Honoring the Brave: List of Veterans Day Deals and Freebies

7-Eleven

Active duty, retired, veteran, guard, reservists and family members get a free coffee or Big Gulp on Wednesday, November 11th. Dine in only.

Bob Evans

Veterans and active-duty military get a free meal from a select menu on November 11th. Dine in only, beverages not included.

Bonefish Grill

All service members, veterans and first responders can enjoy the ‘Heroes Discount’, 10% off their bill on Wednesday, November 11th with valid ID.

Buffalo Wild Wings

Veterans and active-duty service members get a free order of 10 boneless wings and fries on Wednesday, November 11th. This is available for dine-in or take-out.

Chili’s

Veterans and active-duty service members can get a free meal from a select menu on Wednesday, November 11th. You can choose from items like chicken crispers, Cajun chicken pasta, and an Oldtimer burger with cheese. This offer is only available for dine-in.

Cracker Barrel

Veterans and active-duty service members can enjoy a free slice of the Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake.

Golden Corral

Golden Corral is offering free meal and beverage cards to all active duty and veterans from now until November 30th. The card will be valid for one use from now until May 31st for lunch or dinner Monday through Thursday.

Hooters

All veterans and active-duty personnel can get 10 free wings with any 10 purchased on November 11th. Military ID or proof of service is required at participating locations.

Metro Diner

If you’re active or retired military with a valid military ID you can get 50% off of your bill on Wednesday, November 11th. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner in the diner.

Outback Steakhouse

Active or retired service members can get a free Bloomin’ Onion and Coke product on Wednesday, November 11th. Customers also have the opportunity to round up their check for Operation Homefront until the end of the year.

Also note that Outback Steakhouse offers a hero’s discount daily – all servicemen and women, police officers, firefighters and first responders get 10% off their bill all day, every day with a valid state or federal service ID.

Pilot Flying J

In celebration of Veterans Day, the Pilot Flying J will offer all veterans one free breakfast combo from November 9th-15th (valid at all participating U.S. and Flying J Travel Center locations). The breakfast combo includes a free pilot coffee of any size, one free breakfast offering, like a French Toast Sausage or Egg and Cheese sandwich. The Veterans Day breakfast combo is available on the Pilot Flying J app.

Red Lobster

On November 11th, Red Lobster will honor veterans, active-duty military and reservists with a valid military ID with a free appetizer or dessert.

Other Military Discounts

CVS

Join veterans advantage to save 20% and get free shipping.

Goodyear Auto Service and Just Tire

From November 8th-16th, Goodyear Auto Service and Just Tire locations are offering active and retired military members free car care checks and free tire installation. More information and to book your appointment: click here.

Great Clips

This Veterans Day, any customer who go to a U.S. Great Clips Salon will receive a free haircut card to give to any active/inactive/retired military member. Veterans can also visit any U.S. Great Clips salon on Wednesday, November 11th to get a free haircut that day or a free haircut card for later use. Haircuts will be redeemable until December 11th.

Harley Davidson

Harley Davidson is offering various military support benefits including special stateside military financing, including no down payment, reduced rates and flexible term options for active-duty military.

Home Depot

All military personnel can receive a 10% discount with valid military ID. 

Lowe’s

Lowe’s offers a 10% discount to veterans every day. Sign up for a My Lowe’s account to verify your credentials.

Rack Room Shoes

Military personal and their dependents can get 10% off their entire purchase on Veterans Day, Memorial Day and July 4th.

Target 

All military personnel, veterans, and their families can receive 10% their entire purchase through November 11th.

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Deals on Election Day

Everyone Loves A Deal!

Boston Market

Boston Market will treat voters to one free slider from 9 p.m. until close at all their locations nationwide on Tuesday, November 3rd, no purchase necessary. Slider Options include: Chicken Cheddar, Turkey Cheddar, Chicken Chipotle or BBQ Meatloaf.

Grubhub

Grubhub users can take advantage of all sorts of deals on Tuesday, November 3rd, with deals ranging from free delivery to discounts. Red Lobster will be offering free delivery on orders over $25, and 7-11 will have free delivery on orders over $15, same with BurgerFi. Burger King is offering $3 off $18 or more orders, California Pizza Kitchen fanatics can get $10 off their order of $30 or more. There’s other participating restaurants like Hooters to PF Chang’s, and many more.

Krispy Kreme

Visit any participating Krispy Kreme on November 3rd for a free original glazed doughnut. No proof of voting is required for the freebie, either, anyone gets to enjoy this sweet treat. Krispy Kreme will also hand out ‘I Voted’ stickers to honor those who mailed in their ballot this year.

Jimmy John’s

Jimmy John’s is offering BOGO 50% off 8-inch or 16-inch sandwiches through November 8th. Use promo code RMN at checkout if ordering online.

Chili’s

Chili’s is offering up $5 Presidente Margarita until November 3rd. This is available for dine-in or to-go and you’ll receive an Chili’s ‘I Voted’ sticker.

McAlister’s Deli

Join McAlister’s Rewards loyalty program and download their app for a ‘Buy One, Get One Free’ sandwich coupon that will be added to your account November 3rd.

Uber

While Uber’s ‘Get Out the Vote’ has been around for a while now, Uber is amping things up in 2020. Uber is offering 50% off round-trip rides to and from the polls – up to $7 each way or $14 round-trip for cars, bikes and scooters. Check out the Uber app to find your correct polling location.

