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Fundraiser benefits Wounded Warriors

Hogie Joe's Sports Grill in Thomson will reach out to veterans Monday.

Restaurant co-owner Amy Kiel says the fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project will help some of her customers.

She corrects herself: "Customers -- friends."

Amy and husband Joey and staff hope for a crowd between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. Monday. The restaurant at 128 Railraod St. will donate 10 percent of all sales during those hours to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Joey Kiel said the operators needed no special incentive to assist veterans.

"We just want to support them," he said.

Amy Kiel's career before opening the restaurant included eight years working at a Veterans Affairs hospital.

The restaurant also helped support the Light the Night project against cancer in Thomson and sponsored three local women who participated in a walk against breast cancer.

Hogie Joe's also will donate $2 to the Wounded Warrior Project for any veteran in attendance who was awarded the Purple Heart. The veteran must show the medal or Form DD214.

A raffle drawing for a Wounded Warrior Project blanket will be held at 7 p.m. Donation tickets are $1 each.

Contributions to the Wounded Warrior Project might be tax-deductible.

The nonprofit, nonpartisan organization has its headquarters in Jacksonville, Fla.

It was founded in Roanoke, Va., when a group of veterans and friends, moved by stories of the first wounded service members returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq, took action to help others in need.

What started as a program to provide comfort items to wounded service members has grown into a complete rehabilitative effort to assist warriors as they recover and transition back to civilian life.

Thousands of veterans have been helped through the program.

The organization's objectives are:

- To raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members.

- To help injured service members aid and assist each other.

- To provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.

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Web posted on Thursday, May 19, 2011

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