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Some Applebees Offer Free Meals on Veterans Day

By November 9, 2008

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Active-duty members, retirees and veterans can get a free meal at a limited number of Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurants on Veterans Day, with proof of military service.

The 164 participating restaurants in 12 states are testing this promotion, which will offer one of the following entrees: House Sirloin, Riblet Basket, Fiesta Lime Chicken, Quesadilla Burger or Oriental Chicken Salad. Traditional side dishes are included.

November 10, 2008 at 10:10 am
(1) Doug says:

I guess Veterans in the 38 states are not worthy of this promotion. At least Golden Coral has the right idea!

November 10, 2008 at 5:35 pm
(2) Mark says:

The manager of Applebee’s marketing department should be fired. Talk about a public relations disaster… now you have veterans in 38 states pissed off at this restaurant chain.

McCormick & Schmick’s restaurants had a fabulous Veterans Day free dinner on Sunday, November 9th and the food was much better than anything at Applebee’s.

I’m going to Golden Coral on November 17th. God bless ‘em!

November 10, 2008 at 6:37 pm
(3) Pat says:

Maybe if Applebee’s reads the disgruntled vets comments, they might change their minds? Or this wishful thinking?

November 10, 2008 at 11:03 pm
(4) Jess says:

Funny how none of these places are near any bases right?

November 11, 2008 at 12:50 am
(5) Stephan says:

Actually, there’s quite a few near the bases in VA, one of the biggest centers of military. However, there’s none near our base in Ft Worth, TX, and considering that a majority of the military enlists from TX and CA, it’s rather annoying.

November 11, 2008 at 7:05 am
(6) Dave says:

Check with your local Applebee’s, ours here in Maine, is still doing this depsite not being a test store.

November 11, 2008 at 10:28 am
(7) Larry Darling says:

Our local Applebees in Lafayette, Indiana is paticipating despite not being included in the test program. God Bless them for that decision. Larry

November 11, 2008 at 1:35 pm
(8) James says:

I felt the same way about the 38 other states not having this offer. However I did call the Applebee’s in Austin, Texas and they are offering the special tribute to Veterans. So i would say that AppleBee’s promotions office needs to update their site on the chains that participate. All should honor our Veterans and Soldiers.

November 11, 2008 at 2:09 pm
(9) Nate says:

I called almost every store in San Antonio, the Gateway to the Airforce and nope, nada, zilch. I dont mind, but the flyer was hanging up on base. So someone had good intentions and put it up on base, not knowing that applebees was only having a select number of stores that offer the special. I can guarantee you I will never step foot in an Applebees again. Trickery and deciet on their part. I will not fall for it again. exclude 38 states, thats amazing. Who would do something like that? Applebees thats who.

November 11, 2008 at 3:10 pm
(10) Rhonda says:

Wouldn’t it be nice if they offered something healthy other than the salad for the people who not only serve our country, but have to be within certain body measurements…

November 10, 2011 at 9:44 am
(11) Ruby Mitchell says:

It’s remarks like yours that make restaurants stand back.They have a good heart and good intentions, isn’t that enough? Don’t you ever miss an opportunity to criticize. This makes people eager to try and honor folks. “NOT”! This is NOT about a free meal, but about showing the gratitude and appreciation to every man and woman who served.
I am grateful individuals and organizations want to honor the men and women who put their lives on hold, and gave up their own dreams and plans to serve our Country and to make it still the greatest place on earth to live and raise a family. God Bless each one of you.Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Ruby Mitchell

November 11, 2008 at 3:24 pm
(12) john says:

instead of bashing a food chain for giving away free food in a few test areas be greatful they are doing more than most other restaurants across the country.

November 11, 2008 at 3:43 pm
(13) Greg says:

Give your local Applebee’s a call because I found one in Washington that is offering a free meal.

November 11, 2008 at 4:01 pm
(14) jake says:

The Applebees in Lagrange ga as well as the one in Auburn AL are participating.

November 11, 2008 at 4:48 pm
(15) Tina says:

I just called a couple of Applebee’s in Panama City, Florida and they are offering free menu items today.
I think it’s great that the Veterans are being honored in one way or another. Wish this would catch on with all companies. After all they have & are serving our country, and ask nothing in return.

