December 15, 2017 10:52 PM
For veterans, the holidays can be a pinch.
"In St. Louis County, we have over 18,000 veterans," Sherry Rodriguez, director of St. Louis County Veterans Services, said. "I don't know the population that are actually homeless, but we do have a lot of them that are low income and in need."
Kern & Kompany, which puts on the Duluth Air Show, decided they wanted to help make sure those vets are fed.
"Because of the military connections and the veteran organizations that we work with for the Air Show, it opened up another door where we were able to provide meals for veterans," Ryan Kern said.
Through those connections, Kern was able to get 4,000 MREs or Meals Ready-to-Eat for Northland vets.
"It's not meant to be an ongoing thing," Kern said. "It's a wonderful opportunity for us, in a pinch during the holidays, that we're able to do something."
St. Louis County, Douglas County and the Bong Veterans Historical Center will help distribute cases of them next week.
"I have eaten MREs when I was on active duty, and I really liked them actually," Rodriguez said. "Getting rid of the cases we have should not be hard at all."
That's an unfortunate reality, but Kern & Kompany hopes to make a small difference.
"Anything we can do to support our country and support those who have served our country in defense of freedom, it goes a long way," Kern said.
The cases of MREs will be available starting Thursday afternoon while supplies last at these locations:
Veterans Services office: 405 E Superior St., Suite 130
MACV: 5209 Ramsey St.
Vet Center: 4402 Haines Rd.
VFW: 2023 W Michigan St.
American Legion: 5814 Grand Ave.
Bong Veterans Center: 305 E 2nd St.
Veterans Services office: 307 S First St.. Suite 110
Veterans Services office (courthouse annex): 1814 E 14th Ave., Suite 101
Veterans Services office: 320 Miners Dr. E
Updated: December 15, 2017 10:52 PM
Created: December 15, 2017 05:23 PM
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