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Veterans thanked, served meals during holiday

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Men and women who've served our country and didn't have a place to enjoy a turkey dinner had another option this year.

AMVETS Post 61 in South Jefferson County opened its doors for the first time to welcome veterans and their families in for a hearty meal.

"It's outstanding.  Guys that don't have a place to go, are coming back now, or are away from home and everything, it helps a lot," Vietnam veteran Jerry Miller said.

Organizers hope what they started Thursday becomes an annual tradition. "To be able to do something for people who don't have families is rewarding and fulfilling," Diana Downs said.

AMVETS is a home away from home for men like Miller, but Post 61 isn't just for those who've served.

The organization welcomes anyone whose had a family member serve in the armed forces. AMVETS provides supporters a chance to embrace those who still are or achieved veteran status.

While this is the first year for AMVETS, leftovers will be donated to Interlink, a counseling service for veterans.