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Christmas dinner — morale building for wounded warriors

Christmas dinner for wounded warriors

The holidays are difficult and lonely for wounded service members. Painful injuries, emotional scarring, and no family nearby make Christmas anything but a joyful season. For many wounded warriors, Heartbeat becomes family.

Our donors and volunteers make it possible for Heartbeat to brighten nearly 100 warriors’ holidays. Volunteers cook a traditional Christmas dinner right there in the Fort Lewis Warrior Transition Battalion’s (WTB) kitchens. Our own Baker’s Angels group donates delicious, homemade baked goods.

The yearly festivity, filled with singing and much-needed laughter, is a welcomed event for our brave, wounded heroes.

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Christmas dinner is more than a meal

During a recent Christmas dinner, one soldier, new to the WTB, rarely left his room. He was suffering with a severe case of post traumatic stress disorder—PTSD. But he heard about Heartbeat’s dinner. He not only joined the group, he helped cook the meal and was heard laughing with the volunteers.

Christmas dinner is more than a meal to our brave men and women. It lets them know how grateful we are for their sacrifices. It lets them know they aren’t alone. You might even say it helps them heal.

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The Warrior Transition Battalion’s command

For the many service members too injured to attend, the company first sergeant (1SG) — the company commander’s senior enlisted adviser — delivers Heartbeat’s dinner to the hospital. The WTB military commands graciously support Heartbeat’s efforts to make this event happen.

If you would like more information about this special event, please contact the Heartbeat office.

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