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Geisinger to honor local military veterans with appreciation dinner

DANVILLE — To thank local military veterans for their service to our country, Geisinger will host drive-through Veterans Appreciation dinners at nine locations across the health system’s service area on Wednesday, Nov. 10. The dinners for U.S. military veterans and their guests are being provided at no cost to participants. Anyone interested should make a reservation by Friday, Nov. 5.

“It is important that we all honor and recognize our military veterans for what they have done to protect our country and freedoms,” said J. Edward Hartle, M.D., Geisinger’s executive vice president and chief medical officer, as well as a U.S. Air Force veteran. “Many of our patients, health plan members, staff and community members have served in the military, and this event gives us an opportunity to thank them for their service.”

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Geisinger will again serve this dinner as a drive-through event for the safety of the community and staff. Last year’s event, which was the first year the event expanded to eight locations, served more than 1,500 meals to veterans and their guests. This year the event will expand to nine locations to better serve the local veteran community.

“Geisinger is committed to military veterans by providing care options and career opportunities to them in their local communities,” said U.S. Army veteran Chris Grill, program manager of Military and Veterans Affairs at Geisinger. “This dinner is yet another way for us to thank our veterans for their service.”

Veterans may contact their preferred location to register themselves and one guest for the meal. Servings are limited, and those interested are encouraged to sign up now.

Locally, Geisinger is holding drive-through dinners for veterans at the following locations on Nov. 10:

— Jersey Shore, 4 to 6 p.m., Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital, 1020 Thompson St., Jersey Shore. To make a reservation for this location, call 570-398-3182 or email btrunzo@geisinger.edu

— State College, 4 to 6 p.m., Geisinger Healthplex State College, 132 Abigail Lane, Port Matilda. To make a reservation for this location, call 814-272-5032

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