Ron Long’s service in the U.S. military shaped his life in more ways than one, stealing his eyesight and developing his principles for living a meaningful life. After being blinded by a chemical agent, Long’s honorable discharge for being visually impaired led to becoming a restaurant and mobile food service businessman. His delicious “Santa Maria Style Barbecue” and the speed in which it can be made, and served, landed him a dining contract for the Navy in San Diego. He also has a portable barbecue pit stationed at the U.S. Army National Training Center in Fort Irwin, CA. Long also hosts fundraising events for the Army Emergency Relief Program and Toys for Tots.
“Having served in the military, they really make me feel like I’m one of them,” said Long. “They treat me like family and I even go on vacation with some of them. It’s the least I can do to give back.”
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"Ron Long: A Blind Entrepreneur Still Supporting the U.S. Military"