WYOMING, Mich. - Homeless veterans will be gathering at the Metro Health in Wyoming on Friday, June 15 for a Stand Down.

Organized through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Stand Downs provide supplies and services to veterans such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, job counseling, mental health services and VA Social Security benefits counseling.

Events like these are held throughout the year and across the country, and they bring homeless veterans together in a single location to provide access to community resources.

The local Stand Down is going to be held from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on the Granger Green in front of the hospital at the Metro Health Village.

"Stand Downs are the nation's most valuable outreach tool for veterans who are homeless or marginally housed," said Tiyanna Payne, a supervisor with the VA's Health Care for Homeless Veterans program in Grand Rapids.

In addition to a number of services being offered, there will also be military surplus items available for eligible veterans, including sleeping bags, backpacks, cold weather gear and personal hygiene products. The Stand Down will also have a free lunch and free haircuts and massages.

"Here's our chance to surround this vulnerable population with the services they need," said Payne.

This event is for veterans only. If a veteran needs assistance getting to the event, please call the Health Care for Homeless Veterans service center (616-356-1746).

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