Soldiers Eat Free at TA, Petro on July 4

Travel center chains offering Independence Day meals, donation drive

TravelCenters of America TA Petro (CSP Daily News / Convenience Stores / Truckstops)

WESTLAKE, Ohio -- TravelCenters of America LLC, operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, is inviting all active-duty military, veterans and reservists with proof of service to enjoy a complimentary meal on Independence Day, Friday, July 4, 2014, at any participating TA or Petro sit-down restaurants nationwide.

Those eligible can receive Independence Day meals (up to $15) at more than 170 participating Iron Skillet, Country Pride and other full-service, home-style restaurants within TA and Petro locations.

Customers are also invited to participate in a charity drive for the National Military Family Association's Operation Purple Program at participating TA and Petro full-service restaurants from June 30 to July 1. Stores will accept donations for paper flags that the restaurants will display. Purchasers may write their own name on the flag or write in the name of military service personnel they wish to honor with the donation.

The National Military Family Association provides services to families in the different phases of military life--deployment, reintegration and coming together after an injury.

"We are again honoring our service men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country by inviting them to our restaurants to share a meal," said Tom O'Brien, president and CEO of TravelCenters of America. "We will also be honoring all of those who gave their life defending our country by preparing Fallen Soldier Tables at our restaurants. A single place setting at an empty table represents the wish that fallen men and women of our armed forces could be present to dine with us. Having set these tables on patriotic days over the last few years in our restaurants, employees at our sites have seen and shared in the emotion and memories of those who lost friends and loved ones while serving. It's a moving experience for everyone."

This is the third year that the company is honoring military with free meals in its restaurants on Independence Day. It has served more than 21,000 free meals in the last two years. This is the second year that it is supporting the National Military Family Association's Operation Purple Program.

TravelCenters of America, Westlake, Ohio, is a leading travel center business in 43 states and Canada operating under the TA and Petro Stopping Centers brands. With 250 full-service locations off interstate highway exits, TA and Petro Stopping Centers offer customers diesel and gasoline fueling services, more than 500 full- and quick-service restaurants, 24-hour convenience stores, truck maintenance, RoadSquad Connect (24/7/365 emergency roadside service), Reserve-It (truck parking reservations) and other services. It also operates Minit Mart gasoline/convenience stores in Kentucky and Tennessee.

Part of CSP's 2014 Convenience Top 101 retailers