'Stand Down' Event Helps Veterans in Need

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Homeless veterans across South Jersey came out on Wednesday, May 17th, to get a helping hand from their community.

The American Legion Department of New Jersey held its annual Stand Down event in Atlantic City to help homeless veterans and their families.

The event provides veterans who need help with access to services such as free haircuts, food, clothing, and medical assistance from doctors and nurses from Veterans Affairs.


The American Legion holds the event to give those who gave so much for their country the support the deserve.

"[T]hink about having gone through the kind of things that some of the veterans have gone through and are going through," says Roger Gengaro, state commander for the American Legion. "And to wind up homeless on the street because of things that are caused by a domino effect — starting off with PTSD and winding up with broken homes, and homeless, and the worst thing of all suicide."

An estimated 250 homeless veterans came out to the event where they were also identified and registered with the V.A. to receive more help in the future.

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