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Where to Find Restaurants With Military Discounts

written by: •edited by: Elizabeth Wistrom•updated: 1/31/2012

Are you a veteran or active in any branch of the military? If so there are many restaurants with military discounts located all across the US. Some are restaurant chains where others are independents that want to offer our military some support.

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    The Benefits of Military Discounts

    101st Airborne Division Iraq by US Army Wikimedia Commons As the mother of a son who is in the Air Force, I’m always happy when he visits so we can save at restaurants with military discounts. Many lay citizens don’t realize when our troops are deployed to non-combat areas they are forced to pay for their own housing, even it it’s on a base. While the housing stipend is small the benefits of military discounts, especially for food, can come in handy.

    In addition, if retired or active military personnel want to enjoy dinners with their families, everyone can reap the benefits of the military discount depending upon the restaurant rules.

    Along with food and restaurant discounts, don't forget to inquire about veteran or active military auto buying discounts, theme or vacation park discounts, and even hotel and airfare discounts. Often many service businesses like auto repair centers and the like will hold discount veteran or active military days where service and parts are discounted.

    Image Credit: 101st Airborne Division Iraq - US Army / Wikimedia Commons

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    Top Restaurants That Offer Military Discounts

    All of the military discounts listed here were provided by the website Vets First. These can vary from location to location or change from time to time.

    • A&W Restaurants
    • Arby’s
    • Back Yard Burgers
    • Burger King
    • Captain D’s
    • Chick-Fil-A
    • Cotton Patch
    • Denny’s
    • Dunkin’ Donuts
    • Farmer's Boy
    • iHop
    • Java Café
    • Kentucky Fried Chicken
    • Long John Silver
    • Pancho’s Mexican Buffet
    • Pizza Hut
    • Quizno’s
    • Sizzler
    • Sonic
    • Taco Bell
    • Whatabburger
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    Tips to Getting your Discount

    Veteran by Petaholmes Wikimedia Commons If you are retired from the military or active, no matter what restaurant you choose, even if it’s not on the list here, ask if they offer a military discount as some do but don’t advertise the discount.

    Always bring your military identification card as some restaurants may ask for it as proof you are a retired veteran or active in the military. Military discounts are for all branches of service including the Coast Guard and Reserves.

    Make sure you inquire if the discount is for you only or can it be used for your entire dining party. Some restaurants only allow for the retiree or active military person to receive the discount.

    Image Credit: Veteran by Petaholmes / Wikimedia Commons

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    Special Discounts on Veteran's Day

    When Veteran’s Day rolls around each November, the following restaurants offer free or drastically reduced lunches and dinners. If you have one of these restaurants near you, watch for Veteran’s Day specials or call and inquire.

    • Applebees
    • Golden Corral
    • Outback Steakhouse
    • Uno Chicago Grill

    For veterans and active military it’s an honor to serve your country so seek out restaurants with military discounts or ask local and hometown venues if they offer a military discount. You may be surprised as many restaurants participate in these beneficial discount offers.