DFW: Today is a good day to be a veteran in DFW. It's payback time and local businesses are giving back.
Offering all kinds of free stuff. Like coffee at Starbucks, Krispy Kreme donuts, IHOP pancakes, appetizers, pizza, steaks, subs, store gift certificates, discounts, and coupons.
Vets can even get free car washes at Jerry's Express Car Wash. Free haircuts at Sport Clips and Great Clips. They could even receive free movie ticket at Ipic Theaters.
"Do better if it was a lady giving them out instead of an old man, you know," Gordon Rostvold, Veteran and General Manager at Double Tree by Hilton in Dallas, explains to his colleagues.
Rostvold is now serving in a different way. At Klyde Warren Park, he's handing out thousands of Double Tree by Hilton's freshly baked cookies to anyone who served. Rostvold served eight years himself, as a Battalion Supply and Mess Officer, for the Army National Guard and Army reserves.
"To think about the people that do serve and what value they have done to make life good for us. It`s a small way to give back," Rostvold said.
Over at Cantina Laredo. General Manager Rambo Saucedo is happy to offer a free meal at his restaurant. All CRO, Inc restaurants including III Forks, Silver Fox, Cool River Cafe, and Cantina Laredo took it a step further. By honoring those who have fallen by leaving one table empty.
"You know right now, there are a lot of families that are eating that are missing a family member due to their selfless act providing for the country," Saucedo said.
It's not going unnoticed.
Harold Shiroma served in Vietnam 1964 -1968 in the U.S. Army and was also a U.S. Air Force contractor.
"I am very proud the business community continues to support us. That makes a big statement," Shiroma said.
Greg Lange served in the Navy as a plank Ooner on the U.S.S. California, though he never saw action thankfully in Vietnam.
"I think this is great that they acknowledge the veterans and we do appreciate it," Lange said.
Hey guys, your bill is paid in full.
Huge thanks to all those who have served!!