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Hundreds of homeless veterans attend annual 'Stand Down' event

Posted at 11:48 AM, Jun 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-28 14:48:33-04

San Diego (KGTV)- Just weeks ago the Veterans Village of San Diego wasn’t sure they’d have the money to fund their annual Stand Down event. But thanks to generous sponsors, the organization is helping hundreds of homeless veterans this weekend.

The three-day event is being held at San Diego High School. More than 700 veterans are expected to participate in the event throughout the weekend. A variety of services is being offered.

Some veterans say they are in desperate need of housing, while others tell 10News they are just fighting to keep the roofs they already have over their heads.

“I’m minding my own business, next thing I hear knocks on the door ‘hey you can’t park here,’” says Vietnam Veteran Robert Ewing who was given 15 parking tickets for his motor home in the last three months. “That’s why I’m here trying to get rid of these.”

Ewing says it has been a struggle trying to find a safe place to park his motor home.

Among a variety of services, Homeless Court is being provided at the annual Stand Down event.

“The City Council needs to sleep on the streets for a couple of nights and see what the homeless go through. It’s no joke,” says Ewing.

For more than three decades, the Veterans Village of San Diego has been putting together this event. It brings in more than 100 organizations to help the homeless.

Even though donations were low a few weeks ago, organizers say they were never going to cancel the event. They are just grateful for their donors, so they did not have to scale the event down.