We often wonder how a society can produce both a generation of emotionally fragile college students in need of ‘free speech zones” and stuffed teddy bears to alleviate their anxieties, and someone like Bobby Henline?

Quite frankly it’s almost impossible to comprehend, and yet it’s a fact and perhaps the reason that we stand in awe of someone like Henline and how much the human spirit can endure, and in the end triumph.

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


“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.

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.”


He’s in the process of raising capital to fund the restaurant, and is looking for somewhere between $130,000 and $300,000 to get it off the ground. So far the “GoFundMe” page he set up has raised $55,000.


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