DENISON, Texas (KTEN) — The Military Veteran Peer Network got a head start on 4th of July festivities with a cookout in Denison on Tuesday.

Texoma veterans were honored for their service at the annual Walker House event. Attendees chowed down on free food, with music and games to commemorate their services on and off the battlefield.

"A lot of people that are by themselves living, and they do not have anyone to celebrate the holidays with," said Walker House volunteer Cindy Unerfusser. "That's why they come here, and we're open for them."

The cookout let veterans meet new brothers and sisters to connect on another level.

"The camaraderie and being together and learning how each veteran deals with their stress or... you know... circumstances," said peer service coordinator Sharon Luse. "They share what works for them."

She believes the annual cookout event helps veterans embark on new experiences after fighting for the land of the free.

This year's cookout hosted veterans of all ages, including Army veteran Craig Brown, who hung up his uniform in 2017.

"It's not all about barbecuing... it's about everything," he said. "We all went through a lot, but you know we all went through it in different ways. And life is what you make it... life is what you put into it."

Military Veteran Peer Network leaders hope to expand the Independence Day event to bring more smiles to Texoma veterans.