For troops, both deploying and returning, the greatest gift of all wasn’t wrapped and tied with a bow under the Christmas tree in 2008. The greatest gift of all was presented in a celebratory steak feed, sponsored by the All American Beef Battalion (AABB).

The AABB was the vision of Vietnam veteran and cattle rancher, Bill Broadie, in his plight to send steak suppers for the troops overseas. With a passion for the Service and for the cattle industry, Broadie soon realized he could combine his two loves into a plan of action to make a huge impact in the world.

Since the its inception in August of 2007, the AABB has worked hard in their mission to support the troops and promote the beef industry, hosting several steak feeds across the country with more planned in the future. For the group of veterans and cattlemen of the All-American Beef Battalion, hosting a steak feed to honor the troops was a way to show their gratitude for the troops’ service overseas.

Looking back on 2008, the AABB kept busy giving steak feeds to honor the troops that have fought the global war on terror. The AABB is non-profit organization that works to raise money to host steak feeds for the troops while promoting American beef.

The first honorary Steaks For Troops event held by AABB was for the 731st Transportation Company on April 26, 2008 in Olathe, Kans. In that first steak feed, 220 ribeyes were served to over 200 guests. Since that first event, donations have poured in from supporters wanting the steak feeds to continue. In May, AABB hosted another event in Montana. From July to October, the pace intensified, and AABB hosted six more events for troops.

Another four were held in December, keeping the AABB committee busy during the holiday season. The Dec. 13th steak feed in Copperas Cove, Tex. was extra special as Veteran Bud ‘Doc’ Willis was introduced to the troops for his combat service in 1969 in the First Calvary Division. Willis came home from the war with multiple wounds, and this old warrior was strongly applauded by the soldiers at the steak feed.

Without a doubt, troops, young and old, deserve the recognition for their years of service to protect our nation’s freedom. 2009 will bring another year of giving the generous gift of steak feeds to the troops. The first are scheduled for Jan. 11 and 17, 2009, both in Hutchinson, Kans. Another will be held on Feb. 28 in Denver, Col. The individuals that tirelessly work with the AABB to give appreciation to the troops are in agreement that serving a meal of American beef is the truly best way to celebrate their gift of service.

The All American Beef Battalion is a group of individuals within the United States beef cattle industry dedicated to support the troops fighting the global war on terror. They work to organize and sponsor steak feeds, entertainment, and programs with Service Members and their families.

For more information: Bill Broadie at 620-635-0544, asc@ucom.net