Veterans, Active Duty and Reservist Military Invited to Eat Free at TA and Petro Stopping Centers Full-Service Restaurants on

  Veterans, Active Duty and Reservist Military Invited to Eat Free at TA and
  Petro Stopping Centers Full-Service Restaurants on Independence Day

  TravelCenters of America Honoring Military Members with Meals and Donation
                      Drive to Support Military Families

Business Wire

WESTLAKE, Ohio -- June 20, 2013

TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA® and Petro
Stopping Centers® travel center brands, invites all active duty military,
veterans and reservists with proof of service to enjoy a complimentary meal on
Independence Day, July 4, 2013, at any participating TA or Petro sit-down
restaurants nationwide. Independence Day meals can be enjoyed at more than 170
participating Iron Skillet^®, Country Pride^® and other full-service,
home-style restaurants within TA and Petro locations.

“We seek to honor the service by the men and women who have valiantly fought
for our country by inviting them into our restaurants to share a meal. We
recognize that they sacrifice personal and family time doing what needs to be
done to keep America safe,” said Tom O’Brien, President and CEO of
TravelCenters. “We know that about one-third of drivers in the trucking
industry are military veterans. Not only did they serve our country in the
armed forces, they continue to serve by ensuring the safe and reliable
transport of goods across the country; often times away from their families
for days and weeks at a time.”

In 2012, TravelCenters served meals to more than 15,000 veterans and active
duty military service men and women on Independence Day. This year, the
company is offering its guests the opportunity to support the National
Military Family Association’s® Operation Purple® Program.

“We invite all of our guests to participate in the National Military Family
Association’s Operation Purple Program, donating what they can,” said John
Ponczoch, Senior Vice President of Restaurant Operations. This valuable
organization provides services to families in the different phases of military
life — deployment, reintegration and coming together after an injury.”

This July 4, any veteran, activity duty or reservist from the military can
receive a complimentary meal of their choice (up to a $15 value) by simply
showing proof of service to their server prior to ordering their meal. Proof
of service includes: U.S. Uniform Services ID Card or Retired ID Card; Current
Leave and Earnings Statement; Veterans Organization Card; Photograph in
uniform; DD214; or Citation or Commendation. Customers can make donations to
Operation Purple at participating TA and Petro locations.

About TravelCenters of America LLC

TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), headquartered in Westlake, Ohio,
is a leading travel center business in 42 states and Canada operating under
the TA® and Petro Stopping Centers® brands. With 247 convenient 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, heavy truck maintenance
services, RoadSquad Connect™ (24/7/365 emergency roadside service),
Reserve-It™ (truck parking reservations), and many other services – all within
large, high traffic facilities. For more information on TravelCenters and TA,
please visit For more information on Petro Stopping
Centers, please visit

About the National Military Family Association

For more than 40 years, the National Military Family Association® has been the
leading 501(c)(3) charity for families of all ranks and Services. The
Association helps families of combat-weary service members, optimistic
children anxiously awaiting a parent’s return, spouses seeking education to
better their families or prepare for the unthinkable, widows coping with loss,
and proud parents of single service members. The non-profit resolves
challenges for families and guides them to a better place. More information
can be found at

About Operation Purple

The National Military Family Association’s Operation Purple® camps give
military children a break from wartime tension at home, friends to confide in,
coping skills to handle mom or dad’s absence, and some fun to offset the extra
responsibilities in their complicated young lives. Operation Purple family
retreats help families reconnect and heal after wartime separation. Some
retreats are specially designed for families of the wounded, as they rebuild
bonds and find a new way forward.


TravelCenters of America
Tom Liutkus, 440-808-7364
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