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

March 15, 2016

In 2007, Bobby Henline survived a devastating explosion that killed the rest of the men in his Army vehicle in Iraq. The explosion burned more than 38 percent of his body.

Wounded Veteran Hopes to Open Restaurant
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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."

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