It’s almost Veteran’s Day and with that comes lots of complimentary deals and freebies that are offered as a thank you to our brave men and women for their service.

Darden recently informed me that (3) of their chain restaurants which includes Red Lobster, Olive Garden and Longhorn Steakhouse are offering up some complimentary deals as listed below:

Olive Garden, the Italian-inspired restaurant that provides a place and a reason for family and friends to connect, is offering a complimentary entrée from the special menu of:

  • Unlimited Soup, Salad & Breadsticks
  • Grilled Sausage & Peppers Rustica
  • Seafood Alfredo
  • Chicken Parmigiana
  • Cheese Ravioli
  • Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

All entrées include freshly baked garlic breadsticks and choice of homemade soup or garden fresh salad.

Red Lobster, which recently underwent the largest menu transformation in its history to provide guests more affordable, great-tasting seafood and non-seafood dishes with more overall choice and variety, is offering a complimentary appetizer from the following options:

  • Buffalo Chicken Bites (new appetizer on Red Lobster’s menu)
  • Southwest Chicken Pizza (new appetizer on Red Lobster’s menu)
  • Sweet Chili Shrimp (new appetizer on Red Lobster’s menu)
  • Crispy Calamari & Vegetables
  • Lobster Artichoke Dip
  • Lobster Pizza
  • Lobster-Stuffed Mushrooms
  • Parrot Isle Coconut Shrimp
  • Wood-Grilled Shrimp Bruschetta

LongHorn, who desires to become America’s next favorite steakhouse by offering the widest variety of steak cuts in casual dining, and steaks that are fresh never frozen, boldly hand-seasoned and expertly grilled is offering:

  • Complimentary Texas Tonion and non-alcoholic beverage


How to Redeem:

Veterans and active-duty military can simply show proof of service for dining specials, which includes U.S. Uniform Service Identification Card, U.S. Uniform Service Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), Veteran’s Organization Card (i.e., American Legion and VFW), DD214 Certificate, Veteran’s Identification Card (VIC), photographed in uniform or wearing uniform or their Canadian equivalents.

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Krystel is the mom of two and an Army Wife. In addition to Army Wife 101 she is the Co-Founder of a digital media agency that connects brands with the military market. She has appeared on MSNBC ,FOX LA and formerly was a weekly contributor to HLN's "Raising America". She has written for various outlets including Sheknows and Lifetime and is a big fan of cupcakes and french fries.

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