Honolulu Stands Down For Homeless Veterans | Honolulu, Hawaii | Honolulu Civil Beat
Four Farrington High School JROTC students presented the color guard to a crowd gathered inside the McCoy Pavilion at Ala Moana Beach Park. More than 100 people stood at attention facing the flag as the National Anthem played in the background.
About 150 men and women who served in military uniform but are now in civilian clothes attended the Stand Down event to seek help for job placement, permanent housing and legal advice. They were treated to free pastries, coffee and live Hawaiian music. They got a bag of clothes, flu shots and brochures.
Henry Stewart got a free haircut on Wednesday.
“It feels good,” Stewart said about his new haircut. “I’d like to put my uniform back on.”
Stewart, an Air Force veteran who served from 1978-1988, attended the event to find job leads. Stewart has been staying at the U.S. VETS facility in Kapolei for the past six months.
“Guys my age, nobody is hiring us,” he said. “So it’s tough to keep a place to live and it’s tough to keep a job, and even get a job.”