Instead of spending time at home with their families on Thanksgiving week, hundreds of U.S. military members in San Antonio will be on duty at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston.
But thanks to an annual event involving more than 250 Valero employee volunteers, they won’t be without a proper turkey meal.
On Thursday, a record 525 soldiers, sailors and airmen who train in the Army Medical Department Center are set to attend the 14th annual Thanksgiving with the Troops event, which fills an entire floor at Valero headquarters at One Valero Way in San Antonio.
Wondering what it takes to feed more than 500 young servicemen and women? That’d be over 250 pounds of turkey, 125 pounds of potatoes, 100 pounds of green beans, and of course dressing, gravy, rolls and desserts.
Also on the menu: a full helping of Thanksgiving Day parades and football games on the big screen, and the “Military’s Got Talent” contest organized by Valero employees. And if there are any meals leftover at the end of the day, that food is donated to a local VFW post.