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Homeless veterans get help at Stand Down

Suncoast News staff report
Published:   |   Updated: September 20, 2013 at 11:22 AM

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HUDSON — The Ranger Creed declares, “I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy.”

That maxim also applied during the recent Pasco County Stand Down, organizers said.

The event at Veterans Memorial Park in Hudson attracted hundreds of people.

Stand Down is a hand up, not a handout, to connect veterans with services that could bring relief, officials say.

According to the Coalition for the Homeless of Pasco County, more than 1,400 homeless or at-risk vets live in the county.

“It’s a one stop shop for veterans to get connected with whatever resources they need to help them get off the street,” Brian Anderson, Stand Down co-organizer, said in a press release.

Stand Down included a bus for medical and dental treatments, hot meals, showers, haircuts, legal assistance, counseling services, and treatment options for addiction, mental health and vocational rehabilitation.

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