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Veterans gather to access resources at stand down in Angola

The American Legion in Angola hosted their third annual stand down Friday morning to give veterans access to resources they may be in need of.

Posted: Sep. 14, 2018 5:16 PM
Updated: Sep. 15, 2018 11:20 AM

ANGOLA, Ind. (WFFT)- The American Legion in Angola hosted their third annual stand down Friday morning to give veterans access to resources they may be in need of. 

Robert Peters Jr. served in the Army for 2 years during Vietnam. He was at the stand down looking for a job. 

"I'm a retired trucker, but I want to just find something part time," Peters said. 

But Peters said he's one of the lucky ones. He was emotional talking about the men and women who went to the stand down looking for food and housing. 

"I think it's a good service, because there's a lot of homeless vets," he said. 

Mike Carrigan is one of those homeless veterans. He served for 15 years. He was gathering up a ruck sack with clothing and looking into housing options. He said something as simple as access to a hair cut and warm socks can make all the difference. 

"It's not a want. It's a need for this facility to have a stand down," he said. 

Carrigan has been coming to the stand downs in Angola for the last three  years. 

"With the new veterans service officer, the veterans are starting to come back together again," he said. 

That veterans service officer is Alex Dobson. 

"Any association that can help veterans out, this is a one stop shop," Dobson said. 

Dobson said while the stand down was only Friday, he always has food and clothing available in his office. 

"I get to go home and sleep well every night knowing I'm making a difference in my community," he said. 

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