By Mike DeNardo

CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) — There will be a bit of holiday hospitality this Thanksgiving Day for some needy residents of Camden County, NJ.

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On Thursday, those who have served are being served.

Homeless veterans in Camden County now have someplace to celebrate Thanksgiving.  The Battleship New Jersey is, for the first time, providing a turkey dinner for homeless vets, served chowline-style in the ship’s galley.

“We have been able to identify 62 Camden County homeless veterans that are going to be on the Battleship New Jersey for a hot traditional Thanksgiving meal,” says Perry Levine (below), the county veterans’ trustee for the battleship organization.

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(Perry Levine. Credit: Mike DeNardo)


Thirty volunteers are staffing the ship for the holiday, and a caterer has donated the food.

Levine says soup kitchens aren’t always open on Thanksgiving Day, so the special dinner is a gesture homeless vets can be thankful for.

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