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Everywhere Veterans Can Get Free & Cheap Food All Year Long

Many restaurants say thank you all year round to veterans and other military personnel.

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Photo courtesy of Joella's Hot Chicken
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We're used to seeing the deluge of restaurants that offer free meals and discounts to veterans and active-duty members of the military on Veterans Day

However, many of those same restaurants offer discounts throughout the year as a way of saying thanks to those who have served more than just once a year. You might not see quite as many places offering a free meal, but there are solid discounts to be had on meals every day. You can find deals at places like Outback Steakhouse, Costco, and Grimaldi's all year long. 

Here are the best deals on food for veterans and active-duty military personnel that can be found throughout the year. Though you should note, almost every location requires some form of military ID to get the discount, and stores generally require validation through a service like ID.me or SheerID.

Food Deals for Military Veterans

Outback Steakhouse
The deal:
Military service members, firefighters, and first responders get 10% off their entire check every day of the year. That's no different on Veterans Day.
When: Ongoing

Old Country Buffet
The deal: Take 15% off if you're active-duty personnel, reserve, or retired and wearing a uniform or carrying a valid ID. 
When: Ongoing

Panda Express
The deal: Military veterans can take 10% off their tab every day of the year. For the remainder of 2020, that discount has been extended to first responders as well. 
When: Ongoing

Grimaldi's
The deal:
The pizza shop offers active-duty personnel and veterans 15% off their meals year-round. 
When: Ongoing

Carrabba's Italian Grill
The deal:
All service members and first responders get 10% off their visit every day of the year. 
When: Ongoing

Joella's Hot Chicken
The deal:
Military personnel and veterans can get 10% off their meals year-round at Joella's. 
When: Ongoing

Fire Dept. Coffee
The deal:
There's a 15% discount for life for active military, veterans, first responders, and emergency dispatchers. 
When: Ongoing

BJ's Wholesale
The deal: Veterans who join BJ's get 25% off standard membership fees. There are also other discounts specifically for veterans and active-duty personnel, like a coupon for $10 off your first trip after becoming a member.
When: Ongoing

Costco
The deal: Members of the Armed Forces, veterans, and their families get a $30 Costco Shop Card when they join Costco as a new member. 
When: Ongoing

Fred Meyer
The deal: Current members of the military, veterans, and military families get an extra 10% off your purchase on advertised days.
When: Ongoing

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Bob Evans
The deal:
 With your military ID, you can get a 10% discount on your check year-round. 
When: Ongoing

Kind
The deal:
Order Kind bars through the company's site to get 15% off everything on the site. That offer is available to military veterans, active-duty personnel, first responders, nurses, and doctors. 
When: Ongoing

Omaha Steaks
The deal: Take 10% off your order if you're an active-duty member, retirees, veteran, military spouse, or a dependent. 
When: Ongoing

Dutch Bros. Coffee
The deal: The discount is up to each location, but there are discounts to be had. 
When: Ongoing

Smokey Bones
The deal: Take advantage of a 10% discount every day of the year when you show your valid military ID.
When: Ongoing

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Photo courtesy of Peet's Coffee

Other Deals Available Right Now

Wendy's
The deal:
Use the Wendy's app to grab a free Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger with a purchase. 
When: Through February 21

Tim Hortons
The deal:
Grab a free donut with the purchase of any beverage through the Tim Hortons app or website. 
When: February 13-14

Dunkin
The deal
: The donut chain is offering DD Perks members a free medium hot coffee with any purchase every Monday in February. 
When: February 8, 15, 22

Ike's Love & Sandwiches
The deal:
Order for in-store takeout and you can get BOGO sandwiches.
When: February 14

Applebee's
The deal:
You can add a dozen Double Crunch Shrimp to any steak entrĂ©e for just a dollar. You'll need to order through the Applebee's site or mobile app. 
When: Ongoing

Panda Express
The deal:
The Family Meal Deal will land you two large sides and three large entrĂ©es for $29. The options include the new Firecracker Chicken Breast. 
When: Through March 23

Alex's Awesome Sourdough
The deal:
Take advantage of a buy-one-get-one-free deal at every Sprouts location. That deal will land you pizza dough for the Super Bowl and for National Pizza Day. 
When: February 3-10

Girl Scout Cookies
The deal:
You can get Girl Scout Cookies through Grubhub this year. If you hit a $15 minimum, you can get free delivery. 
When: February 1-14

Want More Food Deals?

Here's our huuuuuuuge running list of all the free food you can get right now, as well as the best pizza dealsreward programs, birthday freebiesgift card offersdeals on food for kids, food delivery offers, and alcohol delivery deals you'll find. If you want a little more than, say a free taco, we also have you covered with a long list of meals you can get at fast food chains under $5. You're welcome.

Additionally, we've put together a list of places offering free food to healthcare workers and first responders during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Dustin Nelson is a Senior Staff Writer at Thrillist. Follow Dustin Nelson on Twitter. 

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