ABQ event helps struggling local veterans

Stand Down and Project Hand Up

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Local homeless veterans got the help they needed Thursday. The two-day event called Stand Down and Project Hand Up is modeled after military stand downs that became popular during the Vietnam War.

It was created to offer soldiers a temporary safe haven to rest, receive medical treatment and get a hot meal before returning to combat. The program was sponsored by several federal, state and local agencies Thursday at Noon Day Ministries downtown.

Veterans got everything from medical care to clothing and bedding. Organizers also help homeless veterans find shelter. If they’re struggling to pay rent organizers will also help pay their bills.

Veterans can also get help Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Noon Day Ministries downtown.

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