Published: Nov 12, 2012 3:47 PM EST
Updated: Nov 12, 2012 5:28 PM EST

FORT MYERS, FL - Jon Roedding said he always knew he wanted to serve our country.

"Since I was six, seven years old I knew. As I grew up I realized I wanted to be the best, so I joined the Marine Core," said Roedding.

The 24 year old said even though he's only been sent out on one deployment, it's not easy being a military man.

"90% of it is me complaining but the 10 percent that I get to do the fun stuff like go to different countries and help train and realize i'm making a difference it's worth it, it really is," said Roedding.

Recognizing his service and commitmen, Texas Roadhouse opened their doors a little earlier to say thanks by giving food to all veterans.

"It's huge for us so we want to say thank you for their hard work," said local store marketer, Erica Whitlow.

And while Roedding has only been serving for five years: "My entirety of service has only been since after September 11."

He said he can see a difference in  how the country appreciates those who serve.

"Nowadays theres so much more support from our community's back home."