LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)—The Department of Veteran's Affairs held their annual Stand Down at American Legion Post 52 in La Crosse on Thursday.
The program is designed to assist homeless and at risk veterans with their needs whether that be health, legal or physical needs like clothing and housing.
Veterans who have paid often times forgotten sacrifices.
"Its getting better more of the public is showing they care for veterans and that really makes me happy," James Stading, Stand Down Co-Chair said.
Army Veteran Marlo Volden is getting some help with the basics, though he said he doesn't need as much as others.
"I'm not one to require, demand things," Marlo said. "You can feed yourself."
But he appreciates the help.
"I can understand a little how difficult it is for returning veterans who have combat experience. The transition is virtually impossible. I felt a great disconnect from a peace time of service," Marlo said.
Returning from Germany and adjusting to life as a civilian was hard for Marlo.
"Hard is an understatement," Marlo said. "I did get married and divorced. Alcohol was an enormous role in that. But now I'm 57, life has been a very mixed blessing."
A blessing, Thursday, in the form of clothing.
"Thank God for all of these folks and they all have their stories, that's what makes up America," Marlo said.
The country and he and all of these others sacrificed so much for.
"When you join the military you're kind of scared and you learn to depend on brothers and sisters in the service you become family and this is family," Stading said.
Now he said its time for our family to appreciate and take care of each other.
Even though the Stand Down is over, the VA still encourages people to take advantage of their resources.
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