November 11, 2008 at 5:42 pm
(16) Christy says:

I live in a small town in easter NC and we have 2 applebees in neighboring towns, NONE of which are honoring this promotion. These restaurants wouldnt even be in business were it not for the military personnel in this town. This is disgusting and I will NEVER eat at another applebees again. One restaurant even went so far as to ADVERTISE this in the local newspaper, then REFUSED to honor it. New Bern Applebees is a disgrace for doing so.

November 11, 2008 at 6:32 pm
(17) Carol says:

Our state was not on the list, so I decided to call a couple locations anyways and one location said without hesitation they were participating. The location closer to base sounded a bit reluctant that they were participating in the program. Guess we’ll see when we go there.

November 11, 2008 at 7:15 pm
(18) Marilyn says:

I was very disappointed that the invitation extended to veterans by Applebees cooperate headquarters was not being honored nationwide.

Some of the locations had a limited edition of menu items you were allowed to order. None of which were stated on the Applebee’s website.

I called before arriving and announced my veteran status upon my arrival. I was sitted and given a menu. I ordered and dined well, the meal was delicious. When I ask for my bill and gave my waitress my ID. He questioned what is this, I explained upon which he then tells me that I should have been given a different menu. He left and returned with the general manager, who reiterated what Antonio told me.

I paid the different for peace, but felt that this was false advertisement, and that there was a limited value in honor of veterans who have loss limbs, families and jobs in serving our country.

This was a grand idea, but one that should be supported by all of your exchanges. When I think about the many times I’ve dine at Applebeese, and the one day Applebees had a chance to make me feel good for a change; the lack of participation spoils the intent of making a veterans feel appreciated

November 11, 2008 at 7:30 pm
(19) unknown says:

Um Yuma Arizona does have a base.

November 11, 2008 at 7:39 pm
(20) Gerry says:

I think this is a bunch of crap!! I am active duty Army and I sent the notice to my wife and daughter, cuz it said active duty and their family. Well my wife and daughter are sitting in the restaurant right now and being told it is for the Active Duty only?? Makes no sense at all!! Now they are roped into paying for 2 meals when the email announcment we got said they were to be covered. Thanks Applebees!! Not one more dime of my money is going in your pockets!

November 11, 2008 at 8:21 pm
(21) larry p says:


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November 11, 2008 at 10:48 pm
(23) karen says:

I wrote them to complain…they called me back they explained that they are test marketing it in certain areas and next year it will be in all Applebees.

November 12, 2008 at 2:12 am
(24) Heather Danielle Scott says:

I work at an Applebees in VA and I am so very proud to have worked for 12 hours today to support all of you that have supported OUR COUNTRY and I. I don’t know about all of the other stores, but we were happy to serve anyone who walked through our doors, closed or not yet open. We commend you and I was proud to honor you and all you do. I am appologizing for all those that were not close to a store that was not “testing” and hope that you do not give up on our brand persay…but will realize that this is only the first year and that hopefully in the future; we can give back to everyone.

November 12, 2008 at 10:36 am
(25) Backwoods says:

Applebees has done this same thing before with the same response it is a test. The only test is how many vets can we get to our resturants. It is a ploy and always has been a ploy only so many of thier chain honors it. They send out emails to any and all military bases and ask to have it passed to thier personnel. But they do not tell what rest ro state it is icluding. I have no need to do business with any company who does these kind of tactics. All least thank God for Golden corral they have it on thier marque out front and have publically stated that all thier resturants will be providing a meal for VETERANS. Freedom is not free ask a soldier

November 12, 2008 at 1:13 pm
(26) Derrick says:

Well I guess Applebees at Virginia Center Commons doesn’t appreciate my service to the country. I was told about the promotion by someone else who was prior service. The Applebees near Fort Lee had a stream coming out the door of 20-50 people all day. I decided to go to the one closer to home. At Fort Lee, they told me you had to have a 214, ID card, or a picture of you in uniform. I don’t like breaking out my 214 unless I have too. When I got there I took the picture of me in uniform, I was told by the maitre d’ I had to have a military ID, dogtags, or a 214 and the (clearly visable photo) wasn’t sufficent. I then spoke to the manager (Michelle or Melissa) (Ricco or Riccio) and she reiterated what the maitre d’ said. I pointed out that the guy on their poster advertising this promotion was showing a picture of himself in uniform and that their website said we could show a picture. Long story short I won’t be going to another Applebee’s (I didn’t get the meal).

