Many of us have today off to observe Veterans Day; while you're enjoying the holiday, remember to take the time to show the members of our military that they are appreciated.
To thank our current and past service members, many national restaurant chains are providing free or discounted meals with a proof of service (ID, photo, in uniform, etc.) (Note: Not all franchise locations participate in their national chain's Veterans Day programs -- be sure contact your nearest establishment to confirm.) Here are just a few of the restaurants participating:
- Denny’s - Nov. 12 2012
- California Pizza Kitchen, Nov. 11-12, 2012
- Golden Corral – Free meal, Monday Nov. 12
- O’Charley’s - Nov. 12, 2012
- Outback Steakhouse – Free Bloomin’ Onion and Coke Nov. 11-12, 2012.
- Red Robin – Nov. 12, 2012. Free Red’s Tavern Double and Bottomless Steak Fries
- Sizzler – free Lunch, Monday Nov 12, 2012
- Souplantation & Sweet Tomoatoes - Nov. 11-12, 2012
- Spaghetti Warehouse, Monday - Nov. 12, 2012
- Texas Roadhouse – free lunch, Nov. 12, 2012: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
- T.G.I. Friday’s – free Lunch, Monday Nov 12, 2012
For more specifics and to view more promotions and discounts, visit The Military Wallet
Besides the great companies providing discounts and freebies for America's Finest, here are a few ways that you can show your appreciation:
- Random acts of kindness. Have you ever gone up to pay for your coffee, only to find out that the person in front of you already took care of it? It is such a simple and thoughful way to make someone's day. Is there a service member dining at the same restaurant or coffee shop as you? Send over a drink or dessert on you.
Send a care package. One of our P.L.A.Y. team members had a spouse serve overseas and he especially loved receiving packages with some comforts from home. Often times, servicemembers overseas don't have access to a lot of the same daily conveniences they are accustomed to. Favorite items include: hand sanitizer, chapstick, gum, beef jerkey, drink mixes, sunflower and pumpkin seeds,cookies or even some canned foods like tuna salad. Don't forget our four legged service members either, dog lovers can include some treats or even small toys. To find out more informotion on what and where to send care packages, visit OurMilitary.com
- Donate to a Vet in Need. It's a sad truth, but many vets have a hard time acclimating back into civilian life and struggle with joblessness, financial burdens, as well as mental and physical disabilities. There are numerous organizations that are supporting our vets in need, you can help by donating. To learn more, here's a great list from the Huffington Post.
Knowing that there are hundreds Military Working Dogs currently on active duty around the world, we wanted to help make their service a little more comfortable by sending a set of our Warm Bellies Chill Pads in care packages through Operation Military K9 Car, Chapter 1 of the United States War Dogs Associations. If you want to help provide a little extra comfort for these amazing service dogs, visit Operation Military K9 Care for more info.
At P.L.A.Y., we sincerely thank and appreciate all of the service men, women and canines for their bravery, courage and sacrifices.