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By Jim Donovan: I'd like to extend a personal thank you to all of our military personnel, past and present, for their service to our country. As Veterans Day approaches many restaurants across the country would like to show their appreciation as well. Here are some offers available in our area. Hopefully you can take advantage of them.

Applebee's – Last year, Applebee's served over one million free meals to military veterans and active service members. Well Applebee's is again offering a free meal to military veterans and active-duty service members this Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. There will be 7 entrées to choose from, beverage and gratuity not included. Military ID or proof of service required. Here is a link to the menu:

California Pizza Kitchen - California Pizza Kitchen is honoring our local Veterans and Military personnel by inviting them in to dine for free on November 11 (Veterans Day) and November 12. Enjoy a pizza on their menu and a non-alcoholic beverage for free. Dine-in only. Please come in uniform or bring your military ID or other proof of service.

Champps Americana - All Veterans and Active Military will receive a free Champps Cheeseburger and fries on Monday November 12th. Proof of service required. Offer not valid for the Pepperjack Bacon Stack Burger or Kobe Burger. Dine in only, valid at participating locations.

Chili's – Chili's is offering all military veterans past and present their choice of one of 7 meals. This offer is available from 11am – 5pm on November 11, 2012 at participating Chili's in the U.S. only. Dine-in from limited menu only; beverages and gratuity not included. Veterans and active duty military simply show proof of military service.

Denny's - Free all you can eat pancakes from 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12 for all active, retirees, and veterans with a valid military ID or proof of military service. Offer available in every Denny's nationwide.

Famous Dave's – Free or discounted meals on Veterans Day, Sunday Nov 11. Offer varies by location, for more information check

Friendly's – Active military and veterans with ID can enjoy a complimentary Big-Two-Do Breakfast and coffee on Monday, November 12.

Golden Corral – If you are a veteran, retired, currently serving, in the National Guard or Reserves, you are invited to participate in Golden Corral's 12th annual Military Appreciation Monday dinner. For information visit:

Hooter's – Hooter's is serving up a free meal to military veterans all day on Veterans Day, Sunday November 11. Offer good for all veterans and active duty military personnel. Get 10 Free Wings – Boneless or Regular, drink purchase required. Offer valid at participating Hooters only; open to all active duty and military veterans with valid military ID or proof of military service. For more information, visit,

Krispy Kreme –. Participating Krispy Kreme stores are offering all active-duty, retirees & veterans to enjoy a free doughnut on November 11th. . Be sure to call ahead to verify your local Krispy Kreme is participating.

Little Caesars Pizza, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. Little Caesars is honoring the men and women of the United States armed forces this Veterans Day by providing veterans and active military members with a free Crazy Bread® with proof of military status or proof of service at participating stores nationwide. Call ahead to verify participation.

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants – McCormick & Schmick's is celebrating their 14th annual Veteran's Appreciation Event on Sunday, November 11th. Veterans will be able to choose a complimentary lunch or dinner entrée. Veterans must provide proof of military service. Be sure to contact your local McCormick & Schmick's as this is valid at participating restaurants only. Also, space is limited and reservations are highly recommended. For more information visit:

Outback Steakhouse – Outback Steakhouse is honoring America's military veterans by offering active duty military and veterans a free Bloomin' Onion and a Coca-Cola Nov. 11-12. This offer is available to Military Personnel with ID. Also receive 10% off your purchase from Nov. 13-Dec 31, 2012.

Red Lobster – Free Appetizer on Veterans Day, November 11th with military ID or proof of service.

Red Robin – Get free Red's Tavern Double and Bottomless Steak Fries for all Red Robin guests on Monday, November 12th with a military ID or proof of service.

T.G.I. Friday's – Receive a free lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, November 12th. Valid for all US Military personnel and veterans. Must wear uniform (if permitted by your service) or present military ID or other proof of service.

Olive Garden - Veterans and active duty military can receive a free entrée on Sunday, November 11th during regular business hours. Choose from a special menu. All entrées include freshly baked garlic sticks and choice of soup or salad. Proof of service required.

7-Eleven – Get a free small Slurpee on Sunday, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Offer good to all current and former military members. ID or proof of service required

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