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Local veterans get hand up not hand out

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Some local military veterans are getting on-the-spot help from some local organizations.

Veteran Allen Brennan knows first hand about vets who have no place to call home.

"I lived on streets of Sioux Falls for a year and it wasn't by choice but a matter of not knowing where to go or what to do," Brennan said.

Now back on his feet, Brennan has been at every one of these events trying to support other homeless vets.

"I've been trying to help who ever I can help. If I can't get the help I need, then I try to help someone who can get the help," Brennan said.

But he's not the only helper. More than 40 agencies are coming together to reach out to veterans at the Veterans Stand Down event held at the VFW on S. Minnesota Avenue in Sioux Falls Friday.

Stand down means taking care of exhausted troops by moving them from the battlefield to a safe and secure environment. The event gives veterans some options.

"A lot of veterans get connected with various community agencies. They may come in and get a meal provided. They might file a benefit claim or get healthcare provided by the veterans administration," Brian Wallin said.

And it's the little things that are helping them get back on their feet.

"It's a day to recognize and celebrate their contributions that vets have made for all of us protecting our freedom," Wallin said.

And that protection is why Brennan and so many others fought for our country.

"They knew it was something they wanted to do and joined the service to protect their family and their home and community," Brennan said.

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