Event aims to battle homelessness among local veterans

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ORLANDO, Fla. —

Hundreds of local veterans attended the 2013 Orlando Stand Down event on Saturday, which was aimed at eliminating homelessness among veterans.

Saturday's event was held by the Orlando Veterans Affairs Medical Center and local organizations that assist homeless individuals and families.

Hundreds of veterans showed up for the 2013 Orlando Stand Down at the recreation center on W. Livingston Street. Lynx provided free transportation to veterans who needed a ride to the event, where more than 300 veterans were expected.

"We're just looking to help them out, and help them connect with some of the service providers and connect with some of the VA benefits that they can enroll for," Sean Gibbs with the Homeless Services Network said.

The veterans were able to receive a variety of resources at the event, including medical care, dental screenings, haircuts, meals and showers. Organizers also offered mental health services and counseling to those in attendance.

The annual event is part of a national Veterans Affairs effort to end homelessness among veterans.