On Wednesday, August 28th, at a Carl’s Jr. restaurant in Austin, Texas, I was honored to share the stage with Texas Governor Rick Perry and several other proud Texans. It was a privilege to introduce the Governor, a true defender of the both free enterprise and our American values. I’ve known Governor Perry for three or four years now. He originally cold called me to thank me for opening restaurants in Texas. I have only the highest admiration for his continuing efforts on behalf of Texas and in keeping Texas a prosperous and business-friendly state.
The event itself celebrated Carl’s Jr.’s commitment to Texas – to grow business, provide jobs and give back to the community. Our local restaurants engage and support local community groups all the time. It’s a part of our heritage and part of our business. As we grow, we give back. In Texas, we’ll be donating to the Lone Survivor Foundation: a Texas-based organization founded by former U.S. Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell who received the Navy Cross and Purple Heart for his actions in 2005 facing Taliban fighters. After surviving his operations in Afghanistan, Marcus returned home to his ranch in Texas, the center of his post-combat recovery and restoration. Marcus wrote the 2007 #1 New York Times best-selling book “Lone Survivor” and, based upon first hand experiences of what is needed for holistic healing while honoring his lost comrades from Operation Redwing, Marcus established the Lone Survivor Foundation in 2010.
I’m proud that our Carl’s Jr. success in Texas will mean we can continue to support the Lone Survivor Foundation and other local community groups there. Good citizenship is good business. And, it’s the American way.
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