Happy Veterans Day! Some participating McDonald’s and Burger King locations are giving free meals and discounts to veterans and active duty military members tonight as a thank you for their service.
Today, Thursday, November 11, 2021, is the day set aside to thank our veterans for their sacrifice. Many restaurants are stepping up by offering a free meal to veterans and active duty military.
Here’s what you need to know:
Veterans Are Asked to Confirm Details With Their Local McDonald’s & Burger King Locations
While some fast food restaurant locations are offering free meals and discounts to veterans and active duty service members for Veterans Day 2021, the participation varies by location.
“Some of the nation’s largest chains told USA TODAY that they don’t have nationwide deals planned for Veterans Day. However, some Taco Bell, Chick-fil-A and McDonald’s locations might have discounts,” USA Today reported.
“In past years, participating McDonald’s in Ohio are among the restaurants that offered veterans a free meal on the holiday,” the USA Today report continued. “Chipotle, Burger King and Subway are also among major chains that did not share nationwide Veterans Day deals with USA TODAY.”
ABC News 10 in Albany reported that their local McDonald’s locations were offering specials for veterans.
“To honor Veteran’s Day, participating McDonald’s in the Greater Albany area will offer a free Big Mac to active duty or retired military members this On Thursday, November 11. All service members who have a valid I.D. are invited to visit participating locations to get America’s favorite sandwich available all day through the drive-thru or in-store pickup,” the Albany news outlet reported.
Some Burger King locations also offer a regular 10% discount for military veterans, according to Veterans Advantage.
“Some participating Burger King locations in the U.S. offer 10% OFF as a military discount on your entire order. You need to show a valid military ID to qualify. In some instance, your VetRewards Card ID may allow you to redeem this offer, however, we cannot guarantee it,” Veterans Advantage reported.
McDonald’s & Burger King Restaurants Both Recently Announced Plans to Cut Emissions
Both McDonald’s and Restaurant Brands International, the parent company of Burger King, Popeyes and Tim Hortons, announced plans to address climate change in press releases submitted in fall 2021.
“RBI will collaborate with franchisees and suppliers to pursue science-based targets (SBTs) for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50% by 2030. These targets were approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and based on the SBTi Criteria and Recommendations. In addition, RBI has set a target to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 or sooner,” the RBI press release said.
McDonald’s announced a similar plan in its press release. It said:
Today, McDonald’s Corporation is announcing its commitment to achieve net zero emissions across its global operations by 2050. As part of this initiative, the Company is joining the United Nations Race to Zero campaign and signing on to the Science Based Targets initiative’s (SBTi) Business Ambition for 1.5°C campaign. In pursuit of a 1.5°C future, McDonald’s will increase the emissions reduction levels in its existing 2030 science-based target across all scopes of emissions in line with developing SBTi best practices and will set a long-term reduction target to reach net zero emissions. Efforts underway since 2018 have already resulted in an 8.5% reduction in the absolute emissions of restaurant and offices and a 5.9% decrease in supply chain emissions intensity against a 2015 baseline.