It was last January when I had the privilege of meeting Bill Broadie. Bill has spent his entire life in the beef industry except for the years he gave to his country. He's a Vietnam War veteran that, like many of his fellow soldiers, didn't receive the hero's welcome he should have when he came home from the war.
It's hard for me to understand why this would ever happen but Bill wanted to make sure that our current soldiers didn't have to experience the same thing. He combined his passion for the beef industry with his appreciation for our nation's returning heroes when he formed the All-American Beef Battalion. It's a program that feeds our troops and their families the best home-cooked steak dinner imaginable when they return home from the war.
Going out for a nice steak dinner with our families is something that most of us take for granted. But these soldiers haven't seen their families in months or years and during that time they certainly weren't eating at a nice restaurant. Listening to Bill tell the stories of how much our troops appreciate this simple act of appreciation will bring a tear to anyone's eye and make you appreciate everything you have.
We were excited when Bill called us this week to give us an update on the program. They have fed nearly 100,000 steaks to our troops and their families since the program started. This program runs on the generosity of those who donate money and supplies. But lately they have been feeding more steaks than there is cash coming in. Every soldier deserves our thanks for their sacrifice which is why I’m proud to donate so they can enjoy a great steak served by America’s farmers and ranchers.
I would really encourage all of you to support it as well. They are a non-profit that relies on people like you. If they can't get that support then our troops don't get to enjoy one of these meals.
Bill is serving his country for the second time in his life, let's give him the appreciation and support he should have gotten the first time. Please visit the All-American Beef Battalion and make a donation today.