Veteran Stand Down event helps hundreds of homeless veterans

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RAPID CITY, S.D. -

Around 250 veterans made their way to the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center for the annual Veteran Stand Down event.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Black Hills Health System (BHHCS) hosted the event for veterans who are homeless or at-risk for being homeless.

More than 30 different community agencies and 15 different VA departments came together to create a one-stop-shop for the veterans. Service included haircuts, a free meal, cold weather clothing, blankets, and hygiene kits. BHHCS also offered housing and employment assistance.

Grant Per Diem Liason Outreach Coordinator Jamison Hild, said the veterans deserve the benefits they’ve earned.

"There’s always a need to help vets,” Hild said. “They’ve earned their service time; they've earned their benefits. And we bring in all these folks who are willing to help such a deserving population continue to do that."

Hild also said they’re always looking for volunteers and partners to help assist local veterans.

The new Veteran Outreach Center is now open on New York Street in Rapid City.

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