County Farm Bureau Offers Free Steaks For Returning Troops
By: The Times-Georgian (Carrollton, Ga)
4/18/2013 1:47:41 PM
Carroll County military service members, returning home from overseas deployment, have one more thing to look forward to - a free steak dinner for themselves and a companion.
The steak dinner is a joint project of the Carroll County Farm Bureau and Longhorn Steakhouse in Carrollton. The offer is retroactive to all military personnel who have come home from overseas duty since Jan. 1 of this year.
"This steak dinner is just a small token of appreciation, compared to the sacrifice these returning soldiers have made and continue to make for us," said Carroll County District 6 Commissioner George Chambers, a Georgia Farm Bureau Board of Directors member. "A good ribeye steak dinner is the least we can do to say 'welcome home and thank you' for your service to our country."
"This gift is for all troops, no matter what branch of service they're in," said Brandi Few, the Carroll County Farm Bureau office manager. "It doesn't matter if they're coming home on leave or they're leaving the service."
Few said the returning troops should bring their paperwork, showing overseas service, to the Farm Bureau office at 324 Columbia Drive, Carrollton.
"They will need to bring leave papers to prove they've been on deployment or DD214 papers, if they've come off active duty since returning after the Jan. 1 date," she said.
They will receive vouchers for two free meals, each of which includes an 18-ounce USDA Choice ribeye steak, cooked to their specifications, and all the trimmings. She said the vouchers are only redeemable at the Carrollton Longhorn Steakhouse.
"In addition, if the returning soldier is not already a Carroll County Farm Bureau member, he or she will be given a complimentary one-year membership," Few said. "If they're already members, their memberships will be renewed for an extra year, courtesy of Carroll County Farm Bureau."
Jeff Quallick, managing partner for the Carrollton Longhorn Steakhouse, said when he was approached by the Carroll County Farm Bureau members with the idea of welcoming troops back home, he was happy to do what he could to help. He thought a steak dinner was a good way to show appreciation for men and women "who make sacrifices to protect their country."
"We're honoring all our returning troops with an opportunity to come in and get a delicious, fire-grilled, 18-ounce bone-in ribeye we call 'The Outlaw,' " Quallick said. "We want to say 'thank you' from the bottom of our hearts for all they've done."
"We, at Carroll County Farm Bureau, want to extend a thank-you to our service men and women and for Longhorn for partnering with us in this very worthy endeavor," said Alvin Chambers, president of Carroll County Farm Bureau.
Few said Farm Bureau is an organization founded by farmers, for farmers.
"We offer insurance services and other member benefits," she said. "Our main goal is to be a voice for agriculture in the community and in the legislature. We offer agricultural activities in the classroom, including scholarships, art and essay contests and teacher training. Our services now extend beyond farmers to anyone wanting to be a member of our organization."
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