For the past several years, the American Veterans Center has sponsored a series of Friday evening steak dinners with all the trimmings for wounded troops who are recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Medical Center. The dinners began shortly after the start of Operation Enduring Freedom, when wounded troops began to return home to Washington for rehabilitation.
The time they spent away from the hospital proved invaluable to these young men and women as they could enjoy a normal evening out, sometimes for the first time in months. At these dinners, these brave men and women have been given the opportunity to spend a relaxed evening with friends and family, while meeting distinguished veterans from earlier generations, many of whom went through the same experiences during World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
The dinners at nice restaurants or clubs are not inexpensive. Each costs the American Veterans Center about $4,000 for an average attendance of 80. But considering what these men and women have sacrificed for each of us, it is an effort worth every penny. As we continue this tradition into 2009, we welcome your support in thanking our brave young wounded warriors.