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On Veterans Day, Cary restaurant owner gives back to those who've served

Posted November 12, 2018 5:19 p.m. EST
Updated November 13, 2018 3:04 p.m. EST

— A Cary restaurant owner on Monday continued a five-year tradition of giving back by donating 15 percent of his food sales to a local non-profit benefiting veterans who have served in foreign wars.

Mike Montgomery, who operates Abbey Road Tavern and Grill, donates the money he raises to the local Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 7383 in Cary.

The money is used to provide food, rides for veterans who need a lift to the hospital and other necessities.

Montgomery says he is all about helping the local people, specifically veterans.

"I can't see any charity better to give back to than the veterans," he said.

Jack Miller, a local veteran and the trustee for Post 7383, said the donations help veterans get access to badly needed resources.

"There's a lot of immediate help that veterans need that they can't get," Miller said.

Some veterans say that the kindness exhibited to them on Veteran's Day signify a change in culture.

"I do agree that veterans are appreciated more today than they were back in 1969," said John Flemming, a U.S. Army veteran. "During the Vietnam era, veterans were spit upon and cursed upon when they walked through airports."

Flemming said he is proud of his military service, and wants other Americans to be proud of veterans as well.

"There's just a lot of people out there who need help who served our country, and it's time to help," he said.