November 13, 2008 at 2:53 am
(27) Gman says:

Applebees has 2000 locations in the USA. In the Franchise I work for we tested it in 1/2 of our locations. Every location was near a base of some sort. In almost every single location we had our busiest day of the year. This was done to honor active duty and veterans for all that they have and continue to do for us. In the locations we tested it we contacted local veterans organizations to let them know about what we were doing. Once word got out people started emailing and telling everyone they knew. Applebees actually contacted every single base in the country to let them know what locations were doing the Veterans day special because we found out about people passing on the information. We really did try to be proactive. With 2000 locations in the US we had to test this to see what would happen. In my company we had an average of 500 meals given away in every location. If every location in the country would have done it that equals 1 million free meals. There is now way we would have been able to do give everyone the service and experiance they deserve. We simply would have ran out of food and I can imagine the negative responce on that. Our distributors were not prepared for that type of increase. This is something that we want to do right. I am very sorry that we could not take care of everyone this year but I can tell you that all of the people I worked with yesterday all left feeling very proud of what we did to say thanks. I left after 12 hours and felt full of life and energy. Also, the complete list of participating locations has been on the applebees website for the past week. I am also sorry for some misinformed staff for not always doing the right thing. You can choose to not come back to Applebees if you would like but we would still like to say thanks for everything you do.

November 16, 2008 at 3:13 am
(28) Chuck says:

I am a retired LCDR Navy (subs and seabees) in Mississippi. We have 1/4 million veterans in our small state. I was informed after calling the local Applebees that we, in the deep south, were not included in the initial marketing promotion. I shot an email off the bow to the Applebees website with a complaint. I got a very nice phone response the next day, by phone message, explaining their plan to expand the offer. Sure I am PO’d, but lets give Applebees a chance while we question their marketing staff.
In the meantime, lets all enjoy a free meal in our honor at Golden Corral on 11/17 between the hours of 5 and 9. I salute them for saluting us and look forward to Applebees joining in next year.
Semper Fi, do or die and give Applebees a chance! Give them a call at 888-592-7753. They meant well but had a burp at the initial effort at this.

November 19, 2008 at 3:15 pm
(29) anon says:

Unfortunatley Applebee’s has been sold off to several franchise companies, and in the case of most of those franchises they were not even given a heads up on what corporate offices had decided to do with their test stores. so when it came to be out in the open the franchise stores did not have the amount of food it would take to offer this promotion. I know our apple bees here did try and honor it as best they could but had to go with a very limited menu because of their actual food supply. So i think it was more a corporate company stupidity than an applebee’s at whole f up. our franchise stores here in nevada were very wonderful with the promotion and all of our servers that day thanked vets and active duty members for the job they have done for this country. their gratitude and appreciation is what this should have been about not what cheap ass got pissed off because they didn’t get to cost a company $$$ by eating for free. i ate at our local applebees on veterans day and it was wonderful to see how grateful the managers and employees here were to have us in their restuarant. so get over yourselves people!!!

November 9, 2011 at 9:35 am
(30) Johnny says:

SO to hell with everyone you got yours Wright

November 26, 2008 at 11:38 pm
(31) The Sarge says:

These offers, good intentions notwithstanding, are sometimes wrought with “bumpy weather” in terms of execution…locations/convenience, times, etc. However, let’s keep the big picture in focus:

As the ole saying goes, “talk is cheap”. We are bombarded with signs, slogans, etc, proclaiming to Support the Troops. Upon observing such signage/proclamation, the first question which arises is “just exactly HOW do you support the Troops”? Gestures, such as restaurant chains offering free chow to vets, is perhaps one of few true forms of Troop Support by the civilian community. These should be recognized for what they are…a way of saying “THANKS”!


