Mission BBQ Gives $1.1M Check To USO – ‘Proudly Serving Those Who Serve’
The owners of Mission BBQ just honored our nation’s veterans by presenting the USO with a check for $1 million.
Bill Kraus and Steve “Newt” Newton are two best friends who opened Mission BBQ on the tenth anniversary of 9/11, and they set a goal of opening the business in order to restore our country to how great it was before the devastating terrorist attacks. They also wanted their business to serve as a reminder that we live in the greatest country in the world.
“At Mission BBQ, we are proudly serving those who serve,” Mission BBQ’s website states.
All eighty locations of the restaurant brand honor America by closing down at noon every day to observe the national anthem. Last week, Bill and Newt took things a step further by presenting USO’s Elaine Rogers with a check for $1,124,808 during an appearance on “Fox & Friends.”
“USO only has one mission and that’s to serve our military and their families,” Elaine said after she was given the check. “Mission BBQ allows us to do so much. We have resiliency programs, employment, we have music, art, sports therapy. We’re at all the airports, helping our military around the world.”
She added that the patriotic beliefs of Mission BBQ are a “family affair,” from the owners to the employees to the patrons.
“[We] love barbecue, but more importantly, we love our country,” Bill said. “Just wanted to build a business that had some purpose, some meaning, some significance.”
Watch Mission BBQ present the check to USO in the video below!