Veterans Day is Friday, November 11th. Please remember to thank a Veteran for their service to protect our freedoms that we enjoy as Americans.

My grandfather was a pilot in WWII and my uncle served in Vietnam. I am proud of my family line of military service. I am sure that I am not alone.

When someone joins the military to serve our Nation, they are writing a blank check for you and me. They are signing a document that makes no guarantee about the outcome of their service for the U.S. The know that they may give the ultimate sacrifice for you, your family and mine too. This act of courage deserves to be honored every year, in my opinion, every day. Restaurants are leading the way in giving back to our Veterans.

This Veterans Day, Veterans can enjoy a day of free meals at local restaurants. I've been a "server" at Applebee's on Veterans Day for many years. I loved doing this because it gave me the chance to serve those that served me. It gave me the opportunity to meet a Veteran, thank them for their service and even get to chat with their biggest support network, their family.

More and more eateries have jumped on board to support our Veterans. This year, Veterans can start with breakfast and end with sweets. With so many different restaurants offering free food, Veterans, please plan accordingly so you can stuff your gut.

Thank you to all of the restaurants that support our Veterans. Thank you to all that have served this great Nation, freedom isn't free and I respect that. Again, thank YOU.

Mid Michigan Restaurants Offering Free Food To Veterans on Veterans Day

Chili's Grill & Bar - 5055 Marsh Rd, Okemos, MI 48864 - Chili's will offer a free meal to all Veterans with proper I.D.

Menchies Frozen Yogurt - 2721 Preyde Blvd, Lansing, MI 48912 - Menchies will provide 6oz yogurts for Veterans with proper I.D.

Starbucks - various Lansing locations - Starbucks will provide a free, tall, hot or iced coffee to Veterans with proper I.D.

Texas Roadhouse - 280 E Edgewood Blvd, Lansing, MI 48911 - Texas Roadhouse will be distributing free meal vouchers at their Lansing location between the hours of 11a - 2p on Veterans Day. You can redeem this voucher at your convenience. Proper I.D. will be required.

Buffalo Wild Wings - 718 Delta Commerce Dr, Lansing, MI 48917 - B Dubs will provide Veterans 10 boneless wings and fries to Veterans with proper I.D.

Denny's - 2701 E Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI 48823 - Start with breakfast at Denny's, they are providing a Grand Slam breakfast to Veterans with proper I.D. from 5a - noon.

Applebee's - 2284 Woodlake Dr, Okemos, MI 48864 - Applebee's continues to support our Veterans. Applebee's will have a special Veterans Day menu that Veterans can choose a complimentary meal from to enjoy with proper I.D.

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