Restaurants and businesses in the Greater Binghamton area are once again showing their appreciation for area veterans and active duty military that served or are currently serving in the armed forces this Veterans Day, with some extending discounts and free offers in to the weekend.
Before heading out, I recommend that you call ahead or check the restaurant's web site or Facebook page to make sure the location is participating in the promotion.  Some restaurants are corporate-owned and others are franchised-owned and offers may vary.  Many businesses require proof of military service by requesting that you present a uniform photo or be in uniform.  And many of the restaurants offering free meals are for dine-in only.

Again, call ahead if you're unsure about anything.

Here's a look at the most up-to-date list of businesses that are participating.

Applebee's- On Tuesday, November 11th, from open to close, veterans and active duty military can choose from a free signature Thank You Meal menu that includes some of Applebee's favorite items.  Must present valid Veteran's form of identification or be in uniform.

Chuck E. Cheese's-  All U.S. Armed Forces veterans and active-duty military get 20 free tokens upon a visit to Chuck E. Cheese's from Sunday, November 9, through Saturday, November 15. Military ID or proof of service is required, but no coupon is needed.

IHOP-  On Veteran's Day, November 11, participating IHOP Restaurants around the nation will be honoring the brave men and women who have served, or are serving, in the United States Military by offering them free Red, White and Blue pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. At some locations, the Red, White and Blue pancakes will be featured as part of a free combo plate including eggs, bacon and hashed browns

Krispy Kreme- A free doughnut and small coffee will be given to anyone who identifies themselves as a veteran or active duty military personnel (no ID required). Only at participating locations.

Olive Garden-  All veterans and military active duty will receive a free meal from a special menu on Veterans Day.

Outback Steakhouse--All active, retired military and veterans get a Free Bloomin' Onion® and a beverage on Veterans Day. Must have valid identification. Plus, all military personnel get 15% off from November 12 thru December 31, 2014.

Red Lobster-  Monday, November 10 to Thursday, November 13, 2014 service members past and present receive a complimentary appetizer from a special menu. Proof of service required.

Silo Restaurant, 203 Morgan Road in Greene, NY--Tuesday, November 11th, The Silo in Greene is honoring past and present veterans with a FREE dinner from 4pm-9pm...that's any dinner from their impressive Early Bird menu (including Prime Rib).  Gary is asking that you please call ahead for reservations so they can reserve a table for you.  (607) 656-4377.

Texas Roadhouse-  Select from a free special veterans lunch menu including a beverage and sides on November 11th.

Denny's-  All active, inactive and retired military personnel who visit a participating Denny's restaurant with a valid military ID will receive free all-you-can-eat pancakes.

Little Caesars- All United States armed forces veterans and active military members get a free order of Crazy Bread with proof of military status at participating stores nationwide this Veterans Day.

Starbucks-  This Veterans Day veterans, active duty military and their spouses get a free tall brewed coffee at participating U.S. company-owned stores.

TGI Fridays-  Veterans and active duty military service members are invited have lunch on T.G.I Friday's this Veterans Day.

Tim Hortons Café & Bake Shop – Active-duty military and veterans receive a free donut all day.

Travel Centers of America – CDL drivers who are military veterans eat free at participating full-service restaurants.

Veterans Day travel and recreation discounts:Army Corp of Engineers Recreation Areas – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will waive day use fees for veterans, active and reserve component service members and their families at the USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide on November 11.

Mohegan Sun– Mohegan Sun offers active and retired military members a special hotel $99 room rate available from November 10-13.National Parks – Veterans will have access to over 100 national parks that require entrance fees for free on Nov. 11.

Professional Association of Innkeeping International – Inns and B&Bs throughout the country will open their doors to thank veterans for their service from November 10-11 with free or discounted stays.

Veterans Day retail offerings:Home Depot –  Home Depot offers the 10 percent discount year-round for active duty and retirees.

Kmart is offering Veterans Advantage members online discounts on their visit to Kmart.com. Enjoy a broad range of savings -- Home, outdoors, clothing, and even pets.

Lowe's – Veterans receive a 10 percent discount. The offer is available in stores only.

Sleep Number – Sleep Number is providing special offers for current and past military personnel now through November 16th. Save $400-$700 on selected Sleep Number mattress sets.