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      Operation Wedding Gown provides wedding dresses to military brides

      (Photo: Suzanne Kennedy)

      Nekita Hunter feels like a princess today.

      The Army major is planning for her March wedding. As active duty military, Operation Wedding Gown will provide her with a $1,200 dollar dress for free.

      More than 6,000 gowns have been given away through the national program to say "thanks" to those who serve their country. Fifty-five women will spend two days this week trying on beautiful gowns with the hope of finding "the one.”

      “The dress I've always dreamed of having, I'm actually getting an opportunity to get it,” she says. “People really don't realize what we do and to see people interested in giving back to us that's awesome because you don't hear that enough.”

      Vivian Tsai's fiancé was nearly killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq. Since then money has been tight, so they're grateful for the help.

      “Bridal shopping is very expensive as we all know and this just really lifts some of the burdens away from military families,” Tsai says.

      This is the fourth year an Upper Marlboro shop, Couture Miss, has donated the gowns. Couture Miss will give away close to $100,000 in dresses.