They say that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. And while we can never absolutely prove or refute such platitudes, we can truly believe that veterans get nothing for free. Sure, certain corporations will offer veterans a meal at no charge in celebration of Veterans Day on November 11th, but rest assured that every veteran has already paid the price for any discount or “free” lunch they might receive over the course of their lifetime. We only have to look at the recent tragedy of Fort Hood to recognize just what price our military men and women pay each day for the privilege of being called a veteran.
Any discount or free offer our veterans might receive has already been paid for with blood, sweat, tears, sacrifice and anguish. So, we should all personally thank the veterans in our families for their courageous service. Beyond our thanks, corporations also offer discounts to our uniformed people only as a token of gratitude for their selfless service. The US military secures America’s freedom. Franchises like Applebee’s and Lowe’s are only returning the favor.
It seems only fitting that veterans should (at the very least) receive a break from the US government on the one day of the year honoring them. And in observance of Veterans Day, military members will receive free entrance to all national parks across the country.
Also nationwide, Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill will offer all veterans and active duty military members a free entree on Wednesday, November 11th, 2009. There is nothing else to buy; no gimmicks; no catches; no hidden fees. Applebee’s only requires proof of military service in order for customers to take advantage of their offer.
Likewise, Golden Corral also offers veterans and active duty members a free dinner, but they have scheduled their event for Monday, November 16th, 2009 from 5 to 9 PM. Again, there are no gimmicks or hidden fees. And, the Golden Corral requires no proof of military service in order to receive the free buffet dinner. They’ll take a true patriot at their word.
McCormick and Schmick Seafood Restaurants present their 11th Annual Veterans Appreciation Event on Sunday, November 8th, 2009. With valid proof of military service, veterans can choose from a lunch or dinner menu offering such dishes as cashew crusted tilapia, seafood Alfredo fettuccine or planked salmon among others. Because space is limited, McCormick and Schmick require reservations for this event.
Many companies offer discounts to veterans throughout the year. Lowe’s, for example, offers a 10% discount for veterans year round. Proof of eligibility is required, of course. Beyond Lowe’s, plenty of corporations grant discounts for veterans. Certain cruise lines, hotels, cell phone companies, clothing retailers, auto parts stores, beauty salons, furniture showrooms, sporting goods stores, grocery stores, and even automobile dealerships offer a price break to those that have served or continue serving their nation. The best way to find out which stores offer these reductions on many items or programs is to visit web sites or simply ask at the checkout counter or customer service desk. On-line resources like military.com also provide a wealth of information regarding military discounts.
So, we thank our veterans for their brave and noble service in the name of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.