Annual Stand Down event seeks to help veterans

Annual Stand Down event seeks to help veterans
(Source: Tucson News Now)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Tucson was chosen five years ago to be one of 25 communities across America given federal grants to end homelessness among veterans.

So far, 2,900 vets have been given housing, services and for many, jobs.

For three days, vets will be able to get a variety of services free including medical screenings, haircuts, veterinarian services for pets, clothing, shoes and days to day supplies like toothpaste and soap.

The annual Veterans Stand Down event runs through Saturday, March 17 at the Grand Luxe Hotel, 1365 W. Grant Road.

Tucson Veterans Serving Veterans is the host and local service providers will offer numerous aid to veterans in need.

"Stand Down offers homeless veterans a break from the harsh conditions of life on the street," the group said in a release. "Other services include pet grooming, vaccinations, licensing, spay and neuter and a pet store."

A resource fair is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. In addition to homeless vets, active-duty military, guard and reserve can also participate.

The issue with homeless veterans in Tucson, it seems the job is never done.

"We have 237 homeless vets on our backlog," said homeless advocate Cliff Wade. "We've had it as low as 180 and then we get 70 in one month."

So the numbers keep creeping up because "we have to house 40 a month just to break even."

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