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Fairland FFA members serve steaks to 700 troops

The American of Vinita, Oklahoma

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On Aug. 1, 2009, seven Fairland FFA members assisted the "All American Beef Battalion", (AABB) by helping to prepare and serve steaks to over seven hundred troops and their families with the 31st Brigade Air Defense Artillery stationed at Ft Sill, Lawton, Okla. Members of the chapter were invited to help and be honored for their part in raising funds to support the AABB.

For the past two years, members of the Agricultural Mechanics class have built free standing swing frames to be auctioned off at the labor auction held in March with the proceeds from the sale of the swings being forwarded to the AABB to help defray the cost of the steaks served to troops.

A total of $1,350.00 has been raised for this effort thanks to the winning bidders of the swings, Handrich poultry in 2008 and the Welch Stockyards in 2009 that paid $1,100.00 for the last swing.

This effort is a way for the Fairland FFA to say thanks to the troops for protecting us and an opportunity to promote the Beef industry. Members who attended the steak feed were Kelsy Allman, Brett Blalock, Kortney Kowal, Jenna Ellis, Gus Merit, J.T. Hart, and Kody Allman.

The AABB was founded by Bill Broadie, an Ashland Kansas beef producer and Vietnam veteran who remembers the ridicule and criticism that he and other military personnel of that era faced when they came home. The goal of AABB is to serve good steaks to deploying or returning troops and to let them know that the American Cattleman and others like them support and appreciate their sacrifices.



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Original Publication Date: August 20, 2009



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