Arizona StandDown helps homeless Veterans in Valley

PHOENIX - A three-day event kicks off Friday morning at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum to provide resources to homeless and at-risk veterans.
 
The 13th Annual Arizona StandDown offers services ranging from medical, legal, and job placement.
 
In 2013 the event helped more than 1,500 veterans.
 
Sean Price with the Arizona Department of Veteran Service told ABC15 that each year the event seems to see more people. The doors open at 8:00 a.m. but people started lining up early.
 
Vietnam Vet Antonio Gonzales showed up around 5:00 a.m. He said he is looking to get some help with legal issues but he is also volunteering.
 
Gonzales said he suffered years of addiction and lived on the street for several years. He was able to get help through various veteran programs through the VA. He has been clean for six years, holds a job and has his own apartment now.
 
"I hit rock bottom," he said. "There is hope. You just have to get to the right resources and never give up."
 
The StandDown is a three day event at the Coliseum on the State Fairgrounds near 19th Avenue and McDowell Road.
 
More information can be found at: http://www.arizonastanddown.org/

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