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Thumbs up Veteran's Day: American Companies Showing Thanks to Veterans - November 3, 2010, 11:38 PM

American Companies Showing Thanks to Veterans

What started as a trickle several years ago, when a handful of national
restaurant and hardware began offering specials and discounts to active
duty and veterans on Veterans Day has grown into a tsunami of companies
showing their gratitude for the service and commitment of those few
Americans who serve, and have served in the Armed Forces.

Some of this year's participants are: (Veterans and active duty military
simply show proof of military service).

Applebee's Restaurant - Free dinners to veterans throughout Veterans Day
November 11th; selections will be from a new Veterans Day menu.

Outback Steakhouse - Free Blooming Onion and beverage.

Golden Corral is hosting its Military Appreciation Day on Monday,
November 16, in order to avoid conflict with other Veterans Day events.
Anyone who has served in the U.S. military, National Guard or Reserves
is invited to enjoy a free buffet dinner between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. at
all nationwide locations.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts offers veterans and active duty military a free
doughnut of their choice on Wednesday at any location in the U.S.

In celebration of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, Subway is showing its thanks
with free six-inch subs to all Veterans or Active Duty members.

On Nov. 7, McCormick & Schmick's restaurants will offer a free entree to
military veterans for its 12th annual Veteran's Appreciation Event.
Menu picks include such seafood items as parmesan crusted tilapia,
roasted cedar plank salmon and almond crusted rainbow trout.


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AWESOME TO SEE AMERICA FINALLY REALIZING THE IMPORTANCE OF REMEMBERING OUR VETS AND TREATING THEM AS THE HEROS THAT THEY ARE!
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Yea I got an email with that information from one of my associations:


2010 Veterans Day Freebies

Take advantage of the great offers from Virginia businesses and
organizations honoring our veterans and active duty military



Applebee’s thanks veterans with a free entrée November 11




Applebee’s is thanking all veterans and active duty military with a free
entrée at Applebee’s on November 11, 2010.



7 oz. House Sirloin

Bacon Cheeseburger

Chicken Tenders Platter

Oriental Chicken Salad

Three-Cheese Chicken Penne

Fiesta Lime Chicken

Double Crunch Shrimp



Just show proof of military service such as U.S. Uniform Services
Identification Card, current leave and earnings statement, photograph in
uniform, wear a uniform, or a veterans organization ID card (American
Legion, VFW, AmVets).



This offer is available during business hours on November 11, 2010 at
participating Applebee’s only. Dine-in from limited menu only. Beverages
and gratuity are not included.



Free Hugo® canes for veterans



In honor of Veterans Day, Sam’s Club® locations nationwide will distribute
36,000 Hugo® canes free of charge on November 10th, 11th, and 12th, 2010 to
U.S. military veterans in need of mobility assistance.



We salute our veterans for all the incredible contributions made to our
country. To all who have served . . . thank you!



Limited quantities of canes available only while supplies last. Sam’s Club®
Membership is not required. Proof of military service may be required. Canes
provided by Hugo®. Sam's Club® is a proud sponsor of this program.



Veterans Day Salute from Outback Steakhouse



As an expression of Outback Steakhouse’s appreciation to our country’s
veterans and active duty military*, a free bloomin’ onion and beverage (one
non-alcoholic drink) will be available to them at every Outback in the
country on Veterans Day, November 11, 2010.



Bed & Breakfasts across the U.S. and Canada honor U.S. military for Veterans
Day



Hundreds of Bed and Breakfasts are providing free rooms on Wednesday,
November 10th, in observance of Veterans Day to honor men and women
currently serving in the military, as well as those or who have served their
country in the past. Over 200 inns in 39 states and Canada have donated
rooms for this holiday promotion.



Dozens of B&Bs in Virginia are participating as a way to honor this
country’s military

members. Bed and breakfast inns are smaller hospitality businesses that
offer a more personal touch than standard motels or hotels. All rooms have
private bathrooms, comfortable beds, and beautifully decorated areas for
relaxation or conversation. Known for their great breakfasts and
personalized service, B&Bs are a perfect way to enhance a getaway.



