The Navy is famed for coming to the rescue at catastrophes around the globe — from typhoons to earthquake zones. But eight San Diego-based sailors helped out in their own back yard this week.

Veterans Village of San Diego. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Sailors from the NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center San Diego helped feed homeless veterans Monday in San Diego.

Four first class petty officers and four chief petty officers aided a project held by Veterans Village of San Diego at their Seasonal Shelter.

They helped set up tables and a buffet line and organize food and beverages before feeding more than 150 homeless veterans.

“We also got a chance to talk to them and hear what they had to say about their situations and what they need,” said Culinary Specialist 1st Class Matthew Palafox. “It was hard to hear what some of them were going through, but it was nice to be able to listen to them and relate to some of them regarding their military service.”

A local restaurant provided most of the food and gourmet coffee. Veterans were offered breakfast burritos, chilaquiles, a variety of fruits, and a fully stocked coffee bar.

“We felt a sense of camaraderie out there,” said Chief Logistics Specialist Michael Hill. “They enjoyed the food, and they responded well to the active duty members helping them out because we could understand each other on a different level. They expressed a lot of gratitude and, for me, it was very inspiring.”

NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center San Diego is one of eight fleet logistics centers under NAVSUP Global Logistics Support. The center provides global logistics, business and support services to fleet, shore and industrial commands of the Navy, Coast Guard, Military Sealift Command, and other joint and allied forces.

Services include contracting, regional transportation, fuel, material management, household goods movement support, postal and consolidated mail, warehousing, global logistics and husbanding, hazardous material management and integrated logistics support.

— From a Naval Supply Systems Command news release

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