the Golden Corral website.

Red Robin – November 11, 2019
Veteran’s and Active Duty Military are being offered a free dine-in Red’s Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries on Veteran’s Day, 11/11/2019. Visit the Red Robin website for details.

Mission BBQ November 11, 2019
Veterans and active duty members will receive a free sandwich and slice of cake (while supplies lasts) at Mission BBQ on Veteran’s Day, 11/11/2019. Visit the Mission BBQ website for details.

O’Charley’s Restaurant November 11, 2019
Veterans of the armed forces and/or officers still serving, you can enjoy a free meal at O’Charley’s this Veterans Day, with several fan favorites from the restaurant’s menu to choose from. Visit the O’Charley’s website for details.

Grub Burger November 11, 2019
Veterans and active military members can get a free meal at a Grub Burger Bar location on Saturday, November 11, for Veterans Day. Visit the Grub Burger website for details.

IHOP – November 11, 2019
All Active duty and Retired Veterans in observance of Veteran’s Day, November 11, are invited to come in to IHOP and enjoy a “free” breakfast. Visit the IHOP website for details.

Lucille’s BBQ  – November 11, 2019
Veterans and active duty military will enjoy a complimentary dessert with proof of service on November 11. Visit the Lucille’s BBQ website for details.

Fogo De Chao –  November 8-11, 2019
Veterans and active duty personnel receive discounts on November 8-11, which includes 50% towards their meal at Fogo De Chao, in addition up to three of their guests enjoy 10% off. Visit the Fogo-De-Chao website for details.

Texas Road House – November 11, 2019
Veterans and active military receive a free lunch on November 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at all Texas Roadhouse locations. Visit the Texas Road House website for details.

TGI Fridays – November 11, 2019
Military guests with a valid military ID will be treated to a free lunch menu item up to $12 on November 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. These guests also will receive a $5 coupon for their next meal at Fridays. Call your local TGI Fridays for details.

Subway – November 11, 2019
Military Veterans with a valid ID are being offered a free six-inch sub on November 11 at select locations. Call or visit your nearest location for details.

Outback – November 11, 2019
Veterans with a military ID can get a free Bloomin’ Onion and non-alcoholic beverage on November 11, and 20 percent off their check Nov. 12 to Dec. 31. Call or visit your nearest location for details.

BJs Restaurant Brewhouse – November 11, 2019
Military and Veteran’s with a valid ID are being offered a free entree up to $14.95 and a free Dr. Pepper beverage on November 11. Call your local BJs Restaurant Brewhouse for details.

Bandanas BBQ Restaurant – November 11, 2019
Veterans and active duty military are being offered a free meal on November 11. Call or visit your nearest location for details.

Manhattan Bagel Company – November 11, 2019
All active, former and retired military personnel with valid identification are invited to enjoy a free bagel and cream cheese at Manhattan Bagel Company’s participating locations on Veterans Day November 11.  No additional purchase is required. Call or visit your nearest location for details.

Houlihan’s – November 11, 2019:
All military members – both active-duty and Veterans – will receive a free and complimentary meal on Veterans Day. Guests must come with proof of duty by an I.D., photo in uniform, earning receipt or any other form of proof. Call or visit your nearest location for details.

Bombshells Restaurant & Bar – November 11, 2019
Veteran’s families and active service members receive free meals at Bombshells Restaurant & Bar on November 11 from 11 AM – 2 AM.  Please call ahead to your local Bombshell’s restaurant if you have any questions about your Veteran’s Day meals.

California Pizza Kitchen– November 11, 2019
Veterans and active U.S. military members with proof of service have an invitation to enjoy a complimentary meal from CPK’s Veterans Day menu at all participating California Pizza Kitchen locations nationwide. Please call ahead to your local California Pizza Kitchen if you have any questions about your Veteran’s Day meal.

The Chop House – November 11, 2019
Veterans receive a 50% discount with a valid military ID on November 11. This does not apply to alcoholic beverages. Please call ahead to your local Chop House if you have any questions about your Veteran’s Day Discount.

Cici’s Pizza – November 11, 2019
All active duty or retired military with a valid military ID are being offered a free pizza buffet on November 11. Please call ahead to your local Cicis Pizza if you have any questions about your Veteran’s Day Discount.

Connors Steak & Seafood – November 11, 2019
Veterans with a valid military ID receive a 50% discount on November 11. This offer does not apply to alcoholic beverages. Please call ahead to your local Connors Steak & Seafood if you have any questions about your Veteran’s Day Discount.

Cotton Patch Cafe – November 11, 2019
All Veterans and active military members are being offered a free Chicken Fried Steak or Chicken Fried Chicken with a drink on November 11. Please call ahead to your local Cotton patch café if you have any questions about your Veteran’s Day Discount.

Famous Dave’s – November 11, 2019
Military personnel and Veterans are being offered a free meal on November 11th at participating locations only. Proof of military service is required. Please call ahead to your local Famous Dave’s if you have any questions about your Veteran’s Day Discount.

Farmer Boys – November 11, 2019
Veterans and active duty military with valid proof of service get a free cheese cheeseburger on November 11. Please call ahead to your local Farmer Boys if you have any questions about your Veteran’s Day Discount.

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill – November 11, 2019
Veterans and active duty military with valid proof of service get a free lunch or dinner entree on November 11. Please call ahead to your local Firebirds Wood Fired Grill if you have any questions about your Veteran’s Day Discount.

Fired Pie – November 11, 2019
Veterans and active duty military with valid proof of service or are in uniform on receive a free entree November 11 for Veterans Day. Please call ahead to your local Fired pie if you have any questions about your Veteran’s Day Discount.

Joe’s Crab Shack – November 11, 2019
Veterans and active duty military with valid ID will enjoy 20 percent off on November 11. Please call ahead to your local Joe’s Crab Shack if you have any questions about your Veteran’s Day Discount.

Little Caesars Pizza – November 11, 2019
Veterans and active duty military with valid ID will receive a free $5 hot-n-ready lunch combo.On November 11, from 11am to 2pm. Please call ahead to your local Little Caesars Pizza if you have any questions about your Veteran’s Day Discount.

Logan’s Roadhouse – November 11, 2019
Veterans and active duty military with valid proof of service will receive a free American Roadhouse Meal on Veterans Day. Please call ahead to your local Logan’s Roadhouse if you have any questions about your Veteran’s Day Discount.

Luna Grill – November 11, 2019
Veterans, military service men and women with valid proof of service will receive their choice of a complimentary meal when they purchase a meal from November 9-11. Please call ahead to your local Luna Grill if you have any questions about your Veteran’s Day Discount.

Menchie’s – November 11, 2019
Veterans, military service men and women with valid proof of service will receive the first 6 ounces of frozen yogurt free on November 11. Please call ahead to your local Menchie’s if you have any questions about your Veteran’s Day Discount.

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt – November 11, 2019
Retired and active duty military with valid proof of service will receive a free froyo at participating locations on November 11. Please call ahead to your local Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt if you have any questions about your Veteran’s Day Discount.

Sonny’s BBQ – November 11, 2019
Veterans and active duty military with valid ID will receive a free Pulled or Sliced Pork Big Deal combo (photos here); dine-in only.

Veterans Day discounts at grocery stores

BJs Wholesale – November 11, 2019
Active duty military personnel and Veterans receive discounts on November 11, 2019, at BJs wholesale, which include 30% off standard membership fees. Additional incentives like extra money off coupons are occasionally offered for new members. Visit the BJs Wholesale website for details.

Publix – November 11, 2019
Veterans, active military, and their families receive 10% off purchases on November 11, 2019. Exceptions apply. Must show Veteran or military ID, discharge documents, or driver’s license with Veteran designation. 

Hy-Vee November 11, 2019
Veterans and active duty military with valid ID receive a free breakfast buffet during regular breakfast hours from 6am to 11 am on November 11. Please call ahead to your local Hy-Vee if you have any questions about your Veteran’s Day Discount.

Veterans Day discounts for haircuts

Great Clips – November 11, 2019
Veterans and current military members can visit a U.S. Great Clips salon on November 11 to receive either a free haircut that day or the free haircut card to use at a later date. Visit the Great Clips website for details. Visit the Great Clips website for details.

Sport Clips – November 11, 2019
Some locations will be offering free haircuts on November 11. Visit the Sports Clips website for details.

SmartStyle Hair SalonsNovember 11, 2019
Current or former military members, and veterans are being offered a 10% discount off any services and professional products on November 11. Please show proof of service to receive this special discount at participating salons. Walk-ins welcome. No double discounts. Discount may vary per location. Visit the SmartStyle website for details.

Veterans Day health

American Family CareNovember 11, 2019
Veterans are being offered free flu shots on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11. Veterans interested in obtaining a free flu shot are encouraged to visit to find the nearest American Family Care. Visit the American Family Care website for details. (Reminder, Veterans receiving health care at VA are eligible for Free flu shots at your local Walgreens)

True Rest Float Spa – November 11, 2019
Free True Rest Float Spa 60-minute float session for active duty military and Veterans.Visit the True Rest website for details.

