LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews 3) -- Tens of thousands of veterans who have served our country are living on the streets and more than 1,300 are right here in Las Vegas.
Many aren't looking for a hand out, rather a "hand up" and that is what today's Veterans Stand Down is all about. One of the ways the program helps is by offering housing assistance.
News 3's Sandra Gonzalez was at Cashman Center where the event was held today.
Veterans filled Cashman Center for the annual Veterans Stand Down, a multitude of agencies all brought together to help vets. In Las Vegas, there are an estimated 1,300 homeless vets living in the region.
If they are not living on the streets, they may be struggling with stability and were able to get help with housing at the event.
Gary Jones, a Persian Gulf vet was glad to receive assistance as he has been living in a “weekly” home for now.
“They assisted me with my rent and my deposit and first month's rent to help me get stable and pretty much they're going to help me be stable where I can stand on my own two feet and keep rolling forward,” Jones said.
There were also lots of other services available for substance abuse, mental health, even Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. That’s what Robert Kidd is coping with. He’s an army veteran from Operation Iraqi Freedom.
“It’s actually causing a situation with me trying to keep work steady, I’m actually a situation came up and I’m trying to get some assistance with that dealing with financial institutes. I had to take a two month break there for a little bit and had to get hospitalized so I could actually get some work done,” Kidd said.
Veterans were also able to receive some medical services as well.
“This stand down is really about bringing a lot of different services under roof making it more accessible for them, everything from the medical and the dental and the basic needs all the way up from housing and employment. And the point is really to bring them the care they need under one roof,” said U.S. VETS Site Director Shalimar Cabrera.