dealschili's - free meal for vets this friday

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It is nice to see retailers and dining establishments making these gestures of appreciation for service members. It really doesn't matter the nature of the recognition. In my mind, it is a change in attitude to express our appreciation. Unless you have experienced a long deployment, it is hard to imagine the dislocation military service can have on one's life and family.

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This is nice. I usually go to Applebee’s because they’ve been doing this for a while. I think this is only the second year for Chili’s, but I prefer them to AppleBee’s any day of the week. Then again, I heard my local (Albuquerque, NM) Olive Garden will also offer a free meal to veterans AND our families this year. But I have yet to verify this.

Do note, that all of these places use a special limited menu for these promotions. But most of the time it is the good stuff minus some of the premium items like steaks and sea food.

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@helveticabold: So far I have Chili's, Applebees, Outback Steakhouse, Olive Garden, Texas Roadhouse and Tijuana Flats doing vets day deals. All are limited menus. Outback is a bloomin onion and coke. lol Olive Garden is only like 3-4 entrees...pretty simple stuff. Spaghetti and meatballs, etc. I'll probably visit Chili's or Texas Roadhouse for lunch, then Applebees for dinner. :-)

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Double post: (Woot! needs an edit post option)

I called my local Olive Garden and they said they will be giving a free meal to veterans this year. Sorry, no families though. This promotion is at the discretion of their General Manager, so if you are outside of the Albuquerque area this may not be happening at your Olive Garden.

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@helveticabold: Woot does allow you to edit, but it only lasts about 5mins.

And here's Olive Garden's vet day menu. Think it's good nationwide:
http://www.olivegarden.com/Menu/Specials/

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Slight buzzkill alert: Turns out this is only for VETERANS. Apparently VETERINARIANS are welcome at Chilis but shouldn't expect freebies.

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these veterinarians are making out like bandits!

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"I got reservation at Chili's, I'm meetin' my boys!!!"

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I'm a Vietnam Vet and been out of the service for nearly 40 years. I know they advertise these as free meals for Vets, but never went not knowing what I could possibly show them to verify what I did in the past. I think I still have my DD 214 discharge paper somewhere, but what do they want to see at these places or are they mostly for current active duty types? Thanks.

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@sarisin: I'm curious about this as well. I have ready access to my DD214, but man, wouldn't it be nice if you could just have a Veteran ID card instead?

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@sarisin: Olive Garden says you can bring in a DD214 on their website.

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I actually have an old expired ID of mine from when I was active. But a DD214 is accepted everywhere. Some even say bring a picture of you in uniform. lol

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A huge thanks to all the Veterans out there, we appreciate what you do!

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Thanks for the replies on the DD 214. I note that Subway also has free 6 inch subs for Vets on Friday, but somehow I think showing mine to the staff (Indian) of my local Subway, might be a problem. ;-)

I think it is great these restaurants are recognizing Vets now. If only there had been anything close when I came home back in '73....

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GOLDEN CORRAL is offering their WHOLE BUFFET for free! go for it VETS!!

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Golden Corral has a vet's appreciation day on Monday November 14 and no ID is required. It is open to anyone who ever served in the military. I am retired Navy and go every year.

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2011 Military Appreciation Monday “thank you” dinner is Monday, November 14!
5pm - 9pm--->> Open to anyone who has ever served in the U.S. Military. Dine-in only.

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My local Chili's burned to the ground a couple months ago. I can only imagine they were preparing the usual flavorless overly-salted mush when it went up in flames (perhaps an act of God?)

I have to say its always nice seeing corporations honoring our vets though

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Thank god it's on Monday. I kinda have my plate full on Friday. ;-)

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I am not a vet but my step brother is. He served three tours in Iraq. I am glad to see that there will be some recognition for the men a women of our military. It is not anywhere near the honor the deserve, but it is more than has been done in the past. I am glad to see this and hopefully this is just the beginning of greater respect and honor of veterans to come in the future.

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Not everyone asks for proof, but if you don't have an ID, I'd bring the DD214.

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Golden Corral... chocolate fountain?? Oh yeah...

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Applebees - free meal Fri
Chilis - free meal Fri
Golden Corral - free meal Mon
Hooters - free meal Fri
Krispy Kreme - free doughnut
McCormick & Shmicks - free lunch or dinner Sun
Outback - free bloomin onion & coke Mon
Subway - free 6" Fri
Texas Roadhouse - free meal Fri
TGIF - free meal Fri
Uno Chicago grill - buy 1 entre, get 1 free Fri

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Thanks for all the info everyone! I just let my dad know I'm taking him for Lunch AND Dinner on Friday! He's very excited. I already booked him a massage at 2pm, so he's going to have a day of pampering. :) Much, much better than how he was treated in '68 after returning from Vietnam.

I'll let my brother know, too. I'm sure he'll put on his "Thanksgiving Pants" and try to eat at every establishment in his town, lolz! He's permanently disabled from prior service, so he's more than earned a few free meals. I hope someplace gives him cheesecake - that would just make his whole week! :)

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@sarisin: They will accept Military ID or DD 214...or you can show up in uniform (if you can still fit into it....)

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Off related subject but chase bank just added a vet checking and military package...

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@sarisin: DD 214 works. Golden Corral (Mon. 11/14) never checks. I imagine a VA medical would work.

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if you downvoted this deal, move to canada.

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@flyswatter: I agree! Right now the only vets that are issued IDs are those with 100% disability (as they rightly should receive benefits). Still though, I'd like to be able to get an ID, not for any federal benefits, but simply to show veteran status conveniently.

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@pinchecat: I've been thinking the same thing. Why would anyone vote this down?

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@firebirdude: The mentality that fostered hate for our veterans in the 60’s and 70’s has never gone away. It has just been shunned so much since then that these people mostly keep their opinions to themselves. But with the War on Terror lingering for over a decade, it has given our soldiers more and more opportunities to give military service a black eye. Every time you see a story about how a soldier screwed up somewhere it gives another person cause to hate veterans. I’ve met some of these people, and it is surreal because you can’t believe anyone would be so ignorant.

I’ve been in the Army for 9 years this January and I see a soldier do something stupid every day (often times it's myself.) But what do you expect when you hand a 21 year-old a gun and tell him he is responsible for three other people and millions of dollars of equipment? Honestly, it’s amazing we don’t screw up more.