If you're a military veteran, it's all about you this weekend, and rightfully so.  With Veteran's Day on Sunday, several East Texas restaurants are planning to offer freebies and deals to say thanks.

My dad is a US Navy veteran, and he's very quiet about his service and never expects any thanks or anything in return.  In fact, when I mention that he should go get military discounts because stores and restaurants want to thank him for his service he says things like, "Ah, no, let someone else have them."  But, Dad, they are for you!  You can't pay these forward, and you're entitled to them.  He's just so humble and never wants to be selfish.  Which is the exact thing that we love about veterans, and one of the reasons that we're celebrating them this Sunday, November 11.

If you're a military veteran, you could eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner at a different restaurant all weekend long and still not absorb every good deal that's out there.  But here are a few to pick and choose from.

2018 Veterans Day Deals, from Militarybenefits.info:

Red Lobster - Sunday and Monday, November 11th and 12th, Red Lobster will offer a free appetizer or dessert from their select Veterans Day menu. Show a valid military ID.

Texas de Brazil - Two veterans dine free plus 20% off for up to six additional guests on Sunday, November 11 and Monday, November 12.

Applebees - Veterans and Active Duty Military can pick a free meal from a limited menu on Veteran’s Day. Provide proof of service required.

BJ’s Restaurant - All service members can enjoy a complimentary entree up to $12.95, plus a free Dr Pepper, by presenting a military ID or proof of service on Sunday.

Buffalo Wild Wings - Free Wings all day on Sunday, November 11.  It's one free order of traditional or boneless wings and a side of fries. At participating U.S. locations only.

California Pizza Kitchen - On Veterans Day, all veterans or active duty military personnel can pick a free entree from a special Veterans Day menu including pizza, salads, and pasta. Come in uniform or bring your military ID.

Chili’s Grill & Bar - All veterans and active duty military personnel can pick a free meal from a select menu on Veterans Day.

Chipotle - Buy one get one free (BOGO) burrito, bowl, salad or taco on Veterans Day for all active duty military, reserves, national guard, military spouses and retired military with valid ID.

Cotton Patch Cafe - Veterans and active duty may enjoy a free Chicken Fried Steak or Chicken Fried Chicken on Veteran’s Day.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store - Veterans receive a complimentary Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola® Cake dessert or Crafted Coffee beverage.

Dunkin’ Donuts - Veterans and active duty military can get a free donut, no purchase necessary.

Little Caesars Pizza - On November 11, from 11am to 2pm, veterans and active military members can receive a free $5 HOT-N-READY® Lunch Combo.

Logan’s Roadhouse - Veterans and active duty drop on in for an American Roadhouse Meal on the house with proof of service.

On The Border - Veterans and active duty military will get a free create-your-own combo meal.

Red Robin - All Veterans and Active Duty Military get a free dine-in Red’s Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries on Veterans Day.

Ruby Tuesday - All former and active duty service members can get a free appetizer.

Starbucks - Active duty service members, reservists, veterans and military spouses can get a free Tall Brewed Coffee.

Texas Roadhouse - Select from a free special veterans lunch menu including a beverage and sides.

And on Monday, at Denny’s, it's all you can eat pancakes.  All veterans, active, and retired military personnel get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam breakfast on Monday, Nov. 12, from 5 a.m. to noon with ID.

Go get it, veterans!   Thanks for your service, Dad, and all of you awesome men and women around East Texas.  You deserve some freebies and fun.

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