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Military Family Appreciation Month :: Events, Deals, Freebies, Support & More

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Every year the President signs a proclamation declaring November be the month of the military family. During the month of November, the Department of Defense and the nation honor military families around the country to show their gratitude for the sacrifice and commitment military families make. 

Columbia is home to the U.S. Army’s largest training center for Basic Combat Training, Fort Jackson. In fact, Fort Jackson trains 50 percent of the Army’s Basic Combat Training load and 60 percent of the women entering the Army each year. But, there are service men and women from other branches of the military (Air Force, Marines, National Guard) who make Fort Jackson their home as well. Columbia boasts a very large military community that deserves to be celebrated!

So, military moms, how can you celebrate? Below is a list of events and businesses honoring the military this month.

Not a military family but wondering how you can support those around you? Scroll down a little further and find out. 


Veteran’s Day Parade

People from across the state gather in downtown Columbia for the City of Columbia’s Annual Veterans Day Parade, one of the largest Veterans Day parades in the United States. This celebration occurs at the corner of Laurel and Sumter Street, November 10, from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Veteran’s Day Dinner Celebration

Join the Capital City Club on November 10 for an evening celebrating our Veterans. Enjoy a cocktail hour from 6 to 7 p.m. and a 3 course dinner with wine. Dinner and the evening program will begin at 7 p.m. Live music will be hosted after the program and dinner is complete. Please call the Club or make your reservations online! Dinner celebration is for Club Members. $55  (15% off with Military ID).

Special Deals

Army & Air Force Exchange

Get Veterans Day deals on many items, including gift items from November 10 – 16. Plus, starting on Veterans Day, veterans can shop the exchanges online

Brides Across America

Brides dream of having the perfect dress and a beautiful gown is an essential part of every bride’s special day. Brides Across America plays a role in making their dreams come true by giving a military or first responder bride a free wedding gown during  “Operation Wedding Gown Event” held during the month of November. Qualifying brides register to attend the event at a participating bridal salon by completing the registration form and paying a $30 fee. Once verified, the organization assists in finding a gown from the selection.

Carnival Cruise Line

A special booking promotion for active and retired military personnel from November 3 – 14, provides a $50 onboard credit per cabin plus a two-category upgrade and reduced deposits from $99 per person.

Dollar General

11% off total purchase in-store or online on Veterans Day for veterans and active military and their family members. Shop online with promo code VET17. Valid for participating locations and on qualifying purchases.

Enterprise Car Sales

Active duty military members, veterans, and their dependents get a Firestone Prepaid Maintenance Package with any used vehicle purchase during the month of November.


Get 50% off all donated apparel with a valid military ID.

Great Clips

Veterans and current military members can visit a U.S. Great Clips salon on November 11, to receive either a free haircut that day or the free haircut card to use at a later date.

Home Depot

The Home Depot offers a 10% military discount on in-store purchases on select items.

Legoland Florida

Veterans get free admission November 1 – 19, as well as 50% off tickets for up to six guests.


Active and retired military personnel and family members receive a 10 percent discount on Veteran’s Day. Proof of service required.

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

All military veterans, who have served or are serving in the United States Armed Forces, will receive free admission to the Zoo and Garden in honor of Veterans Day on November 11

Sleep Number

Through November 19, active and veteran military members will receive exclusive discounts on Sleep Number products. Save up to $700 on select Sleep Number mattress sets.

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Food & Restaurant Specials

There are many restaurants offering FREE food and/or special discounts on food to both Active Duty, Reservists, National Guard, and Retired veterans on Veterans Day. Be sure to bring your military ID as many places require ID to receive the promotion. Unless otherwise noted, all offers will be available on Saturday, November 11, 2017.


Veterans and active duty military receive a FREE MEAL from a limited menu at participating Applebee’s. Available from open to close. Dine-in only.

California Dreaming

FREE entrée.

Carrabba’s Italian Grill

FREE appetizer of your choice.

Chicken Salad Chick

FREE Original Chick and Regular drink.


FREE meal – Choice of any lunch combo, or your choice of a dinner meal from a select menu (beverages not included).

Chipotle Mexican Grill

Active duty, National Guard, and retired military, military spouses with ID, and veterans get a buy-one-get-one (BOGO) deal from 5 p.m. to close on November 7.

Chuck E. Cheese

One FREE personal 1-topping pizza to military veterans at all U.S. restaurants. 

Cracker Barrel

FREE slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola® Cake (not a free meal, but hey, it’s free cake!)


Active, inactive and retired military personnel get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam on November 10, from 5 a.m. to noon.

Dunkin’ Donuts

One FREE donut.

Golden Corral 

Military Appreciation Night free dinner will be available on November 13, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Military retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard and Reserves are all welcome.


On November 10, participating restaurants offer veterans and active duty military FREE Red, White and Blue pancakes.

Little Caesar’s

FREE $5 HOT-N-READY Lunch Combo at participating stores nationwide, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Olive Garden

FREE meal for all active-duty military and military veterans.

Outback Steakhouse

All active and retired service members a free Bloomin’ Onion and a beverage on November 11. Additionally, November 12 through November 16, military members will receive 20% off their check and, beginning November 17, military will receive 10% off their check.

Quaker Steak & Lube

Veterans and current service members can receive a complimentary or discounted meal of their choice.

Red Lobster

FREE appetizer or dessert from their select Veterans Day menu.

Red Robin

Veterans and active duty military get a FREE Red’s Tavern Double Burger with Bottomless Steak Fries.

Ruby Tuesday

FREE appetizer.

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How to Support Military Families

Perhaps you’re not in the military and don’t have a spouse or family member who is. But, chances are, you know someone (even just an acquaintance) in the military. Below are some ways you can support military members and their families during the month of November and all year round. 

  • Tell them thank you! Both the military member AND their spouse deserve to hear how much what they do each and every day is appreciated. 
  • Write a thank you note showing them your appreciation for their sacrifice for our country.
  • Perform a random act of kindness for the family.
  • Offer to babysit and/or make them a meal. This one is especially valuable during a deployment or when the military member is away for training and work (many Active Duty service men and women travel frequently as a part of their job).
  • ASK how you can help them out. Every family is different with different needs.

Military families, we appreciate YOU! Take advantage of these great services above and enjoy your Military Family Appreciation Month! And sign up for the Military Deals and Discounts Newsletter to get even more discounts and information on how Military Families can save big.

“This month, in which Americans traditionally pause to give thanks for our blessings, it is fitting that we come together to honor with gratitude our extraordinary veterans and military families and their service to our country. May God continue to bless our Armed Forces and those families that love and support them.”

– President Trump

Know of other events or special offers for the military this month? Feel free to share below!

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