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 23, 2014

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, Friday, July 4, 2014, 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.

Guests 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-July 1. Donations will be
accepted for paper flags that will be displayed in the restaurants. Guests 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. “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,” continued O’Brien.

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.

This is the third year that TravelCenters is honoring military with free meals
in its restaurants on Independence Day. TravelCenters has served more than
21,000 free meals to veterans and active duty military service men and women
in the last two years. This is the second year that TravelCenters is
supporting the National Military Family Association’s Operation Purple

About TravelCenters of America LLC

TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), headquartered in Westlake, Ohio,
is a leading travel center business in 43 states and Canada operating under
the TA® and Petro Stopping Centers® brands. With 250 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. TravelCenters also operates
gasoline/convenience stores in Kentucky and Tennessee under the Minit Mart
brand name. 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.

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