Local company, community members feed troops

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The Alamo City shows its gratitude to military with Thanksgiving feasts.

By Richard Montemayor


A San Antonio-based energy company and local residents are showing they care for military members stationed here this Thanksgiving.

Valero Energy Corp. will host a Thanksgiving luncheon at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 27 at Valero headquarters for Army and Navy medical students from Fort Sam Houston.

Esther Garcia, public affairs specialist and community relations for the U.S. Army Medical Department and School at Fort Sam Houston, said this is the 10th year Valero has hosted the luncheon.

Bill Day, vice president of communications for Valero, said he expects 435 service members to attend, and 200 volunteers from Valero and their family members will cook and serve Thanksgiving dinner for the troops.

“We knew that there were service men and women who were here for basic training or for other kinds of training who were away from their families and could not get home for Thanksgiving,” he said.

“It’s a nice thing to do, and it’s a way for us to say thank you to the men and women in the military for keeping us safe.”

The Army also is participating in Mission Thanksgiving, Garcia said

Through Mission Thanksgiving, volunteer families can invite two enlisted soldiers stationed at Fort Sam to celebrate Thanksgiving at their home.

This year 600 soldiers from Fort Sam Houston and 300 volunteer families are participating.

Garcia said each family will host two soldiers.

To volunteer for next year’s Mission Thanksgiving, contact Garcia or Philip Reidinger, public affairs officer for the U.S. Army Medical Department and School at Fort Sam Houston, at 210-221–6489.

This is the 39th year the U.S. Air Force has hosted Operation Home Cooking, a similar event to the. U.S. Army’s Mission Thanksgiving.

There will be 1,400 service members from Lackland Air Force Base participating in this year’s Operation Home Cooking.

For more information, call Operation Home Cooking at 210-671-5454 or 210-671-5454.


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