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Hotel Le Méridien gives returning service members vacations

 Jenny and Travis Fugler spend time with their kids Rhett, Bella and summer Fugler at the Hotel Le MŽridien 'Home Base for' Returning Military Members event in Tampa Thursday July 7, 2014. Tampa’s newest luxury hotel, The Le MŽridien presented five military service members returning from deployment in Afghanistan a recovery vacation with their families. Travis, who serves in the Air Force, and his family where one of the five families to experience the five-day/four-night luxury stay at the Le Meriden. "This is a pretty neat event. I just got back yesterday and it is nice to see my wife and my kids, plus have a free vacation," said Travis Fugler. The Le Meriden in partnership with Troop Rewards, a Tampa-based non-profit organization dedicated to providing relaxing vacations and other rewards to U.S. service members returning from Iraq, Afghanistan, and other hostile overseas areas where American troops are deployed came together to present this opportunity.  The recovery vacation began with the Welcome Home Reception and included special guests USAF Brigadier General Robert Holmes, Ret., Army Brigadier General Joe Oder, Ret., and WWII Purple Heart & Bronze Star Vet Edward Ballas to welcome the families. In addition, each family will be presented a personalized U.S. flag, flown in their honor over the U.S. Capitol, arranged by Representative Kathy Castor and presented by Deputy District Director Julie Fitzpatrick.

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Jenny and Travis Fugler spend time with their kids Rhett, Bella and summer Fugler at the Hotel Le MŽridien 'Home Base for' Returning Military Members event in Tampa Thursday July 7, 2014. Tampa’s newest luxury hotel, The Le MŽridien presented five military service members returning from deployment in Afghanistan a recovery vacation with their families. Travis, who serves in the Air Force, and his family where one of the five families to experience the five-day/four-night luxury stay at the Le Meriden. "This is a pretty neat event. I just got back yesterday and it is nice to see my wife and my kids, plus have a free vacation," said Travis Fugler. The Le Meriden in partnership with Troop Rewards, a Tampa-based non-profit organization dedicated to providing relaxing vacations and other rewards to U.S. service members returning from Iraq, Afghanistan, and other hostile overseas areas where American troops are deployed came together to present this opportunity. The recovery vacation began with the Welcome Home Reception and included special guests USAF Brigadier General Robert Holmes, Ret., Army Brigadier General Joe Oder, Ret., and WWII Purple Heart & Bronze Star Vet Edward Ballas to welcome the families. In addition, each family will be presented a personalized U.S. flag, flown in their honor over the U.S. Capitol, arranged by Representative Kathy Castor and presented by Deputy District Director Julie Fitzpatrick.

DEMETRIUS FREEMAN | Times

Jenny and Travis Fugler spend time with their kids, Rhett, Bella and Summer, at the Hotel Le Méridien's Home Base for Returning Military Members event Thursday in Tampa. The hotel presented five military service members returning from deployment in Afghanistan, and their families, with recovery vacations. The vacation packages include a five-day, four-night stay at the luxury hotel. "This is a pretty neat event. I just got back yesterday, and it is nice to see my wife and my kids, plus have a free vacation," said Travis Fugler, who is in the Air Force.

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