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Free turkeys make Thanksgiving for vets

Tully Rinckey law firm hands out free birds for area veterans

Molly Tarleton of Hannaford Supermarkets hands a veteran a free turkey.

Molly Tarleton of Hannaford Supermarkets hands a veteran a free turkey. Photo by Zan Strumfeld.

— Teaming up with Tully Rinckey this year was a no brainer for Hannaford and something Hannaford Community Relations Specialist Molly Tarleton said the company “didn’t think twice about.”

“I think we need to be thankful for our men and women serving our country year-round. But certainly in November, they are brought to the forefront. A turkey represents a small token of home,” Tarleton said. “We’re clearly very grateful for anyone who chooses to serve our country.”

Bob Kraft, of Colonie, said he wasn’t aware of the giveaway before this year, but was excited about the generosity.

“This is really nice that these people do this. I got drafted on 5 January ’69, I was in Vietnam on 18 June ’68 and I came home on 11 June ’69. Some dates you don’t forget,” Kraft, 64, said.

The smiling veteran said he would be handing the turkey over to his family to cook for Thanksgiving.

“I just eat it. Somebody else can cook it,” he said.

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