Legion to assist homeless veterans Saturday

Although much of the nation’s capital is still entrenched in snow left behind by Winter Storm Jonas, countless volunteers and service providers will offer much needed assistance during the Department of Veterans Affairs’ homeless veterans stand down event hosted at the Washington D.C. VA Medical Center.

On Jan. 30 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., the medical center will open its doors to homeless, at-risk and underemployed veterans. While there, participants will have an opportunity to take advantage of integral services tailored to address contributing factors associated with homelessness, including financial planning, substance abuse and rehabilitative programs, and psychosocial services.

Representatives from The American Legion, various government agencies and other local organizations also plan to provide health-care services, benefits assistance, and housing and employment counseling. Health assessments, specialty care exams and clothing items will also be available to attendees.

Attendees will also have access to resources preventing foreclosure and rental eviction, utility bill assistance and on-the-spot employment opportunities for those who are underemployed and at-risk of being homeless.Veterans who are eligible can take advantage of free transportation to the medical center from local shelters and public transportation stops.