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Chandler Arby's gives Valley veteran and longtime customer free food for life

Posted at 5:09 PM, May 16, 2019
and last updated 2021-09-22 18:24:22-04

CHANDLER, AZ — We all have our favorite places to eat, right? For one World War Two Valley veteran, that place is an Arby's in Chandler.

For Christina Gamage and her staff at the Arby's near Queen Creek and Alma School roads, 98-year-old Doug Parker is considered family.

"We try to go above and beyond for him because he needs the extra love," said Gamage, store manager.

Gamage says Parker has been a regular customer for years, and even knows his order by heart.

"A roast beef slider with the swiss melted and a coke with no ice," Gamage said.

For the past few months, Parker has been unable to get to his favorite eatery, but that doesn't stop Gamage or her staff from making sure Parker gets his favorite meal.

Gamage, or someone from her crew, will drive food to Parker's assisted living home about five miles away.

"Right now he's unable to get to us so we make sure he still gets his meals somehow," Gamage said.

The best part of it all, Parker's food as of this past December, is completely free.

"Lets give him Arby's for life, I have no problem with that," Gamage said.

Recently, the chain restaurant was recognized by the veteran group Run for the Wall for treating Parker like family.

"It was truly an honor, there are so many amazing stories about our veterans and I thank them for everything they've done for us!" Gamage said.

The hope now is that Parker gets better and can return to his favorite eatery and enjoy his slider with melted swiss and a coke once again.