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July 4th Brings Free Meals for Military Members: How Else Can We Help?
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July 4th Brings Free Meals for Military Members: How Else Can We Help?

This July 4th, TravelCenters of America are feeding military members for free. Veterans and active members alike are welcome. This offer is only available at select quick service, Country Pride, and Iron Skillet locations. If you’re interested in finding ways to give back to service members as well, read on.

Certain Country Pride and Iron Skillet locations will also feature Fallen Solider Tables to honor those who gave their lives in the military. The president of TA, Barry Richards, said: “We are grateful for all the men and women who sacrifice their lives for our freedom. We are proud to serve them every day.”

All members need to do is show their server some proof of service. Examples include:

  • U.S. Uniformed Services ID card
  • Current Leave and Earning Statements
  • Veterans organization membership card
  • A photo in uniform
  • DD214 form
  • A citation or commendation

July 4th: Celebrating Service Members

Independence Day celebrates the Declaration of Independence. Though the Declaration was signed August 2, 1776, July 4th has become the day to reflect on our country. And where would we be without the dedicated members of the military who serve and protect it?

If you’re looking for a way to give back this 4th of July, consider looking into veteran organizations. The sacrifice doesn’t stop when our military members return home. There are often lasting effects mentally and physically. If we truly want to thank our service members, we must build a community that offers them proper resources.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) currently provides many programs to help returning soldiers. There are tools to help further careers. Veterans can apply for housing assistance. The VA provides pensions, education, and insurance help as well. But this is just the base level of what is necessary.

How Can We Help?

The good news is there are many ways to help!

Firstly, you can research your local or state representative. Find out what their platform is. If you have suggestions or would like to see them further support veterans, reach out. Secondly, you can donate! If you aren’t in the place to give money, consider donating an old cell phone or car. Third, you can volunteer. Organizations like Pets for Vets pairs veterans with shelter animals to help deal with PTSD. The DAV Transportation Network helps coordinate rides for veterans. Homes for Our Troops builds special housing for injured veterans.

Celebrating Independence Day is going to be different this year. We have to take breaks from barbecues and fireworks. But consider giving back as a new tradition.

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