Raleigh-area homeless veterans had a chance to get healthcare, food, showers and info on VA benefits, job training, housing and other services at the annual Veterans Stand Down yesterday.
The Stand Down commenced with a brief ceremony where Rep. Grier Martin, an Afghanistan veteran, was the keynote speaker. Rep. Martin noted that when every veteran took their oath of enlistment, they took on an obligation to our nation. At the same time, however, our nation took on an obligation to that veteran. Ending homelessness amongst veterans is a way to fulfill that obligation.
Rep. Martin is the sponsor of HB1573, which would help the state, and federal governments deliver services to homeless veterans.
The Stand Down was hosted by Wake County Human Services, Wake County Community Services, the N.C. Employment Security Commission, the Durham VA Medical Center, the U.S. Department of Labor Veteran Employment and Training Service, the Healing Place of Wake County, the Raleigh Vet Center, and the City of Raleigh.