On March 27th 2012, a man walked into Bennigan’s in Borger, Texas, bought a beer and wrote a note in memory of a fallen soldier, his friend LTJG Francis “Frankie” Toner. It was the third anniversary of Frankie’s death in Afghanistan, and the man asked that the beer and note be left on the bar that night to honor Frankie’s sacrifice.

We were so touched by this gesture, we asked our guests across the country to do the same for their military heroes. Thus began Bennigan’s Wall of Heroes.

Bennigan’s is proudly continuing this tradition, while raising funds to support America’s heroes. Here’s how you can help:

  • 1)Visit any Bennigan’s and buy a drink for the ‘hero’ in your life. You can honor anyone who is currently serving or has served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
  • 2)Ask your server for a ‘Wall of Heroes’ notecard, write a message to your hero and take a picture.
  • 3)Upload the photo to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #WallofHeroes. You can view your photo on the Wall of Heroes (If you don’t use Twitter or Instagram, email your photo to heroes@bennigansfc.com )

For every #WallOfHeroes photo uploaded, Bennigan’s will donate $1.00 to the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, an organization dedicated to rebuilding the lives of severely wounded veterans of the War on Terror, and their families.

Click here to view the Wall of Heroes.

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*Maximum donation capped at $5000. $1 per photo for photos taken at a local Bennigan’s with a purchased drink. Deadline for photos is 9/8/2013. Any information you provide will remain confidential. It's the Bennigan's policy not to sell, distribute, rent or in any way make available your personal information to a third party. ©2013 Bennigan’s Franchising Company, LLC.


Our nation is blessed to count so many heroes among its veterans and active duty service members. We invite you to read through the many messages of gratitude written by Bennigan’s guests to their military heroes. Bennigan’s is proud to donate $1 for every #WallofHeroes photo to the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes.*



American history is written in the blood and sacrifice of veterans like those profiled on these pages. These true American heroes must never be forgotten.

If you have a story of heroism that should be included here, please write us at heroes@bennigansfc.com. Be sure to include your contact information so we can follow-up as appropriate.

  • Donny Daughenbaugh

    In October 2004 in Mahmoudiya, a city south of Baghdad, Cpl. Donny Daughenbaugh was on a night foot patrol conducting vehicle searches.

    When a vehicle approached to be searched, the driver became irate and sped off. He engaged the squad of United States Marines with an AK-47 rifle and as Marines are taught, if you have no cover and concealment, you make yourself a small target. As Donny was in the prone position, a bullet hit him in the face, broke his jaw and severely damaged his nerves.

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  • Matthew Pennington

    Matthew Pennington joined the U.S. Army in 2001 at the age of 17. Assigned to the 327 saw his first action in Afghanistan in 2002. During his second volunteer tour of duty in Iraq, Matthew’s Humvee ran over an improvised explosive device (IED).

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  • Rob Jones

    Rob Jones is a retired Marine combat engineer, having served his country between 2006 and 2011. He deployed once to Habbaniyah, Iraq in 2008, and once to Delaram/Sangin, Afghanistan.

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  • Mary Herrera

    On November 8, 2003, Mary Jessie Herrera’s unit took prisoners to Fallujah. On the way back to their base, Mary was riding in the turret of the lead Humvee with her rocket launcher and machine gun at ready. She saw two spotters on a bridge and knew they were calling in coordinates to fellow hostiles. “I told the guy below me to pass the word we were going to get hit,” she said. “By the time I got back up, we were already being hit.”

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  • Jorge DeLeon

    Jorge DeLeon joined the U.S. Army in 2001 after eight years on the police force in Puerto Rico. On his fourth deployment to Afghanistan, in April 2004, Jorge and his unit were returning to camp after patrolling their region. Jorge was driving a Humvee, the lead vehicle of the convoy, when it ran over an anti-tank mine.

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  • Felix Garcia

    Felix Garcia joined the Marines in 1993 and served in the Corps as an infantryman for more than 13 years, including two tours in Iraq, before retiring in 2006.

    Felix was first wounded in combat on August 22, 2004, but eventually healed and returned to his platoon. During Operation Phantom Fury, on November 9, Felix’s unit was clearing houses in the center of Fallujah. It was the worst fighting he had encountered yet.

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In recognition of their service, Bennigan’s is proud to offer a 10% discount to all U.S. Veterans and Active Duty Service Members, throughout 2013*

*Military ID required. Acceptable forms of identification are: a U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, DD214, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, Citation or Commendation, Photograph of yourself in uniform or a Veterans Organization Card. Valid at participating locations only. Not valid on alcohol. Expires December 31, 2013.


As a proud member of VetFran, we will also waive the franchise fee for all qualified and honorably discharged U.S. military veterans seeking to own a new Bennigan’s franchise. Please call 855-GOT-BENN for more information.