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 By Andrea Papagianis

Starting Monday, April 14, area restaurants will offer patrons the opportunity to dine for a good cause, supporting the local Veterans of Foreign Wars and their outreach efforts.

VFW Post 9934 has teamed up with Brio Tuscany Grille, The Shwack Beach Grill and The Surfin’ Cowboy for a Monday evening fundraiser to help bring the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall to town and to assist the post’s projects serving active and veteran servicemen and women.

Upon arriving at the restaurants, diners should inform their server they are there to support the VFW, said organizer Christy Austin. The Surfin’ Cowboy will donate 15 percent of supporters’ bills to the local chapter and is offering a 15 percent discount to those dinners. Both Brio and Shwack will donate 20 percent of the bill to the VFW, but Shwack doesn’t join in on Military Mondays until April 21.

The promotion will run each Monday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. through May 12. Restaurants interested in joining Military Mondays are encouraged to contact Austin at

Brio Tuscany Grille is located at 24050 Camino Del Avion; The Shwack Beach Grill at 24502 Del Prado Ave. and The Surfin’ Cowboy at 34235 Doheny Park Road.

From Wednesday, May 14 to Sunday, May 18 the VFW will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War by bringing the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall to town.

“We are so thankful to the restaurants that are helping us support our efforts” said Bob Fowler, a Vietnam veteran and VFW service officer. “Bringing the wall to Dana Point is a great event that will allow us to honor the war and pay tribute to our 58,000 fallen soldiers.”

For more information or to give a direct donation, visit or call 949.248.1419.

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