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Focus on our Forces - The perfect dress for military brides

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A Houston bridal shop is helping military brides get their dream gown.

"Brides Across America" and Houston's Impression Bridal shop has teamed up again for their annual "Operation: Wedding Gown".  This only happens twice a year: military brides get a free designer wedding dress.

April and Nancy Gambino drove all the way down from Dallas to do a little dress shopping.  April is a military bride.

"He's been in the military for 14 years.  He's a 1st Lieutenant, promoted to Captain soon.  He was pretty much on the go for these last few years.  It's kind of difficult when he's away and working.  We're just so proud of him and proud of all the people that go through this," April said.

The first dress she tried on was the only dress she would try on.

"I just so grateful, for everything, and I just say thank God there's so many people that support the military and they're helping the families.  I just say thank God ya know, and we just appreciate it," April said.

"It just takes a huge stress off them.  They don't have to spend whatever their gown budget was on a gown," Impression Bridal store manager Grant Rachal said.

Rachal said this dress symbolizes the new life April and Amedeo will have together.

"It just makes your heart smile.  This is truly what I love to do but when you really get to give back to somebody, it's an experience you really can't describe.  Be a part of the day they'll remember for the rest of their lives," Rachal said.

April and Amedeo will tie the knot in a 50s style wedding in October 2013 in upstate New York.

"Brides Across America" comes to Houston once in November and once in July.  In order to qualify, brides or their fiancé must show military ID and deployment papers.

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