CHICAGO — Convenience stores are honoring military members past and present on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, with offers of beverages, food and donations.
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Rutter’s, York, Pa., honors veterans and active military with a free coffee of any size to those in uniform or who present a valid military ID. Rutter’s coffee bar features six brews of fresh ground coffee, with choices of seasonal syrups and creamers.
“We appreciate all of those who have served to protect our country,” said Chris Hartman, Rutter’s director of fuels, forecourt and advertising. “All of us at Rutter’s want to recognize, and thank, these heroic members of our communities.”
Rutter’s Veterans Day offer will be available at all 79 locations in Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia.
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores
Veterans or current military members can get a free roller-grill item and fountain drink or coffee with the purchase of one roller grill item at participating Oklahoma City-based Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores.
Love’s also is thanking those who have served in the military by donating $150,000 to Operation Homefront. The donation will come from the sale of special edition Operation Homefront mugs, combined with a gift from the company. Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit whose mission is to build strong, stable and secure military families so they can thrive in the communities they’ve worked so hard to protect.
Also, when customers buy a 24-ounce special edition Operation Homefront tumbler in November, $5 from the sale will go to the organization.
Pilot Co., Knoxville, Tenn., invites all active-duty and retired military members to enjoy a free meal at any of its more than 750 participating U.S. travel centers. Veterans authenticated with ID.me in the myRewards Plus app can save their exclusive offer for a $10 free meal credit. Veterans can choose from a variety of food and beverages at more than 680 participating quick-service restaurants.
Pilot also is teaming with the Call of Duty Endowment (pictured) on an in-store roundup campaign to help veterans transition to successful careers after the military.
Pilot has supported the endowment since 2019, contributing toward their goal of placing 100,000 veterans into high-quality jobs by 2024. Customers at participating owned and operated Pilot and Flying J Travel Centers can join the endowment's mission by rounding up their purchase through Nov. 15. Pilot will match the donations up to $100,000, and 100% of roundup proceeds will go directly to the endowment.
Sheetz, based in Altoona, Pa., will give veterans and active-duty military personnel a free half turkey sub and a regular size fountain drink. Sheetz locations that offer car washes will also provide a free car wash to veterans and active-duty military. Military ID or proof of service is required.
Salt Lake City-based Maverik presents a patriotic star-shaped raised doughnut with vanilla icing and red and blue stripes. It is also offering a special bundle including any size hot beverage and doughnut for $2. The bundle excludes maple bacon doughnuts and fritters.
To honor veterans and show its gratitude, Stewart’s Shops customers will be able to enjoy a 50-cent single-scoop cone. This deal will be available all day Nov. 11.
Ballston Spa, N.Y.-based Stewart’s Shops supports more than 150 veteran groups each year with monetary and product donations. From job training, providing meals for events and life skills trainings, Stewart’s Shops donations positively affect veterans all year long, the company said.
GPM Investments is offering a free coffee of any size to veterans at its approximately 1,415 company operated stores.
Richmond, Va.-based GPM operates or supplies stores in 33 states and Washington, D.C. Brands include Fas Mart, Shore Stop, Scotchman, BreadBox, Young's, Li'l Cricket, Next Door Store, Village Pantry, Apple Market, Jiffi Stop, Admiral, Roadrunner Markets, Jiffy Food Marts, E-Z Mart, 1 Stop,TownStar and ExpressStop.