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Restaurants Supporting Vets
Restaurant leaders and suppliers sign official statements of support for veterans

The Wisconsin Restaurant Association (WRA) is proud to support veterans who have served our country in the past as well as the men and women currently serving in the military. WRA encourages all restaurants in Wisconsin to offer their support as well. WRA is urging restaurants in Wisconsin to sign and display an official Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve.

The Statement of Support is part of a program administered by the Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (ESGR). The program’s mission is to encourage employers to consider hiring veterans and to support employees who are currently participating in the military.

Over 40 restaurant owners and suppliers were in attendance on Monday, June 25th when Brigadier General Scott D. Legwold of the Wisconsin National Guard and Dick Vallin, State Chair of the Wisconsin Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve arrived via Wisconsin National Guard Blackhawk helicopter at the Heartwood Conference Center & Retreat in Trego, where the Wisconsin Restaurant Association Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting.

The following individuals were present at the event to receive their official Statement of Support to bring back to their businesses for display:

Mark Andrea, Foxxy’s Bar & Grill in Spooner
Carl Brakebush, Brakebush Brothers, Inc of Westfield
Paul & Joan Cunningham, Schreiner’s Restaurant in Fond du Lac
Steve Davis, Ardy & Ed’s Drive In in Oshkosh
Mike DeRosa, Coach’s Fast Food, Inc (Burger King)
Mark Dougherty, Mark’s East Side in Appleton
David Flannery, Apple Holler Restaurant in Sturtevant
Jay Gosser, Legends Brewhouse in De Pere
Charlie Gray, Culver’s of Wausau
Brad Hammen, Outback Steakhouse in Madison
Dennis Heyde, Fanny Hill in Eau Claire
John Kavanaugh, Esquire Club in Madison
Dale Leffel, Belvedere Supper Club in Marshfield
Lynn McDonough, Connell’s Restaurants
Joanne Palzkill, Draganetti’s Ristorante / Taverna Grille of Eau Claire
Susie Patterson, Al & Al’s Stein Haus in Sheboygan
Al Pentell, Pentell Management (Denny’s) of Wisconsin Dells
Chico Pope, Buckhorn Supper Club in Milton
Mary Rowley, Goose Blind in Green Lake
Chris Runnalls, Wolff Group, Inc of Pewaukee
Tom Saxe, Saxe’s in Delafield
Steve Schilling, ZaZing! in Dousman
David Thie, Heartwood Conference Center in Trego
Ada Lara Thimke, Lara’s Tortilla Flats in Oshkosh
Don & Melissa Thompson, Red Mill Supper Club in Stevens Point
Brent Weycker, Titletown Brewing Co of Green Bay
Tom Wagner, Reinhart FoodService of Oak Creek
Tom & Kiki Warren, Alioto’s Restaurant in Wauwatosa
Linda Wendt, Wendt’s on the Lake in Van Dyne
Chris Wiken, The Packing House in Milwaukee
Bruce Wolf, Comfort Suites of Green Bay
Glenda Woosley, Culver’s of Darboy

“I urge restaurants in Wisconsin to sign the Statement of Support and commit to meeting the criteria as a way to offer their support for Guard and Reserve employees who continue to answer their nation’s call to defend our way of life,” says Ed Lump, President & CEO of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association. “The restaurant industry is the largest private sector employer in the state, so we feel our Association can make a difference by encouraging restaurants and foodservice businesses in Wisconsin to offer their support to veterans.”

The ESGR Statement of Support program is an effort to gain and maintain employer support for the guard and reserve. The intent of the program is to encourage employers to consider hiring veterans and to support employee participation in the military.

It is easy for employers to get their own personalized Statement of Support mailed to them. Employers should visit www.esgr.mil and fill out the simple online form.

“Veterans have many skills that they have developed in the military that directly translate to being great employees,” says Lynn McDonough, Chairman of the WRA Board of Directors and owner of Connell’s Restaurants in Eau Claire. “They have excellent qualities like being on time, being able to work as a team, strong values and leadership that can be assets in any work environment -- especially in foodservice.”

Employers can learn more about USERRA, get information about the financial benefits of hiring veterans and order a personalized Statement of Support at www.esgr.mil.

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