October 19, 2009 at 3:19 pm
(32) Mary says:

I just called my local Applebees and they told me the store participation was nation-wide…all stores. Either someone’s wrong somewhere or Applebees changed their minds…

October 21, 2009 at 12:17 pm
(33) Charlie Jensen says:

Cripes, what a bunch of whiners.
Applebees trys to do something nice where and when they can and the freeloaders line up demanding their rights.
Some of the complaints are a real disgrace.

October 26, 2009 at 4:57 pm
(34) C says:

Mary, all of the comments before you were posted last year when they were just doing a test run in only a few markets. This year it is in all stores.

November 8, 2009 at 3:16 pm
(35) Bob says:


November 10, 2009 at 2:37 pm
(36) Phil says:

I guess they don’t want the vetrans to know which Applebees are doing the free meals as it says that the site is not there.

November 10, 2009 at 2:40 pm
(37) Kenneth Hare says:

I am a veteran of vietnam and the Gulf
war. Frankly I am grateful for any business that does anything for a vet. I applaud all efforts wheather they succeed or not. Applebees is a good resturant and so is Golden Corral. Golden Corral seems to be more organized with the effort. As a vet I really do not feel any business owes me any more than anyone else.

November 10, 2009 at 8:13 pm
(38) retired navy says:

Wow, be glad that the resturants that are participating a re doing so. Applebees is getting more bad press for giving “some” veterans meals than the resturants that arent giving any meals away. We are really a sad group.

November 11, 2009 at 8:59 am
(39) #1veteran says:

holy crap so much for people being grateful for at least some company doing something about it. it is not there fault there not in all states. Go whine about something else or Google your area for another place that is doing something.

I dont like the food at Applebees but thanks guys

November 11, 2009 at 9:19 am
(40) C Gilbert says:

Come on. Look at the date of the comment. Some of you are griping about comments left last year. Only a few of the comments are from this year. I wish you all have a great Veteran’s Day and from one marine and now a husband and father to all vets. Thanks

November 11, 2009 at 10:09 am
(41) Mil Kutcher says:

Lets give Applebees a break people. It’s a test, not
a forever, never change policy. I can’t come up with
even a dozen food changes that are giving out even a
french fry to Vets today.
My husband is a Vet and I plan on making him a meal
at home tonight to tell him thanks for his time in
service……but thanks Applebee’s for the offer
and if this test is a success, I know you’ll add other restaurants to the list next year.

November 11, 2009 at 10:46 am
(42) jan says:

Port Huron, MI has the free entrees until midnight.

November 11, 2009 at 1:47 pm
(43) Tim says:

you guys need to get a grip and do your homework before you flame this blog. I contacted corporate HQ to see if this was a valid promotion and they did confirm it is going on at all franchises in all 50 states. Jeez…

November 11, 2009 at 2:06 pm
(44) Chris says:

We have National guard and Resvere Units just down and the HQ of the Guard with in 2 miles of Applebees and they do not do it….

November 11, 2009 at 1:27 pm


November 11, 2009 at 1:34 pm
(46) Bob Mowry says:

Well I thank Applebees and the Golden Corral both. I am an Air Force Retiree here in Louisiana and am going to get the advantage of both offers thanks to alternating days. I Salute both restaurant chains for thinking of the veteran. A lot of companies should take a lesson from these two.

November 11, 2009 at 1:38 pm
(47) Jenna says:

Just FYI, all Applebee’s in Oklahoma and Arkansas are participating in the Veteran’s Day deal.

November 11, 2009 at 1:48 pm
(48) Queen Bee says:

When I called them, Applebees in Fenton, MI had no hesitation. Immediately said, “yes we are serving our Veterans all day today”. Michigan was not included as participating on the nationwide list. Kudos to Fenton, Michigan!!

November 11, 2009 at 2:05 pm
(49) Kelly says:

The Applebee’s in Muskogee, Oklahoma is participating, free meal for veteran not family.

