Restaurants with Military and Veteran Discounts
Let’s face it: most military members or veterans are shy about taking advantage of military discounts when they go out to eat or shop. There are several reasons this might be the case. It’s possible that the service member or veteran joined the military because he or she just needed a job or was looking for a way to set up their career. Being treated like a self-sacrificing hero can make them feel uncomfortable because they don’t feel like they deserve it. Also, they may feel like taking advantage of discounts is abusing their position, or flaunting something that ought not to be flaunted. In some cases, where a service member has seen combat, they want to avoid reminders of that times, and they may even feel guilty that they are here enjoying the benefits of being a service member while the ones who made the real sacrifices are dead. I am here to convince you to take advantage of those benefits.
Let People Serve You
Regardless of your reasons for joining the military or what your position was, much of the civilian world is grateful that you chose to do so. Quite frankly, we don’t care if you just joined up because you couldn’t pay for college on your own. This may seem hard to understand, but you chose to serve, got paid less than you deserve, and even if you never saw combat, you put yourself in the position to be there if we needed you to. Doing small to large favors for you is one way we show our appreciation for your choice. There’s a big difference between allowing someone who wants to serve you to do so and walking into every establishment and demanding special treatment. Serving you makes us feel good, so if you can’t allow it for any other reason, allow it as a type of service in and of itself. Serve us by allowing us to serve you.
Pay it Forward
If you’re really uncomfortable taking advantage of a military discount, then pay it forward in the form of a tip. Let the restaurant give you a discount, then pass your savings on to your server. If you have friends, relatives, or associates who have died or become disabled in service, commit to keep track of all the money you’ve saved from discounts and donate that amount to a charity that works with the families of deceased or disabled veterans. Take the savings that you don’t think you deserve and put them somewhere you think they should go. Every military discount is an opportunity to do good. Sometimes, the best it can do is make a nice night out with your spouse and children more affordable. Going out to eat with my father as a child and now my wife as an adult are some of my fondest memories.
Now that I’ve hopefully convinced you to take advantage of military discounts, let’s talk about some places you can get good deals. Applebees offers military discounts, which vary by location, but they also offer a free entree to military members and veterans on veterans day. All you have to do is show proof of service, which can be as simple as showing a picture of yourself in your uniform or arriving in uniform. If you’re looking for something quicker, all Arby’s locations offer a 10% military discount. Simply show your military ID and get 10% off. Chick-Fil-A also has location-specific military deals, and each location also hosts periodic Military Appreciation Nights, where all military personnel and their families receive free Chick-Fil-A meals. Johnny Rocket’s also offers 50% off everything for any uniformed personnel. This includes fire and police as well as the military. For more discount options, you can visit Military Discount Central to see their complete list of chain restaurants that offer military and veteran discounts.
The list has some great restaurants including Chili’s, Dairy Queen, Firehouse Subs, Golden Corral, Hardees, the Hard Rock cafe, Papa John’s, Quizno’s, Texas Road House, and many others. Check out the full list to see what offers there are available. It’s worth taking a look at and seeing where you can save money while still enjoying quality food.