MARYLAND (WUSA9) -- Bunce, our WUSA9 service dog in training for a wounded warrior introduced us to Mission BBQ where the staff delivers barbecue and respect to all who serve our country.
Mission BBQ is based in Maryland. Proceeds from their restaurants go to organizations that help military, local police and firefighters.
"My eyes have been opened, incredibly, on the sacrifices of not only the warrior, the police, the fire, the men and women that do it, but their families," said Stephen Newton, Mission BBQ. "When one serve, they all serve."
That makes regular customers feel good about dining here.
"I think our freedom isn't free. It comes at a cost. We should support those who help give us that freedom," said Keith Cain, a customer of Mission BBQ.
Even the employees feel a profound connection to the mission.
By serving barbecue, Brittany Morin honors her husband in the Army and the brother in law who was killed in Iraq. Specialist Stephen Elrod was 20 years old.
"They have his picture and it's a kind of way to share his story with all the customers that come in here as well," said Brittany Morin, employee of the restaurant.
Mission BBQ launched on September 11th of 2011. Ten years after our world changed forever, the founders wanted to do something to give back.
Last year, Mission BBQ raised more than $500,000 for military-related charities.
At Mission BBQ, all first responders eat for free on September 11, Veteran's Day and Armed Forces Day.
And if you'd like to request a visit from Bunce to your office, organization or business that's connected to those who serve, just send us an email with the subject line, Salute to Service.
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