LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Hundreds of thousands of veterans across the country were served Nov. 3, including right here in Tippecanoe County.
This is because of Stand Down, a nationally recognized event designed to serve veterans and their families who are homeless or at risk for being homeless. The Lafayette Stand Down brought together 40 local businesses that volunteered their services to local veterans.
Veterans were given health and legal services, as well as food, clothing and hygiene products.
Tim Hilton, President of Tippecanoe County Veterans Council said it’s hard for many veterans to ask for help so this event is in place for them to get services as they need.
"We engage as many veterans as we can in the community to say hey, we have brothers and sisters out there that are in need and they’re having difficulty, we need to help them. And we stick together we're a family," said Hilton.
Hilton said Stand Down is the beginning of many more events to come.
“We have a number of programs in the community. We'll go on the Veterans Day program, then we have Pearl Harbor program in December, then we'll start our planning in the spring we'll have our memorial day program and parade,” said Hilton.
This year marks the 13th annual Stand Down. Hilton said the number of Veterans attending the first year compared to now is much lower. He said that’s the goal, as this event offers services that work to get veterans back on their feet.