GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) Veterans in need had the chance to grab some warm clothes for winter and also find out about resources that are geared to finding them help.
The annual Veterans Stand Down, which has been going on for 20 years, was at the First Congregational Church Friday.
Homeless or at-risk veterans lined up for a chance to take some clothes and bedding.
"Warm sleeping bag will help them out, warm coats that people donate them," said Charles Martinez, a veteran who was previously homeless. "Anything helps."
Medical professionals came by to take vital signs, give out flu shots and perform various medical tests for those who don't normally have access to such care.
Information booths also offered resources for veterans about where they can go for help finding housing or whatever they might need.
"A lot of the Vietnam vets came back, sleeping in parks and in the woods. Couldn’t adapt you know." Martinez said. "But hopefully now that people are coming out, they’re being diagnosed and this and that and getting treatment."
In the afternoon, all homeless people were invited to take advantage of the leftover clothing items and the information fair.
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