AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Veterans service organizations gathered saturday to help homeless veterans.
The annual Maine Homeless Veterans Stand-Down brings veterans from across the state to Togus V.A. Medical Center outside of Augusta. There, they can receive medical and dental exams, new winter clothes, and haircuts. They also have access to employment and housing services. Togus spokesperson Jim Doherty says it's crucial that homeless veterans learn about the resources that are available to them in order to get off the streets.
"What we want to help them do is help break the chain," Doherty said. "And by looking at a lot of different services, housing, employment, a lot of other services that are available, we can go ahead and give them that hand up that they need."
The Stand-Down served more than seventy veterans Saturday. That number is up from about fifty last year. Orgnaizers say that is likely due to the economy, and to increased awareness of the event.