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“We can’t all be heroes. Some of us have to stand on the curb and clap as they go by.” --Will Rogers


 By Nancy and Dawn Clement

November 5, 2010 (San Diego) - Today’s column is dedicated to our military in East County, and to active duty military and veterans worldwide--especially Dollar-wise Divas’ good friend Katie R. who is serving in Kabul, Afghanistan. Thank you for your service to our country. 

Freedom isn’t free; it is paid by the honorable service and sacrifice of veterans, active duty military and their families. Today, we share info with San Diego's large military community about special offers from local retailers who thank you for your service. Here is a list of freebies especially for you!  Make sure to check out these special offers--and tell store owners that East County Magazine and the Dollar-Wi$e Divas sent you.

Applebee’s Restaurant is once again offering a free meal to all military veterans and active duty service members on Thursday, November 11, there will be a choice of seven delicious entrees. For more information, including the necessary proof of service, visit : Last year Applebees’ served over one million free meals nationwide. There are two locations in East County the El Cajon location at 107 Fletcher Parkway, 619-593-3066 or the Rancho San Diego location at 2508 Jamacha, 619-670-7203.

McCormack & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant
– free lunch or dinner, their twelfth annual Veteran’s Appreciation celebration on Sunday, November 7 and they have a special menu with yummy items for the Veterans to choose. They are located downtown and not in East County, we wanted to mention them since they are offering a free meal for veterans and active duty military. Check out their website Their address is 675 L St in the Omni Hotel and their number is 619-645-6545.

Outback Steakhouse
is offering a free Bloomin’Onion and one non-alcoholic beverage to honor veterans and active duty military on Thursday, November 11. There are three locations, one in Poway at 14701 Pomerado Road or call 858-486-1563, one in La Mesa at 5628 Lake Murray Blvd or call 619-466-9795 and in El Cajon, they are located at 722 Jamacha Road or call 619-588-4332. Check out the specific identification requirements on their website:


Free Hugo® Canes for Veterans: Sam’s Club® locations nationwide will distribute 36,000 Hugo® canes free of charge on November 10, 11 and 12, 2010 to U.S. military veterans in need of mobility assistance. This product retails for $29.99 and there are limited quantities available, so make sure to go on Wednesday, the 10th as the offer is only available while supplies last. Sam’s Club® Membership is not required, but proof of military service may be required. For more information, visit The nearest Sam’s Club is located at 6336 College Grove Way and their number is 619-858-0084.


Just a reminder, make sure to call and find out what identification is necessary to qualify for these free offers.

Nancy Clement is an east county Realtor®, mortgage broker and freelance writer and can be reached at 619-563-4184 or Dawn Clement is a stay-at-home mother of three, a freelance writer, and creative shopper.

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