Golden Corral Restaurants Salute America’s Heroes with 16th Annual Free Dinner on Military Appreciation Night

Golden Corral Restaurants Salute America's Heroes with 16th Annual Free Dinner on Military Appreciation Night

Gary Sinise and Collective Soul Help Salute Our Nation’s Heroes

On Monday, November 14, for the 16th consecutive year Golden Corral will once again thank more than 330,000 active duty and retired United States military personnel for their service with a free dinner buffet and beverage, while also raising donations for DAV (Disabled American Veterans). A tradition started in 2001 to celebrate our nation’s heroes, Golden Corral’s Military Appreciation Night has served more than 4.7 million complimentary meals to military personnel and generated more than $11.5 million dollars in guest contributions to support community-based service initiatives for veterans.

“For the past 15 years, every Golden Corral restaurant and our incredible guests have helped support Disabled American Veterans.  We owe so much to those who have served and sacrificed for our country, and we know how critical it is that we support these brave Americans,” said Lance Trenary, President and Chief Executive Officer of Golden Corral.  “We look forward to thanking our nation’s heroes again this Military Appreciation Night with a complimentary meal and raising more funds for the programs and services that DAV provides.”

Golden Corral has enlisted Gary Sinise, celebrated actor/humanitarian, and Collective Soul, the platinum award-winning band, to record public service announcements for Military Appreciation Night. Sinise and Collective Soul are all actively involved in supporting active duty and retired military personnel through a variety of organizations and initiatives including tours to military installations overseas.

“This is the 12th year I’ve had the pleasure to partner with Golden Corral in supporting our troops, past and present, through Military Appreciation Night,” said Sinise. “The number of meals given away and amount of money donated in the past 15 years really distinguishes Golden Corral’s commitment to the military. I’m proud and happy to help raise awareness for Golden Corral Military Appreciation Night.”

Golden Corral will serve free dinner buffets with beverage from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on November 14 to any person who is or has served in a United States Military branch, including the National Guard and Reserves. State and local DAV representatives will be on-site at all Golden Corral locations coordinating the collection of donations from customers. While only current and former military qualify for the free meal, everyone is encouraged to come out and show support for our veterans. For more information on Military Appreciation Night, please visit