Veterans Band Together over Meal

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) Finding parking Monday night at Golden Corral may have been difficult, but it didn't stop veterans from lining up side by side to enjoy a free meal.

"It's wonderful. It's delicious," said Wallace Hensley who is a Vietnam veteran.

Hensley was enjoying an apple pie after finishing his roast beef. All of the food was free courtesy of Golden Corral.

"It's not the free meal that we get. It's the meeting with other comrades and arms that we enjoy being around," said Bill who is another Vietnam veteran.

With all the men and women who have served gathered in one place, organizations like the Disabled American Veterans were there trying to gather financial support for veterans who will need it in the long run.

"The money is 100 percent given back to Disabled American veterans throughout the Valley," said Steve Beeman who is a Secretary for the Disabled American Veterans.

Beeman said his organization helps more than 10,000 veterans per week nationwide. He says the need keeps getting greater as more veterans from the war in Afghanistan return home.

"All of those veterans are going to need jobs. They're going to need medical assistance," said Beeman.

On this Veterans Day, most veterans we met were sharing their stories over their meals and enjoying their company.

"I really enjoyed it. It's a little bit rough sitting by yourself eating. My wife (has) been in a home now for about 21 months and I'm by myself," said Hensley.

Hensley is from Elkton. He had dinner with another veteran from Craigsville.

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