Fayetteville: America's Most Pro-Military Town

This North Carolina city is branding itself as a sanctuary for U.S. military families. Why supporting the troops is also a shrewd investment

D.L. Anderson for TIME

Attendees at Fayetteville's mass baby shower for military wives.

At the world's largest military baby shower, there was no doubting the sincerity of Fayetteville's convictions. The North Carolina city that is home to both Fort Bragg and the Pope Air Force Base threw a party on Nov. 15 for a thousand new and expectant military moms--a baby boomlet prompted by the return since October 2007 of some 22,000 members of the 82nd Airborne from active duty in Iraq. The event was held in Fayetteville's Crown Exposition Center, complete with a buffet, a cupcake table, plenty of bottled water and raffle prizes ranging from a 2009 Chevy Malibu to a Fisher-Price...

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