Restaurant chains such as IHOP, Applebee's, Cracker Barrel, Arby's, Longhorn Steakhouse and Chick-fil-A offer military veteran discounts. Some of these restaurants offer daily, year-round discounts of 10 to 20 percent on average to veterans, while others, such as Applebee's, give away free meals on Veterans Day.
Some restaurants only offer discounts to veterans who show proof of their service, such as a military ID. These establishments include Acapulco, Boston Market and Chevy's. Others, such as Chick-fil-A and Chili's, allow individual owners and managers to determine the criteria for offering veterans' discounts.
Many of the restaurants willing to offer discounts to military veterans also extend the price breaks to current or retired police, fire or emergency services personnel. These include Detroit Style Pizza Co., El Paso Cantina and El Torito Grill.
Even non-traditional restaurants, such as Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour, provide discounts for military veterans. Farrell's, for example, gives a 20 percent discount, while Dunkin' Donuts offers a 10 percent discount on coffee and donuts.
In most cases, veterans' discounts are not valid combined with other price cuts. For instance, a military veteran would not be able to take both senior citizen and military veteran discounts. Although most restaurants offering veteran discounts do not extend the offer to the entire table if others in the party are not veterans, some, such as LoneStar, do. In most cases, veterans' discounts do not apply to alcohol purchases.
The national program Veterans Advantage partners with many corporations, restaurant chains among them, to make discounts available to veterans. USAA, a member-owned company that provides insurance, banking and investment services to veterans and their families, also makes sure members are aware of such discounts.