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USO feeds 2,000 troops at NAS Pensacola
It takes an army of volunteers to put on a Thanksgiving dinner for the men and women stationed at NAS Pensacola. Around 2,000 troops ate a home cooked meal this year thanks to the USO.
250 turkeys and dozens of trays full of vegetables, dressing and all the fixings you'd find on most Thanksgiving dinner tables. This effort goes a long way for most of these young service men and women. Many of them are fresh out of bootcamp.
"Thank God they did this for us, we appreciate it so much."
Reychelle Lapuebla came to NAS Pensacola 3 weeks ago. She's from Hawaii, and to say she's homesick is an understatement.
"It helps me cope with being away from home and all the people are filled with aloha, love in the air."
More than a hundred USO volunteers got here early to make these servicemen and women feel a little more at home.
"I kind of miss my family even though I'm not that far away from home but I'm with my naval family so it's an adjustment period," said Andre Brooks.
"I'm a retired Navy Master Chief and I had some time this morning and I wanted to be able to come out here and give back to the community," said Chris Glennon.
After a prayer and paying respect to the country they serve and protect. it was time to eat.
"I definitely appreciate everyone here at the USO that helps us out and treat us with the utmost respect," said Justin Moore.
This is the sixth year the USO has served the troops for Thanksgiving and they plan to continue the tradition next year.