Out military members, active or retired, deserve more than a simple thank you on Veterans Day. Here are some freebies and deals highlighted by the Hartford Courant that Connecticut veterans and family members should know about this week!
Freebies and Deal on Veterans Day (and week)!
- Applebee’s: Free meal to all veterans and active military off of a special Veterans Day menu.
- BJ’s Brewhouse: Free entree up to $14.95 in value and a free Dr. Pepper beverage on November 11.
- California Pizza Kitchen: Free entree with a beverage (iced tea and fountain drinks), from a special Veterans Day menu.
- Chili’s: Free entree for veterans and active military from a select menu on November 11.
- Chimirri’s Italian Pastry Shoppe: All veterans, active military, and first responders can get a free coffee and free slice of Hartford Cream Pie from November 10-11.
- Cracker Barrel: Veterans can enjoy a free slice of double chocolate fudge Coca Cola cake or pumpkin pie latte on Veterans Day.
- Cuginos Restaurant: Free lunch for veterans on Tuesday, November 12.
- Cumberland Farms: Free cup of coffee (any size, hot or cold) for veterans or active duty military on November 11.
- Denny’s: Active, inactive and retired military personnel get a Build Your Own Grand Slam free from 5 a.m. to noon on November 11.
- Dunkin’ Donuts: Certain locations will offer a free doughnut to veterans and active duty military.
- Golden Corral: Military appreciation night for veterans and active duty military on November 11 offers a free thank-you dinner.
- Little Caesars: Free lunch combo to veterans and active military from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., paired with a 20-ounce Pepsi beverage.
- Red Robin: Free Tavern Double burger and bottomless fries to veterans and active duty military on Veterans Day.
- Red Lobster: Free appetizer or dessert, chosen from a special menu to veterans, active duty military and reservists on Veterans Day.
- The Main Pub:Offering 25 percent off for veterans and active military on November 11.
- Max Restaurant Group: Offering a 25 percent discount on entrees for veterans and active military all day on November 11.
- Kinsmen Brewing Co.: Free beer on Veterans Day and $1 off every beer sold will be donated to local non-profit benefiting veterans in Connecticut. The brewery will have a toast at 6:30 p.m. on Monday night to publicly thank all who served.
- Mohegan Sun: Offering Veterans Day dining specials across the property.
- 10% Off: Sushi Koya, Jasper White’s Summer Shack and Jasper White’s Summer Shack Express: All active military personnel and veterans can receive 10 percent discounts at
- 15% Off: BALLO Italian Restaurant, Michael Jordan’s 23.sportcafe, SolToro and Tom’s Urban
- 20% Off: Johnny Rockets
- Jersey Mike’s: Free side and drink with the purchase of any size sub, promotional rules apply.
- Mohegan Sun also regularly offers a military discount to active military personnel, veterans and military dependents.
Free and Discount Attractions
- Connecticut Historical Society: Free admission veterans and active duty.
- Connecticut Science Center: Free admission veterans and active duty.
- New England Air Museum: Free admission veterans and active duty.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe Center: Free admission veterans and active duty.
- Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art: Free admission veterans and active duty.
- The Polish National Home: Free admission veterans and active duty.
- Storytellers Cottage: Free admission veterans and active duty.
- Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center: Free admission and free lunch.
- Warner Theatre: Free admission veterans and active duty.
- Lyman Allyn Art Museum: Discounted admission for veterans and active duty.
- Beardsley Zoo:Free admission veterans and active duty and 20% discount for family.
- Florence Griswold Museum: Free admission veterans and active duty.
- Old Sturbridge Village: Free admission veterans and active duty.
- Mystic Aquarium: Free admission veterans and active duty from November 9 to November 17.
- Mystic Seaport: Free admission for uniformed veterans, discount for non-uniformed active duty and retired military members.
NOTE: Most locations will require you to bring your military ID. Some may also have a specified time when free meals, deals, and discounted rates are offered. For more information, call ahead or click here for details.
Help CT Veterans Near You
Millions of veterans across the country struggle with poverty, hunger, and housing insecurity. According to the National Coalition of Homeless Veterans, 40,000 veterans are homeless on any given night.
For all of the sacrifices these brave men and women have made, veterans are not always well cared for. Transitioning back to civilian life after service can prove difficult for veterans when it comes to finding employment, maintaining personal relationships, and securing affordable housing. These local heroes, who have done so much to protect our freedoms, often suffer from severe untreated trauma that can leave them hungry and living on the streets.
Veterans do not always reach out for help when they need it. Check-in with your veteran neighbors this week to see if you can be of any support. Grab this list and pass on the deals. Even a free cup of coffee can make someone’s day. You can even start your own event to support veterans in your area!
Our team at Jacobs & Wallace wishes everyone a Happy Veterans Day. Thank you to all who have served, and for the many sacrifices, you have made for our country.