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Regional Veterans Day Offers 2019

To support our local military members and vets, I’ve collected all the information I could find from multiple sites around the web. Here’s my list for free or discounted food, drinks, and services (even an oil change!) in the East Tennessee region between November 9, and November 11.

Many, but not all, of these places require you to present some sort of ID to be eligible for these offers. And: I accept no responsibility for the accuracy of this list. Please call ahead and verify these offers yourself.

If you know of an offer that is not on my list, PLEASE comment or message me so that I can add it!

I know that some vets (hubby being one of them) are not a fan of “Thank you for your service”. So instead I will say:

3D Puffed HeartI’m glad that you are here today, and I hope that you will have an enjoyable Veterans Day weekend and many happy & healthy years ahead.

And if you’re a veterans’ organization, a vet, or active duty military wanting to celebrate an event or raise funds: call me at 865-223-5865. I will help make it happen for you.

Here’s the list, starting with food, then retail, then other offers.

Applebee'sParticipating Applebee's restaurants are offering veterans and active-duty military a free meal from a limited menu on Veterans Day, November 11. Proof of service required. Visit to find a location near you.
Alamo Steakhouse Pigeon Forge. If you have an ID that says Veteran you can get any meal on our menu for free. Drink and dessert not in included! Veterans day only.
KrystalAll participating Krystal locations will give a free sausage biscuit to all military personnel, active or retired, with a military ID or in military uniform from 6-11 a.m., November 11
O'Charley's O’Charley’s will offer veterans and active-duty service members a free meal at any participating location on Nov. 11. O’Charley’s offers a 10 percent military discount all year long. Visit to find a location near you.
Main EventMain Event entertainment, 9081 Kingston Pike, is offering a free meal from a select menu to all active-duty military and veterans on , Nov. 11.
IHOPAll active-duty and retired veterans are being offered free Red, White, & Blue Pancakes on Nov. 11 at the International House of Pancakes. The offer is for dine-in guests only and is limited to one per guest.
Cracker Barrel Cracker Barrel is offering all military veterans a complimentary slice of its Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake on  Nov. 11.
Calhoun's All Calhoun's locations are offering veterans one free entree on Nov. 11 from a limited menu. Proof of service is required. Visit to find a location near you.
Shoney'sFrom 6-11 a.m., Nov. 11, Shoney's will offer a free breakfast bar to all veterans and military personnel.
Duck DonutsThe first Monday of each month Duck Donuts, 6104 Kingston Pike, will give a 50-percent-off discount to "local heroes," including doctors, nurses, military, police, firefighters and EMS. Identification is required.
Dunkin' DonutsOne free doughnut will be given to all veterans and active military services on Nov. 11 at all participating Dunkin’ Donuts locations. No purchase is necessary. Proper military ID is required. Limit one per customer.
Golden CorralFrom 5-9 p.m. Nov. 11, all participating Golden Corral restaurants will offer a free "thank you" dinner to military veterans and active-duty members.
Zoes KitchenA free entree will be given on Veterans Day to all veterans and active members of the military. A military identification is required.
Texas RoadhouseVeterans and active military personnel can select from a special menu of 10 free entrees and a beverage from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 11, at participating Texas Roadhouse locations. Proof of service such as discharge papers, military or VA card is required. Participating restaurants in the area include 11001 Turkey Drive; 3071 Kinzel Way; 120 Morrell Road; 1019 Parkway, Gatlinburg; 3786 Parkway, Pigeon Forge; 180 Collier Drive, Sevierville; and 334 Fountain View, Alcoa.
Red RobinAll veterans and active-duty military to visit a participating Red Robin will receive a free Red’s Tavern double burger and bottomless steak fries on Nov. 11. Visit to find a location near you.
Wild Wing CafeOn Nov. 11, all participating Wild Wing Cafe locations will offer a complimentary meal to all military veterans and active duty. Choose from any Awesome Salad, Wild Wrap, Beefy Burger or Chicken Sandwich. Proof of military service required.
Quaker Steak & LubeA free meal from a special menu or a discounted meal will be offered to military veterans and active-duty service members at all participating Quaker Steak & Lube locations on  Nov. 11.
Echo BistroChef Seth Simmerman, owner of Echo Bistro and Wine Bar, is offering a free meal to military veterans. Guests of the veteran may order off the main menu. Reservations are required by calling 865-602-2090.
Hooter'sParticipating Hooter's Restaurants are offering all veterans and current servicemen and women a free meal on Nov. 11, from their select Veterans Day menu by presenting a military ID or proof of service.
Red LobsterAll active-duty military and reservists who visit Red Lobster on Nov. 11, will receive a free appetizer or dessert from a select Veterans Day menu. Valid military ID required. Visit to find a location near you.
Carrabba'sCarrabba’s Italian Grill will offer military personnel a free appetizer on Nov. 11. A military ID or wearing of the uniform is required.
BonefishMilitary personnel in uniform or with a military ID can get one free order of Bang Bang Shrimp at Bonefish Grill on Nov. 11.
Backyard BurgerVeterans can get a free Back Yard Classic burger on Veterans Day at any participating Backyard Burger location. Visit to find a location near you.
Olive GardenActive military and veterans can order a free entree from a special menu at participating Olive Garden locations on Nov. 11. Visit for a location near you.
