LAS VEGAS -- Members of the U.S. Air Force work year round to keep this country safe, but sometimes they can use help from the people they protect, especially during the holidays.
That is where Operation Warmheart's Adopt-a-Family program can help.
Military families at Nellis and Creech Air Force bases are just like any other family unexpected medical bills or new expenses can add up quickly, putting a damper on the holidays.
Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Janelle moved his wife and two sons into a new home off base last year. That is when things started to pile up, unexpected bills came in and his oldest son was diagnosed with autism.
"Having to drive back and forth between therapies, child care to cover the time he needed the therapies. Also trying to get down to my mother in California, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis," F-16 crew chief Staff Sgt. Janelle said.
To make matters worse, it was the holidays.