At rows of tables in a packed community center, nearly five dozen Veterans smiled and swapped stories over a potluck meal. The Veterans spanned generations, from Vietnam, Cold War, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan. Donning Veteran ball caps and jackets with their spouses nearby, the group swelled to about 100. After the meal, hands shot up during a drawing. Shouts of “BINGO!” during the raffle brought laughs from the crowd. As Veterans heard their winning ticket called, Fayetteville Vet Center staff brought prizes to smiling Veterans. After the raffle, there were pats on the back and talking with old friends and meeting new ones. Two Veterans donning Marine Corps hats came together to talk for the first time, asking the other what unit the Marine served in. This scene from the annual Christmas luncheon put on by the Fayetteville Vet Center Dec. 13 is typical of the camaraderie Veterans experience when they engage with any center, said Ed Clark from the Fayetteville Vet Center in North Carolina.