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Bozeman hosts 5th annual Veteran Stand Down

By Grace Ditzler, KTVM Reporter, gditzler@ktvm.com
Published On: Jun 07 2014 12:35:40 PM MDT
Updated On: Jun 09 2014 08:50:01 AM MDT
Bozeman hosts 19th annual Veteran Stand Down
BOZEMAN -

Bozeman and the Gallatin Valley community took a stand to help veterans at the 5th annual Bozeman Veteran Stand Down.

About a thousand people, including vets, homeless vets, and anyone else in need, came to take advantage of the services from more than 40 local vendors.

Veterans received gear, haircuts, job and interview advice, food, and more.

People who came to the event said they come back every year for the services provided, but also for the chance to hang out with their fellow veterans.

"I look forward to meeting other veterans as well as what the provisions provided," explained Army and Navy veteran Gary Travis. "it give us direction if we need assistance, plus we get to meet our politicians, and it's far out!"

Senator John Walsh made an appearance at the Veteran Stand Down.

Senator Walsh tells NBC Montana he came to the Stand Down to support and meet with local veterans to hear their concerns.

He explained while these types of events are important to help support our veterans, he hopes that someday our country will not see so many veterans struggle when they return home from duty.

"If we were doing as a country what we should be doing for our veterans, we wouldn't need to have these stand downs," Sen. Walsh said. "We need to make sure our veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have jobs, so as employers we need to step up to the plate and give our veterans jobs, and look out for our families so we don't have to have this type of event."

Organizers of the Stand Down event said Gallatin County has between 100 and 150 homeless vets and any given time.