CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Members of the Salvation Army went above and beyond Friday afternoon for military veterans in the Coastal Bend.

The organization hosted a Veterans Appreciation Lunch at their headquarters. They invited veterans and their families over for a free steak lunch with all the trimmings as part of National Salvation Army Week.

Salvation Army Captain Patrick Gesner said it is just one of the many ways the Salvation Army tries to make things easier for our nation's heroes.

"By doing that, it helps to honor our veterans who have given up their time and risk their lives so all of us in America get to enjoy the freedoms we do," Gesner said.

"And I can tell you being an Army sergeant, we don't get many steak dinners," said David Anderson, a retired U.S. Army sergeant who served in the Gulf War. "So to sit down and have a steak dinner, it's pretty cool."

Their next luncheon will be in November in honor of Veteran's Day.