Food City Deli November 11, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm, one hot bar meal, and a fountain drink of any size
Chili'sVeterans Day Free Meal (November 11) free meal
TGI Fridays Veterans Day Free Meal  free meal on November 11.
Outback SteakhouseFree Bloomin' Onion & Beverage (November 11) free Bloomin' Onion and coke product.
LongHorn SteakhouseVeterans Day Free Appetizer or Dessert on November 11, plus eligible customers also get 10% off their table's total check.
Krispy KremeVeterans Day Free Doughnut and Coffee (November 11) free breakfast includes a doughnut and a small coffee.
On The BorderFree Veterans Day Meal (November 11) free Create Your Own Combo meal
Famous Dave'sVeterans Day Free Meal (November 11) a Two Meat BBQ Salute.
Buffalo Wild WingsVeterans Day Free Wings and Fries (November 11) a free order of small boneless or traditional wings, and a side of fries.
Little CaesarsFree Veterans Day Pizza (November 11)
CicisFree Veterans Day Buffet (November 11) a free adult buffet at Cicis on November 11
PerkinsFree Veterans Day Breakfast (November 11) a free breakfast for Veterans Day.
SizzlerVeterans Day Free Lunch (November 11) free meal until 4:00 PM on November 11 (choose a 6 oz. Tri Tip Steak, single Malibu Chicken, or Half Dozen Jumbo Crispy Shrimp. Plus a free side and a coffee, tea, or fountain drink.)
Chuck E. Cheese's Free Veterans Day Pizza (November 11) one free personal 1-topping pizza
Country Kitchen's Veterans Day Free Food (November 11) a free Country Scramble.
Romano's Macaroni Grill'sFree Veterans Day Meal (November 11) free Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs & Spaghetti meals
Retail stores with military discounts on 11/11
A.C. Moore: 15 percent off your total regular and sale price purchase with valid ID every day.
Bed Bath & Beyond: .25 percent off entire purchase Nov. 9-12 in-store only
Dollar General: 11 percent discount in-store and online with promo code VET17.
Home Depot: 10 percent discount.
Jo-Ann Fabric: 10 percent discount for military service members and their families year round.
Lowe's: 10 percent discount.
Michaels: 15 percent discount for military families every day.
Old Time Pottery: 10 percent military discount everyday to active, retired military and their immediate families.
Publix: 10 percent discount for veterans, military personnel and family members.
Rack Room Shoes: 10 percent military discount on Veterans Day as well as every Tuesday.
Target: 10 percent discount on in-store and online purchases for veterans, active military, spouses and dependent children. To get this discount, register at
Walgreens: 20 percent off eligible regular-price items for all veterans, military and their families with Balance Rewards card and proof of military service.
Other military discounts
D&R Automotive at 2029 Roberts Ct, Sevierville appreciates those who served our Country. On Monday Nov. 11 they show their appreciation by offering vets 50% off Oil Change. Call 865-446-4935 to schedule a time that is good for you.
Zoo Knoxville gives veterans and active military personnel free admission year round, and the families of active military members receive 50 percent off of their ticket price with their Military Dependent I.D. card.
The Museum of Appalachiafree admission to veterans and active-duty military personnel on Nov. 11. Those interested must bring a valid ID. Info: 865-494-7680.
American Family Care will give all military veterans with proper identification a free flu shot on Nov. 11. Visit to find a location near you.
The Museum of East Tennessee History, 601 S. Gay St., will give free admission to veterans and active-duty military on Nov. 11. The museum is open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Info: 865-215-8824 or
NASCAR SpeedPark Smoky Mountains, 1545 Parkway, Sevierville, will offer free admission to veterans and active-duty service members on Nov. 11. Veterans and active-duty service members can also get a $2 discount off of an unlimited ride wristband. Military ID is required. Info:
Dollar General  will provide veterans and families an 11 percent discount on qualifying items in store and online on Nov. 11.
Publix Service members and families can save 10 percent on most items at Publix on Nov. 11 Visit for more information.
Mayo's Garden Centers will offer veterans 20 percent off regularly priced items on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11. Power equipment parts and accessories are exempt from the offer. Mayo's is located at 9629 Kingston Pike, 4718 Kingston Pike and 620 Emory Road. A valid military ID is required.
Frank's Barbershop 304 S Northshore Drive, will provide free haircut vouchers, hot dogs and root beer to veterans on Nov. 11. To get the voucher, those interested must show their military ID. The voucher is good for one year and can be redeemed in that time frame. Info: 865-588-4001.
Tress Salon3728 Walker Blvd. in Knoxville, will offer free haircuts to veterans and active military service men and women from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 11
Studio Visage, 1701 Downtown West Blvd., will have free hair cut vouchers for veterans from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Nov. 11. The voucher is good for one year and can be redeemed in that time frame. Info: 865-693-7500.
Great ClipsVeterans can receive free haircuts at Great Clips locations on Veterans Day. If you know a veteran, you can also visit a Great Clips on Veterans Day and get a voucher to give to a veteran for a haircut in the next six weeks. Info:
Toes to Nose 3D/4D offers 50% off all products and services to veterans, active duty, guard, and reserves members (with ID) on Nov. 11.
Knuckle Buster’s AAMCO, 104 Stekoia Lane Knoxville, is also offering 1/2 off oil changes for veterans on Monday. We are also offer veterans and first responders $25 off our labor rate for any repairs.