Veterans Day discounts in retail

The Home Depot – November 11, 2019
Veterans are being offered a 10% military discount on in-store purchases on select items. All veterans are eligible for this discount during the Veterans Day weekend. Visit the Home Depot website for details.

Walgreens – November 8-11, 2019
20% off for military, Veterans and their families. Walgreens also provides free flu shots for VA-enrolled Veterans. Visit the Walgreens website for details.

Rack Room Shoes – November 11, 2019
United States Military and families with a valid ID receive 10% off your entire purchase on November 11. In store only. Visit the Rack Room website for details.

Dollar General – November 11, 2019
Veterans and families receive an 11 % discount on qualifying items in store and online. See website for details.

Rack Room Shoes – November 11, 2019
United States Military and families with a valid ID receive 10% off your entire purchase on November 11. In store only. Visit the Rack Room website for details.

Living Spaces – November 4-24, 2019
For every purchase of a select Revive product, Living Spaces will donate a mattress to a Veteran. Qualifying Revive products range from select mattresses to adjustable bases. Learn more:

Kohls – November 11, 2019
Kohl’s is offering double its military discount for Veterans Day, increasing it from 15% to 30%.

Bed Bath and Beyond – November  9-11, 2019
Military guests with a valid military ID or Bed Bath and Beyond VetRewards Card will receive 25% off your entire in store shopping cart from November 9-11, 2019. Call or visit your nearest location for details.

LLBean – November 8-11, 2019
25% off for Veterans for online and in store orders. Verify with LLBean.

Veterans Day Discounts on travel

La Quinta – November 11, 2019
Veterans and their families who book and stay at La Quinta hotels in the U.S. and Canada can take advantage of the 15% off military discount in light of Veterans Day on November 11. Visit the La Quinta website to book.

Legoland – November 11, 2019
Each U.S. service member on Monday, November 11, can receive a free American flag wristband and flyer (describing the discounts and events of the day) at the LEGOLAND Florida Resort ticket window. A wristband entitles the wearer to the special discounts on November 11 only. Visit the LEGOLAND Florida Resort website for details.

Harley Davidson MuseumNovember 11, 2019
All active military, Veterans and their families can gain free Museum entry into the Davidson Museum with valid Military or Veterans ID for 1 additional adult and up to 4 children 18 years old or younger On November 9-11. Visit the Harley-Davidson Museum website for details.

National Parks – November 11, 2019
Over 100 national parks will waive admission fees on November 11, 2019, in honor of Veterans Day. Contact your local park for information.(Disabled Veterans eligible for free National Park Service Lifetime Access Pass)

Six Flags Over Georgia (Austell, Georgia) – November 9-10, 2019
Veterans and disabled Veterans will receive one free admission ticket to Six Flags Over Georgia with a valid Military ID card or DD214 and can purchase an unlimited amount of additional tickets for family members or friends at 50% off plus tax per ticket.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (Vallejo, California) November 9-11, 2019
Proud to offer active military members, Veterans & first responders free admission when visiting during Heroes Days. Additionally each eligible hero may also bring up to three guests for half price each plus city fee. All participants must present proper First Responder ID, Military ID, or DD-214 at time of purchase.

Six Flags Great America (Chicago, Illinois) November 9-10, 2019
On November 9 & 10, all active members and Veterans of service will receive free admission to Six Flags Great America. All you need to do is bring your proof of service to the park to receive a free, complimentary ticket for access. Also offering discounts on up to four companions.

Grace for Vets – November 11, 2019
Veterans and service personnel are being offered a free car wash on November 11, 2019. by Grace for Vets. They are a non-profit organization who has gotten together over 1,500 independent car washes in four countries, to offer this service. Visit the Grace for Vets website for details

Free Veterans Day Burger Meal in Airports – November 11, 2019
On Monday, November 11, U.S. active-duty military and military Veterans with ID can enjoy a complimentary Pimento Cheeseburger* while they dine-in at more than 70 participating HMSHost airport restaurants. Participating free burger locations here:

KGB Espionage Museum – November11, 2019
Instead of the usual price of $22 for adults and $17 for seniors, all Veterans will only pay $13.

Know of other Veterans Day Discounts? Post them in the comments.

The sharing of any non-VA information does not constitute an endorsement of products and services on part of the VA.Verify information with the organization offering.

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Published on Oct. 25, 2019

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  1. Jimbo Jenkins November 20, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    Antifa rules yo! hello hello?

  2. Citydoc November 20, 2019 at 3:30 am

    There are several others who provide discounts.


  3. Rohn Adam November 20, 2019 at 2:13 am

    wow !! Advance Auto Parts offers 10% Military discount all year long!

  4. Maj Marc Hutcheson, CA ANG/USAF Ret. November 11, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    Hi Fellow Veterans

    Happy Veteran’s Day! Thank you all for your service.

    Check out this site for free & low cost event tickets. I’ll think you’ll find it interesting. No fees or scams. Service verification required though. Take care.

    • Dave November 12, 2019 at 1:56 pm

      Live in Fargo ND, drove to St. Paul MN for work yesterday. All three Subways in Fargo (North, South and West Fargo) happily honored the 6″ sub sandwich request! Fargo Rocks! Starting with Moorhead MN, and stopping in Fergus Falls, Alexandria, Sauk Center, St Cloud and St Paul NONE, I repeat NONE of the Subways honored the 6″ sandwich for Vets on Veterans Day!! The employees even laughed at me when I asked and a couple locations!

  5. Eliza November 11, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    Nor’east Trail Runs, a Vermont-based running company, is raffling a pair of entries to one of our winter snowshoe races this coming winter, plus rental snowshoes, accommodations, and dinner on us! You can enter a friend or family member (or yourself) who is a vet or active duty by commenting on this post thru 11/18:

    We’re also offering 50% off our 25k and 50k snowshoe ultra to all vets and active duty service members with code THANKYOUVETS19 thru 12/31. More info/signup here:

    • Adam November 16, 2019 at 10:26 pm

      Update: entry period extended through 12/31!!!

  6. Flexyhype November 11, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    Thanks for the updates.. It’s cool

  7. Flexyhype November 11, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    Our veterans should never sacrifice more then they have already endured….pray we always pay it forward and honor their service with pride and dignity. Always great to see true patriotic gestures

  8. Sam Briedenbaugh November 11, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    God bless this great country and

  9. Lee Ford November 11, 2019 at 11:50 am

    Was so disappointed with the Subway here in Fremont Ne. I thought they were doing free 6 inch subs for veterans, but not here they aren’t. So sad.

    • John Spearing November 11, 2019 at 6:38 pm

      That is, unfortunately, typical of franchise owners. The guy in Cartersville, GA, runs his business the same way. He doesn’t even accept Subway coupons! Some people’s kids, eh?

    • Harold A Brinley November 11, 2019 at 7:05 pm

      I called 4 Subways nearby and NONE were honoring veterans with even a $3 six inch sandwich.
      If anyone knows of any Subway offering a Veteran’s Day deal please speak up. Otherwise they need to be removed from the list. It’s like getting credit for something they have no intention of doing.
      No quite the same as ‘stolen valor’, but close.

    • Syndi Sluka November 11, 2019 at 10:31 pm

      Same here in Crestview, FL on Ferdon Blvd.

    • Walter Ames Jr November 12, 2019 at 5:16 am

      Subways in Maine the same way won’t go to subways anymore.

  10. Bryan Meehan November 11, 2019 at 11:43 am

    Ninety nine restaurants. 10% off food on the whole bill. allday every day!

    • Abc November 11, 2019 at 8:06 pm

      Veterans day discounts (and everyday discounts) are wonderful but whoever wrote this list is a joke. No research at all and just posted random deals some from 10+ years ago or maybe local only.

  11. Kris Davis November 11, 2019 at 9:14 am

    Went to 3 Subways. Was turned down at all 3. One owner was especially rude. Said corporate failed to inform the franchise owners.

  12. Steven Imlay November 11, 2019 at 2:23 am

    To all who have served in War and peace. Some of you sacrificed 2, 3, 4, ,,,,,,20 years of your life to serve in the U.S. military and some sacrificed all. For your service know that you all deserve the thanks of the nation. Whether your nation sent you into combat to fight on foreign soil or you served in other capacities you served where others did not. You pledged your life to defend this country and its flag. You stood guard over the nation. You did not say not my circus, not my monkeys. You stepped up and answered the call to service or volunteered your service. Never disparage another members service because they didn’t have it as rough as you. Never disparage your own service to your country. There are too many who have not and would not serve who disrespect you behind your backs and to your face or offer false words of support. Stand tall for your service and the service of all your brothers and sisters in arms.

  13. Orville Grove November 11, 2019 at 1:29 am

    Denny’s is giving a Free Build Your Own Grand Slam from 5am until Noon on Nov. 11th.
    I am very thankful for all those who have served, are serving, and will serve this great nation of ours.
    It was my duty and pleasure. Thanks to all of you>

  14. Michelle Dills November 11, 2019 at 12:26 am

    Fat Baxter’s at 1794 W. Mound St. In Columbus, Ohio will be serving free chicken taco chili to any Veteran or active duty military from 6pm to 9pm on Veterans day!!

