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1:06 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Community Event Offers Homeless Vets A Chance To "Stand Down"

Hundreds of homeless veterans and others in need made their way through the Homeless Resource Connections Community Stand Down Thursday.

"Stand Down" attendee receives a free haircut at the annual VA event
Credit Josh James / WUKY

The annual Lexington VA-run event was held at Central Christian Church.

In wartime, exhausted combat units requiring time to rest are removed from battlefields and moved to a place of relative safety and security. Today, another kind of “stand down” offers homeless vets a few hours to relax.

"This is an opportunity for people to come and get respite, flu shots, meet benefit workers, and to have a day off from being on the streets and get some free food," says coordinator Elisha Keifer.

In one large room, homeless vets receive everything from haircuts to basic dental care to employment aid.

Kiefer says normally close to 250 homeless men and women attend the event, though she anticipated a larger crowd this year.