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Dec 19, 2011 10:21:00 AM

News Channel 5 covers Operation Ride Home

Operation Ride Home Helps Fort Campbell Soldiers

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. – Being home for the holidays is something our military men and women don't take for granted. It's also something they rarely get to experience. This year, a hefty donation is making that possible for hundreds of Fort Campbell soldiers.

Tennessee-based whiskey maker Jack Daniels is donating $101,000 to pay for plane tickets, gas cards, and travel funds for those soldiers who may be stuck on post this holiday season, without the money or means to travel home.

"It's a huge deal, and I don't know if I really realized the impact of it until today," said Shirley West, who heads up the Armed Services YMCA at Fort Campbell.

That agency is working hand-in-hand with Jack Daniels, to identify soldiers who both need and deserve this bit of help.

For more go to www.newschannel5.com.