Volunteers of America will pay tribute to local homeless vets today at
the 10th annual "Capital Area Stand Down for Homeless Veterans."
A hot lunch, free haircuts, legal services, and even employment assistance will be offered.
The goal is to help veterans get back on their feet. A "stand down" is a tradition that dates back to early war times when soldiers were given a chance to rest from combat.
According to US data, veterans make up about 13% of homeless adults, and while vets may have fallen on hard times, the goal of today's event is to lift their spirits, and give them a hand up.
In addition to the free hair cuts and employment assistance, free dental screenings will be available, as well as housing referrals and counseling services.
A local boy scout troop will also be handing out blankets to veterans.
The event at Adado Riverfront Park runs from 10 AM-2 PM. It's also open to non-veteran homeless as well.