Veterans remembered with turkeys

Published 12:51 am Friday, December 26, 2003

By By JAMES COLLINS / Niles Daily Star
The Sons of The American Legion is yet another Niles community organization that is feeling the Christmas spirit this season.
On Tuesday afternoon they donated four frozen turkeys to Niles area homeless veterans.
The Sons of The American Legion is made up of boys and men of all ages whose parents or grandparents served in the United States military and became eligible for membership in The American Legion.
According to the organization, they place high importance on caring for veterans and their families and teaching the fundamentals of good citizenship.
Gleason said that they were proud to help out American veterans in anyway possible.
The turkeys were donated to the Transitional Living Program for Homeless Veterans located at 323 N. Lincoln Ave. in Niles.
This program serves veterans from Berrien, Cass and Van Buren Counties and has been part of the Residential Services of Southwestern Michigan since 2001.
According to program supervisor Marilyn Bryan, the building currently has four apartments which house 16 veterans.
The program provides housing, case management and all support services to assist homeless veterans and it allows them to stay at the residence for up to two years.
Bryan said they welcome any donations, whether it be food, clothes, or anything else that the veterans could use.
Gleason also wanted to mention that they were selling Blue Star Banners for those who would like to support our troops and the American Legion.
The banners, which sell for $8, are meant to hang in the windows of houses who have family in the armed services,