  15. Mari Duv November 10, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    SIZZLER is offering free meals to Veterans. I believe only some meals are included. I received an e-mail from my local Sizzler about the special. Please check with your local Sizzler before visiting to be sure they are participating in this special.
    Thank You to All Vets and their Families for the Sacrifices they have made which has given us the Freedom we have!

  16. Doc November 10, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    I am a disabled veteran of 30 years…(eyesight, nasal passages, lungs)…I wonder if it would be possible that the author or writer of this article, could cull all the business and other opportunities that were written by the good folks here, into one BIG alphabetical list (maybe by state, if not asking too much), please? and thanks

    Saves my tiring eyesight from having to wade through every message, although most are welcome (I must have counted over 100 messages arguing about Home Depot vs. Lowes).

    Thanks, and enjoy your Holidays and Holydays!!

  17. Sylvia Wright November 10, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    Broken Yolk Escondido, CA is giving a free pancake short stack

  18. Van Delvalle November 10, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    AMC theaters is offering a large popcorn with purchase of a military discount ticket. Must show proof.

  19. Teresa Vandal November 10, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    Sorry all for the continuous “pestering” *GRIN*. I just wanted to make sure veterans in the CT. and MA. areas who normally shop for groceries at the Big Y; they just announced in a flyer that tomorrow, Veteran’s day, they are giving a 10% discount to all veterans and a free reusable shopping bag.

  20. Rayne Baughman November 10, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Vons grocery stores are offering 10% off your grocery bill at checkout with proper ID. If you don’t live near a Vons try their affiliated stores like Safeway/Pavillion’s/Albertsons. Home Depot and Lowe’s give vets 10% every day not just on Veterans Day. Outback usually gives something every VD but I have not confirmed this year. Plus thy these >
    Black bear Diner
    TX de Brasil
    Ruby Tuesday
    Tilted Kilt
    Red Robin
    Dunkin Donut
    Farmer Boys
    Gordon Biersch
    Home Town Buffet
    Macaroni Grill
    Menchie’s froyo
    Red Lobster
    Smash Burger
    TX Roadhouse/Steakhouse?
    Several Casino’s in Las Vegas including free buffet and all yo can chug beer. years past was Coast, Stations, MGM discount, and MGM properties allowed admission to Shark Reef, Secret Garden Tiger cub display and Titanic/BodiesVons grocery stores are offering 10% off your grocery bill at checkout with proper ID. If you don’t live near a Vons try their affiliated stores like Safeway/Pavillion’s/Albertsons. Home Depot and Lowe’s give vets 10% every day not just on Veterans Day. Outback usually gives something every VD but I have not confirmed this year. Plus thy these >
    Black bear Diner
    TX de Brasil
    Ruby Tuesday
    Tilted Kilt
    Red Robin
    Dunkin Donut
    Farmer Boys
    Gordon Biersch
    Home Town Buffet
    Macaroni Grill
    Menchie’s froyo
    Red Lobster
    Smash Burger
    TX Roadhouse/Steakhouse?
    Several Casino’s in Las Vegas including free buffet and all yo can chug beer. years past was Coast, Stations, MGM discount, and MGM properties allowed admission to Shark Reef, Secret Garden Tiger cub display and Titanic/Bodies
    * The captcha gave me an equation > 22/1=? It would not accept 22 but I assure you it is 22.

  21. Andy Li November 10, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    To honor your service, we are extending out thanks.

    GM Military Discount Extends Eligibility to All U.S. Military Veterans in November​!

    The GM Military Discount Program is extending eligibility to include all veterans of the U.S. Military from November 1, 2019 – December 2, 2019.

  22. Smash November 10, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    World Market has 25% off from 9-11 Nov.

    • M smith November 10, 2019 at 3:01 pm

      Oh y’all bunch of babies I’m retired 20 years female and all you do is talk about what you get what you talk about what you still can do that let the whole world know yeah I served in the military for two months or six months or year and claim yourself as a vet I know people go around lying saying they’re in the military And they’re not so I don’t ever tell anybody

  23. Chad Freeman November 10, 2019 at 11:13 am

    Vets – Metzy’s Cantina in Newburyport, MA ( is offering the following discount for Veteran’s Day:

    15% off entire check for all Veterans (due to MA laws and regulations, alcoholic beverages must be excluded from this offer) on Veteran’s Day 2019. This includes everyone under one check that includes any member of the party positively identifying themselves as Active-duty, Reservists, and/or Veterans of our Unites States armed forces.

    They are located at the train station in Newburyport, MA (5 Boston Way, NBPT). Excellent food, wonderful staff, great atmosphere. I highly recommend them!

  24. Dustin Barrett November 10, 2019 at 3:40 am

    Sunglass Hut and Oakley stores also offer military/Veterans discounts year around. It’s 15% off. Also, especially if you want Oakley’s specifically, active duty and retirees can get access to the Oakley Standard issue website where some models are more than half off what you would normally find them selling for in stores and other websites.

  25. Disabled Vet November 9, 2019 at 11:12 pm

    The Getty in LA off of the 405 offers free parking which is usually $15 on11/10 final day as they are
    Closed on Mondays

  26. Peedeee Wyre November 9, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    I was a brand-new instructor at Ft. Gordon’s Signal School when the 1968 Tet Offensive started 1/30/68. Several hundred of us were rushed through the vaccination/ inoculation {with shots for such lovely items as bubonic plague, dengue fever, etc] checkout procedures in early February and we were on our way from Augusta GA to Travis AFB, where we ‘bumped’ everyone ahead of us. We stopped in Hawaii and I ran into a butter-bar Lt. who I had gone to college with. We ignored the no-fraternization rule and got tanked in an airport bar. Next thing I know, we are being diverted to Clark AFB in the Philippines, where *we* got ‘bumped to let Marines on board who were heading to Khe Sanh, still muddy from jungle training, carrying their M14s. I always hoped that those guys survived.
    After landing at Bien Hoa and processing at Long Binh, several of us wound up at Soc Trang Army Airfield in the Mekong Delta. Nobody knew that we were coming, nobody knew what to do with us. Most the guys went back to ‘Fart Garbage’ within a few weeks, but I volunteered for a full year’s duty. One of the best decisions that I’ve ever made. I had the privilege and honor to work as an Avionics tech for 2 Assault Helicopter Companies, a BirdDog platoon, and any visiting aircraft (LOHs, Cobras, Mohawks, C-123s and C-130s) that had comm- or nav-equipment problems. What a great group of people to work for and to work with. 50+ years later, I am still in touch with some, although many have died along the way since then. And I would do it again.
    I was drafted, as were 25% of those who served in Vietnam. My father was a Marine officer wounded on Guadalcanal, my brother had just returned from 16 months near Danang: there was no way that I was NOT gonna serve.; My brother died in ’85 from Agent Orange. I was diagnosed in 2010 and have been a VA patient ever since, in the NorCal/Bay Area region. The VA system here is First Class, “Numbah F—y One.” Absolutely phenomenal people, great service, top-notch medical care. I hope that my fellow Veteran brothers and sisters are receiving the same high level of care that we are enjoying in this region.
    TIPPING after a free/discounted meal: wait-staff work for trips, hence often are paid only $2.xx as a ‘salary.’ Here in the Bay Area and in other for3eward-thinking locales, there are higher-than-average wages paid, but the cost of housing/rent is way-high. Please, ‘over-tip’ your “waitron.” Don’t leave them resenting having to serve a cheapskate Veteran in the future. Frankly, I do not seek out Veteran discounts for myself, but I applaud those companies that do offer them. And please: ALWAYS say “Thank You.”

  27. HMFIC November 9, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    I’ve heard of family members of veterans expecting the discounts. The discounts are only for the veteran, not their family members.

  28. Mikey will eat it November 9, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    Survivor’s guilt of a not in-theater Vietnam Veteran but… who served during every declared and undeclared war since 1964 to present in either active, reserve or IRR, I am. The likelihood is we, all veterans, and those who did not serve, suffer survivor’s guilt. My own solution to not take the final solution path, but instead, declared… F*** It… For 55 years, I volunteered to serve in theater during each conflict. We should not be ashamed that we were not chosen to go. We should not be ashamed to take the benefits afforded to us, I will eat at the soup kitchen without shame.
    Welcome home!
    I will not flaunt my service to country with patches or hats! I will keep my head down and divert my eyes.
    I will fly our Stars and Stripes High 24/7, I will proudly stand tall and salute at every parade and ceremony, while tears flow. And I damn well will get a free hot dog at ABC Diner one day a year.
    p.s. The disrespect of our political leaders and most of the 99%ers are not worth anyone’s time nor oxygen. The “thank you for your service” phase is… patronizing. WT****?

  29. Harry H Dresser November 9, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    Thanks to all who have arranged these thoughtful opportunities. The Chop House at Lake Sumter says that they will not be offering the generic Chop House discount mentioned above.

