Today Show In Duplin County To Surprise Military Families

The Today Show teamed up with Walmart and "Operation Homefront to surprise military families in eastern Carolina and across the country with a shopping spree.

The Today Show was live in Wallace, Duplin County; Mustang, Oklahoma; and Dayton, Ohio.

Military families gathered at all three locations and were given $1,000 gift cards and immediately went inside Walmart to start shopping.


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  • by Me Location: NC on Dec 30, 2009 at 10:34 PM
    Some of you really make me sick. Thank you to all of our service members! You are the reason why we are allowed to get on a website like this and voice our opinions. No matter if people agree with this war or not, you should still support the troops. There are some that go over and fight this war and they don't believe in it, but they do it. I am proud of my fiancee who is deploying for the second time. God bless all of our troops!!!
  • by Irritated Location: Jacksonville, NC on Dec 28, 2009 at 03:40 PM
    Gator and the Voice, you guys need to get a life. There are jobs everywhere. Even if it is McDonald's. Don't give me your bleeding heart story about people who can't find jobs. What about all the immigrants in this country that get free everything?? Who can we thank for that? That's right, our MILITARY!! Because of them we live in the land of the FREE and people come here for that reason, legally or not. There are enough agencies in the US that help out our jobless and homeless families. My husband has been out of the Marines for over a year, to be honest, we have more income now than we did when he was in, so as far as your "figures" on military pay, shove them up your ---. There's more to pay then money. Military families "pay" the ultimate price when their loved ones are away so much. AMEN to WalMart and NBC for their show of support to our military! Has everyone forgotten 9/11?? I am a FF/paramedic and I see the gratitude to our military and public service fading. Shame on you!!!!
  • by The Voice on Dec 26, 2009 at 02:13 PM
    Gator, I don't support the military the way that every flag waving patriot in this state expects me to, but I agree 100% with your comments. There are agencies within the armed services that help families out. A noble thing to do would have been to donate the gift card to a needy family elsewhere. That would have shown everyone the true meaning of CHRISTmas (are you happy now, "Concerned"?), but that doesn't happen in our society.
  • by Gator Location: NC on Dec 26, 2009 at 03:03 AM
    To The Voice: Don't get me wrong voice, I believe our military should be taken care of, I am just pointing out that we have a lot of people who could use that money that are not working due to job losses in this state. This money could have helped out the military who have just gotten out and still can not find a job to support their families.
  • by Gator Location: NC on Dec 26, 2009 at 02:54 AM
    to Gator, actually my numbers are correct for 2008, this is gross pay, cannot say what exactly your net pay is going to be since I don't know what your state taxes are, federal withdrawal is, if you work, and any allotments you have taken out. CPL over 3: Pay 2,024.00, W/Deps 681.90, BAS 323.87, equals 3030.77.
  • by The Voice on Dec 25, 2009 at 06:11 PM
    That is right, Concerned.
  • by Concernered Location: Greenville,NC on Dec 25, 2009 at 01:02 PM
    To 'The Voice' - it's not Xmas,it's CHRISTmas.You are showing your true colors loud and clear.
  • by to Gator Location: Camp lejeune on Dec 25, 2009 at 07:43 AM
    I would love to know where you get your pay info. My husband is a CPL with over 4 years of service, we have 3 kids, and make just a little over 2000 a month. The military is one of the lowest paid professions out there. I am not crying over the pay btw just wanted to point out that your numbers are a little off
  • by Anonymous on Dec 25, 2009 at 07:26 AM
    lets all be thankful we have men and women protecting us and our country. lets give walmart and nbc thanks for supporting our troops may God bless them all Merry Christmas and hope our troops will soon be home
  • by The Voice on Dec 25, 2009 at 06:06 AM
    Use your Xmas to wrap yourselves in the flag and spread your patriotic ferver elsewhere. Good call, Gator.
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