Bennigan’s at Tysons Corner to Host “Happy Hour with a Hero”

September 3, 2014

As part of its summer-long campaign to honor America’s finest, Bennigan’s is hosting a special “Happy Hour with a Hero” at its Tysons Corner location on Thursday, Sept. 4. The guest of honor will be Sgt. Matthew Pennington, U.S. Army (Ret.), who was wounded in April 2006 while serving in Iraq.

The happy hour event is scheduled for Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at the Bennigan’s at 8201 Greensboro Drive. It is being held in conjunction with, and in support of, the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes (Coalition), a leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to rebuilding the lives of severely wounded veterans of the War on Terror.

At the age of 23, Pennington was struck down by an ambush IED team in Iraq. He lost his left leg and incurred severe damage to his right. He was subsequently honorably retired and received the Purple Heart and the state of Maine’s Silver Star, among others. Pennington also starred in the short film “A Marine’s Guide to Fishing,” which portrays the combat-wounded veteran’s transition back into the workplace as well as coping with his loss one year later on his “alive” day.