  30. Teresa Vandal November 9, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    I just wanted to let veterans in the CT. area that the Massage Envy at Bishop’s Corner in West Hartford is willing to give veterans a single massage at the introductory price. You don’t need to sign up as a member or anything like that, but if you want one then all you need to be able to do is prove you were a veteran; they will take any proof you have; a photo of you in uniform, your DD214, etc…

  31. Charles M November 9, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    Veteran’s Day at Coal Fire
    All Veterans and Military Personnel will receive a complimentary 16” one-topping pizza with valid ID at Coal Fire on Veteran’s Day! Dine in only, see Coal Fire for details.

  32. Larry DellaRocco November 9, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    I have tried for three days to get Amazon’s 40% discount for prime membership. I have had no success yet. I tried online and I have called customer service four times the first three nothing was done. I am waiting on the fourth response now. Have any of you had the same problem?

  33. justinG November 9, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    Tire Kingdom
    Repairs tires if possible, (nails), free of charge

  34. Hank Whitney November 9, 2019 at 11:43 am

    Our Dollar General offers an 11% discount on most purchases (no liquor or cigarettes) the 2nd Wednesday of each month (year-round) to any vet. I believe that is a company-wide policy.

  35. Herbert Vroegindewey November 9, 2019 at 11:06 am

    Whatever the circumstances of your service, e.g. wartime/peacetime, combat/non-combat, injured/uninjured, or drafted/volunteered, you were subject to be in harm’s way at any time. You served while others stayed in school, got well paid jobs, and slept comfortably. You paid for your “freebees” with your limbs, physical and mental health, separation, strain on relationships, and many other things others did not have to endure. Granted some businesses get advertising benefits from their offerings, but they don’t have to do what they’re doing. There are probably other, less costly, ways to advertise. If you served, accept their offers graciously and don’t gripe. In restaurants, remember to tip on the value of the meal, not what it actually cost you. And if you’re there with someone (non-military) who supported you during your service, let the cost of their meal be a “Thank You” to them, too!

  36. Jennifer Maestas November 9, 2019 at 11:02 am

    McAlister’s Deli offers free meal to veterans on 11/11.
    Giordano’s: Ongoing 20% discount on food orders for veterans and military personnel with valid military ID card.
    IHOP: Free red, white and blueberry pancake combo from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday.
    Noodles & Company: Ongoing 15% discount for veterans daily
    Olive Garden: Free entree from a select menu Monday.
    Smashburger: Free Double Burger Monday with any purchase.
    Texas Roadhouse: Free lunch from special menu 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday.

  37. Butts mcbutts November 9, 2019 at 10:21 am

    Fresh Market is giving 10% off on Sunday and Monday (10 & 11)

  38. Lorri November 9, 2019 at 9:21 am

    Vet Tix provides tickets to all branches of currently-serving Military and Veterans, including immediate family of troops KIA.

    Vet Tix secures tickets to sporting events, concerts, performing arts, educational and family activities across the nation. VetTixers sign up online. We verify their service. VetTixers request tickets to events that interest them, then pay a small delivery fee to receive their free tickets.

  39. Joseph Vespucci November 9, 2019 at 8:12 am

    Advance Auto Parts offers 10% Military discount all year long!

  40. Steve November 9, 2019 at 7:33 am

    There are several others that provide every day Veteran n discounts; Supercuts, Lowes, AT&T, Verizon, Amerigas, Bass Pro/Cabelas, Dunkin Donuts told me to just use the Senior Discount rate, and I’m sure there are many more. Comcast makes you jump through hoops and have declined me multiple times even with copies of my 214 and VA letters. As you shop remember that typically Walmart and Target do not provide any Vet discounts.

  41. Christopher Smithers November 9, 2019 at 7:31 am

    If you have or are currently serving thank you. The dedication, the willingness to give all, is a deep and binding experience. It is a wonderful thing to see so many Businesses, and general public show their appreciation for those who serve.

  42. Ronald Anglin November 9, 2019 at 7:02 am

    Lowes provides 10% off year-round for active duty and veterans.

  43. Jennifer Rakebrandt November 9, 2019 at 6:31 am

    Target is offering 10% discount till the end of the day on Veterans Day.

  44. Eric Plyler November 9, 2019 at 6:14 am

    Regionally in New England “Splash Car Wash” is providing Free Car Washes to Veterans and Active Duty with ID. They are part of the Grace For Vets Car Washes.

  45. Ruth Beall November 9, 2019 at 4:59 am

    Mike’s Car Wash offers free basic wash on Nov 11.

  46. M Jones November 9, 2019 at 1:33 am

    “Most” McDonald’s and Burger King that I’ve visited also give discounts every day of the year – the percentage varies 10%-25% depending on the owner.
    Wendy’s does not offer any discount at any of their venues that I’ve visited.
    Many various other fast food restaurants also offer a veterans day discount or one all the time – depends on the owners.

    • M Jones November 9, 2019 at 1:34 am

      Forgot to add – there’s another list over on facebook

  47. Bennie Revello November 9, 2019 at 1:24 am

    All Station casinos and Coast casinos are offering free buffet to all vets in Las Vegas NV.
    on Nov 11th

  48. Emily Love November 8, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    Zips car wash has a free top wash with valid ID on veterans day!!!

  49. Michael Rocker November 8, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    it’s nice to see the list grow. It’s a great deal for people who live near these locations. Unfortunately for people such as myself it is something I can’t really take advantage of. With the exception of Lowe’s who gives a 10% Active Duty/Veterans discount year round and the nearest Home Depot to me is 25 miles away so I am in the middle of nowhere. I have 4 cities where a good deal of these places least 1.5-2 hours away. I also get to spend another Veterans Day without my “Bloomin Onion” from Outback.
    Enjoy the day my fellow vets.

  50. Brent November 8, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    It’s nice to receive the accolades for serving in the military by “Joe and Jane Public”, but I challenge our military personnel to return the thanks to those taxpayers by simply saying, “THANK YOU FOR FLIPPING THE BILL”. Without taxpayers, there would be no VA, no military pay and retirement, no free housing, uniforms, meals, healthcare, R&R resorts and military pride that most of us exemplify. Return the thanks to those TAXPAYERS who constantly provide and take care of us through their Federal and State taxes each paycheck.

  51. jph November 8, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    I always try to give my business to companies that offer discounts.

  52. Will November 8, 2019 at 1:56 pm is offering 15% off all custom hand painted painting. Use code VETERANS

  53. Alicia Blatz November 8, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    Goodwill and Michaels Art Supplies both offer military discounts year round. Dependents as well, but must show proof most times.

    • Ryan Camacho November 9, 2019 at 7:10 am

      I Love this country May God bless our leaders and our families Happy Veterans Day

  54. Alberto Planas November 8, 2019 at 10:25 am

    I must say that I think VA did an outstanding job with this list!
    Also, I know Chipotle is doing a ‘buy one, get one free’ deal on Veterans Day (;
    And is giving free access to their collection of US Military Records, starting tonight at 7pm through 11/17/19 (

    Thank you Veterans for your service!

    • Edmond Gerald Meyer November 8, 2019 at 1:00 pm

      I am a WWII Navy retired, and am thankful for the GI Bill, the monthly check, the nearby BX, the TFL, the Vet’s perks, and particularly for having served my country.

      • Patrick J Hallacy November 8, 2019 at 6:17 pm

        Thank you for your service – Go Navy!

      • Carol Malone November 9, 2019 at 10:03 am

        I am so grateful for the VA regarding this list. I am an Army medically disabled retired veteran that cares deeply for my country and for all those veterans past and present that have given so much. I thank you!

      • Jim Klosowski November 11, 2019 at 10:56 am

        Edmond: My Father in law, RIP, was a submariner during WWII. My five brothers and I served in WWII, Korea, and Viet Nam. God Bless you and thanks for your service. You deserve all those perks, so enjoy.

      • Ernie Griffes November 11, 2019 at 12:59 pm

        Thank you Mr Meyer for your service.
        Your nation is grateful.
        Air Force vet
        MATS 1501 Air Transport Group
        Load Master C-97/124
        Travis AFB. 1957-1961

      • Horace Dumpster November 11, 2019 at 3:14 pm

        I am particularly thankful for the extra large burgers I get

    • Jon Pinney November 11, 2019 at 8:01 am

      Chipolte says nothing about vets and requires a military ID. I only have a driver’s license showing I am a vet.

      I do not appreciate companies who only celebrate active and retired on veteran’s day.

  55. Gregoire CT November 8, 2019 at 10:16 am

    I am retired and I am grateful to the companies who offer a discount. As a vet I ask of my fellow vets not to complain about your bad experiences but focus on all the good companies are doing for us when they don’t have to. Happy Veterans Day.

    • M. Wright November 11, 2019 at 5:37 am

      Amazon is offering $40 dollars off its annual Prime membership cost. Prime membership is normally $119, $79 after discount.

      Thank you and may god bless all of you who have served in our Great Nation’s military forces. Happy Veteran’s Day.

