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30 Days of Thanks – Day 11 – Our Country, Our Freedom, Our Veterans

When I met my husband, he was in the Navy.  At the age of 24, which I was when I met him, that meant hot buns in a cool uniform.  Yeah, I said it.  My husband has a cool uniform.

It took me a while to realize the sacrifice that comes with getting that cool uniform.  Jim was injured while refueling a ship at sea.  His eyes sprayed with a chemical combination similar to the dip used to destroy the cartoons in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, his hand cut with a knife and requiring stitches, he stayed and finished the unrep (underway replenishment) before seeking treatment in sick bay.

The damage was done, even though we didn’t know it until some time later.  Days after the accident, he was repainting a portion of the ship, when a superior came by.  He pitched a fit, yelling at Jim about the paint job.  Jim scanned the work for missed spots or serious streaks, when the officer finally got in his face and screamed about Jim painting the area the wrong color.  Jim couldn’t tell.

After months of treating with Visine and Tylenol, he finally came home to see a civilian eye doctor.  The chemicals caused an oxygen deprivation to his eyes, there was scarring from the chemical splash, and his vision was beginning to deteriorate.  He would eventually become legally blind.

And my husband is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to men and women who have served, sacrificed, been injured or killed, all on our behalf.

Too numerous to count, too painful to think about, today is the day that we honor those who gave some and those who gave all for our country and our freedom.  The debt of gratitude is one we can never repay, and one they never expect us to repay.

For them, I am thankful; blessed and thankful.

Freebies For Heroes – Where to Take Your Veteran on Veteran’s Day

While I am a firm believer that our Veterans and military service members should be honored EVERY day, I always think it’s wonderful that businesses honor our servicemen and women with freebies and discounts to help them celebrate Veterans Day.  You can pretty much feed your Vet for free this coming Friday, November 11th – breakfast, lunch and dinner – with a snack or two in between.  Some locations are having their veterans day celebration on days other than November, 11th, and I’ve highlighted them below.

Here’s a quick list of Veteran’s Day offers that may be available in your area.  You may want to call ahead to make sure your local restaurants are participating in the offer.


Krispy Kreme – one free doughnut

Denny’s – one free Grand Slam breakfast – market areas for this offer are VERY limited, so please call ahead and make sure your Denny’s is participating


Applebees – free meal (lunch or dinner) from a select group of entrees.

Champss Americana – free burger

Chili’s – offering a free entree from a limited menu from 11 – 5

Famous Dave’s BBQ – the offers here vary from location to location, but the offers include a 15% discount for veterans, a free two meat meal with all the sides and trimmings, or a free entree up to $15.  Call your local restaurant to see what they are offering, or visit Famous Dave’s Veterans website http://www.famousdaves.com/promo/veterans-day/

Subway – free six-inch sub

Texas Roadhouse – free lunch from 11 – 2 – choose from a select list of entrees, accompanied by a free iced tea or Coca Cola product.


Golden Corral – this buffet restaurant offers a free dinner to veterans from 5 PM until 9 PM on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14TH.  Golden Corral is one of the few locations that DOES NOT require a military ID.  Of special note to me, as wife of a disabled vet, Golden Corral has raised more than $5 million to support Disabled American Vets with their Military Appreciation Monday event, and this year, money raised goes to support Camp Corral, a camp for the children of wounded or disabled service members.  Please support this very worthwhile event.

McCormick and Schmick Seafood Restaurant – free lunch or dinner on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH. Reservations are very highly recommended for this event.

Olive Garden – free entree from a select menu (meal includes breadsticks and soup or salad – or you can choose a free meal of unlimited breadsticks, soup and salad)


Hooters – 10 free wings (with purchase of a beverage)

Little Caeser’s Pizza – free order of crazy bread

Outback Steakhouse – Free Bloomin’ Onion and a Coca Cola product (this offer is good from November 7th through November 11th)


If you know of other Veterans Day freebies that you’d like to share, just leave a comment!  It’s the least we can do to steer these brave men and women to a free meal!