Reservations need to be made directly with the participating inns. A valid
military or U.S. Department of Veterans Administration ID will be required
for each reservation. Each participating Bed and Breakfast is making at
least one room available on the night of November 10 and availability is
limited to a first come first serve basis.



For more information on the promotion go to www.bnbsforvets.org
<blockedhttp://www.bnbsforvets.org/> .



Governor McDonnell announces free parking at Virginia state parks on
Veteran's Day



Governor Bob McDonnell announced that in honor of the members and families
of America ’s armed services, both current and past, Virginia State Parks
will waive parking fees for all Virginians on Veteran’s Day, November 11th.
These fees will be waived at all 35 state parks managed by the Virginia
Department of Conservation and Recreation.



Governor McDonnell noted, “We owe our veterans and the men and women
currently serving in the military a tremendous debt of gratitude. This is
one way to honor these men and women for the sacrifices they, and their
families, have made to protect our freedom.”

DCR Director David Johnson credits Del. Kirk Cox of Chesterfield with the
idea. “Del. Cox approached our state parks director Joe Elton with the idea
of doing something to show support for our military families,” said Johnson.
“Joe and his staff were able to work with the delegate to make this happen.”




“This is an action that makes sense for everyone,” said Del. Cox.
“Particularly in the fall state parks are not only places for recreation but
also for quiet reflection. We hope all families, especially our military
families, will take this opportunity to visit the state park nearest them.”

Virginia State Parks with their blend of outdoor offerings such as hiking,
camping and picnicking and their many natural and cultural programs have
long been family-oriented. Virginia State Parks remain open year-round, with
the fall being an increasingly popular time of year to visit.



For more information on all of Virginia ’s 35 award-winning state parks go to
www.virginiastateparks.gov <blockedhttp://www.virginiastateparks.gov/> or
call toll free 1-800-933-PARK (7275).



Military Appreciation Monday


November 15, 2010 will mark the 10th anniversary of Golden Corral's Military
Appreciation Monday dinner. The free dinner meal is a special thank you
tribute to any person who has ever served in the United States Military.



If you are a veteran, retired, currently serving, in the National Guard or
Reserves, you are invited to join us for Golden Corral's Military
Appreciation Monday dinner.



Krispy Kreme honors veterans with free doughnuts

This year, Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation is honoring America 's service
men and women on Veterans Day by giving away free doughnuts to all veterans
and active military personnel. Veterans and active military personnel are
invited to visit any participating U.S. Krispy Kreme store on Veterans Day,
November 11, and enjoy one free doughnut of any variety.

Veterans and active military personnel will be able to select from more than
a dozen varieties - including Original Glazed(R), Chocolate Iced Kreme
Filled, Chocolate Cake, Pumpkin Spice and Glazed Raspberry Filled - that are
available at most Krispy Kreme locations.

McCormick & Schmick's Complimentary Lunch or Dinner

Veterans will be able to choose a complimentary lunch or dinner entrée on
Sunday, November 7. Some of the mouth-watering selections include
Cashew-Crusted Tilapia, Grilled Atlantic Salmon, Seafood Fettuccini Alfredo
and Cedar-Planked Salmon.
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Home Depot and Lowe’s Military Discount

Home Depot and Lowe’s have long been known to offer a 10% holiday discount
to military members and their families and in many cases veterans and
retirees. These promotions were usually limited to the main military
holidays such as Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Veterans Day. Well, no
longer – both companies have announced these offers are available every day
of the week.

Home Depot and Lowe’s 10% Military Discounts Year Round

Fee Free Day at National Parks

To honor America ’s service men and women, Secretary of the Interior Ken
Salazar announced that areas managed by the department would not charge
entrance fees on Thursday, November 11, 2010.

