The Veterans of American Heroes Smokehouse

Hamilton Garces (Army veteran) and Ken Ventre (USAF veteran) represent American Heroes Smokehouse on FiOs TV’s “Restaurant Hunter”

If you’ve ever wanted to know more about us, or the veterans who work for our company, this amazing episode of FiOS1’s “Restaurant Hunter” features the personal stories of three of our vets, Watch Hamilton Garces (USMC), Ken Ventre (USAF) and Jason Hagan (USA), as they discuss their experiences in the military and transitioning to civilian careers. Video Link >>

Hamilton Garces, who enlisted in the Marines when he was only 20 years old, opens up about his struggle with PTSD following a deployment to Afghanistan. Hamilton, who was injured in an ambush by the Taliban, credits much of his recovery to his service dog, Akeelah. You can read more about Hamilton and his story here.

Ken Ventre, an Air Force veteran, discusses our founder, Ed Danberry, our gold star discount, and his our “real deal” barbecue.

Chef Jason Hagan, an Army veteran. discusses the preparation of brisket, and prepares a sampling of our tacos. Hagan, who was deployed to Kosovo in the late 1990s, and tells us why American Heroes Smokehouse “the best job I’ve ever had in my life,”

Watch the full episode!

Filmed at American Heroes Smokehouse, Scotch Plains.

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