  56. PAT MARTIN November 8, 2019 at 10:15 am

    It’s so gratifying to hear from Vets of all Services, and combat/non-combat service. I met and married my husband while at Fort Ord as the first female mechanic for the 54th MP Company. No combat, it was peace time in the 70’s, but I did go to Germany. I had always felt that I couldn’t claim that honor of being a veteran UNTIL my husband of 40 years was diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The VA, DAV and ALS Assn were so supportive and made the process of filing claims, receiving medical care and equipment and even a grant for a special van.
    When both he and I lost our jobs, he immediately filed for VA Healthcare. Since I wasn’t “disabled” in any way, I was not approved, but the people at Hines VA Hospital in Illinois helped me fill out a hardship waiver and now I am receiving free healthcare. Hubby passed away 2 years ago, but the VA is still there for me, and I thank them. I have even started asking about discounts for ME This list is awesome, thank you for it. And to all the other veterans who didn’t see combat or get deployed to areas of unrest, thank you for your service.
    FYI: TWO out of every THREE people who get diagnosed with ALS are VETERANS!! Whether you deployed or not, it is immediately identified as 100% disability. If you are or know a veteran who has been diagnosed, make sure they talk to their local VA OR an ALS Assn rep for help. It made a huge difference in hubby’s care. We could have been bankrupt and homeless if not for the VA.

    • Fran November 9, 2019 at 7:16 am

      Thank you for your note about your care. I served as an MP in the 4 th Battalion in Germany in 1977-1980. I applied for VA health benefits and have been getting care. I pay a co-pay. Hoping that the VA health care continues to keep moving forward adding more facilities and upgrading care.

    • Enid Nalley November 9, 2019 at 3:32 pm

      Hello Mrs. Martin,

      I am not sure if you have been told that the beneficiaries of 100% P&T Veterans are entitled to healthcare from CHAMPVA . I saw your article and I am a Veteran (disabled also), who works for the VA. In case you hadn’t been made aware of this information, I wanted to let you know, so that you can apply if this is your situation.

      God bless

    • Pam lov November 9, 2019 at 8:22 pm

      My father wasn’t a “war” vet, but a lifer. He too died of ALS, my mom is getting DIC, and is applying for aid and attendance. She has good health care, from Tricare. The VA has helped her alot.

    • Teresa Vandal November 10, 2019 at 4:06 pm

      Pat it is an honor to “meet” you! Thank-you for your service!

    • James Keith November 11, 2019 at 12:29 am

      If you are not already receiving it, you should check into surviving spouse benefits.

  57. Brad Scheer November 8, 2019 at 4:26 am

    Great picture of the US Military Vets Motorcycle Club. They have been going to Arlington National Cemetery on 11 November for 15 straight years sitting in the same area.

    • Charlette Louise Rasberry November 12, 2019 at 12:19 am

      Thank you for sharing your story of the lost of your husband, he will never be forgotten, because Veterans like my self stick together in our hearts. We do not have to know one another to understand how hard it is to be a spouse of a Veteran. I served in the US Army; my last duty station was Mannheim Germany. I’m 57yr old female who have never been married, but I’ve experienced what military spouse; whether it be male, or female deal with on a daily basis. I will always keep out military spouse, as well as our all military soldiers in my prayers. May God bless America and all military soldiers and civilians.


      SPC Rasberry

  58. Andrew F. Kouchoukos November 8, 2019 at 4:15 am

    Let’s hear it from those who were conscripted (drafted) during the the Vietnam war. Being drafted is not the same as volunteering. I was subsequently drafted. If I had to serve involuntarily, I thought that I may get something out of this war which I knew very little about. Sooo, I volunteered to serve 3 years as opposed to the 2 year conscription where most draftees wound up being ground pounders. This decision more than likely saved my life. Even though I did not qualify to get what I wanted, Helicopter school, I was now committed to serve my 3 year voluntary enlistment. Although it was not the most ideal way of spending the next 3 years of my life, I learned more in those 3 years and that kinda set the tone for the next 50. Yeah, I am kinda proud of those 3 years including the 1 year service in Vietnam. Yeah, give me those discount and thank you America..

    • SSgt. C. Sapp November 8, 2019 at 8:24 am

      A big THANK YOU!!!! To all who were drafted. The sacrifices you made were great and you deserve every reward of your involuntary involvement. Thank you for paving the way of future veterans now ☺️

      • David Alan November 10, 2019 at 9:16 pm

        Thank you . I remember the day my mail man was walking up to my mail box with the draft notice in his hand. He said I’m sorry to be the one to deliver this envelope; as he handed me my Draft notice . I immediately thought about going to Nam for no good reason at all. I was thinking of finishing College, getting married to my then girlfriend, riding in the wind on my motorcycle and just being a middle class, white teenage kid, full of dreams for a more peaceful world. I went back inside my apartment and put on a rolling stones album and cranked up the speakers until my neighbor lady came to my open front door yelling that her baby was trying to take a nap. The truth was her General Hospital Soap Opera was on and i was disturbing her hearing about Luke and Laura or whoever was on then. I went to work and showed my boss the notice and then on to the girlfriend .I was drafted and went on to basic at Fort Ord Ca., then to Ft Bliss Texas for more advanced training. After my getting used to the day to day military operations I stayed in a few more years to the rank of E-6 SSG. I was needed at home for my mother who was alone and needed help and left the service with a couple years left to retirement. Every time i see a rifle i think about some poor kid sent to get killed in a war somewhere on this planet. Today i’m retired in North Little Rock, Arkansas just trying to be a good person just because. Thanks again for the post. I was looking for free meals for 11 Nov 19 veteran’s day and somehow got on the page with your post. I’m glad so many companies are helping us vets out on this day…that social security check does not pay for restaurant meals. To my fellow Veterans Via Con Dios mi amigos ! Muddivers still rule!

    • Steven Sparenborg November 8, 2019 at 1:36 pm

      Almost drafted, ditto. Volunteered, ditto. Wanted helicopter training, ditto. Not qualified for helicopter, ditto (too tall). Vietnam, ditto. Feel like it saved my life, ditto. Enjoy your day this Monday !!!

  59. Sunny Samways November 7, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    Out of all these comments the complainers need an attitude adjustment. NOT ONE of these companies needs to give any of us a darn thing, and you have the nerve to post your negative cheap shot comments. Thank them back for recognizing and giving us a gift for our service. Happy up folks, and while you’re at it give the servers the 20% tip of what the bill would’ve been, that’s the customary amount. Drives me nuts when I see folks leave their insulting $2.00 tip when the wait staff just busted their butts toting and fetching for you. You bitch cause things cost so much then leave $2.00, can you live on a tip like that? Turn the tables, look in the mirror, treat others how you’d like to be treated. Thank you to all the businesses offering us discounts and free meals. A lot of us do appreciate it.

    • Rob November 8, 2019 at 10:29 am

      you know that its not a law to tip anyone right? They tote and fetch stuff because its THEIR JOB. Do you see dishwashers being tipped for doing their job? How about lawyers? Doctors? Didnt think so.

      • Bill November 8, 2019 at 4:04 pm

        That’s the stupidest comment I have ever seen. Do you know that servers make way below minimum wage because their income is supposed to rely on tips? If you don’t leave tips, then you should just go to McDonalds or some other fast food joint and don’t stink up these fine establishments that are doing you a great service on this day. Nothing worse than a person that doesn’t tip a hard working member of a wait staff.

      • Joshua November 8, 2019 at 5:20 pm

        Dishwashers, lawyers, and Doctors are paid a fair wage. Servers, and Bartenders usually make minimum wage or way less. (East coast I was making 2.13 an hour.)

        No one said you had to tip. Just said you are a giant d-bag for not tipping.


      • Colton November 8, 2019 at 9:14 pm

        You’re right, it is their job. However companies also only pay them next to nothing, and the vast majority of their income comes off of tips. Dishwashers have a higher base pay rate than waiters.

      • Adrienne Davison November 8, 2019 at 10:47 pm

        Servers also don’t get paid minimum wage per the government. Thank God there are still good people out there because jackasses like you keep relaying misleading/false information.

      • Leonard OConnor November 8, 2019 at 11:24 pm

        Rob… You are totally clueless. A lot of restaurants pay much LESS than minimum wage to their waitresses because they are allowed to factor in estimated tips. IE. Denny’s in our area starts waitresses out at approx $2.40+ an hour. Their cooks, dishwashers and busboys make more and the waitresses are required to split their tips with the chef and busboy.
        Under federal law, employers can take a tip credit by paying tipped workers, such as servers and bartenders, as low as $2.13 an hour if those workers earn at least the standard minimum wage of $7.25 an hour once their tips are added in but there is no accurate way to account for tips.
        Average Denny’s hourly pay ranges from approximately $8.33 per hour for Customer Service Representative to $16.01 per hour for Shift Manager. The average Denny’s salary ranges from approximately $17,000 per year for Chef to $65,533 per year for Area Manager.
        In big cities wait staff might make more BUT in rural communities they can barely survive and many have 2 or 3 jobs. Also… a lot of restaurants keep waitstaff under 30 hrs a week so they don’t have to pay benefits. This is illegal in some states but it is still rampant in this industry.
        Rob it is absolutely ludicrous that you assume that they are just doing their job…. you again have no clue whatsoever. Even many of our military personnel are underpaid but we have medical, housing, and retirement as a benefit. You should be ashamed of your judgement of the people who have to survive on tips! Don’t blame them… the system needs to be fixed so a person can make a sustainable living wage. Some other countries have a better system … IE Tipping is not expected or required in Australia and is illegal in some areas, the average starting wage for wait staff is $17.10 starting and $22 for part time. So rethink your evaluation.
        My family and I are extremely grateful for every business that supports us as veterans and are fully aware that they do not need to do so and we reciprocate by using these establishments and making sure that we leave proper tips.

