VRC goes ‘all out’ for holiday feast for area veterans
BULLHEAD CITY — The Veterans Resource Center on Wednesday hosted a Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings for Tri-state veterans.
Prepared by VRC employees and volunteers and served by members of Tri-State Military Moms, Inc., the spread was a complete feast.
“Nine turkeys, six hams, 50 pounds of potatoes, 25 pounds of sweet potatoes, green-bean casserole, 20 boxes of stuffing, 15 pies, 12 dozen rolls and two of the big jars of corn,” said Mark Tierce, site director for the Veterans Resource Center in Bullhead City. Soft drinks and various other desserts prepared or purchased for the occasion were spread out along with the main courses and side dishes.
“We go all out,” Tierce said.
He emphasized that the meal was open to any veterans and their families.
“All veterans,” he said after checking to see if a can of Sterno under a chafing dish was keeping the food warm. “Not just recent veterans or homeless veterans.”
They could bring a guest if they didn’t have family, which is often the case, Tierce said.
“This is better than homemade — especially because I didn’t have to cook it,” joked Mary Hoose, a veteran who served during the mid-1950s. “It’s delicious.”
Scott Brown, a Gulf War veteran, was impressed with not only the Thanksgiving fare but also appreciated help provided by VRC.
Brown thought his savings would carry him through as he looked for work after moving south from Oregon following the death of his mother. Six months to handle things stretched into a year and he couldn’t find work, he said.
Brown lost his residence and car as his money dwindled. He worked in the medical field before he relocated to the Tri-state.
“There were no resources available so I came here,” Brown said. “They’ve been incredibly helpful.”
VRC placed him into a program that will pave the way for him to find a new place to live. He’s still looking for work.
People at VRC have allowed him to vent his frustrations.
“They don’t make you feel as if everything’s your fault,” Brown added.
This was the second Thanksgiving meal hosted by the VRC. There was a lot more food this year, but the organization served food for Thanksgiving and Christmas a year ago. They decided to focus only on Thanksgiving this year.
The center operates the federal program Supportive Services for Veteran Families. People there assist low-income veterans in Mohave County by providing temporary financial assistance to homeless veterans seeking permanent housing. They also provide funds to veterans facing homelessness.
Food not consumed — and there was plenty of extra — was given to the Guardian Foundation. The Guardian Foundation feeds and assists homeless people and also keeps an eye out for veterans who could benefit from various assistance programs available to them.