The TA Restaurant Group, a division of TravelCenters of America LLC, operator of the TA®, Petro Stopping Centers® and TA Express® brands, invites all active duty military, veterans and reservists with proof of service to enjoy a complimentary meal on Independence Day, Thursday, July 4, 2019 at participating Country Pride and Iron Skillet restaurants nationwide.

On July 4th, anyone who has served in the armed forces can receive a complimentary meal of their choice from a special menu by simply showing proof of service to their restaurant server prior to ordering. Proof of service includes: U.S. Uniformed Services ID card, current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), veterans organization membership card, photograph in uniform, DD214 form, a citation or commendation.

“Independence Day stands for freedom and it’s our privilege to honor those who have fought for our freedoms,” said John Ponczoch, Senior Vice President, Food Operations at TA Restaurant Group. “It’s very rewarding for our company and restaurant employees to serve free meals to military men and women on America’s birthday. Our servers often hear past and present service members share heartfelt memories about their time in the military revealing the true heroes they are.”

Guests will also see Country Pride and Iron Skillet restaurants honor all of those who gave their life defending our country by preparing Fallen Soldier Tables. 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.

For years, TravelCenters’ TA Restaurant Group has honored military with free meals in its restaurants on Independence Day. More than 50,000 free meals free meals have been served at Country Pride and Iron Skillet restaurants over the years.