The National Restaurant Association (NRA) is enhancing efforts to build career opportunities and support for military personnel and veterans with the launch of its Military Foundation.

The NRA's Military Foundation will focus on providing training and industry support to military hospitality programs, promoting foodservice and hospitality career opportunities for former servicemen and women and military spouses, and working to provide small business ownership opportunities for military veterans.

These efforts are an extension of NRA's long support of the military, including the presentation of the Air Force's John L. Hennessy Award, the U.S. Marine Corp's Major Gen. W.P.T. Hill Award, the Air National Guard's SMSgt Kenneth Disney Award, and support of the Hennessey Travelers Association Educational Foundation's (HTAEF) Armed Forces Forum for Culinary Excellence. The establishment of the NRA's Military Foundation coincides with the transfer of all activities and programs associated with the HTAEF to the new foundation.

"We are proud to expand our support of military veterans by encouraging them to choose restaurant careers," said Dawn Sweeney, president and CEO of the NRA. "The National Restaurant Association's long-time involvement with the Hennessy Travelers Association has resulted in the creation of our new Military Foundation to strengthen the impact of our support and expand programs like the Armed Forces Forum for Culinary Excellence."

The Armed Forces Forum for Culinary Excellence program each year brings 25 U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine servicemen and women to the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone for a week-long educational program to help develop their culinary and foodservice management skills. This year's program will take place Nov. 5-9.

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