Spread the love – Mobile Meals

February is the month of love and I am visiting a different community group every day to thank them for the wonderful work that they are doing.
Day 22 of #spreadthelove is at Knox County Mobile Meals in #Knoxville. More than 60% of the more than 1500 people they serve are over 85 years old and live alone with no help – the meal delivery may be the only contact they have all week. Send their #volunteers and staff some love, let them know that they are appreciated, or sign up to help if you can!
#surprisedelivery #seniors #mealsonwheels #mobilemeals #sevierville #pigeonforge #gatlinburg #sevierville

Spread the Love – Foster Grandparent Program

February is the month of love and I am visiting a different community group every day to thank them for the wonderful work that they are doing.

Day 20 of #spreadthelove is at the Knoxville-Knox County CAC Office on Aging #FosterGrandparent program.

Ann is such a sweet lady who loves to cuddle with “her” babies. It was such a pleasure to meet her, and on her birthday to boot!

Please send her and all of her co-volunteers your love and let them know what a truly wonderful job they are doing in our public schools, head start, and after school programs.

And if you have a few hours to spare and would love to spoil other people’s children and then send them home, then give the Foster Grandparent program a call at 865-524-2786 or email

#balloonart #balloondecor #knoxville #sevierville #gatlinburg #pigeonforge #volunteer #fostergrandparent

Spread the Love – Senior Companion Program

February is the month of love and I am visiting a different community group every day to thank them for the wonderful work that they are doing.

