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Initiative helps Veterans get back on their feet

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -- The US Secretary of Veterans' Affairs has committed to taking the nation's 131,000 homeless veterans off the streets over the next five years.

To help with that, Sioux City's Veterans Center hosted "Stand Down 2009" today at the Midtown Community Center.

The goal is to give veterans' families a hand up, not a hand out by providing access to services that can help them out of a homeless situation.

The Homeless Coordinator for the VA says having services available all in one place is what makes the difference.

"Many times transportation is a problem, and it takes a lot of time to get from one place to another, and perhaps you don't have the money for the bus tickets to be able to do that. So this gives that person an opportunity to be able to hit several places that would be helpful to them," said VA Homeless Coordinator Candice Cummings.

Today's event featured people that could help veterans with areas like housing, employment, and mental health.

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