Veterans Day events to celebrate and help

*EDIT: The original story stated that the Kids S.A.F.E. Foundation would be part of fundraiser from Capacity Solutions. The story has been edited to correctly identify the participants.

Multiple events will be occurring in the Salem-Keizer area this coming Veterans day.

The Keizer Elks Club is hosting a fundraiser for veteran suicide prevention from 2:30 – 5 p.m. The event will be held at the Elks Lodge and admission is $25. The event will have an honor guard, a static military vehicle display, information booths and an auction.

Forged in Fire winner Josh Navarrette will be performing a forging demonstration and talking about his non-profit aimed at helping both veterans and first responders.

Capacity Solutions, a mental health facility, will be hosting a fundraiser in an effort to prevent veteran suicide at The Rec this coming Veterans Day from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The event will be catered by Adams Ribs, have kid-friendly activities and will conduct an auction as well as have presentations by multiple businesses including NK Forge & Metalworks and Valor Mentoring.

The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs will also honor veterans of all eras during its Veterans Day ceremony at Wilson Park at the state Capitol. The event will feature comments by several dignitaries and special guests.

The event is open to the public and uncovered seating will be provided for attendees. Accessible pathways and seating areas for those needing accommodations will also be provided.  Attendees are reminded to plan accordingly for Oregon weather.

The following businesses are offering some type of Veterans Day discount, though be sure the store is participating in these discounts before making your purchase.

Veteran meals:

Chick-fil-A offers a free chicken sandwich for all active-duty personnel and veterans at participating franchises.

Applebee’s: On Nov. 11, active-duty military, veterans, reserves and National Guard that dine in-restaurant get a complimentary full-size entrée from a special menu. They will also receive a $5 Bounce Back Card to redeem for dine-in, to go, or delivery within a three-week redemption window.

Buffalo Wild Wings: Veterans and active-duty service members get a free order of 10 boneless wings and fries on Nov. 11 with valid ID. Only available for dine-in. Buffalo Wild Wings GO locations will be included for walk-in/order at the counter only.

Red Robin: Veterans and active-duty military get a complimentary Red’s Big Tavern Burger on Nov. 11 with valid ID. Dine-in only, not valid for online or to-go orders. The free meal also comes with an endless side of steak fries.

Starbucks: Starbucks is honoring those who have served with a free tall (12-ounce) hot or cold brewed coffee for veterans, military service members and military spouses who visit participating U.S. stores on Nov. 11.

Denny’s: On Nov. 11, Denny’s offers a complimentary Grand Slam to all active, non-active and retired military personnel. The offer is valid for dine-in only at participating locations from 5 a.m. to noon with a valid military ID or DD 214.

Veteran deals:

Kohl’s: Active and former military personnel, veterans, and their families receive 30% off qualifying in-store purchases from Nov. 10 through 12. Valid military ID is required.

Target: Target is offering a 10% military discount from Oct. 29 through Nov. 11 to all active-duty military personnel, veterans and their families. The discount can be used on two separate transactions and applies to all in-basket items, online and in-store.

Walgreens: On Nov. 10 through 13, veterans, active-duty military and their families receive 20% off regular price eligible store items at any Walgreens or Duane Reade drugstore nationwide.

Great Clips: On Nov. 11, veterans and active military service members can go to any U.S. Great Clips salon and get a free haircut or a card for a free haircut that can be redeemed during a future visit. Non-military customers who get a haircut at a Great Clips salon on Nov. 11 will also receive a free haircut card that can be given to a veteran or active military service member in their life to thank them for their service. These cards can be redeemed for a free haircut from Nov. 12 through Dec. 1, 2023.

AARP: AARP salutes you for your service to our country with a special membership offer. Join for only $9 per year with a 5-year term and save up to 43% off. Or join for 1 year for just $12 and save 25% off the standard annual rate.