Homeless Veterans Get Help at Stand Down

Homeless Veterans receive a helping hand Thursday morning at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center in Panama City.
The 6th annual Homeless Veterans Stand Down event helped homeless vets get the kind of help not usually provided at shelters.
Service included free medical screenings, employment services, VA benefits, social service assistance and housing referrals.
Organizers hope this will be a transition in the lives of the homeless vets.
Work Force Services Director, Maria Goodwin, said, "For them to take that first step and whatever need that they have in their life. So if it's food they would get here, whether they it's shelter so, that next step to get them to meet their most basic need."
Darrell Combee, a homeless veteran, said, "It's tough, it's really tough. I'm a plumber and I'm just trying to find a job. It's just a hard situation right now."
A free lunch was provided by work force board volunteers.
Stand Down was used during the Vietnam War to provide a safe retreat for troops returning from combat operations.


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