      • Nolan Lee November 9, 2019 at 1:43 am

        Rob your wrong. Some states pay waiters and waitresses a lower wage because of tips. Without tips they can’t pay rent or feed their kids.

      • Jennifer Keelty November 9, 2019 at 3:22 am

        Waitstaff are only paid a little over two dollars an hour because the rest comes from Tips. The dishwashing stuff get paid at least minimum wage. Think about that…

      • Jennilyn November 9, 2019 at 3:47 am

        The dishwasher gets paid full wages (redacted)hole!!! The waitress that is busting the hump and fetching all you requests is only paid $2.43 per hour the rest comes from the tips!!!

      • Jennilyn bruce November 9, 2019 at 3:48 am

        The dishwasher gets paid full wages (redacted)hole!!! The waitress that is busting the hump and fetching all you requests is only paid $2.43 per hour the rest comes from the tips!!!

      • Megan McFadden November 9, 2019 at 8:38 am

        Yes, they get paid to “Tote and fetch” but they get paid less than minimum wage because tips are considered part of their pay. They get taxed on their tips, it’s not free money. Dishwashers and bussers get paid regular wages because they are not servers, though some servers share their tips with the bussers because they help out. Tipping is not the law, but when you go to a restaurant you understand going in that the servers work for tips. Lawyers and Dr.s do not.

      • Jennifer Heninger November 9, 2019 at 9:16 am

        My daughter is a server. She makes $2.10 an hour plus tips. Can you live on that? No, it’s not sustainable. Be considerate of others. 20% is barely enough to make ends meet.

      • Scott Miller November 9, 2019 at 10:48 am

        The tipping system sucks. But until the U.S. changes to a better system, don’t stiff the restaurant staff.

      • O.K. November 9, 2019 at 12:12 pm

        Dishwashers make minimum wage at least. Servers and tipped employees in most states who are expected to “fetch” your stuff make $2.13 an hour, and after taxes often don’t get a paycheck and depend on tips for a living. Thank you all veterans for your service but please also tip your servers who are working hard to make sure you and your families have a nice meal on Veteran’s Day

      • CJ November 9, 2019 at 1:47 pm

        Rob, I guess you don’t understand that the servers take lower pay with the expectation gracious people will pay more than the printed bill. Most restaurants require any gratuity be split between waitress, busboy, dishwasher and cook. It is the restaurant that is giving you the gift, the least you can do is show a little courtesy and tip the same as if you paid for the meal. Lawyers and doctors aren’t tipped because they are specifically chosen by you to serve them. Restaurant servers do not have that luxury.

      • RW comeaux November 9, 2019 at 2:22 pm

        Their JOB probably pays them about$2.35 an hour. The tips are their real income. Most waiters give a portion of their Tips to the non-wait staff. Comparing them to a Doctor or Lawyer??? You need to wake up.

      • Bob Slavin November 9, 2019 at 5:33 pm

        Hey Rob, wake up. Servers are not paid like doctors or lawyers. They often have to share tips with others working at the restaurant and for the most part, they work pretty hard. I don’t know what you do for a living but it’s pretty obvious that you are trying out for the role of the grinch.

      • Jennifer Smith November 9, 2019 at 11:22 pm

        The difference is dishwashers, lawyers and doctors make at least minimum wage. Waitresses and waiters do NOT even make minimum wage. Their hourly pay is much less. So please tip

      • Kayla Conner November 10, 2019 at 2:05 am

        You can’t be serious?! They don’t even get paid minimum wage. Their average pay is 2 to $3 an hour. They depend on tips to make a living wage. How dare you compare that with doctors and lawyers wages

      • cpt mark scheidecker November 10, 2019 at 7:14 am

        I hope some day you will learn the difference between a free lunch and a freeloader….
        When employees loose 60% of their income because a veteran who was given a Free meal left a -0%- tip,
        They will Not want to work on Vets Days. Not to mention what they may think of All Vets..
        I always leave at least a $5 tip and if I see another Vet who may not be able to leave a nice tip I will offer to pay the tip for them. The least I can do….

      • charlie Schulz November 10, 2019 at 8:16 am

        Wait staff pay is reduced because it is expected that wait staff will get tips to make up for their lower hourly rate. When you don’t tip you are just showing that you are cheap and like to ride on the back of people who work to serve you. Many of the folks you are stiffing have families that depend on this income.

      • Morris Friedman November 10, 2019 at 9:29 am

        You are ignorant, please don’t go get a freebie and embarrass us and yourself

      • clifford mckrell November 10, 2019 at 9:51 am

        work as a waiter for a while…might change your s****y attitude. when I worked my way thru college as a waiter, I shared tips with kitchen staff and bus people. learned a lot of lessons about teamwork and getting ahead.. go to the UK or Australia and try to get some service. place your food order at the front door and pick up your table ware, water, etc. and the one server (who works for minimum wage) will bring you your food. if you want another napkin or drink you gotta go get it. share a little of your fortune and be nice…not a jerk

      • Brit November 10, 2019 at 10:08 am

        It may not be the law to tip, however in most states servers are paid a whopping $2 and change PER HOUR and are expected to make their money from tips. The kitchen staff, including the dishwashers, do get at least minimum wage, yet at many restaurants the servers still need to SHARE their tips with the kitchen staff. So when you pay the bill, you pay for the food, when you tip, you pay for the service.

      • Theodore Agresta November 10, 2019 at 11:31 am

        Mnimum wage for wait staff is usually 2.15/hr but varies by state.

        • Peter Joseph November 10, 2019 at 9:04 pm

          You are a very rude person. I hope you don’t eat out EVER. I hope the servers know you feel that you don’t have to tip them so they can spit in your food. And yes, the dishwashers, cooks and bus boys all get a share of the tips that you leave your server so you are tipping everyone. Doctors and lawyers don’t get tips because they make six figure incomes and don’t need tips to survive. In a lot of states, thankfully not California, restaurants are allowed to pay their servers BELOW minimum wage because they hope the servers will get enough tips to make a living. So when rude selfish people like you refuse to leave a tip you are actually making a hard working American work for less than minimum wage. Please do everyone a favor and eat all of your meals at home. It’s not worth waiting 30 minutes for a table at a nice restaurant because idiots like you are taking up all the good seats. Also you can always move your non-Patriotic ass to Europe where nobody tips because the restaurants add 20% to all of the food costs and pay their servers a living wage.

        • Nick S November 11, 2019 at 10:43 am

          Read the full article. Minimum wage is $2.15/hour IF they make enough in tips. If they don’t make any tips then they make the standard minimum wage for the state.

      • Dennis stewart November 10, 2019 at 10:09 pm

        I am so sorry you’re such a bitter person. Please seek help!

      • Joseph November 11, 2019 at 5:55 am

        Rob…just stay home, please.

      • J Adkins November 11, 2019 at 8:06 am

        I always add the discount (if any) to the tip!!

      • NANETTE PORTER November 11, 2019 at 12:41 pm

        A dishwasher gets paid the state minimum wage for doing those dishes. A doctor and what not all get paid for there jobs as well. A waiter gets paid around $2.00 and some change an hour they make there money off of tips. And no there is no law that seys you have tip but do we need laws to tell us to be decent people.

    • Justin Nichols November 8, 2019 at 11:10 am

      This. All of this!

      • Taylor Schmitz November 8, 2019 at 10:51 pm

        They get paid less than HALF minimum wage because they work for their tips. They also have to PAY the dishwashers, bus boys, and bartenders half of their tips. Just fyi.

    • B. Seay November 10, 2019 at 8:11 pm

      Sunny, I really appreciate you telling it like it should be told!

    • Anastasia McKoy November 11, 2019 at 9:15 am

      Amen Amen!!!!

  60. Robert Lamaster November 7, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    I want to the kitchen store, Sur La Table, since my wife wanted a new cutting board. I figured, what the heck… it’s worth a shot. Discovered that they give a 10% discount to veterans every day.

    I just wish that Veterans Day didn’t fall on a weekday this year. I appreciate the discounts, but I’ll be at work for most of the day.

    • Jennifer Ross November 8, 2019 at 2:07 pm

      Williams-Sonoma gives at 15% off everything, but electrics. On electrics they do 10%. They do this year round.

  61. Ben Wjotaler November 7, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    Spirit Mountain Casio is offering a free meal at any of its’ restaurants on Veterans day.

