AUSTN (KXAN) - This Memorial Day weekend, a Marine veteran turned Austin bar owner is opening his business to honor wounded and fallen service members.
"We have a couple groups we're going to try and push money towards," said Jason White, a Marine Staff Sergeant about to retire after 10 years with the Corps and live life in the private sector.
Last February, White, 34, opened the the Brass House in Downtown Austin. On Sunday afternoon, it'll be a place to honor sacrifices made in faraway places with a Memorial Day barbeque. Money will be raised to support the non-profit Wounded Warrior Project .
White, a veteran of Afghanistan and recipient of the Bronze Star (with Valor), the military's fourth highest combat award, showed KXAN the video he took of his squad.
It shows the stark moments after a close comrade, Lance Cpl. Josh Twigg, was killed. That September day in 2010, Twigg had been providing covering fire to allow the extraction of wounded marines from an area in Helmund province where the Taliban had pinned down a number of Americans.
"I am very fortunate (now living in Texas) to be surrounded by friends and family, where Lance Cpl. Twigg wasn't as fortunate," White said. "But the sacrifice that he made without a doubt saved multiple lives."
It was Staff Sgt. White who helped carry the mortally wounded Twigg to a helicopter. Both men earned military honors for their roles then. Now, on this spring weekend, that giving spirit continues here, in Austin.
"We wanted to dedicate the Memorial weekend and the Memorial Day and being our first Memorial Day as a bar, to our fallen brethren."
Doors open Sunday from 1 – 5 p.m. at the Brass House , 117 San Jacinto St. Austin.
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