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Stand Down for Homeless & At Risk Veterans

First Congregational Church Combined Support Helping to Prevent Homelessness

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Veterans in the Grand Valley who are at risk of becoming homeless were offered a helping hand on Friday, all in an effort to help prevent them from being without shelter.

Many services were available at the First Congregational Church for the "Stand Down for Veterans" support event, including haircuts, health checkups, dental services, and healthcare registration.

Sponsors of the event say the inspiration came from the idea of having the same services that military barracks would provide, plus much more.

Lisa Strauss, the V.A. Homeless Program Coordinator, "What 'Stand Down' initially was is a military term that they used for people in combat that would stand down. They could get a hot meal, a haircut, some medical supplies. So this is kind of the same situation."

One veteran, Lewis Dowers, says "Everybody please stand behind the veterans. They served the country, you know, and we're glad to put out our service, now we need everybody else to stand behind us."

More than 30 different booths and services were available along with meals provided to those who attended the event.

Grand Valley transit also provided free rides to those in need of transportation.

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