Jessie Guajardo

This is one unique way to support our troops.

Meghan Overdeep
July 19, 2017

Jessie Guajardo and his fellow soldiers had had enough of the bland, overcooked chicken tenders they were being served while on deployment in Iraq. Refrigeration issues severely limited their sauce options, leaving them to suffer through meal after meal of the flavorless meat. That’s when Guajardo, a U.S. Army First Lieutenant from Flower Mound, Texas had an epiphany. What they needed was individually packaged sauces, and he knew just where to get them.

Like any good Southerner, Guajardo turned to his local Chick-fil-A back home in Texas. He wrote them a message on Facebook and asked if they were up for a mission. Would they save them from their inedible chicken?

It was a shot in the dark, Guajardo later admitted on Facebook, but they were desperate. Two weeks later he checked his mail, and lo and behold, two boxes full of packaged sauces from the Flower Mound Chick-fil-A were there waiting for him. One was full of barbecue, and the other, the famous Chick-Fil-A sauce.

“After I brought the cases into a common area, everyone was ecstatic to see the appetizing sauces,” Guajardo recently wrote on Flower Mound Cares, a Facebook group for Flower Mound residents. “I can't thank Chick-Fil-A enough for this seemingly small gesture that single handedly picked up the spirits of so many people. Thank you Chick-Fil-A!”

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The Founders Square Chick-fil-A replied by thanking him and his fellow soldiers right back. “Thank you for your service, Jessie Guajardo and for taking the time to write such kind words about your local Chick-fil-A,” the restaurant wrote on its Facebook page. “We hope you and your fellow soldiers enjoy the sauces and we look forward to your return home.”

How great is that?