A local program is helping families in the San Antonio area express their warmth and hospitality to soldiers stationed at Lackland Air Force Base,

Since its foundation 42 years ago, "Operation Home Cooking" has provided airmen and trainees an opportunity to enjoy a holiday meal and family atmosphere. Many of those stationed at Lackland are experiencing their first Thanksgiving away from home.

Last year, San Antonio residents hosted 3,440 Air Force members for Thanksgiving dinner.

Beginning Monday, October 30, families within San Antonio can request to take in a soldier for Thanksgiving as a “General Request” by calling (210) 671-5453, (210) 671-5454 or (210) 671-3701.