Day 19 of #spreadthelove is at the Knoxville-Knox County CAC Office on Aging SeniorCorps #SeniorCompanion Program in #Knoxville.

They are a wonderful group that helps #seniors stay independent longer. Know anyone that could use some checking up on, or have a few hours and could use new friends? Call them at 865-524-2786!

#surprisedelivery #balloonart #pigeonforge #gatlinburg #sevierville #seniorshelpingseniors

Spread the Love – Harmony Family Center

February is the month of love and I am visiting a different community group every day to thank them for the wonderful work that they are doing.
Day 18 of #spreadthelove is at a special place: Harmony Family Center in #Knoxville! Talking with Rachael about everything they do throughout #Tennessee for #fosterkids and #adoptiveparents just gave me goosebumps. And it made me even happier to know how much the Camp Montvale Mudder’s Day 5K #getalittledirty #doalottagood #mudrun #fundraiser helps them. I’ll see you in the mud! 🙂
Don’t want to get muddy? No problem: Just hang out with the #foodtrucks & the #DJ. Then cheer on my team, which will come crawling through the finish line long after everyone else, together with the clean-up crew volunteers 😂😂😂
It’s a lot of fun and supports a GREAT cause!

#surpriseballoondelivery #pigeonforge #sevierville #maryville #gatlinburg


Spread the Love – Rescue Squad

February is the month of love and I am visiting a different community group every day to thank them for the wonderful work that they are doing.

Day 17 of #spreadthelove is at the #seviercounty #volunteer #rescuesquad.

Wow I learned so much talking with these guys, I’m so impressed by their incredible commitment when they choose to volunteer there! That’s a part-time job AND they are ALWAYS on standby!

They take care of the whole county! Send them some love, show them your #appreciation, tell them #thankyou for doing a fantastic job.

#sevierville #gatlinburg #pigeonforge #knoxville #surprisedelivery #balloonart

Spread the Love – Fire Department

February is the month of love and I am visiting a different community group every day to thank them for the wonderful work that they are doing.

Day 16 of #spreadthelove is at the Northview-Kodak Fire Department in Kodak. Dan & JD are such great guys, please show them and their teams your #support: send them some good comments, and most importantly by PULLING OVER TO THE RIGHT TO help them SAVE LIVES!!

#Firefighters and all #firstresponders are my personal #heroes because I wouldn’t be alive without them. I just can’t believe they still have to tell people to pull over when their lights are flashing!

#gatlinburg #seviercounty #sevierville #pigeonforge #konxville #firerescue

Spread the Love – Arc of Anderson County

February is the month of love and I am visiting a different community group every day to thank them for the wonderful work that they are doing.
On day 15 of #spreadthelove I visited The Arc of Anderson County in #OakRidge. My #balloonsurprise was received with much enthusiasm by everyone! What a #great #nonprofit this is in our #community. And did you see them on WBIR? Send them some love, show them your support, and spread the word about this incredible group offering support & advocacy for people with IDD and their families.
You can also find them on Facebook – so go send them some love and let them know what a wonderful job they are doing for our community!

Spread the Love – My People Senior Activity Center

February is the month of love and I am visiting a different community group every day to thank them for the wonderful work that they are doing.

Day 14 of #spreadthelove is at the #Sevierville My People Senior Activity Center. What a great place in our #community! Send them some love, show them your support, and come to the #talentshow #fundraiser on March 1 – it’s sure to be great fun if #kevinwilson of #countrytonighttheater is there!

#pigeonforge #gatlinburg #knoxville #seniorcitizen #surprisedelivery #balloondecor

Spread the Love – CSCET

February is the month of love and I am visiting a different community group every day to thank them for the wonderful work that they are doing.

On day 13 of #spreadthelove I visited the Cancer Support Community of East Tennessee on Sutherland Ave. in #Knoxville, who offer excellent #support and #education for all those affected by #cancer – patients and their #caregivers – for #free!

Show them your support, send them some love, attend their #artitude #fundraiser #event, or just check out their fantastic #classes!

#surprisedelivery #balloondecoration #sevierville #pigeonforge #gatlinburg