With Veterans Day on Monday, area businesses will be saluting veterans and active-duty military with freebies and discounts.
Free haircuts, discounted merchandise and complimentary meals at restaurants are among the offers announced.
Most businesses require proof of military service, which can include a Veterans Affairs Universal Access Card, Military I.D., discharge papers, Veterans Service Organization Card or a person in uniform.
Not all franchises contribute to their national chain’s Veterans Day programs, so contacting establishments to make sure they are participating is recommended.
Unless otherwise noted, all offers are good only on Veterans Day.
APPLEBEE’S: Veterans and active-duty military receive a free meal from a limited menu.
CARRABBA’S: Free appetizer, any choice
CHILI’S: Veterans and active-duty can get a free entree all day from a special limited menu.
DENNY’S: Active, inactive and retired military personnel can get free all-you-can-eat pancakes.
FATZ: Veterans and active-duty military can enjoy a free entree, up to a $15 value and veterans will receive a $2 coupon for their next visit.
GOLDEN CORRAL: Golden Corral is offering a free dinner from 4 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 up to $10; drink purchase required.
KRISPY KREME: Shops are offering a free doughnut and small coffee.
LITTLE CAESARS: Veterans and active-military members get a free order of Crazy Bread.
O’CHARLEY’S: Veterans and active-duty military get a complimentary meal, up to $9.99 in value, from a limited menu.
OLIVE GARDEN: Veterans and current service members get a free meal from a limited menu. Family dining with them will receive 10 percent off their meal.
OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE: Free Bloomin’ Onion and a Coca-Cola product.
RED LOBSTER: Free appetizer Monday through Thursday
RED ROBIN: Veterans and active-duty military get a free Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries.
RHINEHART’S: Half-price appetizers
TEXAS ROADHOUSE: Restaurants will offer veterans a free lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Offer is good for active-duty, retired or former U.S. military.
STICKY FINGERS SMOKEHOUSE: Veterans, active, inactive or retired service members will get a free entree with the purchase of second entree of equal or greater value. Coupon required. Print coupon here.
TGIFRIDAYS: Veterans and active-duty military get a free lunch from a selected menu from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
BED BATH AND BEYOND: Veterans can get 20 percent off their entire purchase Saturday through Monday. This is good for active duty, Department of Defense, reserves, guard, retirees, veterans and military spouses.
DOLLAR GENERAL: Veterans, active military, members of the National Guard and Reserve and immediate family members get 11 percent off the total purchase.
GREAT CLIPS: Customers who come in can get a free haircut card to give to their favorite veteran. Veterans can also receive a free haircut or get the free haircut card. Haircuts are redeemable until Dec. 31.
HOME DEPOT: Home Depot offers a 10 percent discount to all veterans.
JCPENNEY: Veterans, active-duty and family members receive an extra 20 percent off in stores Nov. 6-11 with coupon.
LOWE’S: All veterans receive a 10 percent discount.
SPARKLE EXPRESS CAR WASH: Free “Sparkle Splash” car wash package to all active and retired military at its four Augusta locations.
SPORT CLIPS: Participating locations are offering veterans and active-duty service members free haircuts.
WALGREENS: Walgreens is offering 15 percent off eligible store items and 20 percent off Walgreens brand products. This discount is available to all veterans and active-duty military personnel.
THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE: The U.S. Postal Service will issue Special Medal of Honor stamps.
PHINIZY SWAMP NATURE PARK: On Sunday, active-duty military and veterans will be admitted free to the Oka’Chaffa Indian Festival.
NATIONAL PARKS: On Veterans Day weekend, veterans will have free access to more than 100 National Parks that require entrance fees.
RED ROOF INN: Red Roof Inn is offering 15 percent off at more than 350 properties nationwide in November to veterans, active-duty military and their families.
WORLD OF COCA-COLA: In honor of Veterans Day, military members may purchase up to four half-price tickets for their friends and family Nov. 9-17.