What Does It Mean To Truly Serve? #BestMates #Ad #Giveaway

*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Outback Steakhouse.  All opinions are 100% mine.

My Sister in Law and my sons at my younger son’s Baptism.

    In a few weeks, most of us will be celebrating July 4th and spending time with our loved ones outdoors barbecuing and watching fireworks.  Many times we forget the true meaning of some of these holidays as we get caught up in the festivities.  Since this particular day is dedicated to celebrating our independence, I thought it fitting that I pay tribute to the service member in our family who selflessly helps protect our freedom and the freedom of all Americans through her service in the United States Navy.

    I’ve known my Sister in Law, Ebony, since she was a 13 year old girl and I began dating her older brother whom is now my husband for the past thirteen years.  I was immediately drawn to her sparkling personality and her ability to light up the room with her smile.  While my husband was stationed at Fort Bragg during his military service, she and I would spend girl time together and instantly started developing a bond of our own.

Proudly serving our country in Afghanistan.

    When she told us that she was enlisting in the Navy years later, I wasn’t surprised because I had always known that she was going to be destined for great things.  We knew that her calling was to help others and that is exactly what she is doing through her commitment and dedication to protecting our great country.  She has been deployed twice throughout her naval career to Bahrain and Afghanistan and, each time, she served proudly despite the fact that she was away from her family and friends for months at a time in strange new places.  These were just personal sacrifices that she made for the greater good of the citizens of this country.

    Now through July 4th Outback Steakhouse is supporting our troops and showing their appreciation for their service by offering all retired and active military service members a 10% discount off their entire check when they enjoy lunch or dinner at any of their locations.  This is their way of honoring those who serve selflessly in the Armed Services and their families who also make the ultimate sacrifice.

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    Make sure you like Outback on Facebook to join them in showing your support for our troops and to learn about their delicious lunch and dinner options.  When you are celebrating July 4th with our friends and family, remember that your freedom to do so comes at a great personal cost to our troops and make sure you give them the appreciation, respect, and recognition that they deserve!


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  1. paulakiger says

    Oh my gosh where to begin? This weekend I attended a graduation for my niece, but a family friend’s daughter in law was graduating despite having a deployed spouse, a 15 month old, a 5 year old, and a 13 year old. That ENTIRE family is serving!! And I am grateful. Last name is Husbands.

  2. Thank you to all who serve and have served!

  3. Thank you to the people serving

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  5. mami2jcn says

    I’d like to thank my brother for serving in the Navy. Thanks!

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  6. jenmalonee says

    I have several family members in the military. I am so thankful for all they do. They go through a lot more than I think anyone can every appreciate.

  7. Stephanie Phelps says

    I want to thank all the past and present service men and woman for protecting my freedom! I especially want to thank my two oldest sons for volunteering to serve and my nephew who is serving! Thank you and God Bless you all! If you would all pray for my son who leaves for Afghanistan in August as well!

  8. Thank you to everyone that serves! I know that without your sacrifices that my life would not be possible the way that it is today. You don’t have to serve, but you choose to do so and I am grateful.

  9. I can not find the words to express my gratitude for what they have done, are doing and will make a great sacrifice and courage on his part that Maybe never receive the true recognition but I’m sure many people like me thank them with the heart and sincerity many thanks for everything.

  10. Janet Watson says

    I cannot express enough how much I appreciate the armed forces and the people who serve this country. They protect our rights and freedoms every day for us and I’m so grateful. Thank you!

  11. kSquaredGlamour says

    My hubby has 11 years in the service (6 with airforce and 5 with Army) He just took command over a unit a few day ago. He is a true hero in our family and makes so many sacrifices for us and others. My younger sister is also in the service (marines) and she is also a hero to us.

  12. Patricia says

    I am grateful for those that have served our country. Because of these wonderful people willing to sacrifice, I am able to enjoy the freedoms I do.

  13. I am so thankful for all those willing to serve our country. My daughter had planned to go into the Navy but has an eye disease that prevented her from entering.

  14. debra hall says

    im sad to say none of my family is serving in the armed forces..my son in law did serve for many years he has a good job because of the time he served they all are so important to out country

  15. Frugal and Fun Mom says

    That is awesome that they are doing this for our service members. I would like to thank my Father for serving. Both my grandfathers who have passed on, served in the armed forces as well.