Lyft

Lyft’s ‘Ride the Vote’ initiative offers riders 50% off one ride up to $10 to any polling location or drop box on election day. Use the code ‘2020VOTE’ when you request a ride.

Hertz

Hertz wants to help get you to the polls with their ‘Drive the Vote’ initiative. This promotion includes one free day when you pick up on either November 2nd or 3rd. At least a two-day rental is required at participating neighborhood locations. Use the code ‘210350’ when reserving your rental car.

Early Voting on Campus

With fewer UF students on campus for class, those students who are still on campus can hitch a ride to the polls Florida style: a golf cart courtesy of the University of Florida’s Hillel organization. Yes, UF students can get a free ride to the polls at the Reitz Union thanks to UF Hillel.

Hillel International, a worldwide Jewish campus organization, launched an education effort to get more students involved with voting, registering to vote, how/where to vote and how to get them to the polls.

“It’s a very Floridian kind of thing,” said Rabbi Jonah Zinn, executive director of UF Hillel. “I think we were brainstorming how we could mobilize more students, and this came up as a COVID-friendly option that would create some excitement.”

The pandemic made them rethink how of getting students to the polls safely.

 “We’re trying to remove barriers to early voting by giving students a lift to the polls.” Zinn said.

The Mitzvote program is a non-partisan campaign that aims at getting college students to vote, and to vote early. They have a fleet of golf carts to transport students to and from the Reitz Union throughout the duration of early voting.

This is nothing new to UF, UF Hillel has been offering students rides to Reitz Union polling location for years now. 

“The idea is to mobilize students to get out and vote early, to educate students about the opportunity, and finally to reduce barriers towards early voting by creating a way to get people to the polls more easily in a COVID friendly way,” Zinn said.

Masks are required per rider, and must be worn the duration of the ride. There is a limit to six people per golf cart.

UF Hillel has already given over 100 free rides to students already. The MitzVote Mobiles circulate two routes every 20 minutes or so, Monday through Friday from 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

The west campus route stops at Fraternity Row between Village Drive & Fraternity Drive, in front of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, on Stadium road, west of the entrance to Gator Dining, & the Reitz Student Union Early Voting Precinct.

The east campus route stops include the corner of West Panhellenic Drive & Southwest Ninth Avenue, the corner of East Panhellenic Drive and Southwest 11th street, the back of Broward Dining near the Broward Pool, & the Reitz Student Union Early Voting Precinct.

UF Creates Anti-Racism Website

The University of Florida now has an anti-racism website to keep the community up to date on the latest work "taking place at all levels across the university to understand our past, address racism and promote equity."

The site focuses on three central initiatives of education, history and representation. Students, faculty and staff are also encouraged to share ideas on the site.

Vote for the 5 Best Places for French Fries in Gainesville

When a restaurant can hit a home run with a delicious, juicy cheeseburger...it's amazing.

If that restaurant serves up a great milkshake to wash it all down, it's even better.

However, for many of us, that restaurant will only succeed in getting us to return if their French fries are the perfect compliment. Luckily, we have many establishments that offer great fries which make us want to keep coming back for more.

But which restaurants throughout the city make you want to keep going back, even if you have that 50 page term paper due the next day?

Take a look at our poll below and let us know the three locations that you think have the best fries in the city of Gainesville. We'll follow up with a story in two weeks once we have all of the votes tallied!

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FL Could Adopt One of the Strictest Distracted Driving Laws in the Nation

If the law passes, you shouldn't do any of the things listed here.

The bill proposed includes a clause that can ban the following items: -personal grooming (brushing hair, applying makeup) -interacting with pets -interacting with unsecured cargo -reading -writing -using a cellphone and "any task that distracts from driving". If the bill is passed, it is speculated that you can be pulled over for potentially anything. Right now you can only be fined for texting if you are pulled over for another offense, reports say. If this bill passes, FL would have one of the strictest laws on distracted driving in the entire U.S.


The Gainesville Sun was used as the primary source for this story. More information is available using the link above.

Heartwood Music Festival Occurs Saturday

Want to jam this weekend? Heartwood Soundstage is holding the Heartwood Music Festival this Saturday, Feb 23rd. Tickets start at $15 for all day admission.

Starting at 12 PM, the festival offers music, craft vendors, live art, and more! Music will be performed on three stages throughout the festival, which goes until 11:20 PM. Some key bands are the Hails, Flipturn, and King Complex.

Five Best Burger Joints in Gainesville

Gainesville has a vast array of choices for all of us Gator foodies around campus.

Have a craving for some Thai cuisine? There are plenty of offerings throughout the city for that.

Need a slice of pizza to get you through your studying session? There's no shortage of stops throughout the area.

However, one of the biggest cravings most people have are for a delicious BURGER. Whether you like yours with just cheese and the usual toppings, or think on the wild side and look for something different on your burger, you have plenty of options to go through.

But when it comes to the best burgers in town, who can truly say that their recipe reigns supreme? That's the question we are asking today, to all of Gator Nation...what are the five best burger restaurants in the entire city?

Over the next week, let us know in the poll below of who you would choose as the five burger restaurants that are MUST to eat at when you have that craving. On Wednesday, February 11th, we'll tell you the results of who Gator Nation chooses as their five best burger restaurants in Gainesville!