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Tinker Airmen grant wishes for Veterans

Tech. Sgt. Stephanie Heath, 507th Mission Support Group administrative assistant, shows a Veteran one of his Christmas gifts during the annual Norman Veterans Center Christmas Party at the Norman Veterans Center in Norman, Okla., Dec. 22, 2016. This year marked the 21st year that the 507th Air Refueling Wing has participated in the annual Christmas party at the center. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Jon Quinlan)

Tech. Sgt. Stephanie Heath, 507th Mission Support Group administrative assistant, shows a Veteran one of his Christmas gifts during the annual Norman Veterans Center Christmas Party at the Norman Veterans Center in Norman, Okla., Dec. 22, 2016. This year marked the 21st year that the 507th Air Refueling Wing has participated in the annual Christmas party at the center. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Jon Quinlan)

Master Sgt. Jon Russell of the 507th Maintenance Squadron delivers a gift bag and listens to Norman Veterans Center resident talk about his time in the U.S. Army Dec. 22, 2016 in Norman, Okla. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Jon Quinlan)

Master Sgt. Jon Russell of the 507th Maintenance Squadron delivers a gift bag and listens to Norman Veterans Center resident talk about his time in the U.S. Army Dec. 22, 2016 in Norman, Okla. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Jon Quinlan)

Senior Master Sgt. Rodney Mesenbrink of the 507th Maintenance Squadron presents a gift card to a resident of the Norman Veterans Center Dec. 22, 2016 in Norman, Okla.  Approximately 35 Airmen from Tinker Air Force Base visited and delivered gifts to the Veterans.(U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Jon Quinlan)

Senior Master Sgt. Rodney Mesenbrink of the 507th Maintenance Squadron presents a gift card to a resident of the Norman Veterans Center Dec. 22, 2016 in Norman, Okla. Approximately 35 Airmen from Tinker Air Force Base visited and delivered gifts to the Veterans.(U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Jon Quinlan)

Master Sgt. Jon Russell of the 507th Maintenance Squadron delivers a gift bag and listens to Norman Veterans Center resident talk about his time in the U.S. Army Dec. 22, 2016 in Norman, Okla. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Jon Quinlan)

Master Sgt. Jon Russell of the 507th Maintenance Squadron delivers a gift bag and listens to Norman Veterans Center resident talk about his time in the U.S. Army Dec. 22, 2016 in Norman, Okla. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Jon Quinlan)

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- For the 21st year in a row, Airmen from Tinker stepped forward to support the residents of the Norman Veteran's Center by delivering gifts and spreading a little Christmas cheer during their annual Christmas party Dec. 22, 2016. 

 

The Air Force Reserve-run program, dubbed “Angel Tree,” strives to fulfill Christmas gift wishes for the disabled veterans residing at the center. This year, in addition to the 25 Citizen Airmen, a group of more than 10 Airmen from the Oklahoma Air Logistics Center also joined in on the fun.

 

According to a long-time volunteer in the program, Tech. Sgt. Herbert Briscoe of the 507th Maintenance Squadron, this is a great way to honor these vets.

 

These men and women come from all walks of life, yet all served their country as a team,” Briscoe said. “It's a special feeling to deliver gifts to the residents and to show them that others appreciate their service to our country.”

 

Briscoe has volunteered every year and encourages all Airmen to take some time and go talk with these humble Veterans. 

 

“Sometimes we feel like we have it rough, but talking with the Veterans helps put things in perspective. Many of these Veterans lived away from home for one or two years, rarely getting to communicate with family.”

 

In addition to buying Christmas gifts for the veterans, the 507th Air Refueling Wing also donated $1,458.57 for the field trip account. This will allow the Veterans to attend baseball games, go to the zoo and enjoy the state fair during 2017.