9/11 event helps homeless veterans get back on their feet

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INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 11, 2014) - On this 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11th terror attacks, it was an emotional morning for our veterans.

"It’s touching,” said Army veteran Dennis Steers. “I almost cried when she was doing the national anthem.”

It was all part of a special event for homeless vets at the AMVETS post on Lafayette road, called 'Veterans Stand Down.'

“This is our 10th annual event where homeless veterans can come in and receive goods and services,” said Debra Des Vignes with the Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation. “They are giving out hygiene items, food, clothing - anything a veteran would need.”

“If we’re down on our luck, need housing or any kind of services, they’re there to help us out,” said Steers. “All we have to do is ask.”

“I think it’s a very good idea because a lot of veterans are not aware of all the programs and things we can take advantage of,” said Navy veteran Pamela Johnson.

“We are here to support our veterans,” said Ralanda Whitaker of the American Legion. “They have supported us and defended us so it’s time we supported and take care of them.”

And on this day of remembrance, it’s especially touching.

“It’s a big day,” said Des Vignes. “It’s an important day for these veterans, they remember what happened 13 years ago.”

“Especially today of all days, it’s important to remember the people that have defended us and protected us and we need to take care of them,” said Whitaker.

If you want to learn more about HVAF of Indiana or make a donation, more information is available on their web site.

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