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A lone bugler plays Taps during a wreath laying ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial commemorating Veterans Day 11 November  2005 on the National Mall in Washington, DC. (Photo credit: TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)

A lone bugler plays Taps during a wreath laying ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial commemorating Veterans Day 11 November 2005 on the National Mall in Washington, DC. (Photo credit: TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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As a salute to those who have served our country, or are still serving as active military, on Friday, many restaurants, retailers, and other businesses are offering freebies on Veterans Day.

In most cases, a military ID will be needed to prove service. It’s a good idea to call ahead to make sure a franchised business is taking part in the offer. Some offers have conditions, which are included here where available. You can check the company’s website for full details.

These offers are targeted to South Florida. There are others available online that can be used elsewhere in the country, if you’ll be traveling on Veteran’s day, which were not included here because the businesses have no South Florida locations.

FOOD

7-Eleven
will have a Slurpee Salute November 11 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at participating locations. Veterans, active and retired military (and their immediate family) will receive a free small slurpee.

Applebees
Free entree for active duty military personnel and veterans. Menu includes house sirloin and fiesta lime chicken. Basic sides come with the deal, but not dessert or tip. Dine-in only.

Chili’s
Free meal for active duty military personnel and veterans. Choice of one of six meals on a dine-in-only basis. Beverages and gratuity not included. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Denny’s
Free Grand Slam breakfast for active duty military personnel and veterans. Geographically limited.

Golden Corral
Active-duty or retired military personnel dine free Nov. 14 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. No proof required.

Hooters
10-piece wing order with the purchase of a drink. Active duty military personnel and veterans must bring proof of military service.

Krispy Kreme
Active-duty military, retirees and veterans get a free doughnut.

Little Caesars Pizza
Little Caesars is honoring the men and women of the United States armed forces this Veterans Day by providing veterans and active military members with a free Crazy Bread with proof of military status or proof of service at participating stores nationwide.

Olive Garden
Special free menu for all active-duty and retired service men and women.

Outback Steakhouse
will honor veterans and active military with a free Bloomin’ Onion and Coca-Cola November 7 through 11.

Subway
Free six-inch sub for veterans.

T.G.I. Friday’s
will offer veterans and military personnel a free entrée with the purchase of an entrée November 11.

SHOPPING

Big Lots
will offer those with a military ID 10% off their purchase

Dollar General
will offer a 10% discount to veterans, active-duty and retired military and their immediate family in stores November 11 and online November 11 through 13 (use coupon code VETERANSDAY).

Home Depot Military Discount:
The Home Depot(R) is offering all active duty personnel, reservists, retired military, veterans and their families a 10 percent discount off their purchases in honor of Veteran’s Day. The offer is valid on purchases of up to $2,000 for a maximum of $200 and is available at The Home Depot stores, The Home Depot Design Center locations, Yardbirds and EXPO Design Center(R) locations. The 10% military discount is available everyday for active duty and retirees, but not all veterans. Home Depot makes this offer available to all veterans on most military holidays. You can also find Home Depot discounts online.

Lowe’s Military Discount:
Lowe’s Companies, Inc. will offer all active, reserve, honorably discharged, retired military personnel and their immediate family members a 10 percent discount on in-store U.S. purchases made during the Veterans Day holiday. The discount is available Nov. 7 – Nov. 11. The discount is available on in-stock and special order purchases up to $5,000. To qualify, individuals must present a valid military ID or other proof of service. Excluded from the discount are sales via Lowes.com, previous sales, and purchases of services or gift cards. Like Home Depot, Lowes offers this discount daily to active duty military members, but not to veterans. However, they extend the offer to military veterans on military holidays. You can also find exclusive discounts at Lowe’s.com.

Macy’s
Use promo code VET15 and receive 10% to 15% off through Nov. 13. Nonmilitary customers can also get the discount.

Sports Authority
15% off all purchases. All Veterans and Military personnel please stop by your local Sports Authority store to receive 15% OFF YOUR ENTIER PUCHSASE on 11.11.11 ONLY! Please show proper identification or proof of service at check-out to receive this special offer.

FUN AND TRAVEL

Busch Gardens (Tampa) and Seaworld (Orlando)
offer free admission to active-duty personnel and up to three dependents (also applies to all Busch parks nationwide).

U.S. National Parks
will waive fees at more than 100 parks November 11 through 13, including Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park.

Brevard Zoo (Melbourne)
Nov. 11-13. Free Admission to military veterans with proof of service.

Red Roof Inns
26% off room rate – Nov. 11. 15% off – rest of November. Applies to: Veterans, active and retired military Use code “604287” when booking to get the discount.

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