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Veterans Day 2020: Restaurants offer freebies to honor military
Restaurants and businesses are offering freebies for active-duty military members and vets for Veterans Day 2020.
Most businesses from restaurants to stores will be open this Veterans Day.
The New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq will remain open Wednesday. While the post office is closed and won’t deliver mail, you might still get packages from UPS, Fedex and other delivery services that are staying open.
Most banks are closed Wednesday including along with non-essential federal government offices are closed.
Veterans Day marks the date when Germany and the Allies signed a 1918 agreement to end World War I hostilities. The fighting ceased on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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While store hours vary more this Veterans Day than past years because of the coronavirus pandemic, restaurants and businesses are still saluting veterans and active-duty military personnel with free food and deals Wednesday.
But even Costco Wholesale Club, which closes for other holidays is open this Nov. 11. The holidays Costco clubs are closed on are New Year’s Day, Easter, Independence Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Veterans Day store discounts 2020
The following discounts are valid through Wednesday unless otherwise noted for veterans with active military also included in most at participating locations nationwide. Proof of service such as a military ID is typically required and a few businesses will allow dressing in uniform as a form of identification. Discharge papers, VA cards and veteran organization membership cards also can be used to prove service at most businesses.
Most offers are in-store only and exclusions apply. Check with your local store before heading out.
Academy Sports + Outdoors: 10% off entire purchase for military members and first responders through Veterans Day.
Apple: Veterans can get up to a four-month free trial of Apple Music if they sign up for the service anytime in November. Also, current and veteran members of the U.S. Military, National Guard, and Reserve are eligible for special pricing on Apple products and accessories throughout the year with Apple’s Veterans and Military Purchase Program.
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela: 5% everyday military discount but it’s 10% on most items on Veterans Day.
Bed Bath & Beyond: 25% off entire purchase Wednesday, in-store only.
Big Lots: The retailer recently launched an “Always On” year-round 10% discount for active military personnel and veterans who are members of its Big Rewards program.
Dollar General: 11% off their total purchase in-store or online Wednesday with promo code MILITARY11.
Eyemart Express: 20% everyday discount on eyewear purchases for veterans, active- and inactive duty military personnel and their families.
The Fresh Market: 10% discount Wednesday to all veterans, active military and spouses.
GNC: 30% off a single item Wednesday in-store and online when service is verified through ID.Me.
Home Depot: 10% military discount, in-store only. Exclusions and more details available in stores.
Hy-Vee: 15% off groceries Wednesday. “Tell you checker about your military service and receive a special 15% discount in store or enter “Veterans Day 15%” in your order notes when shopping Aisles Online,” the company said on its website.
J.C. Penney: Current and former military personnel and immediate family members receive an additional 10% off that can be combined with other coupons through Veterans Day. In-store only.
Joann Stores: The arts and crafts store offers a 15% year-round discount for military service members and their families. It’s 25% off for Veterans Day.
Kohl’s: 30% off in-store only for active and former military personnel, veterans and their families through Sunday, Nov. 15.
Michaels: 15% discount for military families every day.
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NTB Tire & Service Centers: Military families can purchase a conventional oil change for $18.99, get free service on flat repair, 10% off tires and 20% off services. The discounted services are available to veterans, active military and first responders every day.
Office Depot and OfficeMax: From Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 13, veterans, retirees, active-duty military personnel, reservists and their dependents get 25% off qualifying regular and sale-priced purchases, in stores only. Exclusions apply.
Publix: 10% discount off in-store purchases for veterans, active military personnel and their families. Exclusions apply.
Staples: Through Nov. 14, Staples will offer 25% off to active-duty personnel, reservists, retired or disabled veterans, and their immediate families at all U.S. locations. Some exclusions apply.
Tire Kingdom: Military families can purchase a conventional oil change for $18.99, get free service on flat repair, 10% off tires and 20% off services. The discounted services are available to veterans, active military and first responders every day.
Tractor Supply Company: 15% discount Wednesday.
vineyard vines: 50% off for military and veterans Wednesday.
Contributing: Ryan W. Miller and Wyatte Grantham-Philips, USA TODAY
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