Claim: Restaurant chains are offering free meals to U.S. military personnel in conjunction with Veterans Day.
Origins: In recent years, some national restaurant chains have begun the practice of demonstrating appreciation for U.S. military personnel (both veterans and those on active duty) by offering them free meals in observance of Veterans Day (November 11). Here are a few of the chains that will be participating in such programs in 2012:
Participating Applebee's locations are offering a free entree of choice from their Veterans Day Signature Menu to all veterans and active duty military personnel during regular business hours on November 11.
For the 14th year in a row, participating locations of the McCormick & Schmick's restaurant chain are offering free entrees from their Veterans Day Menu to veterans on Sunday, November 11.
The Outback Steakhouse restaurant chain are offering free Bloomin' Onion appetizers and beverages to veterans and active duty military at all of their U.S. locations on November 11 and 12.
All full-service California Pizza Kitchen restaurants in the U.S. are offering free pizza and a non-alcoholic beverage to
veterans and active military personnel on November 11 and 12.
Denny's restaurants nationwide are offering free all-you-can-eat pancakes to active, inactive and retired military personnel on from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on November 12.
Participating Hooters locations are offering 10 free boneless wings with a drink purchase for all veterans and active duty military on Veterans Day.
Einstein Bros Bagels will be giving out free Signature or Classic bagels to veterans on Veterans Day.
T.G.I. Friday's lets veterans pick any lunch item from the menu for free on November 12.
Olive Garden restaurants invite all veterans and active duty military to select a free entrée from their menu specials on Veterans Day.
All Golden Corral restaurants nationwide are providing a free dinner buffet and beverage to veterans and active duty military on November 12.