Restaurants with Military Discounts

Restaurants with Military and Veteran Discounts

Offering Military Discounts

Let’s face it: most military members or veterans are shy about taking advantage of military discounts when they go out to eat or shop. There are several reasons this might be the case. It’s possible that the service member or veteran joined the military because he or she just needed a job or was looking for a way to set up their career. Being treated like a self-sacrificing hero can make them feel uncomfortable because they don’t feel like they deserve it. Also, they may feel like taking advantage of discounts is abusing their position, or flaunting something that ought not to be flaunted. In some cases, where a service member has seen combat, they want to avoid reminders of that times, and they may even feel guilty that they are here enjoying the benefits of being a service member while the ones who made the real sacrifices are dead. I am here to convince you to take advantage of those benefits.




Let People Serve You

Regardless of your reasons for joining the military or what your position was, much of the civilian world is grateful that  you chose to do so. Quite frankly, we don’t care if you just joined up because you couldn’t pay for college on your own. This may seem hard to understand, but you chose to serve, got paid less than you deserve, and even if you never saw combat, you put yourself in the position to be there if we needed you to. Doing small to large favors for you is one way we show our appreciation for your choice. There’s a big difference between allowing someone who wants to serve you to do so and walking into every establishment and demanding special treatment. Serving you makes us feel good, so if you can’t allow it for any other reason, allow it as a type of service in and of itself. Serve us by allowing us to serve you.


Pay it Forward

If you’re really uncomfortable taking advantage of a military discount, then pay it forward in the form of a tip. Let the restaurant give you a discount, then pass your savings on to your server. If you have friends, relatives, or associates who have died or become disabled in service, commit to keep track of all the money you’ve saved from discounts and donate that amount to a charity that works with the families of deceased or disabled veterans. Take the savings that you don’t think you deserve and put them somewhere you think they should go. Every military discount is an opportunity to do good. Sometimes, the best it can do is make a nice night out with your spouse and children more affordable. Going out to eat with my father as a child and now my wife as an adult are some of my fondest memories.


Where to get Good DiscountsMilitary Restaurant Discounts

Now that I’ve hopefully convinced you to take advantage of military discounts, let’s talk about some places you can get good deals. Applebees offers military discounts, which vary by location, but they also offer a free entree to military members and veterans on veterans day. All you have to do is show proof of service, which can be as simple as showing a picture of yourself in your uniform or arriving in uniform. If you’re looking for something quicker, all Arby’s locations offer a 10% military discount. Simply show your military ID and get 10% off. Chick-Fil-A also has location-specific military deals, and each location also hosts periodic Military Appreciation Nights, where all military personnel and their families receive free Chick-Fil-A meals. Johnny Rocket’s also offers 50% off everything for any uniformed personnel. This includes fire and police as well as the military. For more discount options, you can visit Military Discount Central to see their complete list of chain restaurants that offer military and veteran discounts.


The list has some great restaurants including Chili’s, Dairy Queen, Firehouse Subs, Golden Corral, Hardees, the Hard Rock cafe, Papa John’s, Quizno’s, Texas Road House, and many others. Check out the full list to see what offers there are available. It’s worth taking a look at and seeing where you can save money while still enjoying quality food.


Veteran’s Day on Nov. 11

With Veteran’s Day fast approaching, there are many ways to show appreciation and support for our veterans. This Veteran’s Day gives all of us an opportunity as Americans to celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of all U.S. veterans.

If you are looking for a special way to say thanks, here are a few great organizations that can always use a little help. These organizations provide great resources and support for our veterans, many of which face the challenge of a disability or severe health issues related to their military service.

Veteran’s Day is a huge event—and every year more and more businesses are stepping up with great deals for veterans and their families. In this blog I am posting an alphabetical listing of some national restaurants that are providing free meals or discounted meals on Veteran’s Day.

