On December 1, 2023, Ann and Ted Nettles, leaders of the Maryland Patriot Guard (MDPG), invited Gold Star Mothers – Maryland Chapter, Janice Chance, Paula Davis, and Donna Robinson to volunteer at the USO Walter Reed Annual Holiday Party. The party was for active-duty service members, wounded warriors, their families, and other special guests. The event was organized by USO staff and volunteers. Volunteers assisted with a variety of tasks. Food was provided by the Outback Steakhouse Restaurant. Their employees cooked and served the food. Cindy McGrew, Founder & CEO of Operation Second Chance (OSC), and members of her team set up one of the delicious dessert stations. Other local community businesses and non-profits also set up a variety of stations with gifts, resources and toys for our heroes and their families. Superhero cartoon characters were also in attendance. The theme this year was “A Christmas Story.” Santa made his usual grand entrance. We were honored to serve our Heroes and their families.