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Veteran's Stand Down in Sioux Falls

[Photo 1: Mayor Munson makes opening remarks.]
Mayor Munson makes opening remarks.

[Photo 2: Military color guard]
Military color guard.

Three years ago, the Vet Center in Sioux Falls was concerned about homeless veterans. The veterans' stand down, now an annual event, provides a variety of services and resources for veterans. This year, Sioux Falls Mayor Dave Munson opened the day and a half event with a mayoral proclamation and an expression of gratitude for the sacrifices of our veterans.

The City of Sioux Falls furnished a local park and Air Force, Navy and Army Reserve, and National Guard units set up tents. Approximately 150 veterans attended this year's stand down many staying all day to enjoy the food and fellowship with other veterans. The Veterans Administration Hospital and a local dentist provided medical and dental screening. Volunteer hair professionals provided free haircuts. Free shoes, clothing and blankets from a local thrift store were distributed to those in need.

The South Dakota HUD Field Office has participated in this event for the last two years. This year, HUD staff shared information about housing subsidy programs, a list of subsidized housing in the community and homebuyer education materials. Information about agencies that receive direct or indirect funding from HUD, such as, homeless shelters, drop in shelters, job placement programs, consumer credit counseling agencies, and legal services was provided to interested veterans.

Content Archived: April 5, 2011

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