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Thu, Sept. 19

Homeless veterans to receive food, supplies, legal aid

PRESCOTT - The second Homeless Veteran Stand Down event, which will offer food, clothing, supplies and legal aid to the homeless, will take place Friday and Saturday.

From noon to 4 p.m. Friday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, the Bob Stump VA Medical Center will sponsor the event, where U.S. Vets employees and VA volunteers invite homeless veterans to come and receive help.

"This is the second year we've had it, and the first year that U.S. Vets has taken the lead on it," said Sky Biasetti, U.S. Vets Operations Coordinator and the organizer for the Stand Down. "We're offering the same services as last year, but this year we added the homeless court aspect. On the 25th (Friday), people can sign up for the legal court, and we'll be serving lunch and giving out some takeaway bags. Saturday is where we'll have area lawyers on hand, taking pro bono cases."

The services available will include housing options, disability claims, chiropractic care, employment assistance, food, haircuts, showers, HIV/AIDs support, clothing, medical screenings and more, according to Frank Cimorelli, spokesman for the Bob Stump VA Medical Center.

"They call it a stand down, but I prefer to call it a 'help up,'" Cimorelli said. "Stand down is a military term. Particularly in Vietnam, soldiers would be in situations where the stress was getting to them, where they just couldn't take it anymore. A Stand Down was when they'd pull you back from the front lines to the rear. A time where you'd get some R&R, get cleaned up, new clothes, have some real food - not k-rations - and generally feel like a human being again. It's the same concept, with this."

The Bob Stump VA Medical Center is at 500 N. Highway 89, in Prescott, near the intersection of Highways 89 and 69.

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