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First responders, Thanksgiving meals given to veterans

The annual Thanksgiving was held at a scout in Statler in downtown Dallas. Veterans and first responders were invited to a free lunch.

Dallas — All sides expected for Turkey and Thanksgiving meals were served by Statler Scouts on Thursday. It’s an annual event called Thanksgiving for your service.

First responders and veterans were greeted at the door and thanked their sacrifices for a hot lunch.

Chef Jason Tillman, with a sophisticated hospitality concept, loves to cook for service members on holidays. “We are giving back to first responders, veterans, rescuers and police officers for all the efforts and services you make all year round,” he said.

Army veteran Altea Williams was there with her family. She served in Afghanistan and Germany from 2011 to 2018, where she suffered a traumatic brain injury. “I’m grateful to be here. I’m grateful to be alive and breathing every morning and to my family,” Williams said.

Her daughter, Sierra Evans, said that this meal meant a lot. “There was a day when I couldn’t do this.”

Nurse Tammy Glenwinkel began to eat after being replaced twice in a row at the hospital. “This is really great,” she said.

After she ate, Glenewinkel returned to the hospital to cover another shift.

The last 20 months of the pandemic have been difficult for this frontline healthcare professional. “I am very grateful to be able to come to a beautiful place and have a really delicious meal. I can forget about it for a while,” she said.

At Thanksgiving for Your Service, about 300 people received free meals.

First responders, Thanksgiving meals given to veterans

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