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Stand Down offers resources to veterans

Over 150 veterans benefited from Stand Down. For the last 30 years the event has spread across the country, serving those who have served us.

Posted: Oct. 23, 2017 9:12 AM
Updated: Oct. 23, 2017 9:12 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Various agencies came together Friday for the annual Stand Down for veterans. 

"Kind of the true one percenters, you know. We sign up, and put our life on the line, and it's heart warming to see that all these people come together and really help provide," said Johnathan Hoard, a veteran. 

Over 150 veterans benefited from Stand Down. For the last 30 years the event has spread across the country, serving those who have served us. 

"We have people here from housing, we have people here for employment. We have people here to talk to them about financial assistance. Community Harvest food bank is here to hand out food to help... We try to have every resource we can think of here," said David A.V. Wilson, of Volunteers of America. 

Many of the veterans came hungry, homeless, and unemployed, but in one afternoon they were connected to the resources they need to try to turn their lives around. 

"In my mind, when you have somebody that signed their name on the dotted line, saying 'I will risk my life for my country,' and then they come home and there are no jobs, there's no places to live, they may have been injured, they may have suffered PTSD, pain problems, and they come back and there's nothing for them, and they wind up on the streets homeless, to me, that's a crime," Wilson said. 

Volunteers said it's a rewarding feeling to see a veteran who has completed a program in the community. 

"They'll come grab me and tell me how they've been doing, and to me that's just worth more than gold," Wilson said. 

For the veterans, it's priceless. 

"To see the abundance that they have here for veterans, it's definitely got a smile on everybody's face," Hoard said. 

Volunteers of America only holds one Stand Down per year, but resources are available every day. For more information, click here

 

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