Local businesses give back to veterans with discounts, freebies

Authored By chloe.morrison

The nation will celebrate Veterans Day Nov. 11, and many local businesses are finding ways to honor those who served their country.

Here’s a list of the area’s discounts and events. 

Flu shots 
AFC Urgent Care/Family Care is offering free flu shots for veterans between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

“The veterans of this country have given so much to all of us,” CEO Larry Kugler said in a prepared statement. “This is one way that we at AFC can give back to them.”

Any veteran who wants a flu shot can come to AFC locations in Cleveland, Chattanooga or Hixson. If the veteran has insurance, the insurance will be run as usual, but any copay will be paid by AFC. If the veteran has no insurance, AFC will cover the entire cost. 

Point Park

In honor of Veterans Day, Lookout Mountain’s Point Park will be free to all visitors Friday. 

“Regardless of circumstance, the veteran won’t have to pay anything,” Kugler also said. “At AFC, we are serious about investing in our community, and we are serious about making sure veterans feel like they are a part of that.”

Weekly yoga classes 
Toes Yoga in Brainerd offers a weekly class to benefit veterans. 

Every Tuesday at 4:30 p.m., the studio offers a donation-based veterans class, which is open to all present and past military service members and their support systems.

“Those with injuries, both seen and unseen, are welcome to practice yoga postures and breathing techniques to increase a sense of wellness and relaxation,” according to a prepared statement.

McDonald’s freebies
Chattanooga-area McDonald’s will offer free extra value meals of choice to veterans, active military and first responders. 

Veterans and active-duty military can get a free pulled pork sandwich, baked beans and cole slaw at Sticky Fingers with no purchase necessary.

Click here for more information. 

Mellow Mushroom donations
Locations on Broad Street and Lifestyle Way are hosting giveback events.

Ten percent of Friday’s sales will be donated to Rolling Thunder, a nonprofit organization that supports veterans. 

Although Rolling Thunder is a national organization, all the proceeds will go to the Chattanooga chapter, for which Mellow Mushroom’s business manager Mark Gratton is a board member.

“Their efforts vary from quarterly dinners for several hundred disabled vets to Christmas and Thanksgiving events to home repairs and assistance with vets managing their disability paperwork,” Chattanooga Mellow Mushroom franchises owner Jason Jones said in a prepared statement. “Mellow is proud to do anything we can to give back to those who have served our nation so selflessly.”

All sales from 11 a.m. until midnight will count toward Mellow Mushroom’s contribution to Rolling Thunder, including dine-in, carryout and bar sales.