Local caterer steps in to help event for veterans - WSMV Channel 4

Local caterer steps in to help event for veterans affected by shutdown

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The federal government shutdown has hurt local efforts to help veterans who are homeless. Tennessee's National Guard can no longer provide a massive field kitchen for an annual event later this month.

But now, there's a surprising bit of good news.

Operation Stand-Down provides veterans with clothing, medical services and job services, and it also hosts a big annual event to serve local veterans.

But the federal government shutdown meant the event was in jeopardy until Tom Morales, owner of TomKats Catering, stepped in to lend a mobile kitchen that is often used to feed crews on movie sets.

"It's a shame that politicians get to keep their paychecks and their gym, and the guys that fought for our freedom have to beg for a meal," Morales said.

The mobile kitchen will be put to good use, feeding homeless vets three meals a day for three days. It will be a chance for them to get back on their feet after serving their country.

For more information on Operation Stand-Down, visit: http://www.osdnashville.org/.

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