Tinker Airmen grant wishes for Veterans
By Maj. Jon Quinlan, 507th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
/ Published January 05, 2017
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.