Veterans Day Deals & Freebies

November 7, 2012 by  
Filed under Attractions, Freebies, Restaurants & Bars

Here’s our 2012 round-up of Albuquerque Veterans Day freebies and discounts for veterans and current military – a heartfelt thank you for your service and sacrifice. (Not a service member? Look in the For Everyone list below to find some V-Day deals for all.)

Some of the freebies and discounts are valid only on November 11, others on November 12, and most require proof of military service so check details at the links. The Albuquerque Veterans Day Ceremony is on November 11 at the New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial Park. See details on the parade route and times here.

I’ll update the list as I find new Veterans Day 2012 deals, and if you know of others please drop me an email or leave a message in the comment box below.

For Everyone:

Free admission to National Parks for all visitors for three days over the Veterans Day weekend, from November 10 to November 12. This is the last of the National Parks free entrance days for 2012, and fees are waived at parks nationwide that usually a charge a fee, including these New Mexico National Parks.

Veterans Day Honor Free MP3s by the US Armed Forces bands and ensembles, including the Star Spangled Banner, Taps, Here’s to America, When Johnny Comes Marching Home, and more. Right now the full album price is showing at Amazon, but if you scroll down you’ll see all the MP3s are free to download, for a limited time.

New Mexico Veterans Art Show Free admission to see work by artists who are veterans or serving in military, Reserve or National Guard forces. At EXPO New Mexico Fine Arts building, the show opens on November 9 with a reception at 6 pm and ceremony at 7 pm. (That date is correct: Nov 9 not Nov 19 as displayed in a typo at their website.)  Then the show runs from 10 am to 4 pm on these weekends: November 10/11, November 16/17/18 and November 23/24.

KiMo Theatre Free Movie Screening of V-DAY 11.11.11 on November 11 at 6:30 pm, doors open at 6 pm. The documentary feature by director John Goheen explores what it means to be a veteran in America by hearing stories from the men and women themselves. You can watch a mighty fine film trailer at YouTube.

Thrift Town Veterans Day Sale 30% off clothing on November 12, excluding gift cards and color tag items already discounted by 50%.

Thanks to reader Cheri for telling us that both Albuquerque Savers locations offer 50% off all clothing, shoes, accessories, and bed and bath in the Savers Veterans Day Sale on November 12.

For Military Only:

Grace for Vets Free Car Wash on November 11 for veterans and current service personnel. According to the list of participating businesses nationwide, the Albuquerque car washes sudsing up for free are Daddy’s Car Wash, Super Services, Airforce One Express Car Wash, and Octopus Car Wash locations. I heart Octopus – they always do a grand job on my car at such a fair price.

Half off Golf Course Green Fees on November 12 at all Albuquerque City courses for veterans and active duty military personnel. The four golf courses are Los Altos, Arroyo del Oso, Puerto del Sol and Ladera.

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Free Admission for veterans on Sunday November 11 if you take your ID.

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History Free to military personnel on November 11. Take ID, and the free admission is good for both veterans and current service members. The museum will also screen the film Brats: Our Journey Home on November 11 at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm, with filmmaker Donna Musil on hand for Q&A.

Denny’s Free Pancakes on November 12 from 6 am – 2 pm at participating Denny’s Restaurants.   The free all-you-can-eat pancakes are for military personnel (retired, active or non-active) with ID.

El Pinto Buy One Get One Free Entree on Monday November 12 for veterans and active military in uniform or with military ID at the North Valley restaurant: 10500 4th Street.

Texas Roadhouse Free Lunch on November 12 for active, former, and retired military with ID. Select from a special free Veterans Day menu including sirloin steak, country fried chicken, and pulled pork dinner, all served with two sides.

Olive Garden Free Entree for Veterans and Active Duty Military on November 11, with ID.  Entrees include garlic breadsticks and soup or salad, so that’s a good full meal, and the Veterans Day free menu to select from includes spaghetti and meat sauce, chicken parmigiana, and seafood alfredo.

Chili’s Veterans Eat Free deal gets active duty military and veterans a free entree all day on November 11. Options include Margarita Grilled Chicken, Cajun Pasta with Chicken, Bacon and Chicken Ranch Quesadilla and more, with proof of military service. I don’t see this announced at the Chili’s Grill & Bar website yet, but we have the deal confirmed by their press office.

Chick-fil-A Cottonwood Free Meal on November 12 between 6:30 am and 10 pm for current military and veterans.  This is only at the Cottonwood location at 3801 Ellison Rd. NW.

Veterans and active duty military eat free at Applebee’s on November 11 with proof of military service.  You get a free entree from a selection including House Sirloin, Fiesta Lime Chicken, Bacon Cheeseburger, Double Crunch Shrimp and more.

California Pizza Kitchen Free Pizza and beverage (non-alcoholic) on November 11 and 12 for veterans and active duty military in uniform or with proof of service.

Outback Steakhouse Veterans Freebies A free Bloomin’ Onion and Coca-Cola drink on November 11 and 12 for veterans and active military. Plus 10% off for military personnel from November 13 to December 31, valid on the entire check apart from booze. Military ID required – check out the required proofs at the Outback Steakhouse freebie page (scroll WAAAAAY down the bottom!)

Golden Corral also offers a free meal to veterans and active duty military members.  This year their annual Military Appreciation Monday dinner will be held on November 12 from 4 – 9 pm.

Einstein Bros. Bagels Free Bagel for veterans on November 11.  According to an email from Einstein Bros. the freebie is a classic or signature bagel, with no coupon required: “Just tell the cashier you’re a veteran.”  Limit to one per person and it’s the bagel only, no toppings.

Red Lobster is serving up a free appetizer on November 11 for veterans and active duty military, according to their Facebook page.

TGI Friday’s Free Lunch for veterans on November 12 from 11 am to 2 pm. So that’s more like TGI Monday.

Twin Peaks Armed Forces Appreciation Service men and women eat free from November 8 to Nov 11.

Hooters Free Wings for Vets on November 11. Veterans and active duty military can score ten free wings with the purchase of a drink, and proof of service.

Note: Not all locations may be participating, call ahead if you want to be sure! Follow the links I’ve given for each deal or venue to find further details, and info on the proof of military service required.

Thanks to my cheap chum Carolyn at Witchita on the Cheap for helping confirm the Chili’s deal. FYI, I’ve give my Amazon affiliate link for the free MP3s.




One Response to “Veterans Day Deals & Freebies”
  1. Joe says:

    First off, love the post – Thanks!

    You may want to consider re-organizing the Military Only section by date…
    I.E. Specials for Sunday the 11th and Monday the 12th.

    Just to make things clearer and if someone finds this on Monday, they won’t have to scan through everything.

    Just a thought.
    Thanks Again,

    – Joe