By Weston Blasi
Thank you for your service: This Thursday, we honor millions of U.S. servicemen and women on Veterans Day.
The stock market is open on Veterans Day, and most other businesses stay open during the federal holiday, as well.
And many of them are offering special discounts and perks for veterans this year.
That includes Krispy Kreme /zigman2/quotes/227704127/composite DNUT -0.63% and Dunkin’ dishing free donuts; IHOP and Denny’s flipping free pancakes, and Starbucks /zigman2/quotes/207508890/composite SBUX -0.27% pouring free coffee. Nearly all of these deals are for in-store customers only — so online orders are excluded. More Veteran’s Day food deals include free entrees from Olive Garden and Applebee’s. And all of these deals are for veterans as well as active military members.
Special offers for veterans are not just limited to food, however. From Nov. 11 through Nov. 14, Walgreens /zigman2/quotes/203410933/composite WBA +0.48% is offering veterans, active-duty military and their families 20% off eligible store items at any Walgreens or Duane Reade store.
Other retailers are joining in on the Veterans Day discounts. Kohl’s is doubling its typical military discount from 15% to 30% from Nov. 7 to Nov. 11, and Under Armour /zigman2/quotes/204420722/composite UAA -0.06% is offering service members and their families 40% off all purchases on the company’s website between Nov. 5 and Nov. 11.
Target /zigman2/quotes/207799045/composite TGT +0.22% is also offering a 10% military discount through Nov. 13 — to qualify, service members must verify their military status prior to making purchases.
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Other notable discounts come from businesses including Bed Bath & Beyond /zigman2/quotes/209801102/composite BBBY -2.26% , Food Lion, Dollar General /zigman2/quotes/200691429/composite DG +0.31% and Home Depot /zigman2/quotes/208081807/composite HD -0.24% , Little Caesars and Chili’s.
Military news resource military.com has compiled a list of the hundreds of available events, discounts and free items available to U.S. veterans this year.
Some businesses require servicemen and women to show proof that they are serving or have served in the military, so in some instances veterans may have to provide identification . But many places also count being dressed in uniform as a form of identification.