Veterans struggling with homelessness to be given free meals, health care this week

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By Malachi Barrett

Veterans struggling with homeless and underemployment in Kalamazoo County will be lent a helping hand this week.

The 2016 Veterans Stand Down is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23 at at the Salvation Army building on 1700 S. Burdick St. Around 80-100 veterans are expected to attend the event, hosted by the Kalamazoo County Veterans Service Office, to be given a free meal and access to services including haircuts, vision and hearing screenings, dental cleanings and immunizations.

“Serving our Veterans and making sure they have knowledge and access to needed resources and assistance is our primary focus,” said Mike Hoss, coordinator for the Kalamazoo County Veterans Service Office.

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