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As the war in Afghanistan winds down, U.S. military personnel are coming home where they join other recent veterans who served in Iraq. Many of these service members have left the battlefield only to be faced with a new fight: a struggle to overcome the mental and physical wounds suffered during deployment. Those with traumatic brain injury (TBI) or post-traumatic stress (PTS) are returning home in unprecedented numbers. In fact, the Army has said “that up to 20 percent of the men and women who served in Afghanistan or Iraq have suffered TBI.”


The care at many military hospitals and warrior transition units is extraordinary; The American Legion's Operation Comfort Warriors (OCW) program was created to provide "nonessentials" - items that help wounded/injured/ill service members’ recovery. Because of cuts in the Defense Budget, many organizations have stepped up to provide assistance.

The American Legion’s “Operation Comfort Warriors” program hosted Aleethia’s “Friday Night Dinner” at the National Press Club. Thirty-three wounded/injured/ill service members, plus their families and guests enjoyed a “huge” porterhouse steak dinner.



The Assistant Director of Troop & Family Support at National Headquarters of the American Legion, James Ellison, conducted the “door prize” drawing for two Samsung Galaxy tablets and presented to all the service members an Amazon gift card, OCW caps and “superlight” backpacks.



At the dinner, we wished Duke Hayden an USN Veteran and his son, Remell a safe journey home. Duke has been at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for several months and was able to attend the “Friday Night Dinners” during his treatments. Best wishes to you both!


Welcome Bennett Seiji Green to the “Friday Night Dinners” family! We got to meet the newest “Green” family member…Born on May 30, 2014. Of course, he wasn’t ready for a steak dinner yet.

Thanks OCW/The American Legion for a wonderful evening!

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