November 11, 2009 at 2:08 pm
(50) jacko says:

I just had my free meal at Applebee’s on Woodruff rd Greenville,sc.There were 20 people waiting when I got there at 12:15 waited about 5 minutes to get seated and served in 15 minutes.there were 6 entree’s to choose from. A good choice and fast service. I thank applebee’s for supporting our veterans.I will continue to support them.

November 11, 2009 at 2:21 pm
(51) Bob Goodwin says:

My wife and I just went to the Applebee’s in Manahawkin, NJ .

The place was packed , the food was great.

It is nice to see a retailer whos cares about active meilitarty and vreterans.

Hats off to Appllebee’s and their fine cahin of restuarents.

November 11, 2009 at 2:26 pm
(52) Dan Schuler says:

Funny the Golden Corral, Colorado Springs has 2 bases and the Air Force Academy with in 10 to 20 minutes of 2 locations!

November 11, 2009 at 2:37 pm
(53) brw says:

First why would anyone expect an offer for vets to be extended to their families? Even Golden Corral does not do this. AND they have done this type of promotion for years. BTW they are doing thewirs on nov 16th NOT the 17th as some have posted. Please visit their web site.
I have not called applebees to see if they will honor in my area yet. IF not? then I will go to the bbq place or out back and have an onion and pay for the rest of my meal.
To the gentleman who just ordered without asking questions, you should have paid the difference.

quit whining least you stop those who are and may do things for us in the future.

November 11, 2009 at 2:40 pm
(54) Harry says:

I just checked with my local Applebee’s and the fella told me every Applebee’s in America is honoring the Veteran’s special. Maybe they reconsidered the limited location thing?

Even if they were not…I am still proud to be taking my wife (retired Army Sgt) out to dinner tonight.

November 11, 2009 at 2:51 pm
(55) John says:

Mark, you will be late at Golden Corral on the 17th. Their free meal is on Monday the 16th from 5-9pm.

November 11, 2009 at 3:05 pm
(56) Rick says:

I’m a bit upset that a lot of you would actually complain. Although that is one of the freedoms you’ve been afforded. I’m proud to be a vet and to have my son serving now, but that doesn’t mean I should look for freebies. Be happy that anyone is giving you any thing. If no one near you is giving you something free come see me, I think I may have something for you and it wont cost a thing. And to all vets out there past, present , and future, Thank You

November 11, 2009 at 3:06 pm
(57) Victor says:

Let me start out by saying that, anyone in the Military should be commended for the selfless act of serving our country. We love you all and respect you immensely. I pray for your safety no matter where you are or what task you perform. You are all GREAT! Every time I get a chance I voice this opinion. By the same token anyone who takes the time to try to Honor you deserves a break — they are trying — they will get the kinks worked out. In the meantime remember who you are and keep up the GREAT work. Honor to all.

November 11, 2009 at 3:07 pm
(58) Toni says:

Applebees started with a good idea but someone dropped the ball!!!. My son a soldier and I only hope where ever he is right now he gets a meal. For shame on the applebee manager that does give a meal to our soldiers I would have paid for it myself it the company didn’t.

November 11, 2009 at 3:31 pm
(59) Sgt.Bob 2nd Arm.Div. says:

Applebees does’nt owe anyone anything…With many buisnesses going under these days I salute them for their generosity.

November 11, 2009 at 3:47 pm
(60) Lauren says:

I am in NY and they are honoring the vets here!! : ) Off to Applebees for dinner!

November 11, 2009 at 3:48 pm
(61) John Moore says:

I live in Great Falls Montana, the Golden corral in Great falls, burned down last year .The owners kept many of there employees working by paying them to work in many of our local volunteer programs.They recently reopened in October.We have Malmstrom Air Force.This restaurant and its owners is very respected. The Golden Corral chain should be proud of these Owners.

November 11, 2009 at 4:12 pm
(62) monica says:

We have to be thankful that at least one restaurant is offering free food to honored all the veterans. We are used to protest for everything that hallways forget to say thanks. It’s a shame that people do not see the good things, only the problems and make a big deal for nothing.

