Local organization, Stand Down for Veterans, helps local veterans at need

Posted at 7:47 PM, Sep 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-10 21:05:13-04

TULSA -- Hundreds of veterans received community assistance through the annual Stand Down for Veterans in Tulsa.

In total, the program was able to help more than 250 veterans who either don't have a home or are going through a rough time.

"I was working on an oil refinery and I got dizzy and passed out and haven't been cleared to go back to work, so not only am I homeless but I'm unemployed," says Army veteran Ricky Williams.

"On any given night, we estimate there's about 100 homeless veterans," says Melanie Goldman, VA Homeless Program Manager. "They could be in a shelter, on the street."

The Department of Veteran affairs along with 50 organizations in Tulsa held Stand Down for Veterans in downtown.

"I got socks and winter clothing and jackets and things of that nature, boots," says Williams.

Not only did the veterans leave with bags full of essentials, but they also received a free haircut and a hot meal.

Williams says the event is boosting his morale. "Always been real great especially lately in trying to help the homeless veterans and other veterans in trying to accomplish their goals."

Local organizations like Night Light Tulsa and the Coffee Bunker say it's rewarding to help local veterans.

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