With holiday spirit in tow, three area combat veterans seek to assist veteran's families in need with their annual Christmas for a Veteran drive.

     As the holidays approach, three area combat veterans – Troy Adams, Danny Armand and Michael Savoie – are getting together to adopt families for Christmas.

     Armand and Savoie started the organization, Gulf Coast, Inc., with Adams joining them annually for their event, Christmas for a Veteran.

     "Every year we adopt a few families and buy gifts, help with bills and offer any other support they may need," Adams said.  

     This year the men have two families for whom they are trying to assist. Both families are Marine combat veterans who live in south Louisiana.

     “Christmas is fast approaching and we are well short of our goal," Adams said. "We provide toys, financial assistance, and meals to the family to help them in this difficult time.

     The husband was recently laid off in one family and isn't sure how he is going to provide gifts for his children, and the other one is a surprise so I can't mention details." 

     Gulf Coast Inc. is a 501c organization and all donations are tax deductible.

     “We are all combat veterans assisting other combat vets with a focus on wounded vets, but not strictly limited to wounded vets," Adams said.

     In addition to its Christmas toy drive, Gulf Coast, Inc. also provides guided hunts and fishing trips year round, with all donations to benefit veterans.

     “We do not pay for advertising or take a salary," Adams said.

     If you are interested in supporting the organization, visit GulfCoastVeteransInc.org.