Annual event helps veterans in need

Veterans walk around to the different vendors Saturday. (WLFI Photo)
Veterans walk around to the different vendors Saturday. (WLFI Photo)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — An event helped give back to local heroes who’ve sacrificed for our country.

The eighth annual Stand Down for Veterans event was held Saturday by the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue.

More than two dozen vendors attended the event designed to help our local heroes.

Homeless, almost homeless and unemployed veterans were able to get two free meals. They were also given a health checkup, haircut, clothes and other services.

Organizer Tim Hilton said many veterans coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan still face issues and may need some type of assistance.

“[We assist with] any type of issue that a veteran and their family would experience,” said Hilton. “We have somebody here that can talk to them and possibly help them get those problems resolved.”

The event is held nationwide in an effort to help homeless vets and raise awareness for them.