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Royse City American Legion helps distribute meals to veterans in need

(ROYSE CITY, TX – Dec. 23, 2017) Recently the Military Heritage Museum of North Texas heard of the opportunity to purchase FEMA overstock meals for pennies on the dollar. The Museum, which is run by British military veteran Mark Witham, wanted to use the opportunity to provide veterans who were homeless or who may be struggling a meal for Christmas.

Mark reached out to the Post Commander of Post 100, Jason Castleberry, to assist in coordinating efforts to distribute the meals locally. Overall there were 50,000 meals purchased that were distributed all over the state. Royse City Post in conjunction with the Wylie Post, Rockwall Post and two Dallas Posts distributed over 2,100 meals – over  $19,000 worth of meals! The Royse City Post alone distributed nearly 1,100 meals.

“We had a family reach out to us that had four generations living in the same home. Three of the generations were veterans, all of which were disabled. One had back and leg problems and the other two had PTSD /TBI. The great grandkids surrounded us when we came in with the meals and gave us hugs. This family was so appreciative of the meals and the support of the post,” wrote Castleberry.

The post also provided meals to a homeless veteran and his wife who are in need of employment but have been living with friends till they can get on their feet. In addition to providing the meals, the Post is also looking to find them jobs and housing options in Collin County.

“In the holiday time of giving we want to remember and support the less fortunate in our community,” Castleberry said.

Photos submitted by Jason Castleberry, Post Commander, Laramore-Osborne American Legion Post 100

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