Some less fortunate veterans celebrate Memorial Day with Sunday service followed by a hot meal

Antionette Lee
May 26, 2019 - 1:16 pm
Brian Jenkins founded the Chosen 300 ministries back in 1996.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — While many of us flock to the shore for Memorial Day, there are numerous veterans in the Philadelphia-area who are less fortunate, so some good Samaritans made sure they were remembered this holiday weekend. 

"I always share with people. We don't feed people, we serve them. This is a fine dining establishment for those that are impoverished. We are not a soup kitchen," said Brian Jenkins, who founded the Chosen 300 Ministries back in 1996.

Jenkins says for him, this mission is personal. 

"My own brother, who had served in the navy for 20 years, when he retired from being in the navy one year afterwards, he wound up dying because of the fact he did not know how to access benefits," he said. 

Now, Jenkins works to make sure that veterans who come home have the support they need to adjust to civilian life. That includes a place to worship and a hot meal afterwards.

Air Force veteran Michael Green says he doesn't come for the food. 

"I come to serve the lord because I like the church. This is like a neighborhood church. It's a church for everybody and it doesn't matter who you are what you've done or your background or anything,"  Green said.