  16. I would like to thank my grandfather who was in the military. And I am thankful to our troops who serve this country. These are truly brave men and women who fight for our freedom

  17. Courtney says

    I think about my dad and grandfather serving in the military before I was even born. Thank you to all men and women who serve our country. Such an honor!

  18. Ashley C says

    I want to thank my grandfather, and my two cousins for serving. They are great examples of strong men and I admire what they have done and have also sacrificed.


  19. Both of my grandfathers served, as did two of my uncles. Thank you to them for serving our country! My grandfather’s brother died in WWII.

  20. Christine M says

    Thank you military friends, for serving and placing your life in danger for the U.S.

  21. Gilda Campos says

    Thanks to all the heroes who have defended this country friends and non-friends. All those who have given their lives to maintain the sovereignty and liberty of every one of us today in day. Thank you

  22. Wanda McHenry says

    I have come from a family of men who have served in the military as well as my husband, I thank them for their years of service. Currently, I have a niece and nephew serving in the Army and I thank them for taking on a much more dangerous missions than their older relatives have every experienced. I wish them much luck and a big blessing!

  23. meredith says

    Im thankful for my husbands service (and that he’s safe!)

  24. I currently don’t have family or friends served in the military, however I thank for every man and woman who sacrifice for our county, thank you all!

  25. Sara Floyd says

    My grandfather and aunt are both retired air force, they spent their whole careers there. My brother in law is now deployed in Qatar. Thanks to all who serve.

  26. I have several cousins who are now serving. I really respect them and what they are doing and am so very proud of them.

  27. Ginoy Caro Ramos says

    Thank you to everyone that serves!

  28. Misha Estrada says

    Thanks to everyone who serves or has served! My brother was in the Navy for over a decade. My grandpa spent his entire career in the Air Force. I have a cousin who served in Iraq, and another cousin who’s husband served in Iraq. My younger stepsister just turned 18 and joined the Guard.

  29. Outrun1986 says

    I have many cousins and relatives serving in the army so I would like to thank them

  30. Jessica To says

    Thank you to all the service men and women!

  31. Stacey B says

    I actually would like to thank not only friends of mine who have served in the military, but to everyone who has, as well as their families who serve with them on the homefront.

  32. steve weber says

    I would just like to thank all the men and women who have served or who are currently saving.. God bless you.

  33. Thank you to my uncles who both served in Vietnam, cousin who served Desert Storm, my brother who served in the Navy, sister in National Guard and husband who was Army

  34. Courtnie says

    My uncle served in the army. I would like to thank him for his service!

  35. Elisabeth says

    I’m so thankful for all of the military! My step brother joined the Army and even though he was medically discharged, I am still very proud of him! It takes a brave person to join the military!

  36. Heather! says

    I’m so proud of my friend Shann who served and recently came home stronger and braver than ever. Thanks so much, Shann!

  37. Dana Rodriguez says

    I would like to thank my friend Joe.He proudly serves our country,he is a great husband and a wonderful father.I am so proud of him!

  38. Betsy Barnes says

    I would like to thank all of those serving in the military, in every area. Your service is very much appreciated, keeping our country safe, so my family may enjoy the freedoms that our fonding fathers intended. You all are the best! 🙂

  39. Sheila Simmons says

    I would like to thank my cousins(2 brothers) that are in Afghanistan right now. Keep them safe and all of our troops and Happy 4th of July.

  40. God bless all the men and women who have served our country. There is no way to thank you for your service, except to pray for you all, and your families each day. I would like to thank my dear daddy, now in Heaven, for his brave service to this country in WW II. I love you, daddy.

  41. stephanie says

    i have a few friends in the army! i love them and proud of them 🙂

  42. Thank you to my friends in the Army for your sacrifice. We appreciate it and are forever in debt to you. Thank you!!

  43. I would like to thank everyone that has served in the military! Thank you for defending our country and keeping us safe!

  44. SavvyMomNYC - Ker says

    Thank you to all of my friends who have served in the military! Cheers!

  45. Hannah J says

    Thank you grandpa for serving in 2 wars. I am so grateful that you risked your life for us. I love you.

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