Giving back to those who serve: Veterans Day deals in Indiana

Veterans Day is a time to honor those who have fought for our country. That’s why many businesses in Northern Indiana are offering free or discounted meals and services for veterans this weekend.

Though getting things for free isn’t why Hoosier veterans chose to serve, it is one way that communities can show appreciation.

From our news partners at WNDU, here is a list of places offering deals for veterans–


Applebee’s Grill and Bar- Free meal for veterans

Bar Louie- Free flatbread or burger

Ben’s Soft Pretzel- Free jumbo soft pretzel

Bob Evans- Veterans and active duty members can pick one of six free meals

Bonefish Grill- Free order of bang bang shrimp appetizer for veterans

Buffalo Wild Wings- Free order of wings and fries for veterans and active duty members

Carrabba’s Italian Grill- Free appetizer for veterans

Cici’s Pizza- Free pizza buffet with a military ID

Chili’s- Free meal for veterans

Chuck. E. Cheese’s- One free personal cheese pizza with any food purchase on Veterans Day with a military ID.

Cracker Barrel- Free Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake dessert for Veterans

Denny’s- Free build-your-own Grand Slam Breakfast for veterans on Friday, Nov. 10th from 5:00 a.m. to Noon

Dollar General- 11 percent discount on qualifying purchases both in-store and online.

Dunkin’ Donuts- Free doughnut.

Fazoli’s- free spaghetti with marina or meat sauce to all veterans and military personnel, plus 10% off any purchase with a military ID or in uniform.

Golden Corral- Military Appreciation Night, Monday, Nov. 13th from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Veterans receive a free buffet

Hacienda- Free large wet burrito

IHOP- Free red, white and blue pancakes for veterans on Friday, Nov. 10th from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts- Free doughnut and small coffee for veterans

Little Caesar’s- Free $5 Hot ‘n Ready lunch combo for veterans on Nov. 11th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Logan’s Roadhouse- Veterans and active duty members can pick from eight free meals on Nov. 11th from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Longhorn Steakhouse- Free appetizer or dessert for veterans.

Martin’s Supermarkets- Free meal for veterans and active duty on Nov. 11th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

McDonalds- Free extra value meal for all former and active duty members from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Nov. 11th.

Olive Garden- Free meal, soup, salad and breadsticks for veterans

Outback Steakhouse- Free bloomin’ onion and beverage for veterans. All current and former veterans with a military ID get 15% discount from Nov. 12th-Dec. 31st

Red Lobster- Free appetizer or dessert for veterans.

Red Robin- Free Red’s Tavern Double Burger and fries with proof of military service

Starbucks- Free 12 oz. coffee for veterans and their spose

Texas Roadhouse- Free lunch for veterans from 11:00 to 2:00 p.m. Hours may differ based on location

TGI Fridays- Free lunch for veterans from 11:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Wings Etc- Free entree up to $10 for veterans with proof of service


Drive and Shine- Free Diamond car wash on November 11th at all Drive & Shine locations in South Bend, Mishawaka, Elkhart and Schererville

Hair Crafters- 602 Lincoln Way East- FREE haircuts to all US military veterans, including a consultation, shampoo, cut and style. Men and women welcome. Veterans can walk-in from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday and 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday.

Great Clips – Veterans and current military members can receive either a free haircut that day or free haircut card to use at a later date.


Toy’s R Us- 15% off to military members with a valid ID

Tractor Supply – 15% off for all active duty and former military members on November 11th


Elkhart County Historical Museum, 304 W. Vistula, Bristol. Veterans Day Story- 11:00 to Noon. Program illustrating life of Maude Essig, a World War I nurse

Elkhart Indiana Black Expo- Free Veterans and Male Health Awareness Fair, 1320 Behnam Ave, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Nov. 11th; Blood pressure, blood glucose, vision and glaucoma screenings provided.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore- Veterans Day Film, “Vietnam Nurses with Dana Delaney”, Happening at visitor center, 1215 N. SR 49, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

“Lest We Forget”- Veterans Day Ceremony, St. Joseph, MI, Whitcomb Towers, 5099 Ship St., 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Service to honor Korean War veterans

South Bend Symphony Orchestra- Veterans Day Program: Morris Performing Arts Center, 7:30 p.m. Musical salute to service men and women. Tickets available at Morris Center box office

South Bend Team RWB- Workout of the Day, CrossFit Raze, 3410 CR 6 E, Elkhart, 8:30 a.m., veterans and their friends and family invited to show up and exercise

South Shore Line- Free rides for all veterans and active duty military from November 10th-12th.

State Parks- Free admission and parking for all veterans and active-duty military to any DNR state park, reservoir property and state forests on Veterans Day

Studebaker National Museum and the Museum of History- Free admission to veterans and active duty members