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Homeless Vegas vets getting help in 'Stand Down' event

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Community businesses and services are expected to "stand down" for veterans stricken by homelessness in Las Vegas.

More than 80 vendors were enlisted for the 2nd Annual Veterans Stand Down event scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

The event distributes winter clothing, sleeping bags, gloves, blankets, and some food to armed forces veterans still struggling with homelessness.

The "Stand Down" will also connect homeless veterans with services they need like housing and job assistance, access to healthcare providers, and contact with loved ones they've lost touch.

The event is part of a nationwide effort to eradicate homelessness among veterans.

Las Vegas serves as the spearhead location for this mission beset by Veterans Affairs Secretary Joel Shineski, who established a goal of eliminating homelessness among veterans by 2015.

Of the 44,000 homeless people in the Las Vegas-area, about 14 percent of those are veterans, the VA reported. And more than 80 percent of those homeless vets do not have homes because they have no jobs.

The event is scheduled to take place at the Cambridge Community Center, 3900 Cambridge Street, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. over the two days.

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