  62. Kenneth Robert Lockridge November 7, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    Wow, there are a lot of us, huh? Best kept secret Veterans’ day treat: Stratford Hall, the Lee mansion, which looks like a Victorian English mansion, gives free admission to you and your entire family on Veterans’ and Memorial Days, and that includes access to their Westmoreland-area Potomac tidal beach, where you can find fossil sharks’ teeth! There are picnic facilities, a nice gift shop, and great overlooks of the Potomac. Don’t miss this fine museum and parklike atmosphere!

  63. Eric Norman November 7, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    On Veterans Day Denny’s offers free build your own grand slam breakfast

  64. Dayn Meisner November 7, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    I was in the Air Force from 1978-87. I understand how a lot of Vets may feel that they shouldn’t be recognized because they were never in combat or stationed in unfriendly areas of the world. I was one of those who spent 9 years in California and the Outback of Australia. No where near danger. I always questioned the recognition I recieved. But as one of my older veteran friends said during one of his stories about Vietnam several years back, “It takes EVERYONE, and I mean EVERYONE that enters the military to make things work in the military, and to keep our country and world safe”.
    So I say “Thank You!!!” to each and every one of you that served!!

    • Brittany Demro November 9, 2019 at 1:04 am

      You made a sacrifice to give up your family and the conveniences of ordinary American life. Things many people take for granted are sacrificed by those of us who serve, no matter the location or circumstances. Remember that ;)

    • Scott Miller November 9, 2019 at 10:57 am

      You were trained, available, and ready to fight anywhere at a moments notice. Yes, that does count for something.

    • Carrie M Christman November 9, 2019 at 4:28 pm

      I too was in during a “peace time” or so we all thought. I assure you, from 1978 to 1985, plenty was going on. Any of us in any branch was able to be called to any location. I was Air Force, and still was “indirectly” involved with the Iranian Rescue. Bases in England also may have supported the Lebanon conflict. My step brother was a Marine, on a boat off shore when the barracks were bombed. It was Army and Air Force who helped put the people together so they could be returned to their families. No matter where we were, we were in support of a global mission. Whether it be at Tyndall AFB, RAF Alconbury, Sardinia, Saudi Arabia, Cannon AFB where the F111’s also lived and went to hot spots, we all served. The “Star Wars” program involved many of us. I was just mentioning Australia as an F111 location. Peace time, it is never peaceful.

      As a woman it was what it was.

      • Carrie M Christman November 9, 2019 at 4:37 pm

        Thank you to all who served.
        As a Marine taught me to say in return to folks who thank us…
        “You were worth it”

        And so is America.

        The meals and services given on Veterans Day, I hope you all can patronize the place.
        I know I do.
        Wegmans is offering something – Bob Wegman was a Marine! Thank you.
        8-10 hot breakfast on Veteran’s Day.

        Wegman’s are a Veteran owned business.

    • george November 9, 2019 at 5:06 pm

      Thanks Dayn, I was in the Army from 1975-1978 and was stationed in Germany during my service years, and have often wonder or felt the same guilt. It’s nice to know others feel the same as well as hear the encouragement too! Thanks George

    • Shelly November 10, 2019 at 10:02 am

      Thank you for that comment. I was in the Army in the 90s in Korea and in the states and I always feel dumb because I didn’t serve in any battles. I feel like so many sacrificed so much more than I did.

    • Lynette M. Curry November 10, 2019 at 7:29 pm

      Appreciating the Vietnam Era Vet’s compliment to all service members and to him I say: “Thank You and Welcome Home”!

      I am the proud daughter of a decorated Vietnam Era & Korean War retired Airborne Army Vet and granddaughter of a decorated Korean War Navy Vet and related to many serving then & now.

      In addition, I also served in the USAF (’76-’82) during the cold war Era.

      To all my fellow Vets, Thank You for Your Services and Sacrifices. I AM A WATCHDAWG for the ELDERS, who paved the way for me. Salute!

    • Robert Carroll November 11, 2019 at 9:39 am

      Dan, I enlisted in the AF in 78 as well and did 6 years. While you and I are not combat veterans, we should be proud that we stood up as Cold War warriors. I have no doubt that you trained every day as if going to war was imminent. Be proud sir.

  65. David C. Burdick November 7, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    1. ALWAYS put the link ”…for more details…” such as done for ”Golden Corral – November 11, 2019 Military Veterans, retirees, and active duty members are being offered a free sit-in “thank you” dinner on Monday, November 11, 2019, from 5pm -9pm. For more details visit the Golden Corral website.”

    2. Also, is there a way to develop placing one’s zip code in a field to ‘localize’ the place(s) where the Veteran can obtain ”Free Meals, Exclusive Resources??” E.g., 54th Street Grill and Bar is not in Austin, TX.

    • Tashara H. November 7, 2019 at 3:36 pm

      IPIC Theaters is giving vets a free movie pass on Veterans’ Day. If you have one in your area and have never been, I suggest you take advantage of this opportunity. Their seats are soooo comfortable. I put their website below.

    • Renee G. November 10, 2019 at 12:28 am

      That’s REALLY nice… something we all can pass on to our fellow buddies who are holding onto that guilt. I tell mine ALL the time, ” You signed the same line, you wore the same uniform as I did, you were just NEEDED somewhere else, for some other duty… that doesn’t make you any less of a soldier!” Thanks for your words, they will be used (if that is okay, of course)…. and I wish you the very best Veterans Day possible! # NEVERFORGET

  66. W A G November 7, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    Black Bear Diner offers a free meal to Veterans on Veteran’s day. You should always ask about a discount as most places do have them all year long.

  67. william Goodson November 7, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    I appreciate all the discounts given to Veterans combat or not. Our biggest and most important thing as veterans we can do is get the VA fixed.

    • M November 11, 2019 at 2:46 pm

      I agree! Get the VA fixed is the most important.

  68. cindy November 7, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    Knotts Berry Farm in Orange county CA

  69. Tom Twellman November 7, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Hair Saloon is proud to offer Veterans and Active Duty Military complimentary men’s Classic Haircuts on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11 at all of our locations.

    This marks the 22nd year of this Hair Saloon tradition. It’s our small way of saying thanks to our military for the sacrifice and dedication in serving our great nation. We invite all veterans and active duty military to book an appointment or walk-in so we can have the honor to serve you. We have locations in St. Louis, MO; Pittsburgh, PA; Boston, MA; and Houston, TX.

    On-going, we offer our ‘Everyday Hero’ discount which is 25% off services each and every day for the veterans, active duty military, and first responders who live in our communities. Our small way of showing our gratitude to them for their sacrifices and service.

    We invite you in to one of our Saloons and check us out. Appointments and Walk-ins welcome. You can also book online 24/7.

    If you aren’t a veteran or in the military, but know one, we could use your help, too. Please share this offer with family and friends. In fact, we invite you to stop in on Veterans Day as well. The stories that are shared and swapped can be a real-life history lesson. We invite you to stop in if you live in one of the markets above and meet some of the heroes living in your community, share a conversation over a cup of coffee, and even thank them yourself!

    Hats off to our Veterans and all military service members! Thank you and God Bless you.

    Tom Twellman, Jr.
    COO and Marketing Director for Hair Saloon

    • Stephanie Hayes November 8, 2019 at 9:32 am

      Unfortunately not in any of those markets but very nice offer. Thank you for sharing – you need to get the word out!

      • Heather Muehleisen November 9, 2019 at 6:11 pm

        Do you offer anything for female veterans?

      • rebecca case November 10, 2019 at 12:58 pm

        what kind of haircut do female vets get?

        • Eric November 11, 2019 at 11:32 am

          High and tight!

  70. David Seidell November 7, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    Submarine service 3.5 years and shore duty in training facility for 3 years.
    Lowe’s Home Improvement has 10% off everyday on every purchase. 30 second verification on their website to get the discount.
    Also Sam’s Club has a deal for veterans when you renew your membership. Free chicken, potato salad, desert and 1 or 2 other items. They don’t advertise it very well but get a hold of the customer service group in your local store during your renewal or within two weeks if you have auto renewal.

    Thanks to everyone for your service.

  71. David P. Donaldson November 7, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    I served as a Navy Dental Tech / Corpsman in Viet Nam 66-67 on the Hospital ship U.S.S. REPOSE, and came home with my PTSD Express card ( “don’t leave nam without it” ). I have always had fine treatment from the VA as well as all Vets., who are my Band of Brothers Family. I have for years relaized that there are lots of “Era” Vets. who need to hold their heads up high for the following reason:
    ” A v e t e r a n i s s o m e o n e w h o , a t o n e p o i n t i n t h e i r l i f e , w r o t e a b l a n k c h e c k m a d e p a y a b l e t o T h e U n i t e d S t a t e s o f A m e r i c a f o r a n y a m o u n t , u p t o a n d i n c l u d i n g
    t h e i r l i f e .”!
    Enough said,….Be proud Gentlemen, as we all raised our right hands!
    “Doc” / U.S. Navy
    Nam 66-67

    • PhadraB. November 8, 2019 at 10:16 pm

      Corpsman-up! Thank you for your service from a fellow corpsman veteran!

