Veterans, active-duty military members and even their families, in some cases, can enjoy a complete menu of freebies and discounts at restaurants, retail stores and other outlets across the Lowcountry on Veterans Day, which is Friday. Proof of military service is required in most places.
Here's a partial rundown:
Texas Roadhouse will offer a free lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Also, through Nov. 30, the restaurant chain will donate 10 percent of the purchase amount of its military-design gift cards to Homes For Our Troops.
Chili's will offer a free meal from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on a dine-in-only basis. Beverages and gratuity are not included.
Applebee's will offer a free entree.
Outback Steakhouse will offer a free bloomin' onion and beverage. The chain also is accepting monetary donations for Operation Homefront.
Hooters will offer 10 free chicken wings. Customers also can purchase a 2012 calendar for a soldier and attach a note. The calendars will be shipped to a designated forward operating base in southwest Asia, and a portion from each sale will go to Operation Homefront.
Krispy Kreme will offer one free glazed doughnut all day.
Glasspro will provide free car washes at the Glasspro Pit Stop on U.S. Highway 17 across from Mount Pleasant Towne Center or the Glasspro Car Wash at 608 St. James Ave. in Goose Creek.
Dollar General is offering a 10 percent discount on purchases.
Fred's Super Dollar stores will offer a 10 percent discount on purchases. The discount covers all items except gift cards, phone cards, prescriptions and beer. Fred's has three stores in metro Charleston.
Harris Teeter supermarkets will give an 11 percent discount on top of coupons and other discounts to shoppers who show the chain's VIC loyalty card.
Food Lion supermarkets will offer a 10 percent discount.
AT&T will accept old wireless phones, accessories and batteries through Friday at five local retail sites to benefit Cell Phones for Soldiers. Proceeds from the sale of recycled phones are used to purchase calling cards that are sent to soldiers around the world.