November 11, 2009 at 4:17 pm
(63) Ben says:

This is a Test huh? Seems like a marketing gimic. Why not do something honorable. USAA is sponsoring free phone calls from Afghanistan, Iraq and some hospitals to all 50 states (not just a small area) – No Test needed. I am glad that our Vets don’t “test” the military or their service before they are in. Bye, Bye Applebees! Never again!

November 11, 2009 at 4:18 pm
(64) Retired Working in Iraq says:

I am a retired Army vet, and not so I can get a free meal at Applebees or any other restaurant. Any free meal is a GIFT. I am embarrassed that some of my fellow vets feel entitled to a free meal. Applebees made a mistake if they promoted a free meal then failed to provide one at some locations, but come on. I assure you all vets do not feel they are entitled to a free “anything”. I served and I was compensated as agreed. As a retiree I’m just another citizen. Thank you to those who have expressed their appreciation for my service and thank you to those who have seen fit to provide additional benefits through their generosity. Sorry someone got bent because they didn’t get a free meal.

November 11, 2009 at 4:29 pm
(65) Show Stopper says:

I want to say to Applebees, Thank u for supporting our Veterans. Keep doing what you are doing, You cant please everybody. Thank You once again and God Bless Applebees for supporting our troops.

November 11, 2009 at 4:33 pm
(66) Ron says:

I want to say that we were very pleased that our Applebees in Minnesota was very generous to give a meal to a veteran. People need to be thankful and not complain that not all states were included. No matter what anyone does to honor the men and women of the Armed Services there will always be someone who complains. How sad is that in this day and age
There were many veterans at my Applebees and it was so good to see some of the old uniforms they had displayed. One was from World War I. We are very thankful and you are doing a great service for the Armed Forces.

November 11, 2009 at 5:13 pm
(67) CHARLOTTE says:

This is great! These restaurants owe you nothing, The federal government promised you everything to join and now wants to give you nothing for the blood, sweat and tears that you have given. Let’s put our fight where it belongs. I can’t believe so many are so angry about a dinner and not about truly taking care of our veterans. A meal is just for one day. Let’s fight about a veterans not getting medical care and being put out of their homes because they come back with no arms and legs. give me a break.

November 11, 2009 at 5:22 pm
(68) Covco says:

I guess I’m a different kind of vet. I appreciate Applebee’s making an effort, but if it isn’t for all vets, I won’t participate. In fact, I feel its insulting. We served together, but we can’t all be honored together? Sorry Applebee’s, no score here.

November 11, 2009 at 5:28 pm
(69) Roger says:

Just be thankful thereare those that want to take the time and effort to support veterans. I hope you show your gratitude by leaving a tip for your neighbors that are serving you. God bless and Semper Phi…

November 11, 2009 at 5:58 pm
(70) Chuck Myers says:

I’m happy to say that Applebees in Red Wing MN is happy to offer a free meal to all veterans.

November 11, 2009 at 6:08 pm
(71) tim says:

i am a vet i think it should be our day . nobody else this includes our schools and banks and govenment. unless you have served somthing outher than food and your own agenda. MAYBE YOUR COUNTRY. Mud pupies rule thanks to all my fellow vets GOD BLESS!!!!!!!!!

November 11, 2009 at 6:20 pm
(72) Krazymech says:

This is a great idea, but I guess only a few locations had the same idea. I would suggest a Military spouse appreciation meal on veterans day as well. After all, my wife is a vet. She raised two kids and ran a household through two deployments already(one from Germany). Let me see someone tell her she doesn’t deserve some sort of veterans benefits for that.

November 11, 2009 at 6:23 pm
(73) Dennis says:

they are doing it at all restaurants ..go to their homepage

November 11, 2009 at 6:33 pm
(74) DannyHyde says:

Take it easy….they are giving. Not taking away anything from vets. Just not giving as much as they might. SO TAKE IT EASY….

