Event Thursday aimed at helping homeless vets

Event Thursday aimed at helping homeless vets

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The 14th annual Kern County Veterans Stand Down is Thursday.

The event offers a broad range of necessities and services to military vets, such as food, clothing, medical attention, job counseling, educational assistance and program referrals, according to the organizing committee. The event focuses on the needs of homeless vets. The general public is not invited.

"Stand Down" is a military term that describes a wartime evolution where exhausted troops are removed from the stress of combat. Kern County Veterans Stand Down, which is modeled after a program that started 20 years ago in San Diego, is aimed at giving vets help in finding safety and security, despite their physical and mental wounds.

Kern County Veterans Stand Down runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Stramler Park, 3805 Chester Ave. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

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