The fire department raised hundreds of dollars in order to make the cookout possible. 25 firefighters were there to begin cooking as early as 10 a.m. Sunday afternoon. They served about 56 veterans.
The veterans and firefighters enjoyed some barbeque chicken, baked beans and sausage together while watching the Saints/49ers game.
"The meal was great. Rich in BBQ," said Markeyce Edwards, a veteran who served in the Navy and the Gulf War. "Great. I loved it. It's honorable, because they've done so much for us to keep our city safe. I commend them. "
"I think it's a blessing," said Mike Williams, who served in the Army. "Everybody showing love and heart."
Shreveport Fire Chief Craig Mulford said the fire department is always looking for ways to give back.
"Shreveport firefighters are called to serve," said Chief Mulford. "As we go and meet that mission at the fire dept.we look for other oppoertunities in the community to serve those who may have less than we do."
Mulford said a generous donor paid for today's cookout. The department will use the money they raised to continue to cook out for the displaced veterans living in the home every quarter.