Branford brewery creates lager supporting effort to build Iraq and Afghanistan veteran monument
Branford's Stony Creek Brewery whipped up something new - just in time for Veterans Day. They say every glass of their Area of Operations lager sold brings local Iraq and Afghanistan veterans closer to well-deserved recognition.
Afghanistan army veteran David Vieira has been spearheading the effort to build Connecticut's first monument to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
With city officials on board, looking for funding fell to the members of VFW Post 149, where Vieira is senior vice commander.
The veterans found a fundraising partner in Stony Creek Brewing.
"Their goal was to have the memorial up within one year from today, and we have a year to get them as much money as we possibly can," said Jay Kendig, director of brewing operations at Stony Creek Brewery.
Stony Creek Brewers say they asked Vieira what he and his friends would most have liked to drink out in the desert. They said a nice cold American lager - and Area of Operations was born.
A portion of proceeds will go to the memorial project that veterans say still needs about $250,000.
"And it's available across the state, so make sure to ask your friends and family to ask for it at their favorite bars and restaurants," said Vieira.
Vieira says when it comes to accomplishing a difficult mission, you can't do much better than motivated veterans.
"We rely on each other without question in combat, and it's funny and amazing and incredible to see how that transitions to civilian life, when you have a like-minded goal and a project that you're passionate about," said Vieira.
To donate to the Connecticut Afghanistan and Iraq Veterans War Memorial War Fund, click here or text "TEAMHERO" TO 71777.