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Tuesday, Oct 08 2013 01:15 PM

'First Look': Veterans Stand Down provides support to local homeless veterans

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    Deborah Johnson of the California Veterans Assistance Foundation talks about the Veterans Stand Down with U.S. Air Force Veteran Roscoe Johnson on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Roscoe Johnson served four years in the U.S. Air Force before he became homeless.

The 38-year-old veteran is ready to get his life back on track and said the Veterans Stand Down event on Thursday, Oct. 10 would help him with guidance.

"This will turn my life around and help me straighten out my life," Johnson said Tuesday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

For the 15th year in Kern County, the Stand Down will provide homeless veterans with basic needs such as clothing, grooming and food. But it will also provide support in VA and Social Security benefit counseling, referrals to healthcare, housing, employment and substance treatment, among other benefits.

Deborah Johnson, of the California Veterans Assistance Foundation, said the goal was getting things taken care of.

"If they have any pending tickets or fines that for whatever reason they have not taken care of, there will be representatives available for them to talk to," Deborah said.

The Stand Down will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Stramler Park, located at 3805 Chester Ave.

Veterans will be served two hot meals but Deborah said they are still accepting non-perishable food to give to veterans at the end of the day.

"We want to make sure they have something to eat on Friday morning when they wake up," Deborah said.

For more information call 695-3626 or visit www.cavaf.org.

 

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