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Serving those who served

Serving those who served

Serving those who served

By the Office of Public Affairs
Thursday, November 24, 2011

For many Americans, Thanksgiving is a free pass for loosening the belt buckle, taking a second helping of stuffing and having a second slice of pie. However, there are some among us who are forced to tighten their belts because they aren’t sure where their next meal is coming from. For some people, Thanksgiving is a stark reminder of hunger and uncertainty.
“I had the opportunity a few years ago to learn more about what our Veterans have done and it opened my eyes,” said Gabriel Valle, managing partner at the Capital Grille in Miami. “So we are here today, cooking five truck loads of food for Veterans on Thanksgiving.”
1,200lbs of mashed potatoes, 700lbs of stuffing and enough turkey for 800 people to have seconds were served at the Miami VA Healthcare System, along with cookies, drinks and other Thanksgiving standards all provided by the Capital Grille for a special Thanksgiving feast.
“We have staff, family, friends here today; deciding to spend their holiday with Veterans,” said Amiel. “This is a special day for us to look back and share the blessings we have enjoyed. To be able to sit with these Veterans, listen to their stories – that is a blessing.”

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