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New Program Aims To Liven Holidays For Veterans

Posted December 28, 2004

— This can be a lonely time of year for troops and not just the ones overseas -- many veterans spend these days alone, but not this year.

Recently, military police showed up bearing gifts and handed out 150 Christmas presents -- one for every veteran living in the state veterans home in Fayetteville.

Veterans in the home do not always get a lot of visitors. in fact, they don't expect house-calls, so Spc. David Vaughn came up with an idea. His plan is to get donations and deliver presents to veterans.

"I just thought it was awful," Vaughn said. "They can't miss out on this. I wasn't going to let that happen."

Vaughn and other members of his unit spent time with each person, such as Vietnam veteran Charles Sledge.

"It makes me feel homesick," Sgt. (Ret.) Charles Sledge said. "I wish I was in the army again."

The Army, Air Force, MJ SOFFE, AAFES, CC Intelligent Solutions of Raleigh, Ray Price Harley Davidson of Raleigh, ITZ Entertainment, Carolina Canines Association of Wimington and Huske Hardware House donated to the project.

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