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Horses provide ‘magical’ therapy for valley’s heroes and their families

Newly opened horse therapy is helping military members and their families find balance again.

Helping people is what the Las Vegas-based nonprofit organization Horses4Heroes does. Its ranch offers free horse-riding lessons to the families of community heroes: the active-duty military, veterans, police officers, nurses and others who make sacrifices for the valley or country.

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Chefs for Kids Treat Students to Nutritious Breakfast

Chefs for Kids Treat Students to Nutritious Breakfast

Thursday morning, dozens of executive chefs from across the Las Vegas valley served up a food and fun for kids who need it most at Fitzgerald Elementary School in North Las Vegas.

The chefs, along with volunteers from Nellis Air Force Base, made and served oatmeal, fresh-squeezed orange juice and waffles. It is all part of the Chefs for Kids program to help alleviate hunger and help kids learn about healthy lifestyle choices.

"Some of them don't get proper food or nutrition at home, so it gives them a good meal to start off their day," Jamba Juice owner Chef Michael Ty said.

The chefs also pay for nutritionists to visit the schools at no cost to the Clark County School District.

The program is holding its annual fundraising gala starting at 5:30 p.m. with a reception and silent auction and at 7 p.m. a gourmet dinner and live auction March 29 at the Paris, Las Vegas.

Youth for Nellis AFB Bring a Happy Valentine's Day to Seniors

Children from the Nellis Air Force Base Youth Center went on a mission off-base Friday, spreading the love on Valentine's Day and making a group of seniors very happy. Brian Brennan has more on the heart warming story.

Nellis Airmen Return from Horn of Africa to Open Arms

Airmen return home after a mission to Africa. Family and friends welcome them with open arms.

The magic moment happened for 30 airmen Wednesday evening at Nellis Air Force Base. After more than four months of absence and a couple hours of waiting, they returned to the arms of their loved ones following a rescue helicopter mission in the Horn of Africa.

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Local Company Sends Love to Military Members Overseas

Local Company Sends Love to Military Members Overseas

As Valentine's Day approaches one office in Las Vegas is making sure the troops deployed overseas feel loved.

The people at Desert Call Connections have packed up hundreds of care packages for members of the military.

An employee of the company Raynell Ridgeway is a reservist and has been sent to Afghanistan. So the team decided to send love letters to his entire security squadron.

"I can only imagine how tough it is out there being away from your family and the stresses of being in the military," Curtis Vetter with Desert Call Connections said.

"Raynell and many of the other men and women like him are heroes. And this is how a hero should be treated," president and CEO of Desert Call Connections Gabriel Bristol said.

Bristol says they plan to send care packages to troops on a regular basis.


Call for Nominations for Military Spouse of the Year

A national magazine that focuses on people married to military members is calling for nominations for its annual Military Spouse of the Year award.

Military Spouse magazine is taking in nominations now through January 17. Anyone is allowed to nominate a military spouse for the honor.

A winner will be selected for every branch of the service and an overall winner will be selected. All ranks and all branches, including Coast Guard and National Guard, are eligible.

To see the rules for eligibility or to nominate someone got msoy.militaryspouse.com

Airman Enjoy Special Thanksgiving Dinner

Airman Enjoy Special Thanksgiving Dinner

A special family was created for Thanksgiving dinner at a local fire station.

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Station 1 wanted to make sure that those who sacrifice for the rest of us on a daily basis, weren't left alone on this occasion.

They invited Nellis airmen, other firefighters and Metro officers, anyone who didn't have a place to go or family to be with.

It gave a warmth to a day that could have been lonely for some.

"All the guys treated me really awesome, and all treated me like family," airman James Miller said.

"No uniforms required. We wanted them to come here and get a hot meal. Firefighters are notoriously good cooks. We have so much food, We could probably feed the homeless shelter down the street at this point," Mark Saragosa with Las Vegas Fire and Rescue said.

Many in this instant family know all too well what it is like to be away from home at the holidays.