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Groups provide Thanksgiving dinners to needy military families

Posted November 20, 2014

— An estimated 20 percent of the families of soldiers at Fort Bragg live in poverty, so two groups are working to give hundreds of those families something to be thankful for this holiday season.

In the "Thanks for Giving" program, Operation Homefront provided 25 pounds of goods to 400 soldiers and their families on Thursday. The families also received 10 pounds of items from Feed the Children and a frozen turkey.

"This is amazing. This is our first time ever here, and this set up is amazing. It's the most I've ever seen in my life," said Misty Wharton, the wife of a Fort Bragg soldier. "We're so grateful. We literally just moved here, so this is going to help out so much with us and our children and actually give them a Thanksgiving they deserve. So. like I said, I'm all teary-eyed."

"This is big to our family. A lot of people think that the military is rich, and they're not," said Saare White, a soldier's wife. "Just to know that people care enough about our family to give us a full meal, I'm extremely thankful because we're trying to make ends meet, and this makes things whole lot comfortable."


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  • JennyB Nov 21, 2014

    Colin, I agree. The point is, the average soldier/Marine is what...18/19? They get married young, have a couple kids immediately... BAH doesn't travel that far when local-town rent rates are insane. The average military family is on WIC. Wives can't afford to work because of the cost of childcare. Half the guys are in debt because their 2-month wife left when he deployed... I've seen alot of it. They need to provide better money management skills to families. I've seen too many E2 boots in a new car that they just bought a mile from base on 27% interest. It's dumb. The money isn't filet mignon but it's at least enough for 88% burger at the Commisary. And you're right. Dump the Coach purses and big screens. Poor decision-making at it's finest. Military families don't start to see a financial benefit until they're at least E4.

  • Betty Lanier Nov 21, 2014
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    This did not just start in the last 6 years. This has been going on for decades.

  • Mike Berthold Nov 21, 2014
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    Sorry. Soldiers/Hero's families don't live in "those kinds of conditions" due to any fault of the military or government. A married E1 (of which there are VERY few) makes over $30k per year with their BAH and BAS or nearly twice the poverty level for a family of 2. There are also COLA adjustments and family subsistence supplemental allowances available and there are also numerous other programs available. The biggest problem is their poor money management skills and their immature actions. I can almost guarantee that those collecting the assistance have a big screen TV, XBOX one or PS4 and all the latest games at their house and are driving a newer car. Being a First Sergeant, I see this on a daily basis when conducting welfare inspections. Kids running around in dirty clothes and almost no food in the house, but the 65" 3D tv has all the cable channels and they have all the attachments for their game systems.

  • Barbara Sossomon Nov 20, 2014
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    In Raleigh, we have MANY HOMELESS Veterans living in the woods. If you have extra gloves, socks, shoes, coats, sweaters, sweatshirts, and especially food, you can drop it by Briggs Hardware at 2533 Atlantic Ave #104, Raleigh, NC 27604. They try to help our veterans as much as they can, and everything you donate goes to them.

  • Ryan Isaac Nov 20, 2014
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    It is a disgrace that these Soldiers/Hero's families live in these conditions, but Obama is getting ready to allow 5 million illegals stay and leech from the system!