Oct 19, 2013 10:06 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Second Annual Stand Down for Veterans a huge success

Organizers of the Second Annual Stand Down for Homeless and At-risk Veterans event already have plans to host the event again next year.

Over 500 volunteers were out at the Santa Maria Fairpark Saturday helping local veterans get the services they need. Vets could get haircuts, showers, new shoes, and clothes. There were even companies at the event trying to place veterans into new jobs.

"We've had guys show up this year who say, you know, I was here last year, and I was walking around as a homeless veteran. This year, I've got a job, you know, I'm a productive member of society, and now I want to come back and volunteer for this program," said Steve Lavagnino, the 5th District Santa Barbara County Supervisor.

The big event is done, but the services don't end. Volunteers actually check in with the veterans throughout the year. They get them to appointments and make sure all the vets have housing.



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