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Veterans Day Restaurant Specials

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Happy Veterans Day.  Central thanks all of our veterans for their service.  Many restaurants around the country are showing their appreciation with special offers for veterans.  Take a look at these specials and please feel free to share what specials you find, or what your restaurant will have.  Most places will require identification, so be sure to bring it upon going to a restaurant.


Veterans are able to get a free entree all day on November 11.

BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse

Active duty and veterans are able to get a free lunch entree or a one-topping mini pizza for dinner on November 11.


A free meal (one of six choices) will be available for both active duty and veterans from 11 a.m. through 5 p.m. on November 11.


Members of the military can get a free burger (excluding the Pepperjack Bacon and Kobe Burgers) on November 11. Dine-in orders only.


A free Grand Slam breakfast will be available for active military and veterans on November 11.

Famous Dave’s

Depending on location, a free or discounted meal will be available for active military and veterans on November 11.

Golden Corral

The Golden Corral Military Appreciation dinner, which consists of a free meal, will be held at locations all around the country on November 14 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.


All throughout the day on November 11, with a purchase of a beverage active duty and veterans are able to get 10 free wings.  Dine-in orders only.

 Krispy Kreme

All active duty and veterans can get a free doughnut on November 11.

Little Caesars

Upon showing military ID, active duty or veterans can get a free order of Crazy Bread on November 11.

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants

The 13th annual Veteran’s Day meal will be held on November 13.

Olive Garden

Veterans are able to get a free meal (from a pre-set menu) on November 11. It will include bread sticks and choice of soup or salad.

Outback Steakhouse

Active duty and veterans are able to get a free Bloomin’ Onion and Coke.  This offer began on November 7 and concludes on November 11.

Papa Johns

All orders placed from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on November 11 will make a $1 donation to assist the USO upon using their online ordering app.


At many locations around the country, active duty and veterans can get a free six-inch sub on November 11.

Texas Roadhouse

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., active duty and veterans can get a free lunch on November 11.

TGI Friday’s

For active duty and veterans, they will have a buy one entree, get another free on November 11.

Tim Hortons

Veterans can get a free doughnut on November 11.



Healthy Changes for the U.S. Military

Becoming healthier isn’t just a New Year’s resolution for many U.S. civilians, but now it’s one for the army as well.   Military training sites all over the country are making healthier guidelines for soldiers.  The change began when the Army became worried about a decrease in the fitness of soldiers.

Mess halls will see juice and milk in place of soda and junk food will begin to disappear.

The U.S. Army’s website discusses the importance of making healthy choices saying both exercise and nutrition are key for maintaining total fitness.

Just like many Americans, an article by the Associated Press says many of the newer soldiers haven’t put too much thought into their own diet.  In a quote from Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, he backs this up by saying poor food choices aren’t just an army problem but a civilian problem they are receiving and fixing.

The first step is making diet changes.

Visually, most changes will be in eating areas.  In a similar story by Binghampton, New York’s news station, Fox 40 WICZ, they spoke with Dr. Helen Battisti who said the military believes a start to producing a quality recruit begins with the food.

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But this new program will go much further than just food; it will also change the soldier’s overall health and fitness.

“The ‘soldier athlete’ initiative is designed to prepare recruits with training methods similar to those of elite athletes – including greater use of professional trainers, physical therapists, and strength and conditioning coaches,” the AP article reports.

They also discuss how fitness will change.  The new system will concentrate on preventing injury, flexibility and mobility, coordination and aerobic endurance.

“Outdated exercises such as bayonet drills are being eliminated in favor or core strength workouts more commonly practiced in the aerobics studio.”

Currently, changes are being made to basic and advanced training sites.

In sites where new guidelines have been implemented, fewer injuries have been reported and soldiers are scoring higher on physical fitness tests.