Veterans Day deals and freebies: List includes TGI Fridays, Chili's, Applebee's, Olive Garden, more

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On Monday, Nov. 11, the country will mark Veterans Day -- a day to honor those who have served in the armed forces.

Many restaurants and businesses will honor veterans with free meals, appetizers, car washes, oil changes and other deals. The following deals have been verified for 2013. Note, some deals are for Monday, others are for different days.

First, let's start with a deal that is valid for everyone. Get free admission to national parks across the country on Nov. 9-11:

The Palm Beach Zoo is offering free admission to veterans Nov. 9-11. For all active-duty, retired or reserve military personnel with military ID, free admission for themselves and 50 percent off admission for up to three other members of their group. And military dependents without a serviceperson in attendance (with appropriate military ID), 50 percent off admission for up to four people. /index.cfm ?fuseaction =events.details &content_id=133

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Carrabba's is offering all active duty personnel and retired veterans a free appetizer on Nov. 9-11. You will need proof of service such as military ID or dressing in your uniform. Check your nearby location to make sure they are participating:

Cantina Laredo: In honor of Veteran's Day on November 11th, veterans and active duty military with a valid military ID can enjoy a complimentary entrée up to $15 at Cantina Laredo Modern Mexican. Locations: The Village at Gulfstream, 501 Silks Run, Hallandale, Florida, 954-457-7662 and at 4635 PGA Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens, 561-622-1223.

III Forks: In honor of Veteran's Day on November 11th, veterans and active duty military with a valid military ID can enjoy a complimentary entrée up to $35 at III Forks Prime Steakhouse.
Locations: III Forks in Hallandale is located at The Villages of Gulfstream Park, 501 Silks Run.  954-457-3920. III Forks in Palm Beach Gardens is located at 4645 PGA Boulevard.  561-630-3660 or

Veterans and active duty military eat free from a special menu at Chili's on Nov. 11. Proof of service required.

Anyone who has served in the U.S. military eats free at Golden Corral on Nov. 11 from 4-9 p.m. No ID required. Dine-in only.

With a valid military ID, veterans and active military personnel can have free all-you-can-eat pancakes at Bob Evans on Nov. 11.

All veterans get a free meal from a special menu on Nov. 11 at Olive Garden. Family dining with the veteran also get 10 percent off. Military families get 10 percent off every day in November. Details:

Get a free Texas Tonion appetizer and drink at Red Lobster.

Veterans and active duty military get a free entree from a limited menu at Applebee's on Nov. 11. Must show military ID. Beverage not included. Menu and details:

Champps Americana is offering veterans and active duty military a free burger and fries on Nov. 11.

Texas Roadhouse is offering veterans a free lunch (and beverage) from a special menu on Nov. 11. Proof of military service required. Active, former and retired military welcome. Dine-in only.

Enjoy a free pizza at California Pizza Kitchen on Nov. 11. Proof of military service required. Dine-in only. Valid at participating locations:

Vets get free lunch at TGI Fridays on Nov. 11. The website doesn't offer any details, but after a call to the Royal Palm Beach location we learned that veterans can choose a free lunch from a limited menu from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday.

Veterans and active duty military get a free meal at Hooters, up to $10.99, on Nov. 11. Must show proof of service and buy a drink.

All retired, active and inactive military personnel can have a free bagel and schmear from Einstein Bros. Bagels on Nov. 11 from 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

All military members can get a free order of Crazy Bread at participating Little Caesars locations on Nov. 11.

With valid military ID, Outback Steakhouse is offering a free Bloomin' Onion and a drink on Nov. 11, plus 10 percent off all meals through the end of the year.

Longhorn Steakhouse is offering a free appetizer for all service members from Nov. 11-14.

Many Sport Clips locations will offer free haircuts to active-duty U.S. service members and veterans on Nov. 11 with valid proof of service. For a list of participating stores:

Veterans, active duty military and military spouses get a free tall (12 oz.) brewed coffee at Starbucks on Veterans Day:

Menchie's Frozen Yogurt on PGA Boulevard is offering six ounces of frozen yogurt free to veterans on Veterans Day. Just present a military ID.

Denny's is offering free all-you-can-eat pancakes to active, non-active or retired military personnel:

Boston Market is offering a free whole chicken with the purchase of a family meal. Just show your military ID.  Details:

VIP Car Wash (corner of Military Trail and Lantana Road in Lake Worth) is offering a free car wash to all active, non-active and retired military personnel. Please bring a military ID or proof of service.

Participating Panera Bread locations in Palm Beach County and Broward County are offering a free "you pick 2" for all active and past members of the military. Just show a military ID or wear your uniform.

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