Mologne House Hotel Holiday Dinner

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • Army Staff Sgt. Mia Sidlasky receives a bowl of stew during the fifth annual Virginia Ann Wiedmaier Holiday Dinner prepared by local chefs for injured troops and their families at the Mologne House Hotel at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Dec. 3, 2007. Sidlasky is recovering from a broken back and internal injuries she received July 2006 in Iraq.  Defense Dept. photo by Linda Hosek
  • Liz Carmack serves a sandwich from Rockland's Restaurant to injured troops and their families Dec. 3, 2007, during the Virginia Ann Wiedmaier Holiday Dinner. Defense Dept. photo by Linda Hosek
  • Injured troops line up for barbeque during the Virginia Ann Wiedmaier Holiday Dinner, Dec. 3, 2007. Local restaurants brought dinner for the troops and their families. Defense Dept. photo by Linda Hosek
  • Army Spc. Travis Webb, who was injured in Iraq on Jan. 22, 2007, holds his prosthetic leg while waiting for barbeque during the Virginia Ann Wiedmaier Holiday Dinner Dec. 3, 2007. Webb was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division and lost both legs in Mosul when a mine exploded under his humvee.  Defense Dept. photo by Linda Hosek
  • Army Spc. Travis Webb talks with a fellow servicemember during the Virginia Ann Wiedmaier Holiday Dinner, Dec. 3, 2007.  Defense Dept. photo by Linda Hosek
  • Aaron and Barrett Bartel , sons of injured Army Sgt. Joseph Bartel, take in the festivities during the 5th annual Virginia Ann Wiedmaier Holiday Dinner at Mologne House Hotel at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Dec. 3, 2007. Bartel lost his leg below the knee July 24, 2007, in Iraq. Defense Dept. photo by Linda Hosek
  • Walker Hudson gets a high-five lesson from Santa during the Virginia Ann Wiedmaier Holiday Dinner at Mologne House Hotel at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Dec. 3, 2007. Walker is a guest of James Clearwater, a National Guard soldier injured in Iraq. Defense Dept. photo by Linda Hosek
  • Army Spc. Brandon Garrison takes a turn on Santa's lap to ask for a baby daughter during the Virginia Ann Wiedmaier Holiday Dinner, Dec. 3, 2007. Garrison was injured in March 2007 in Afghanistan when he was thrown from his humvee. Defense Dept. photo by Linda Hosek
  • Troops and their families play with toys during the Virginia Ann Wiedmaier Holiday Dinner at Mologne House Hotel at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Dec. 3, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by Linda Hosek
  • Santa takes a break to dance with troops at the Virginia Ann Wiedmaier Holiday Dinner at Mologne House Hotel at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Dec. 3, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by Linda Hosek
  • Navy Vice Adm. John G. Cotton thanks restaurant and USO volunteers for the Virginia Ann Wiedmaier Holiday Dinner for injured troops at Mologne House Hotel at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Dec. 3, 2007.  Defense Dept. photo by Linda Hosek
  • Adrienne Trout, vice president of communications and development for USO of Metropolitan Washington, describes the volunteer efforts for the Virginia Ann Wiedmaier Holiday Dinner, Dec. 3, 2007. Trout organized the USO volunteers for the event. Defense Dept. photo by Linda Hosek