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These businesses are thanking veterans today

The Veteran's Day Parade along Fifth Avenue in New York City.
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The Veteran's Day Parade along Fifth Avenue in New York City.

Veterans Day is a holiday that honors American vets for their patriotism and sacrifice. To thank vets for their willingness to protect and serve the United States, a number of businesses are providing free items or special deals to veterans if they present proper identification such as a military ID.

Here is a roundup of some popular businesses showing support for military men and women today:

Veterans Day deals

Applebee's is offering a free meal Wednesday from open to close with proof of service from a special Veterans Day menu.

Buffalo Wild Wings is giving active-duty military members and veterans who show proof of service free small wings and a side of fries from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

California Pizza Kitchen has a similar deal where it asks vets to either come in uniform or bring military ID in order to get a free pizza, salad or pasta from their Veterans Day menu.

Denny's is giving those with a valid military ID a free "Build Your Own Grand Slam" breakfast from 5 a.m. to noon at participating locations.

IHOP is offering veterans and active-duty members of the military one free stack of Red, White and Blue Pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at participating restaurants.

Krispy Kreme is giving a free doughnut and small coffee to veterans and active-duty military personnel. No ID required.

Olive Garden created a set menu that provides veterans and active members of the military with a complimentary entree with ID or proof of service. Family members who join them can also get 10 percent off their meal.

Starbucks is giving active-duty service members, veterans and military spouses a tall (12 fl oz) hot coffee for free on Wednesday.

While these deals are generous, many of them expire on November 12, making us raise the question: is one day enough to say "thanks" for all our veterans have done for us?

Although a free doughnut or coffee may not be considered sufficient, Sarah Blansett, a spokeswoman at Military.com, says vets do take advantage of these special offers.

"These deals are tremendously appreciated by those who serve," said Blansett. "Providing them on Veterans Day is helpful because businesses can publicize offers and spread the word to vets who may not necessarily know about military discounts."

Over the past five years, Blansett has seen a significant uptick in businesses and organizations who are doing their part to thank veterans. On Military.com, there are 90 restaurant, 27 travel and recreation, and 34 retail deals specifically given to vets. Blansett also noted that there are some businesses like Disney, Verizon and IKEA that have year-round discounts for vets.

"Since we have been at war for so long, it is neat to see that Veterans Day has become an important celebration and an opportunity to say thank you. Social media has definitely made its easier for people to remember the day and share promotions," said Blansett.