On Monday, Nov. 11, the country will mark Veterans Day -- a day to honor those who have served in the armed forces.
Many restaurants and businesses will honor veterans with free meals, appetizers, car washes, oil changes and other deals. The following deals have been verified for 2013. Note, some deals are for Monday, others are for different days.
First, let's start with a deal that is valid for everyone. Get free admission to national parks across the country on Nov. 9-11: http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm
Carrabba's is offering all active duty personnel and retired veterans a free appetizer on Nov. 9-11. You will need proof of service such as military ID or dressing in your uniform. Check your nearby location to make sure they are participating: http://www.carrabbas.com/Locator
McCormick & Schmick's Seafood & Steaks is offering veterans a free meal from a special menu on SUNDAY, Nov. 10. Dine-in only. You will need military ID. Please make a reservation. Menu & details: http://www.mccormickandschmicks.com/featured-promotion/Veterans-Day.aspx
Veterans and active duty military eat free from a special menu at Chili's on Nov. 11. Proof of service required. http://www.chilis.com/Documents/VeteransDayMenu2013.pdf
Anyone who has served in the U.S. military eats free at Golden Corral on Nov. 11 from 4-9 p.m. No ID required. Dine-in only. http://www.goldencorral.com/
All veterans get a free meal from a special menu on Nov. 11 at Olive Garden. Family dining with the veteran also get 10 percent off. Military families get 10 percent off every day in November. Details: http://www.olivegarden.com/Menu/Specials/
Veterans and active duty military get a free entree from a limited menu at Applebee's on Nov. 11. Must show military ID. Beverage not included. Menu and details: http://www.applebees.com/veterans-day-menu
Texas Roadhouse is offering veterans a free lunch (and beverage) from a special menu on Nov. 11. Proof of military service required. Active, former and retired military welcome. Dine-in only. http://www.texasroadhouse.com/landing-pages/veterans-day-2013
Vets get free lunch at TGI Fridays on Nov. 11. Sadly, the website doesn't offer any more details. Call your local location for details: http://www.tgifridays.com/ (Last year the deal was only offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., so check before you go.)
Veterans and active duty military get a free breakfast item at Village Inn on Nov. 11. Choose from pancakes, a waffle or French toast. No purchase necessary. It appears the free breakfast offer is valid all day.
Veterans and active duty military get a free meal at Hooters, up to $10.99, on Nov. 11. Must show proof of service and buy a drink. http://news.hooters.com/press-release/local/hooters-offers-free-meal-military-veterans-day
Many Sport Clips locations will offer free haircuts to active-duty U.S. service members and veterans on Nov. 11 with valid proof of service. For a list of participating stores: http://www.sportclips.com/events-promotions/HAH2013.html
Veterans, active duty military and military spouses get a free tall (12 oz.) brewed coffee at Starbucks on Veterans Day: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/starbucks-focuses-hiring-strategy-veterans-093000065.html?.tsrc=mobifone
Belterra Casino will honor veterans and active duty personnel by offering complimentary buffet meals on Nov. 11. For more information, CLICK HERE.
Horseshoe Casinos in Ohio are offering free buffets to veterans and active members of the military on Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. For more information, CLICK HERE.
Free dental care for Veterans at Derringer & McGlone Dental Care on Nov. 11. Veterans receive free dental cleanings, X-rays and restorative work. Appointments for the event are limited and are available by calling (859) 384-0393.
Veterans will receive a 30 percent discount on meals at Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill. For more information, http://www.smokeybones.com/
City Barbeque will honor veterans with a free meal on Nov. 11. For more information: www.citybbq.com/locations .