Capitals, Jack Daniel’s Operation Ride Home Program Surprise Army PFC Nathaniel Lee & Family With Trip Home for the Holidays

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Army PFC Nathaniel Lee was in for a major surprise during Friday’s Washington Capitals game at Capital One Arena: news he and his family will be going home for the holidays in Arizona.

PFC Lee, currently stationed at Fort Belvoir in Virginia, was enlisted in the army on September 8, 2020. He performs maintenance and inspections on aircraft. PFC Lee was surprised with a video from his mom, who said, “I wish we could spend the holidays together this year, but know that I’m thinking of you guys and I love you guys very much.”

The surprise did not end there. He was told he was being recognized for being in the military. Instead, Jack Daniel’s Operation Ride Home program, part of the Armed Services YMCA, surprised PFC Lee and his family with plane tickets to return home to Arizona for Christmas.

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Since Jack Daniel’s Operation Ride Home program began in 2011, the partnership has generated a total of more than $1.8 million in donations and sent a total of 8,583 individual junior-enlisted service members and their families home when it mattered most. Servicemen and women from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard have been assisted with travel to all 50 states.

Thank you for your service, PFC Lee, and happy holidays to you and your family!

By Della Young

About Della Young

Della Young is a fiction writer based out of the Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C. area and an online student attending Full Sail University. She got her start in the entertainment industry at age seven as an actress. At the young age of nine, Della wrote a psychological thriller short story that sparked her interest in creative writing. She comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for sports. In her spare time, Della enjoys photography, traveling, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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