    • Brenda Boomhower Renc November 10, 2019 at 10:17 am
    • Eileen O'Connor November 10, 2019 at 2:14 pm

      And ladies :)

      Eileen O’Connor
      Master Sergeant, USMC, Ret

  72. Steven Mulcahy November 7, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    Denny’s has a free Slam for Vets on Veteran’s Day!!

    • Jay Stewart November 7, 2019 at 1:47 pm

      Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA. is offering Active, Retired and Veteran U.S. Military Personnel to receive free admission to Knott’s Berry Farm for themselves and one guest from November 3 – 21 and December 2 – 19, 2019.

  73. David H November 7, 2019 at 11:30 am

    At least some amusement parks offer a discount to vets on certain holidays or holiday weekends. Cedar Point and Kings Island in Ohio do on Memorial Day weekend and July 4th weekend at least.

  74. Jim Fogle November 7, 2019 at 11:03 am

    I believe there is a clear division between draft era veterans and all volunteer veterans. Draft era veterans may have volunteered or compelled but either way there was an clear expectation they would serve. The volunteer veterans served without the draft cloud hanging over their head. I am constantly amazed the services have been able to attract so many volunteers to serve so well. Peace or war time, the possibility is always there that something bad can happen. Even in times of war most military personnel support the warriors’ effort but do not themselves engage the enemy.

    I salute ALL veterans and am grateful for their service.

    • Johnny November 11, 2019 at 6:38 am

      I agree places like American Legion and even the VA to some point . dis veterans that served in peace time as Cold war veterans and less of a Veteran. I served when it was age appropriate for me to serve my country not to grab glory. To me all vets are hero’s and courageous no matter when they served .

  75. L Wille November 7, 2019 at 10:51 am

    Tops Markets are offering Veterans discounts on Veterans Day. I believe it is 11%.

  76. Ron Horton November 7, 2019 at 10:37 am

    Ocean State Job Lots is offering 25% off through 11/13.

  77. Daniel J Gargasz November 7, 2019 at 10:20 am

    Ford Motor Company provides discounts to active duty and Veterans year round. They also have programs and discounts for qualifying disabled Veterans to help with their unique mobility needs. Ford Motor Company is also a PROUD employer of many Veterans. Don’t forget to ask your dealer about all discounts and rebates that are offered and available for you!

    • Deborah Jordan November 7, 2019 at 7:34 pm

      I am a veteran and recently purchased a new Ranger. I wa told discounts only applied to active duty.

      • Paulie B November 11, 2019 at 5:32 am

        Here’s link to their explanation:
        If you qualify for the discount, and didn’t get it, I’d go back to the dealership and ask to speak the the sales manager, or higher.

      • William trethewey November 11, 2019 at 2:12 pm

        You can get employee pricing as a veteran T Ford year round. Some dealerships require you to join veterans advantage ($40) To get the discount.

  78. Chris Carlyle November 7, 2019 at 10:12 am

    Hey John, I was a Seabee too stationed in NCBM 1 in Gulfport. I didn’t go to war but did go Korea and parts of the middle east that was unsafe. I was spit, shot, and assaulted by the locals a few times for being a solider. I was away from my family for many years. It’s a sacrifice I’m proud to have made plus I appreciate the support I have from my country. All veterans should be honored because we all could have found ourselves on the front lines. I do think we owe extra care to those that was injured so their sacrifice is somewhat paid back.

  79. Erich Winnecke November 7, 2019 at 10:07 am

    Served in Vietnam as perimeter guard in 1970. 4th Infantry div- Central Highlands near An Khe. Service connected for shrapnel wounds. I salute every service member and vet, regardless of duty station. Enjoy the fruits of your commitment.

  80. margaret November 7, 2019 at 9:55 am

    Thank you for posting! Very helpful guide!

  81. Michael D November 7, 2019 at 9:55 am

    Waffle House is 10% off everyday to all active, reserve, and veterans with appropriate ID

    • Phillip Hambrick November 9, 2019 at 6:33 am

      Unfortunately the Waffle House Organizations in Georgia does not honor veterans not anytime of the year.

    • Carol Tedrick November 10, 2019 at 1:27 pm

      Really? My dad had his full military uniform on and didn’t get a discount. They didn’t mention anything about it.

  82. Kenneth Deemer November 7, 2019 at 9:34 am

    Lowe’s offers a VA discount on everything all the time. They also have special parking for Vets and for Wounded Warriors.

    • FC November 9, 2019 at 2:12 pm

      No Lowe’s doesn’t offer Veterans a discount all the time. Vets have to go on line first, fill out forms, give proof of being a vet online, then get a membership account. After all that, then they can use their membership account for the discount. It’s hogwash. Home Depot lets a vet just show proof they are a Vet right there at the register.

    • Ron kumpus November 10, 2019 at 9:36 pm

      Lowes does not do this as of a month ago but Home Depot just started it.l do not make a day of it. I appreciate all that show how they really feel about us.( not the ones who pelt you with rocks bricks etc when you return home and get off the plane ) Many gave, Many gave it all

    • Temina November 11, 2019 at 10:18 am

      Lowe’s let us know that Veterans Day only, you can receive the normal 10% off, but also you can stack any coupons with that for up to 20% off! This is awesome.

  83. Chadd Garton November 7, 2019 at 8:35 am

    Register on for a lot of military discounts. Online verification.

  84. John November 7, 2019 at 7:11 am

    I have mixed emotions on Veterans Day. I served for 5 years as a Seabee during peacetime. I go hurt, but not in a combat role. I wish that this could be designated for combat veterans as I do not ever equate my service to theirs. Not trying to stir up controversy. I have started seeing combat veteran tags on cars, by all means they should get those spaces designated for them.

    • Shawna Worley November 7, 2019 at 7:52 am

      I understand where you are you coming from. I was in 6 1/2 years but never saw the sandbox and certainly cant compare to those in combat. However, you still gave 5 years of your life to serve in some role, support or otherwise, ensuring many others come home safe. While you’re not a combat veteran, you’re still a veteran. Don’t sell yourself short but if you don’t feel comfortable using things designated for vets then don’t you’re not required to disclose that to others :)

      • Mitch Braswell November 7, 2019 at 8:53 am

        Well the day I received orders to go to Vietnam I crashed in a Marine Corps helicopter. It killed two Marines sitting next to me. Three minutes earlier I was sitting where they were. I’m now a disabled veteran . I greatly appreciate these companies doing this. I’ve never taken advantage of It though till now. I excepted the $40 discount off of Amazon prime. I may take the great clips haircut for free but I also tip well. I do understand your point though.

      • Gary Mcadams November 7, 2019 at 10:35 am

        Totally understand. I am a Vietnam ERA vet. I make sure folks I talk to know the difference. However, just because it wasn’t cashed, don’t mean ya didn’t write the check.

      • Randy Lund November 8, 2019 at 2:01 pm

        Don’t ever feel bad about your service or where you served. I’m a Beirut Vet but went in when I was 17 because of the Iran hostage situation. I always tell vets, no matter what you did or where you were, you’re part of a brotherhood that will never be dissolved by anyone. Don’t let your duty station pull you down from not being in combat. You were where you were supposed to be.
        RJ USMC

    • Sara Howell November 7, 2019 at 8:01 am

      I feel the same way. I served and have a service connected disability, but I was never in combat. I feel guilty getting any recognition for being a veteran. But people are always telling me that I deserve it because I was willing to serve and sacrifice. I could never compare my injury to what combat veterans have been through. But my family and I did sacrifice a lot for me to serve. Anyway, glad I’m not the only one who feels that way. Thank you for your service and sacrifices to help protect my freedom!!!

      • Steve McCloskey November 7, 2019 at 10:18 am

        Why would you feel guilty about not being a combat veteran. Combat or non combat YOU ARE A Veteran!!! Be proud of it and take advantage of any and all benefits and discounts available. I am a Viet Nam Veteran and have a brother who served but not during any conflict/war. I make no distinction between his service and mine,

      • N. Genes November 7, 2019 at 10:53 am

        I was in combat. 2.5 times. Your role is just as important during peace time. No Veteran goes in because they think they aren’t going to fight a war. If you went in to serve your country you are just as eligible as me. Pick your head up and be proud.

    • Manny c November 7, 2019 at 8:05 am

      Thank you for your service. Every member of the military gave up their freedoms for a short period of time to provide a service to this country. Combat or not we all deserve free food once a year. -Combat medic, OIF, 09-10

      • Army Vet November 7, 2019 at 10:36 am

        I feel the same guilt but after talking to some combat veterans I don’t feel so bad about it. One Marine that I was talking to actually called me crazy. He said the same thing: You were available, that is all that counts.

    • Richard MacDonald November 7, 2019 at 8:29 am

      John, thank you for your service. I to am a peace time vet and agree that combat veterans had a totally different experience than Vets like us. I really believe thought that what really counts is the fact that we did serve and would have gone into harms way if called on. My nephew has 3 Purple Hearts and we have had this conversation. He has assured me th