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On Veterans Day, restaurants serve those who serve

Restaurants around the country are celebrating members of the military and thanking them for their service with numerous offerings on Veterans Day.

A number of companies are offering a menu of specials for veterans and active military servicemen and women to choose from. They include free or discounted meals, donations to military families and those in need, and a free concert honoring servicemen and women. In addition, some companies are providing longer-term job opportunities to soldiers transitioning to civilian life and looking for work.

“We are grateful to all the restaurants who have stepped up to recognize servicemen and women," said National Restaurant Association CEO Dawn Sweeney. "They have given so much of themselves to protect us and our country, and it is a privilege to honor them today and every day.”

Here's what restaurants across the United States are doing to thank Veterans on Nov. 11 and throughout the year:

Applebee’s is giving active military members and veterans free meals all day on Veterans Day. The meals are available on a limited menu and diners must show proof of military service.

Abuelos will donate $1 from every order of Chile con Queso sold from Nov. 8-11 to Operation Homefront, a nonprofit organization providing emergency assistance for U.S. military troops, the families and wounded soldiers.

Bakers Square is offering free breakfast for veterans and active military on Nov. 11.

Baskin-Robbins will donate 10 cents from each ice-cream scoop sold at its U.S. locations to the United Service Organizations, or USO.  Baskin-Robbins also will celebrate the military community all month long with its November Flavor of the Month, First Class Camouflage, and its special Camouflage Waffle Cone.

Bob Evans will offer free all-you- can- eat hotcakes to veterans and active military members.

California Pizza Kitchen is offering a free entrée to veterans and active military.

Cinnabon collected donations during October to raise funds for Operation Gratitude, which sends care packages to military families during the holiday season.

Cracker Barrel will offer veteran guests a complimentary Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola® Cake dessert during lunch and dinner to thank them for their commitment and sacrifice. Civilian guests may purchase the cake or select retail items from the Red, White & Blue collection from Nov. 1-11, and 10 percent of all proceeds will be donated to the USO.

Daily Grill restaurants will serve lunch to homeless veterans on Veterans Day.

Denny’s is offering military members a free Build Your Own Grand Slam on Nov. 11, from 5 a.m. until 12 noon.

Dickey’s BBQ Pit is donating a portion of the proceeds from every order of its new line of potato chips. The funds will go to Hope for the Brave, which focuses on increasing services for veterans and their families as they transition from combat to civilian life.

Famous Dave's offers a free One Meat Salute to former and active military Veterans Day. .

Golden Corral the 14th annual Golden Corral Military Appreciation dinner will be held from 5-9 p.m. on Nov. 17 at all Golden Corral restaurants nationwide. This free “thank-you” dinner is available to any person who has served in the United States military.

Hooters is offering free meals up to $10.99 value with purchase of a drink.

IHOP is offering veterans free pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Logan's RoadhouseVeterans will donate a percentage of proceeds to Honoring the Sacrifice, an organization started by a vet to help other vets.

Max and Erma's is offering past and present U.S. military members a free Best Cheeseburger in America Combo.

McCormick and Schmick's is celebrating its 16th annual Veterans Appreciation Event. Guests can choose a complimentary lunch or dinner entrée from the special Veterans Day menu.

O' Charley's has a Hometown Heroes Program that supports Operation Gratitude.

Old Country Buffett features a 15-percent discount for military and veterans.

Olive Garden is offering free meals to veterans and active military on Veteran

On Nov. 11, veterans and active military can receive a free meal.

On the Border invites veterans and active miilitary for a free Create Your Own combo meal on Nov. 11.

Outback is offering a free Bloomin’ Onion and beverage to veterans and military members. They can also receive Outback’s Military Mate 15-percent discount on meals, Nov. 12-Dec. 31

Quaker Steak & Lube offers a 50-percent discount for veterans on Nov. 11. They receive a 20-percent discount year round.

Red Robin honors military members with a free Tavern Double Burger on Veterans Day.

Smokey Bones is offering veterans and active military a free meal Nov. 11.

Starbucks will host the Concert for Valor Nov. 11 in Washington, D.C. The company also will serve servicemen and women coffee for free. CEO Howard Schultz has to date donated some $30 million to benefit veterans and has spearheaded a program to provide them with employment opportunities.

Subway is collecting donations in support of the Wounded Warrior Project. The company so far has raised more than $55,000.

Sheetz has teamed up with the U.S. Army to participate in its Army PaYS, or Partnership for Youth Success, program. The program guarantees job interviews to qualified individuals getting out of the military or currently serving in the Army Reserves and looking for work.

Taco John’s has donated $100,000 to the Yellow Ribbon Fund, a nonprofit that helps severely injured soldiers and those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Texas Roadhouse offers free lunch for veterans and active military on Veterans Day.

Tilted Kilt is offering a 15-percent uniformed discount Nov. 10-14 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Walt Disney World salutes U.S. military personnel by offering Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets.

Wendy's and Veterans Advantage have partnered to provide Veterans Advantage members special WendyMail offers throughout the year at Wendy's restaurants nationwide.

Visit the NRA’s Military Foundation for information on its foodservice military personnel program.

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