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 some of the chains that will be participating in such programs in 2014:
Applebee's: All U.S. 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.
Bar Louie: From open to close on Monday, November 10 and Tuesday, November 11, every Bar Louie location across the country is offering veterans and military personnel a free app or entree.
California Pizza Kitchen: All full-service California Pizza Kitchen restaurants in the U.S. are offering a complimentary entree from a special Veterans Day Menu on November 11.
Bob Evans: Veterans and active military personnel will receive free all-you-can-eat hotcakes at Bob Evans restaurants on November 11.
Carrabba's: From November 6 to November 11, Carrabba's Italian Grill is offering all active and retired veterans a free appetizer.
Charlie Brown's: Charlie Brown's Fresh Grill is serving up free entrees for veterans and active duty military on November 11.
Cheeseburger in Paradise: Cheeseburger in Paradise is offering a free All-American burger and fries (with any beverage purchase of $1.99 or more) to all military personnel on November 11.
Denny's: Denny's restaurants nationwide are offering a free "Build Your Own Grand Slam" to active, inactive and retired military personnel on from 5 a.m. to noon on November 11.
Famous Dave's: Participating Famous Dave's of America restaurants across the U.S. are offering a free One Meat Salute to former and active military between 11:00 am and 4:30 pm on November 11.
Golden Corral: The Golden Corral restaurant chain will be hosting its 14th annual Military Appreciation Monday dinner on November 17, providing free dinners to anyone who has ever served in the U.S. military (retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard or Reserve).
Hooters: Hooters is offering all veterans and active duty military personnel a free meal of up to $10.99 in value (with any drink purchase) on November 11.
Krispy Kreme: Participating Krispy Kreme locations are offering all veterans and active duty military personnel a free doughnut and small coffee on November 11.
Lone Star Steakhouse: Lone Star Steakhouse is offering a free starter to veterans and active military on November 11.
Max & Erma's: Participating Max & Erma's locations are offering veterans a free 3-Course Combo on November 11.
O'Charley's: The O'Charley's restaurant chain is offering all veterans a free entree from their $9.99'er menu on November 11.
On the Border: The On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina chain is offering veterans a free entree from their "Create Your Own Combo" menu on November 11.
Outback: The Outback Steakhouse restaurant chain is offering free Bloomin' Onion appetizers and beverages to veterans and active duty military at all of their U.S. locations on November 11.
Red Lobster: The Red Lobster Seafood Restaurant chain is offering veterans a free appetizer (from a select list of appetizers) on November 11.
Red Robin: Participating outlets of the Red Robin Gourmet Burgers restaurant chain are offering veterans a free Red's Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries on November 11.
Shoney's: Participating outlets of the Shoney's restaurant chain are offering veterans and active military a free All-American Burger on November 11.
Spaghetti Warehouse: The Spaghetti Warehouse Restaurant chain is offering veterans a "buy one entree, get one free" deal (with coupon) on November 10 and November 11.
Sizzler: Participating locations of the Sizzler restaurant chain is offering all active duty and former members of the military a free lunch (a six-ounce Tri Tip Steak, a single Malibu Chicken, or a half dozen Fried Shrimp entree, with a choice of side dish) until 4:00 PM on November 11.
Texas Corral: The Texas Corral Grill & Saloon chain is offering veterans a free entree from their Veterans Day Menu, along with a free drink (iced tea, lemonade or coffee), on November 11.
Texas Land & Cattle: The Texas Land & Cattle Steak House chain is offering a free shared plate to current servicemembers and veterans on November 11.
Texas Roadhouse: U.S. outlets of the Texas Roadhouse restaurant chain are offering all active, former, or retired military a free lunch (from a ten-item menu) plus a free beverage (soft drink, iced tea, or coffee) on November 11.
T.G.I. Friday's: Participating locations of the T.G.I. Friday's restaurant chain are offering a free lunch to all current military members and veterans between 11:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. on November 11.
Tim Hortons: U.S. outlets of the Canadian-based Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop chain are offering all active and inactive U.S. military veterans a free donut on Veterans Day (while supplies last).
Tony Roma's: Active military and veterans receive a complimentary draft beer at participating locations of the Tony Roma's restaurant chain in Florida on November 11.
Twin Peaks: The Twin Peaks restaurant chain is giving away a free 2015 calendar (with over $160 in coupons) to the first 100 service men and women, active duty and veterans, on November 11.
Uno: The Uno Chicago Grill restaurant chain is offering past and present military members a "buy one, get one free" deal (a free entree or individual pizza with the purchase of an entree or individual pizza of equal or greater value) on November 11.