November 11, 2009 at 6:43 pm
(75) DannyHyde says:

In some ways the negaitve comments seem to indicate an ‘all or nothing attitude’. Sorry but this is the real word here. It’s like being insulted if someone only donates $1 when $5 is expected. $1 > $0

November 11, 2009 at 8:12 pm
(76) Sarge says:

We’ve become a Nation of entitlement…about half of these whinning comments bear this out. Grow up, people…if you don’t get what you feel is your “just due”, just suck it up. Didn’t Military service teach you anything, you self-absorbed ingrates.

November 11, 2009 at 10:25 pm
(77) Greg says:

Any recognition is welcome from my standpoint. Thanks to the folks at my local Applebees in Waterville, ME. Getting more recognition now than I have in the last 45 years. Thanks to all you folks that appreciate what our military does. God Bless them and You!!

November 13, 2009 at 8:48 am
(78) Applebee's employee says:

I have worked at Applebee’s for ten years and was happy to be able to show our support to our troops. We were busy from the time we opened our doors at 11 until we closed them at 1 in the morning. It is a shame that some veterans are bashing a company that was willing to take a huge profit loss during these tough economic times. Employees worked their tails off to make everyone happy only to have most customers leave without even tipping. Some vets even walked out on their tab after ordering alcohol and other food. What a shame these good intentions turned into!

November 14, 2009 at 11:08 am
(79) Sarge says:

Applebee employee, please allow me to appologize for the crappy behavior displayed by some of America’s military members. I want to say that these people represent a small number of the military population…and hopefully they do. Unfortunately, good manners and social graces do not appear on any training agenda to which I, in 21 years service, have been exposed. Nonetheless, I know that many people in uniform appreciate this wonderful gesture and the work you put into this effort. Thank you, Applebees.

November 14, 2009 at 6:02 pm
(80) Chris says:

FYI in 2009 every Applebees gave away a free meal to Veterans. 2008 was a test to see how the promotion went and to determine what would be needed for a sucessfully executed promotion in 2009. Thanks to Applebees for honoring all military past and present!

October 29, 2010 at 8:12 am
(81) sye burnett says:

well i went to the applebees in my area (fl) to see if they knew anything about…they professed they did. subsequently found out that the day i was there was supposed to be the day. yet though discussed with them they never told me it was the day i was there.
now to offer and use veterans, who risked their lives, then make one realize u just did this to get the glory without really offering the program u profess
frankly, that is about as low as one can get
make believe u offer and then not follow thru but try to live off the mr good guy image u really care.
well it is a shame, for did enjoy the meal frankly but disappointed when i learned the day i was there and even discussed it, that it was real. sad commentary of how low one can get
and frankly sad because i enjoyed the place and would have returned, but frankly now will not…sad commentary on how a corporation will use us and then abuse at the same time and then try to take the majestic credit of the good guy….yuk yuk yuk….and to think of how many good buddies we left on the field for people like u to try to use/then abuse these guys. yes disgusting. not sure how much lower one could get…..hope this isnt the commentary for our future….

November 2, 2010 at 1:19 pm
(82) crt says:

God Bless Applebees they did not have to do anything!I can not believe that so many feel they in some fashion been slighted.No one but loved ones and family gave a damm when returning troops from Viet Nam came home ,so be glade that any company is offering anything.

November 8, 2010 at 4:04 pm
(83) ray h says:

I want to thank applebee’s for this fine gesture. I am sorry that so many states do not have applebee’s and that so many vets will miss out on this offer. Thank you applebee’s for the thought.

November 9, 2010 at 4:58 pm
(84) David says:

I just called Applebee’s in Leo. Ma. and I’m going to free lunch a noon on Mon. Thank you Applebee’s (Vietnam vet)

November 10, 2010 at 5:38 am
(85) ElsieAnne says:

Many thanks, Applebees! We took my then-90-year-old dad to Applebee’s last November. Aside from having to wait a while to get in, we had a great time. The place was filled with cheerful vets having a good time, and the staff was very helpful. And Dad got a lot of attention from the younger vets, because he was from WWII. He felt really appreciated, which is a hard feeling to come by when you are 90 years old and walking with a walker. We hope to take Dad to Applebee’s again this year, if he feels up to it. Kudos to Applebee’s for this great program!

