Thanksgiving day debacle at veterans charity

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Veterans at a shelter run by the Mana House received Thanksgiving meals. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Veterans at a shelter run by the Mana House received Thanksgiving meals. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton was allegedly supposed to help out but his office said he never agreed to that. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton was allegedly supposed to help out but his office said he never agreed to that. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Some veterans complained about their treatment at the facility. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Some veterans complained about their treatment at the facility. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

It was billed as one of those feel-good holiday stories with the Phoenix mayor handing out hot meals to veterans living at a shelter. 

But it didn't turn out that way as the mayor never showed up and the managers of the charity kicked out our news crew after asking about the treatment of veterans there. 

As for Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, his office gave a simple explanation for his "no show" -- he never agreed to attend the event. 

[RELATED: Religious groups feed Thanksgiving meals to thousands]

Stanton appeared at numerous other holiday events, his spokesman said on Thursday. 

However, several of the veterans living at the Mana House privately complained about their treatment. 

Those complaints could not be independently verified. 

But shortly after asking about the allegations made by former military members living there, a manager told our news crew to leave the property. 

The house is a transitional living facility for veterans and is run by Mana House Catholic Charities. 

According to the website, the charity is a "peer-run organization of homeless and formerly homeless veterans offering personal, individualized basic resources, community and advocacy for all veterans."

There were other veterans there that had nothing but praise for the charity.

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