Colonial Williamsburg Free Admission

Colonial Williamsburg honors America 's Veterans with a procession down Duke
of Gloucester Street , 4:30 p.m., beginning at the Capitol. The parade
culminates in a public ceremony, with militia and cannon crew firing volleys
in recognition of those who serve. Hear Colonial Williamsburg 's Fifes and
Drums, and speakers from past and present. Active duty military, guard and
reservists, retirees, veterans and their dependents enjoy free admission
passes Friday through Wednesday, Nov. 6-11. Learn more



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Awesome! Though too bad it's now constitutional to pretend you are a decorated vet...


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Awesome! Though too bad it's now constitutional to pretend you are a decorated vet...
I'm gonna throw my CIB, Ranger tab, SF tab, and 11th group combat patch on right now.

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while I honor Vets...I hate to be the one who has to put this cynical spin on this "happening" b/c drt Jumper's post was so refreshing (literally...no scarasm here)...

BUT

We live in a capitalistic society. This is now the "cool" thing to do...just like selling Christmas decorations beginning Sept 23 (fall)...so in reality while YES Vets are eating free or getting good discounts...it is the MOTIVE that I am sure many restaurants chase that doesn't sit well with me. More than likely that Vet is bringing his large family with him and they are getting MORE business and MORE dollars spent by giving away one free meal, app, whatever....

So it's not like they are doing this out of the goodness of their heats in TRUE honor of vets...if that was the case...I'd have to see a restaurant let a Vet come eat WHATEVER they wanted that day for free...not off some "Special" Vet menu etc....that was be TRUE APPRECIATION....not using them MORE to get MORE $$$$$


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while I honor Vets...I hate to be the one who has to put this cynical spin on this "happening" b/c drt Jumper's post was so refreshing (literally...no scarasm here)...

BUT

We live in a capitalistic society. This is now the "cool" thing to do...just like selling Christmas decorations beginning Sept 23 (fall)...so in reality while YES Vets are eating free or getting good discounts...it is the MOTIVE that I am sure many restaurants chase that doesn't sit well with me. More than likely that Vet is bringing his large family with him and they are getting MORE business and MORE dollars spent by giving away one free meal, app, whatever....

So it's not like they are doing this out of the goodness of their heats in TRUE honor of vets...if that was the case...I'd have to see a restaurant let a Vet come eat WHATEVER they wanted that day for free...not off some "Special" Vet menu etc....that was be TRUE APPRECIATION....not using them MORE to get MORE $$$$$
I can agree with this, but...

I would rather have them give me a free "vet" meal in order to bring business in than nothing at all Still makes my dinner cheaper that day!


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hmmm....

"something is always better than nothing"...

that is a STICKY, STICKY saying.

On one hand...getting some slice from your woman 1x wk is better than 0x per week...but not if your putting on all the right moves and she is yawning.

On one hand....finding out your are getting a promotion is better than nothing...but now when you are promoted to fire you best friend (Fred Flintstone...lol)

On one hand....

so I mean yeah something CAN BE better than nothing...but I mean getting a free meal when you are still looking at a $50 dinner bill for the family when normally you would have just eaten at home on groceries....okay I guess now I'm pooping on the party....sorry.


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Capitalism is always about serving other people. If others are not served/benefited then money does not come in. I don't feel bad about these companies serving vets even if they do get something back in return. No need to feel bitter, and I am sure there are many people in these companies that do want to show their appreciation and I don't want to take that way from them either.
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I think most people agree that these companies are just riding the wave. And personally, I don't think there is anything special about most veterans. They are just like any other government worker... just regular people doing their jobs.

BUT, the point of this thread is to have a useful resource for those that can take advantage of the promos. The only thing that sucks is that just like the birthday promotions, it only works one time/year and people are usually busy in other ways on that day... going to Krispy Cream to get a free donut is probably not their highest priority on that day. (That is why I don't think I have ever taken advantage of the 'free dinner' on your birthday promos... )
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