Veteran outreach event helps struggling war heroes

March 29, 2013 by  

‘Homeless Veteran Stand Down’ was recently held in Miami, coinciding with the 10-year anniversary of the Iraq conflict.

Organized by the administration of Veterans Affairs, it allowed veterans from all over the U.S. to come down and receive anything from a haircut to legal advice. One veteran from Fort Lauderdale took the greatest pleasure in receiving a hair cut from the Florida Barber Academy, which provided haircuts for many of the veterans that day. Dustin Lewis spent eight years in the US army before ending up using drugs and living on the streets. He is now living in a transition home for veterans thanks to events like the Homeless Veteran Stand Down and Outreach.

The event offers help in the form of food, free shoes, a dental check-up, or coffee and bagels. The event also assists veterans in obtaining legal information, help with benefits, and medical care, thanks to volunteers who possibly respond to pleas for help using local poster printing services. The Outreach and Homeless Veteran Stand Down event is held each year, helping war veterans to lead a normal life once again.

Although many of the veterans will have fought in recent conflicts like Iraq, a large number took part in the conflicts of Korea and Vietnam, still needing help. On the day of the event, workers were distributing shoes and shirts to veterans who are homeless, including one man who has to use a wheelchair due to a condition thought to be due to his time serving as a U. S. Navy Seal.