In celebration of National Military Family Appreciation month, Olive Garden is saluting military families throughout November by offering special restaurant discounts and partnering with the USO (United Service Organizations) to support United Through Reading’s Military Program to help military families maintain close bonds during deployment.
Olive Garden recognizes the tremendous sacrifices that troops and their families make to protect and serve our country, which is why the restaurant is honoring military families during November by:
- Donating up to $100,000 to the USO to support United Through Reading’s Military Program, which will provide 15,000 books to the program and help deployed military parents share special story-time moments with their families back home.
- Providing a 10-percent discount for current members of the military and their families during the month of November.
- Providing a free entree from a special menu for all veterans and current military members on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, and a 10-percent discount for family members dining with them on that day.
“Military families are selfless and never seek reward for the sacrifices they make,” said Jay Spenchian, Olive Garden’s executive vice president of marketing. “When a soldier serves our country, his or her family serves as well. During Military Family Appreciation month, Olive Garden extends our heartfelt thanks to all service men and women and their families for their strength and commitment, and we’re honored to partner with the USO to help military families stay close when deployed parents are away.”
USO & United Through Reading’s Military Family Program Partnership
Keeping families connected when a military parent is deployed can be immensely challenging. Through a partnership with the USO, Olive Garden will help create special family moments of togetherness by donating storybooks for deployed parents to read aloud, video-record and then send the book and DVD to their children at home. For every person who shares Olive Garden’s Facebook post about United Through Reading’s Military Program during November, Olive Garden will donate one book—up to 15,000 books valued at $100,000—to the USO to support the program.
“Deployment can be especially difficult for military moms and dads, but it can be even tougher for their children. They don’t understand why mommy or daddy isn’t there for some of those special moments, like reading them their favorite bedtime story,” said Kelli Seely, USO senior vice president of development and chief development officer. “This program allows military children to see their parent’s face not just at bedtime, but whenever they want and provides comfort to deployed parents, knowing they are still able to put a smile on their child’s face even while far from home.”
To learn more and to help Olive Garden donate a book to military families visit Facebook.com/OliveGarden.