2013 Veterans Day Restaurant Offerings

  • Applebees – Veterans and active duty military receive a free meal from a limited menu, on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11.
  • Bar Louie – On Sunday, Nov. 10 and Monday, Nov. 11, all Bar Louie locations are offering veterans and military personnel a free meal up to a $12 value.
  • California Pizza Kitchen – Veterans and active military receive a free pizza on Monday, Nov. 11.
  • Champps – On Monday, Nov. 11, Champps will offer a free handcrafted burger with waffle fries to veterans and active duty military.
  • Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse – Charlie Brown’s is offering a free meal to veterans and active duty military all day on Monday, Nov. 11.
  • Cheeseburger in Paradise – Veterans and military personnel receive a free All American Burger with fries on Monday, Nov. 11 with the beverage purchase of $1.99.
  • Chili’s – Veterans and active duty can get a free entrée all day from a special limited menu on Monday, Nov. 11.
  • Denny’s – Active, inactive and retired military personnel can get free all you can eat pancakes on Veterans Day nationwide.
  • FATZ – Veterans and active duty military can enjoy a free entrée at FATZ, up to a $15 value. Veterans who dine at FATZ on November 11 will also receive a $2 coupon for use on their next visit.
  • Friendly’s – Veterans and active military receive a free Big Two Do Breakfast and coffee on Monday, Nov. 11.
  • Golden Corral – Golden Corral is offering a free dinner on Monday Nov. 11, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Military retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard and Reserves are all welcome.
  • Hooters – Veterans and active duty military receive a free meal on Monday, Nov. 11.
  • Hoss’s Family Steak & Sea House – Veterans eat for free on Monday, Nov. 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Krispy Kreme – Krispy Kreme stores are offering a free doughnut and small coffee on Monday, Nov. 11 when presenting a military ID or wearing a uniform.
  • Little Caesars – Veterans and active military members get a free order of Crazy Bread on Monday, Nov. 11.
  • Max and Erma’s – On Monday, Nov. 11, participating Max & Erma’s locations are saluting veterans and active military personnel with a free Best Cheeseburger in America Combo meal.
  • McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants – On Sunday, November 10, participating McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants will offer a complimentary entree to vets from a special menu.
  • Menchi’s – All veterans will receive a free 6 oz. frozen yogurt on Monday, Nov. 11.
  • O’Charley’s – Veterans and active duty service members get a complimentary meal from a limited menu on Monday, Nov. 11.
  • Olive Garden – On Monday, Nov. 11, all veterans and current service members get a free meal from a limited menu. Family dining with them will also receive 10% off their meal.
  • On the Border – Veterans and active duty military can enjoy a free meal from the “Create Your Own Combo menu” on Monday, Nov. 11.
  • Paciugo Gelato Caffè – Paciugo is offering a free 12 oz. Gelatte® to veterans and active duty military on Monday, Nov. 11 at participating locations.
  • Red Robin – Veterans and active duty military get a free Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries on Monday, Nov. 11.
  • Shoney’s – Shoney’s will be offering a free All-American Burger to veterans and active duty service members on Monday, Nov. 11.
  • Sizzler – Sizzler is offering active duty and retired military members a free lunch from a limited menu on Monday, Nov. 11 until 4 p.m.
  • Spaghetti Warehouse – On Sunday, Nov. 10 and Monday, Nov. 11, choose one original spaghetti entrée or 15-layer lasagna and get the second entrée free. This deal requires a coupon, which is available starting Nov. 6 at the Spaghetti Warehouse website, the Facebook page, and can be presented from a mobile phone.
  • Texas Roadhouse – Texas Roadhouse locations nationwide will offer veterans a free lunch on Monday, Nov. 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Offer is good for active duty, retired or former U.S. military.
  • TGIFridays – Veterans and active duty military get a free lunch from a select menu on Monday, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Tucanos Brazilian Grill – Active duty, reserve and retired military and veterans receive a free Churrasco meal on Monday, Nov. 11. They are also offering 10% off the entire bill for veterans and troops who dine with their families, from Friday, Nov. 8 through Veteran’s Day, Monday, Nov. 11.
  • Village Inn – All veterans and active military personnel receive a free breakfast on Monday, Nov. 11. Choose between Buttermilk Pancakes, Belgian Waffle, or French Toast.

Repeat Clients and Why They Come Back

For me and I think many others the true measure of any good business – the place you buy tires, your favorite place to go out to eat, where you shop for groceries and so on, when you finish the transaction, when it is all said and done – you feel good about the experience.

I have done VA loans for nearly 7 years, and during that time have had many repeat clients and they are in fact some of my favorites.   When you have a relationship with a client they expect a great deal – and they should.  Not only do they expect professional, prompt service, but they also want to be treated fairly and feel that they matter – everyone no matter how small or big is important and it is nice to be treated as such.  After all, when you are out to eat and the server goes that extra bit to be sure your food was hot, your drinks filled and they gave you excellent advice about what to order you appreciate that.  On a larger scale, of course, in the refinancing process you want to feel valued and that the treatment and service you receive are the best that your money can buy.  We all pay for services everyday, and at the end of each transaction you either feel taken or satisfied.  Being upfront about any process is always the best policy.  I always try to explain the process, how long it takes, what to expect, how we are directly connected and communicate with the VA as an approved lender.  Understanding how the process works, being kept in the loop as the VA refinance progresses and being part of the whole process in general helps many people feel more comfortable with something they aren’t necessarily familiar with.

Finally, there are many VA lenders in this great country, no doubt.  But just as you make a decision to deal with your accountant, or your favorite mechanic, you choose Low VA Rates for your VA refinancing needs because you know they know what they are doing.  It may finally boil down to opportunity cost –  the opportunity to do business and get a great rate in a timely manner, as opposed to dealing with someone who doesn’t know the intricacies of VA loans and how they work and then you are left high and dry with no refinance on your largest investment – your home.  We understand the ins-and-outs of VA loans, and we get them done, so time after time our clients return to us for the same service they have come to expect.

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