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Valley veterans treated to snow, hot chocolate

PHOENIX -- Dozens of veterans soaked up a little sun, drank hot chocolate and played in the snow in central Phoenix on Thursday.

The idea to bring in a snowmaking machine to the Arizona State Veteran Home came after a Vietnam veteran and a disabled peacetime veteran asked to see snow for the holiday.

"It's great, the people doing such a nice thing," said veteran Tim Bottorf. "I've only seen snow falling from the sky three times in my life and I'll probably never get to see it again."

Organizers had three tons of snow pumped onto the front patio.

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Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

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