Businesses offer freebies for Central Texas veterans and service members

Several businesses in Central Texas are saying thanks to veterans and active service members with free items, discounts, and more this Veterans Day.

Here's a list of the promotions. Keep in mind, you may be required to show a military ID.


7-Eleven’s quarter-pound big bite 100% all beef hot dog is available for free in honor of all veterans. Available in-store and via delivery through the 7NOW app, this deal is only redeemable on Nov. 11.


All veterans and active duty military members receive a free entree from a special menu

California Pizza Kitchen

Veterans and active military members can select complimentary items from a special CPK menu, including a choice of one of CPK’s California-inspired pizzas, pastas or entrée salads and a beverage. 

CPK will also provide an exclusive buy one, get one free pizza, pasta, or salad offer good for a return visit from Nov. 12-21.


All veterans and active duty military members receive a free entree from a special menu

Cracker Barrel

Any veteran or active-duty military can receive a free slice of Cracker Barrel’s Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake on Veterans Day. To redeem the offer online, add a slice to the online order cart and enter code VETSDAY22 in the "Apply a Promo Code" field at the time of checkout.

Military apparel and drinkware are also 25% off in stores and online through Nov. 14.

Dunkin' Donuts

All retired and active military can get a free donut from Dunkin' Donuts on Friday, Nov. 11. The offer is available in-store only.

Home Depot & Lowe’s

The deal of 10% off for all veterans and active service members at Home Depot and Lowe’s lasts year-round. 

Get more information from Home Depot and sign up here. Get more information from Lowe’s here

Jack Allen's Kitchen and Salt Traders Coastal Cooking

Veterans and active service members can once again get a free meal at Jack Allen’s Kitchen and Salt Traders Coastal Cooking on Friday, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Last year the restaurants fed 600 veterans and service members and they are hoping to feed even more this year.

All five Jack Allen's Kitchen locations and both Salt Traders Coastal Cooking locations will provide one free entrée to veterans and active service members that dine at the restaurants, and they've already started taking reservations.

Texas Stars


Texas Stars season ticket holders have donated more tickets for this weekend's Military Appreciation games. There is a limited quantity and the tickets are claimed on a first-come, first-serve basis for military personnel and their families.

Click here for tickets to games on either November 12 or 13.


Get 25% off your in-store purchase all week. Offer valid Nov. 6-12, 2022. Valid in-store only for all active-duty military, veterans, and their families. Mention the offer at checkout.

Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks is offering free lunch for veterans on Friday, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The free veterans lunch meal options include:

  • Cheeseburger and fries
  • Chicken tenders and fries
  • Pulled pork sandwich and fries
  • Soup and salad lunch combo
  • Chicken Caesar salad

The free meal is for dine-in guests only.

QuickTrip (QT)

QT is offering one free small self-serve hot drink or Big Q to any active or former military members. To redeem the offer, show your military ID at checkout anytime on Veterans Day.

The Wash Tub 

Veterans, active and retired military can also get a free ‘full service’ Gleam Wash at all 25 Wash Tub locations with a military ID.

The service will be offered all day on Friday, Nov. 11.

The Wash Tub’s Gleam Wash includes a complete interior vacuum, soft cloth wash, towel dry, Gleam Wax, complete wipe down of dash and console, and all windows cleaned inside and out. Retail value of $25.

YMCA of Austin

All active and retired military personnel will have free access to all YMCA of Austin centers starting Friday, Nov. 11 at 8 a.m. and running through 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13.

Visitors can  bring a photo ID and valid badge or other indication of current or past US military service to any YMCA of Austin locations. Guests and their families can enjoy free use of the Y’s fitness centers, exercise classes, heated indoor pools, gymnasiums, Child Watch and more.

All YMCA of Austin locations are participating:

  • East Communities YMCA, 5315 Ed Bluestein Blvd.
  • Hays Communities YMCA, 465 Buda Sportsplex Dr.
  • North Austin YMCA, 1000 W. Rundberg Ln.
  • Northwest Family YMCA, 5807 McNeil Dr.
  • Southwest Family YMCA, 6209 Oakclaire Dr.
  • Springs Family YMCA, 27216 RR 12 South
  • TownLake YMCA, 1100 W. Cesar Chavez
  • YMCA Camp Moody, 1220 Old San Antonio Rd. (9am-1pm, Saturday & Sunday

Click here for more information about programs and hours.

We'll continue to update this story as we learn of additional free offers for Veterans Day.