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Community Coalition Gives Helping Hand To Veterans, Homeless | Cedar Rapids, Iowa | The Iowa independent

Quite a crowd was gathered at Veterans Memorial Stadium, but there were definitely no games being played.

A coalition of more than 70 regional organizations joined forces Friday to care for homeless and nearly homeless veterans and other community members. From haircuts to medical screens to winter clothing, the coalition, organized by the Linn County Department of Veteran Affairs in cooperation with other groups combating homelessness, served more than 150 people during its sixth annual “Stand Down” event.

Over the years the scope of the event has grown, but the mission has remained mostly the same, said Don Tyne, Linn County VA director. “We want to connect people who are homeless or near-homeless with the groups and services that can give them a hand up, get them back on their feet.”

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via The Iowa independent