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Wounded Veteran Plans To Open A Restaurant To Inspire And Employ Other Veterans

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“I was in the lead vehicle,” Henline recalls. “The only thing I remember is having coffee that morning.”

Within 72 hours, the staff sergeant was inside the specialized burn unit at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, where he began the long, grueling treatment that included amputating part of his left arm.

Wounded Veteran Hopes to Open Restaurant
via Bobby Henline

Now, nine years and 40-plus surgeries later, the 44 year-old wants to pay his gratitude forward by opening a restaurant that will employ other veterans and serve the community.

“I’m trying to give back,” Henline told PEOPLE. “This is a great way to do it, through empowerment and food.”

Wounded Veteran Hopes to Open Restaurant
via Bobby Henline

Henline plans to hire only veterans to manage and work at the restaurant. All he needs is funding.

Henline launched a GoFundMe page in February and has raised more than $40,000. His goal is somewhere between $130,000-300,000.

Wounded Veteran Hopes to Open Restaurant
via Bobby Henline

“By accomplishing this, I can set the expample to other Veterans dealing with PTSD or other ailments, amputees and burn victims, that you can overcome, persevere and prevail,” Henline wrote. “In the military, it is always Lead by Example, so I am stepping up to be the example so others can follow and believe it can be done.”

“God kept me alive for a reason. I want to help, and offer other veterans a way to support themselves and their families.”

About Barry G. Morris

15 Comments

  1. Thomas Billingsley

    March 17, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    Great job service our country and God bless you though all your suffering and pain and your motivation to carry on to your next step in life I also a burn person who has not let life stop me in my life even serving in the army hope you get to do what your mission in life thank you

  2. Rita

    March 17, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Thank you,for what did for us to keep us safe,,I sorry for what happened to you ,,Thank you,, just seem to me is not enough ,,GOD BLESS YOU

  3. Debbie Brice

    March 17, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Where will it be, I want to make sure I visit it. What a great example you are setting.

  4. Sudie Hahn

    March 17, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    I salute you, sir! You are a man of integrity, honor, bravery and compassion. Do you know Jesus? You are now serving, employing and empowering fellow veterans. You will be rewarded in heaven. God’s blessings and grace.

  5. Bridget

    March 18, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    I pray that God bless you abundantly in your business! You have been through much pain and suffering and I admire your will and perseverance! Thanks you for your service, I truly appreciate you!

  6. Kim Pemberton

    March 18, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    Great effort! Best wishes for success.

  7. Pat merrick

    March 18, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Thank you for your service I hope you reach your goal
    I wish I could send you some money but I’m on as prayers for you and your restaurant and fellow service men and women.Bless you

  8. sherry

    March 18, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    Not that it matter’s , just curious, where are you opening your restaurant at ? This is an awesome idea !

  9. Albert Malekovic

    March 19, 2016 at 6:33 am

    Please email me your name and address! I would like to s no uou the worlds greatest sauce Country Bobs All Purpose Sauce? Our web site is www countrybobs.com. Thanks so much for your service. My telephone number is 618 533 1328! Albert Malekovic

  10. Stephen

    March 19, 2016 at 6:42 am

    Just where are you planning to open?

  11. Arnold

    March 20, 2016 at 2:40 am

    Hey sarge “all the way and then some”. Hey I’m getting my business proposal and everything else with the food truck business hopefully up and running by June 4th of this year so you need any help or simply say hi and just network hit my fab up Arnold Valdez . God bless you brother!!!

  12. Joe Schmidt

    March 21, 2016 at 11:53 am

    I’ve been wanting to do this for years! A chain of barbecue restaurants near bases, employing Warfighter dependents F/T and P/T, also supplying food trucks run by veterans and disabled veterans. Food trucks supplied with a no-interest loan, stocked at cost, paid back over time to permit another food truck for another pair of veterans.

  13. Al Larson

    March 21, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Where will this restaurant be located. I RV all over and would love to eat at your place.

  14. Victoria M. Wingate

    July 20, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    You know, there are a lot of people who have money to invest. They could invest in his restaurant. Even the Food Channel on TV could help him out. They have lots of wonderful chefs who could help him with a menu and the recipes. And they could pay for a designer and a contractor to make him a beautiful restaurant. I hope someone can pass this message along to the Food Channel and ask them to help.

  15. Howard Johnson

    July 21, 2016 at 7:08 am

    Thank you sir. Keep your faith strong and you’ll succeed.

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