Veteran services

Lansing Restaurant serves services to veterans on Veterans Day

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Today is Veterans Day and across the country people in central Michigan are reflecting on the sacrifices of veterans and their families.

A Lansing business brought the community together to say thank you and give back to those who served.

Veterans Day is usually marked with parades, but for the second year in a row community members used the day to connect vets to the help and benefits they have earned.

One such veteran is Michael Hill, who served in South Korea and Europe. He says the unit today was better than when he got home

“It wasn’t always like that. I am 60 years old. I remember Vietnam and our brothers going home, and you know, they were treated the way they were and that’s great,” Hill said.

For some veterans, today’s car parade was more supportive than they saw when they drove home

“I think veterans need our support more than ever with the way everything went last year. And Roadhouse has always been a huge supporter of veterans. This community loves our veterans and every year becomes bigger and bigger,” said Scott Anglebrandt, managing partner of Texas Roadhouse.

Anglebrandt comes from a military line. Not having served himself, today’s event was a way for him and his team to give back by serving veterans on the service car side.

“I’m so happy to be able to do what I do, Texas Roadhouse is a wonderful company and they allow me to do these things, to give and you know, to work with so many people at all levels,” said Dana Barraera , store marketer with Texas Roadhouse.

Barrera says the chain provided lunch for veterans, but when the pandemic hit, they had to limit their capacity. The plan was to give out vouchers but with the added bonus of giving the community a chance to say thank you.

For Shawn Murphy, a retired naval officer, today is a sign to other veterans that the home front is still there for them.

“There are so many veterans who are kind of closed to the general public, but I wish they knew they could reach out for the support and help they needed,” said Murphy.

The parade ran from morning to afternoon, and restaurant staff said they handed out more vouchers today than last year’s total of 1,600.