TravelCenters of America (TA) invite all active-duty military, veterans and reservists to enjoy a free meal in honor of Veteran’s Day.
On Thursday, November 11, 2021, current and former members of the U.S. Military can receive a complimentary meal of their choice by showing proof of service to their restaurant server prior to ordering. The offer is available at participating locations.
TA will also have Fallen Soldier Tables on display at the restaurants on Veterans Day. If you see a single place setting at an empty table at a TA restaurant, this is a display of respect for the sacrifices of soldiers who lost their lives to protect our freedom.
Also, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association this week is launching its annual Truckers for Troops® care package campaign.
The fundraising effort has been an OOIDA tradition since 2007, dedicated to sending care packages to service personnel stationed in combat zones. Truckers for Troops has also helped a variety of veteran’s facilities in the U.S., including those assisting or housing wounded, disabled or homeless service members.
To date, the effort has raised $697,196.
Truckers for Troops also benefits the Veterans Community Project which provides housing for homeless veterans through a community of “tiny houses.” VCP also provides comprehensive services to veterans. In December 2020, OOIDA donated $24,520 to VCP.
This week, a broadcast is planned for each day on OOIDA’s Land Line Now satellite radio show on Sirius XM 146. Truckers can join OOIDA or renew their membership for $35, with 10 percent of that money going toward care packages. OOIDA matches the 10 percent dollar for dollar. Individual tax-deductible contributions to the Truckers for Troops fund are also welcome and can be paid to the OOIDA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. You can also visit our tour truck, The Spirit of the American Trucker, during the campaign and sign up or renew your membership.
To contribute or join or renew, just call OOIDA’s main number, 816-229-5791. Phones will be answered by operators, and the switchboards will stay open until 7:30 p.m. CST.
Anyone who has a family member or friend serving with the U.S. military, and who would like for them to get a care package, can send the name and complete address to firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to include projected stateside return date.