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Bringing Thanksgiving to the soldiers of Fort Drum

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There aren't many times that Fort Drum looks like a ghost town, but the Thanksgiving weekend is one of them. The post giving soldiers a long weekend to get home and enjoy some time with family. Our Brian Dwyer shows us how troops who can't get away will still get a taste of the holiday.

FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Food in the oven. Check. Tables set. Check. Football on the TV. Check.

Fort Drum's Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program is checking the list, making sure everything is set for Thanksgiving.

"Turkey, stuffing, cookies, pies, everything," Sergeant Bradley Johnson, the Fort Drum Division B.O.S.S. President. "You name it, we have it.”

It's the homelike setting some soldiers on Fort Drum will be thankful for this Thanksgiving. While many are taking the long weekend to travel and be with family, some can't. For any number of reasons, there's soldiers who will be spending the weekend on post. So a large group of volunteers are bringing that taste of home, to them.

"Home to soldiers, is very important to them," Family & M.W.R. B.O.S.S. Advisor Michelle Roden said. "We are here to be their second home."

"A way they can come here and get out of the barracks, have a good time and enjoy a good meal," Johnson added.

But it's not just the big dinner. Soldiers can come here a bit early, play in a flag football game and even catch the NFL games on TV as well.

"We're all one big family," Sgt. Johnson said. "So we at the B.O.S.S. program, we like to pull them out of the barracks, have them come here and have a good time, mingle and get to know other soldiers that they don't know."

Volunteers from groups like Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation and the Family Readiness Groups say giving a few hours of their time, is nothing compared to what the soldiers give.

"We are a community where the military is important and somehow you are being touched by the military," Roden added.

And Roden says what better way to say thank you than a home cooked meal.

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