We are grateful for and proud of our veterans. Sunday (actual) and Monday (observed) are Veterans Day. Listed here are the free benefits for veterans that we are aware of in Columbia. If you know of other related free events, please add them with details in the comments below or share with the social media post.

photo: Avenue of Flags at Memorial Day ceremony, Centralia Cemetery, Centralia, Missouri.

Avenue of Flags, Centralia Cemetery, Centralia, Missouri

Free Haircut for Veterans — Sun, Nov 11, 10 am-4 pm

At Great Clips, veterans and current military personnel receive a free haircut or a free haircut card that can be redeemed until December 31, 2018. Additionally, non-military customers who purchase a service at participating Great Clips on November 11, receive a free haircut card to give to a veteran.
2901 W Broadway Ste 107; 573-446-4323
2703 E Broadway #228; 573-874-1415
1305 Grindstone Pkwy #103; 573-442-9799

Free Meals for Veterans — Sun, Nov 11, and / or Mon, Nov 12

Applebee’s Grill + Bar
11 am-11 pm
Applebee’s is offering free meal options to veterans and active duty military on Nov. 11.
2601 E Broadway; 573-442-3640
2010 I-70 Drive SW; 573-445-5759

Bandana’s Bar-B-Q
11 am-9 pm
On Nov. 11, veterans and active military eat free at Bandana’s Bar-B-Q. This offer is valid for meals up to $10.
3405 Clark Ln; 573-256-2229

Bob Evans
6 am-9 pm
Veterans and active military personnel can stop into Bob Evans at any time on Nov. 11 to receive free breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
3000 Clark Ln; 573-814-3256

Buffalo Wild Wings
11 am-11 pm
Vets get a free order of traditional or boneless wings with a side of fries on Nov. 11.
505 E Nifong Blvd; 573-441-2244

Chili’s Grill & Bar
41 Conley Rd; 573-442-6067
10:45 am-10 pm
Visit Chili’s on Nov. 11 to get your Veterans Day free meal if you are a veteran or on active military duty.

Chuck E. Cheese’s
2003 W Worley St; 573-445-1728
11 am-9 pm
Chuck E. Cheese’s is giving out one free personal 1-topping pizza on Nov. 11 to all active duty, national guard, and retired military members.

Cici’s Pizza
2609 E Broadway Ste 216; 573-814-1230
11 am-10 pm
Any active or retired military member with proof of service can get a free adult buffet at Cicis on Nov. 11. This includes pizza, salad, desserts, and more. Make sure to bring this coupon with you: https://cicispizzas.fbmta.com/shared/images/32212254756/32212254756_20181108083797.png

Cracker Barrel
3304 Clark Ln; 573-474-9977
6 am-10 pm
On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, Cracker Barrel is giving veterans a free Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake dessert or a Crafted Coffee, like the Goo Goo Latte or Vanilla Latte.

1100 Knipp St; 573-446-8740
Stop by Denny’s on Nov. 12, and all active, non-active, and retired military personnel can get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam Breakfast from 5 am-Noon.

Dunkin’ Donuts
821 Elm St; 573-476-6341
5 am-11 pm
3100 S Providence Rd, Columbia MO 65203
6 am-10 pm
Dunkin’ Donuts will serve up one free doughnut on Nov. 11 to vets and active military members. Those who qualify can choose any doughnut they like.

Golden Corral
3421 Clark Ln; 573-814-3305
Make the most of Military Appreciation Night with a free dinner for veterans at Golden Corral on Monday, Nov. 12 from 5-9 pm.

3802 Buttonwood Dr; 573-874-2000
11 am-9 pm
On Nov. 12, HuHot is giving all veterans and active duty military free grill meals.

Hy-Vee Market Grille
Hy-Vee #1 (West)
3100 W Broadway; 573-447-0133
Hy-Vee #1 Market Grille offers veterans a free brunch from 6-11 am on Nov. 12.
Hy-Vee #2 (Rock Bridge)
405 E Nifong Blvd; 573-442-8595
HyVee #2 Market Grille offers veterans a free Breakfast Buffet from 7-11 am on Nov 12.
Hy-Vee #3
25 Conley Rd; 573-442-7703
HyVee #3 Market Grille offers veterans a free Breakfast Buffet from 6-11 am on Nov 12.

Open 24 hours
In honor of Veterans Day, IHOP is giving out free stacks of Red, White & Blue pancakes on the day after Veterans Day, on Monday, November 12. These are buttermilk pancakes with glazed strawberries, blueberry compote, and a whipped topping.
51 Conley Rd; 573-442-9242

Little Caesars Pizza
11 am-10 pm
Veterans and active military members can visit Little Caesars on Nov. 11 from 11am-2pm for a free Lunch Combo (normally $5). This meal includes four slices of Little Caesars Detroit-style DEEP!DEEP!™ Dish pizza, plus a 20 oz. Pepsi product.
2901 W Broadway Suite 103; 573-449-9909
100 Brickton Rd Suite 108; 573-817-8178
505 E Nifong Blvd; 573-443-4567

LongHorn Steakhouse
11 am-10 pm
LongHorn Steakhouse is giving away free appetizers and desserts to veterans and active service members who stop in to Longhorn Steakhouse on Nov. 11, plus eligible customers also get 10% off their table’s total check.
31 Conley Rd; 573-874-3000

Olive Garden
11 am-10 pm
Olive Garden is having a Veterans Day free meal for all active-duty military and military veterans on Nov. 11. The meal includes an entree from a special Veterans Day menu, plus unlimited soup or salad and garlic breadsticks.
1300 I-70 Dr SW; 573-443-2082

Red Lobster
11 am-10 pm
Active duty military, reserve, and military veterans can stop by Red Lobster and get a free appetizer or dessert on Nov. 11 and Nov. 12.
1110 Interstate 70 DR SW; 573-445-8324

Ruby Tuesday
11 am-10 pm
Veterans, active duty, and reserve service men and women can visit Ruby Tuesday on Nov. 11th to get a free appetizer valued up to $10.
2010 Bernadette Dr; 573-446-8212

Starbucks is honoring veterans, active duty service members, and their spouses, by offering a free tall (12 fl oz) hot brewed coffee on Nov. 11. Instead of getting to Starbucks on Veterans Day and finding out that your location isn’t giving out free coffee, you may want to call your Starbucks ahead of time just to be sure that they are.
Many stores in Columbia

Texas Roadhouse
11 am-10 pm
Texas Roadhouse will be giving away free Veterans Day lunches from 11am-2pm on Nov. 11 to active, former, or retired military.
2005 W Worley St; 573-445-5910

TGI Fridays
TGI Fridays will be having a free meal for all veterans and active-duty military on Nov 11 (9 am-11 pm) and Nov. 12 (11 am-11 pm).
3030 I-70 Dr SE; 573-817-2440

White Castle
Open 24 hours
White Castle is giving out a free Breakfast Combo or Castle Combo Meal (numbers 1-6) to any veteran or other military member who comes in on Nov. 11 or Nov. 12.
3401 Clark Ln; 573-886-7829

Thank you, veterans! Does anyone know of any other free Veterans Day freebies? Please share the details in the comments.

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