Businesses offer Veterans Day freebies to honor military service

November 8, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 8 a.m. Nov. 8, 2012

Freebies abound for veterans and active-duty military personnel for Veterans Day, as local businesses seek to honor military members’ service.

The offerings include complimentary burgers, car washes, haircuts and more. Other businesses rolled out programs to aid veterans and active-duty personnel.

Brown Bear Car Wash is offering free Bear Essentials car washes to all current or former military members on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. The company operates car washes in Issaquah at 22121 S.E. 56th St. and in Sammamish at 3050 228th Ave. S.E.

“The event is our way of demonstrating appreciation for those who currently serve our country and have made sacrifices on behalf of all of us,” Brown Bear Car Wash President Vic Odermat, a U.S. Marine veteran, said in a statement. “It reflects our bond to the communities we serve, including a large armed services presence here.”

Odermat said the offer operates on the honor system and no verification or documentation is required. Drivers should identify themselves as a current or former military member to the wash attendant.

Dick’s Drive-In Restaurants offers free burgers, fries and sodas in honor of Veterans Day.

Any burger on the menu — including the quarter-pound Dick’s Deluxe, plus hand-cut fries and a 16-ounce soda — is free throughout the day for veterans and active-duty personnel.

The offer starts at 10:30 a.m. and continues until closing. In order to claim the offer, veterans and active duty military members must show any form of military identification or wear their military uniform.

“It’s a full-meal thank you,” Jim Spady, vice president of Dick’s Drive-Ins and son of namesake and co-founder Dick Spady, said in a statement. “In the past we’ve celebrated Veterans Day with free cheeseburgers, but this year we wanted to do more. Nothing compares to the great sacrifice of our veterans and the level of service expressed by our men and women in uniform. They deserve our recognition and gratitude.”

Sport Clips Haircuts is launching the annual Help A Hero fundraising campaign to support the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ Operation Uplink. Veterans can receive a free haircut on Veterans Day at participating locations. Sport Clips operates a location in Issaquah at 775 N.W. Gilman Blvd.

The company donates $1 from every haircut service to Operation Uplink. Sport Clips’ goal is to raise $500,000 to offer free call days to deployed and hospitalized service members. The campaign continues through Veterans Day.

“As a local business owner, I’m proud to join this effort to support our nation’s heroes — many of whom are on their third or fourth deployment or fighting to recover from war injuries in hospitals,” Phil Brown, Sport Clips area developer for the Washington and Oregon region, said in a statement. “The free calls Help A Hero sponsors will help keep these service members and their families connected monthly.”

Seattle-based Brown Paper Tickets encouraged veterans and active-duty service members to sign up for Vet Tix, a nonprofit organization dedicated to matching donated and unused event tickets with veterans, military military members and their families.

Anybody who registers people for events or tickets events through Brown Paper Tickets has the opportunity to donate a portion of tickets to veterans and military families due to the company’s partnership with Vet Tix. Event producers on Brown Paper Tickets have already donated so many tickets, and the company does not want the tickets to go to waste.

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