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Walmart will make Christmas brighter for American veterans

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Christmas shopping at Walmart has been a tradition for the present writer since 1975. The Walmart store in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, was a great place to save money and to find great value. Nearly 40 years later Walmart in Washington, D.C. is still the place to save and find great Christmas gifts in 2013.

In addition to offering great Christmas gifts and low prices there is an added bonus to shopping at the new Washington Walmart. This year the Walmart on H Street is making Christmas special for the brave men and women who were prepared to give their lives to defend freedom for all Americans.

The United States Veterans Initiative (U.S. VETS) with the volunteer assistance of a District of Columbia based training and communications firm, Niche Workforce Solutions, will make the holiday season brighter for men and women who served their country with honor. Veterans will have a great Christmas dinner.

U.S. VETS operates programs at 11 sites including the District of Columbia by serving more than 3,000 United States veterans every day. Linda Clark Holland is the U.S. VETS Program Manager. “This holiday season, a traditional Christmas dinner was planned for our housing program, but due to an unforeseen circumstance, the caterer that had pledged to donate the holiday dinner needed to cancel. However, the timely holiday spirit has summoned a timely network of local businesses to ensure that the veterans are treated to a holiday feast.”

The H Street Walmart store manager, Eric Quist, served 9 years in the United States Navy and when he learned about the dilemma he was instrumental in helping to make the Christmas dinner today a reality. “When you help a hero, you honor a hero,” U.S. VETS Executive Director Shalimar Cabrera said.

The Christmas dinner will take place today at 5 p.m. The Copper Canyon Grill of Silver Spring will prepare the food for the Christmas dinner.

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