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Free food, events for veterans, military at these DFW locations

Past and present members of the U.S. military can get free meals and services on Veterans Day.
Past and present members of the U.S. military can get free meals and services on Veterans Day.

“In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.” — Mark Twain

On Veterans Day, America remembers the sacrifices of the brave men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces.

To honor past and present members of the U.S. military, several Dallas-Fort Worth area restaurants and attractions are offering free food and admission fees Friday.

Here are some of the offers:

Free food

Bar Louie: Veterans and active military get a free entree Friday at participating Dallas-Fort Worth locations. Dine-in only. Must show proof of service. In addition, anyone who orders an item from the restaurant’s “Limited Addition” menu will have 10 percent of the sale donated to Operation Homefront Emergency Assistance Program, which assists military families during difficult times. This offer is valid Friday-Sunday. Details:

BJ’s Restaurants: Active-duty and retired military get a complimentary entree under $12.95 at participating locations Friday. Proof of service required. Friends and family of veterans are also invited to raise a glass of beer to their loved ones for $5 each. Dine-in only. Details:

California Pizza Kitchen: Veterans and active military get a free pizza, salad or pasta from a special Veterans Day menu on Friday. Dine-in only. Must be in uniform, show military ID or other proof of service.

Cantina Laredo: Veterans and active military get one free entree, up to $15, Friday. Proof of military service required. Tax and tip not included.

Chuck E Cheese’s: One free personal pizza to active duty and retired military at partcipating locations on Friday. Details:

Golden Corral: On Military Appreciation Night, any person who has served in the U.S. military gets a free buffet dinner 5-9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14. Dine-in only.

Hooters: At participating locations, veterans and active military can eat free at participating locations on Friday. Dine-in only. Buy a 2017 Hooters calendar and the restaurant will ship it to troops deployed around the world. Proof of military service required. Details:

IHOP: Veterans and active-duty military can get a free stack of Red, White & Blue pancakes — buttermilk pancakes crowned with glazed strawberries, blueberry compote and whipped topping — from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday. Proof of service required. Details:

Krispy Kreme: A free doughnut (any variety) and small coffee will be given to veterans or active-duty military personnel (no ID required) on Friday. Valid at participating locations. No purchase necessary. Details:

On the Border Mexican Grill and Cantina: Veterans and active military will receive one free Create Your Own Combo (Combo 2 or Combo 3) dinner Friday. No purchase required. Proof of military service required. Details:

McDonald’s of Greater North Texas: Veterans and active duty personnel can get a complimentary breakfast extra value meal with a McCafe coffee at participating Dallas-Fort Worth locations on Friday. Military ID required. Dine-in only. Details:

Pizza Inn: Veterans get a free buffet and beverage on Friday with code E10. Must present valid military ID. Dine-in only. Not valid with other offers or discounts. Details:

RA Sushi: Veterans can get one free “Shareables” item from the menu Friday. The Shareables menu includes lobster spring rolls, three types of wings and RA’s signature Hot Mess, which is crispy rice topped with a spicy king crab mix. Details:

Rodizio Grill in Irving: Current and retired members of the military will receive one Full Dinner Rodizio with the purchase of adult meal. Valid Monday-Friday. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Proof of military service required. Details:

Starbucks: At participating Dallas-Fort Worth stores, veterans, active-duty military and their spouses get one free tall (12-ounce) coffee Friday. One per customer. For every Veterans Day Starbucks Card or eGift activated by Veterans Day, Starbucks will donate $5 to support veterans programs. Details: and

Texas Roadhouse: Active, former or retired military get a free lunch item from a special menu Friday. Dine-in only. Proof of service required. Details:

Free services

Applebee’s: Show your gratitude to military veterans by posting your message. For the past five years, Applebee’s has been thanking veterans and active-duty military through the Thank You Movement. Details:

Fort Worth Zoo: Veterans, reserve and active-duty personnel of the U.S. military, as well as first responders, will receive free admission along with one guest 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. The inaugural Heroes Day will feature live music, animal enrichment and more. Proof of service required. Up to four additional tickets can be purchased at $2 off regular price. Tickets must be purchased at front gate. Details:

GameStop in-store donation: Through Nov. 15, GameStop will invite customers to donate $1, $5 or $10 at the point-of-purchase to support The Call of Duty Endowment and Snowball Express to raise funds to help support U.S. military veterans and the children and families of America’s fallen military heroes. Details: For store locations, go to

Great Clips: Veterans can come into any U.S. Great Clips salon on Friday and receive a free haircut that day or receive a free haircut card to be used before the end of the year. In addition, anyone getting a haircut at any Great Clips Salon on Veterans Day will get a free haircut card to give to a veteran. The card is redeemable by military and veterans and is valid until Dec. 31, 2016. One card per customer. Details:

Groove Life: Fifty-percent off all Groove Life products with discount code: VetThanks. Groove Life can be purchased online at

Jerry’s Express Car Wash in Crowley: Veterans and military personnel get a free $12 car wash Friday at 1998 E. Main St. in Crowley. Details:

National parks: The National Park Service will waive all entrance fees — for everyone — Friday. While in a park, active-duty members of the military and their dependents can pick up a free annual pass to all national parks. Disabled veterans can get a free lifetime pass. The passes provide free entrance to more than 2,000 national parks, wildlife refuges, national forests and other federal recreational areas. The passes can be acquired at any national park that usually charges an admission fee.

National Videogame Museum in Frisco: On Friday, veterans, active-duty and reserve military get free admission to the museum, which features more than 100,000 video-game artifacts. Proof of service required. Valid at 8004 North Dallas Parkway in Frisco. Details:

Pin-Ups Tour in Lewisville: Veterans and active-duty service members can attend the vintage burlesque and variety show for free at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. RSVP required for free ticket. Vintage attire encouraged. Details:

Sports Clips: Through Friday, $1 per haircut service will go to support the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ “Sport Clips Help a Hero Scholarships” for service members and veterans. Details:

Waterford at Pantego: The senior living center is hosting a free educational workshop about the VA Aid and Attendance benefit at 2 p.m. Thursday. This event is open to the public and will take place at 2650 West Park Row Drive in Pantego. Call 817-226-2650 to register.

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