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'Stand Down' Event Helps Veterans

On Friday at the VFW in Macon, hundreds gathered for the Veterans "Stand Down" program, which provided resources to help veterans.

The event provided counseling, job assistance, healthcare, vision tests, haircuts, and clothing, as well as a free meal.

"To bring this group together, it's because people have a good heart, they want to what's right by our fellow citizens and that's how it was able to be pulled off," explains State Rep. James Beverly (D-Macon), who helped put on the event.

On any given night in Bibb County, a third or more of the homeless population will be homeless, according to a spokesperson from the V.A. in Dublin.

Mattie Lovett, who works at the Medical Center of Central Georgia says that she was pleased to see vetereans getting duffel bags with clothing they need.  She says homeless people are often not dressed properly for the weather.  "Just being out in wet weather is something that really wears on them," she says.

Vietnam-era veteran Phillip Jones says he was pleased with the opportunities the event provided, but also said more needs to be done.  "These men put their lives on the line to serve and protect our country, and they don't have nowhere to sleep, and it's bad."

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