November 10, 2010 at 2:47 pm
(86) Robert says:

I read some of the comments above and I am surprised at some of the things that were written. For those who do not understand, Applebees is under no obligation to offer free meals to veterans. This is a gift. If this gift is available in your state, be grateful and enjoy it. If it is not available, stop whining and move on with your life. Those comments against Applebees’ decision to offer this gift only helps in making the business decision to stop offering it.

November 10, 2010 at 4:09 pm
(87) marybeth says:

My husband and I are both army veterans. Last year we both enjoyed a free meal that our local Applebee’s (in Rochester, NY) graciously offered. We felt very touched that they did this for veterans when they didn’t have to. They are a business and they have to survive on customer support, so to give out free meals to vets was an extremely generous gesture, I think. To most people Veteran’s Day is just another day, or a day off from work to enjoy. I think Veteran’s Day should be a day to reflect on the blessings and privileges we have living in a great country. WE have so much to be thankful for; there really should be no room for petty complaints. And to all veterans out there and the people who appreciate them: Thank You!

November 11, 2010 at 10:20 am
(88) Arlinda says:

U-go! Marybeth

Thanks, to U2.

November 11, 2010 at 1:17 pm
(89) bob says:

Golden Corrall is Nov. 15th not 17th. Didn’t want you to miss out.

November 11, 2010 at 1:21 pm
(90) sonia says:

One question does the guest get a free meal aswell?

November 11, 2010 at 5:52 pm
(91) Bill says:

I called the Applebees Restaurant in Oxford,
Mississippi. The young lady who answered the
telephone assured me that they were participating
in the free meal for veterans promotion. It was really a kind gesture on the part of Applebees. They did not, like the majority of restaurants, have to offer anything. It is, however, unfortunate that, for some reason, they did not or could not provide the same honor to veterans throughout our country. Again, it was a kind gesture. But, the planning and implementation was sadly inexplicably lacking.
U.S. Army 1970 – 1973.

For those who never served, they will never know.
For those who served, they shall never forget.

November 11, 2010 at 7:09 pm
(92) happy camper says:

I ate at Apple Bees today and did so last year and enjoyed myself both times with no problems at all.

November 11, 2010 at 7:42 pm
(93) BT 2 Taylor says:

Thanks for the thought APPLEBEES I never thought anyone owed me anything for my time “Thank You”

November 2, 2011 at 9:14 pm
(94) dennis says:

Applebees is trying to do agood thing it owes me nothing it was an honor and my dutie to serve my country

November 10, 2011 at 10:19 pm
(95) Gary says:

They were the first to do this. Applebees started this several years ago and now a lot of other folks are get on the bandwagon. We should be thankful for what they are doing. None of them has to do this any of us.
I for one am grateful for what they are doing and it’s better than being spit on like it was for the vets when they came home from SEA.

November 11, 2011 at 1:58 pm
(96) John says:

As a Korean era vet, I salute Applebee’s for what they are doing for veterans. Has anyone given any thought to what this cost this company to prepare this event Nation Wide? Thank You Applebee’s for your thoughtfulness. While stationed in Texas hitchhiking back to my post a Mexican picked my buddy and me up. He realized we would not make it back to our unit for chow so he asked if we were hungry. Of course we were and back then our pay was very small and like most GI’s we were broke, so he pulled over at a small gas station that sold some food, he went inside and brought us out all kinds of goodies to eat. That was a small act of kindness I will never forget. That was 1953 and I have never forgotten that man. I only wish I would have gotten his name and address.

November 12, 2011 at 6:01 am
(97) Roz says:

Applebees let me say thank u for your support to all Vets. But please in the future post where all can see that soft drinks are not included. Some Vets may not b able to pay for their beverage. We were not told untill the end of our meal. So was it really free???? Last I. Checked this would be called false advertisment.

November 10, 2012 at 1:59 am
(98) Linda says:

Sierra Vista Az.

Check with your local Applebees I beleive in certain areas they are giving meals on Sunday, Golden Corral on Monday starting at 4:00 p.m. all it takes is a phone call.

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