Looking to start a movement

Local business man and military veteran Shane McGraw is looking to start a movement in which the business community shows everyday support to veterans and active duty personnel in Kitsap County. The idea and the pitch are led by his own example.

On March 6, McGraw, and partners, have booked an 800-seat theater at Olympic Cinemas in Bremerton. Showing Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax," they've opened up the seats to veterans, active duty, and Department of Defense employees for free.

McGraw said he believes that good business is accompanied by good acts. The entire Kitsap County community is propped up by the Navy's presence and the jobs that surround it, he explained. The Navy contributes in less obvious ways to the success of Kitsap County as a place to live and something should be created to show appreciation and respect, he said.

"We should show our appreciation," McGraw said. "Wouldn't it be cool if they were treated as a step above."

As of last week, 602 of the 824 seats reserved by McGraw and partners were taken.

McGraw said that he hopes more business will join his “military appreciation movement.” Looking into his next show of respect to military and veteran families, McGraw said he was thinking about sponsoring a pajama bowl at an off-base bowling alley.

Choosing the Lorax for the first appreciation night was simple enough. McGraw said he wanted to find something a family could enjoy together.

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