Mission Accomplished for Operation Turkey Dinner


A Happy Thanksgiving for Veterans and Their Families

Scott.pngNearly 400 military veterans and active service members enjoyed a festive Thanksgiving meal with family and friends after receiving holiday gift boxes through United Way of Broward County’s MISSION UNITED’s annual Operation Turkey Dinner. Each package, valued at $65, contained a supermarket gift card, plus all the fixings for a family of four.

One of those grateful veterans is Scott, who picked up his food package at United Way with his service dog, Tony, at his side.

Scott, 63, is a former Air Force medic who became a registered nurse 35 years ago and worked for many years in South Florida hospitals. However, he has had a hard time finding employment since he lost his eyesight 10 years ago due to diabetes and glaucoma.

Still, with only 10% of his vision, Scott maintains a positive attitude. He attends job fairs and other activities offered by MISSION UNITED, and participates in the free golf lessons and networking opportunities provided by First Tee of Broward.

For Thanksgiving, Scott cooked and shared his Operation Turkey Dinner meal with his mother and some friends.  “Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for all the blessings we have in this country,” he said. “It’s also a chance to share my thanks with family and friends – and to thank them for being around.”

United Way of Broward County extends our thanks to the following companies who generously supported Operation Turkey Dinner: 15th Street Fisheries, Bankers Healthcare Group, Black and Veatch Corporation, Celebrity Cruises, CTI Consulting, Healthy Partners, JM Family Enterprises, Inc., Provenance Wealth Advisors and Schumacher Clinical Partners. Thank you also to the many volunteers who helped distribute packages, including United Way of Broward County’s very own NextGen United.

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