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24th Annual Stand Down for Colorado’s Homeless Veterans helps prepare for winter

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo, (KRDO) -- For the 24th year, local non-profits joined military volunteers to make sure veterans struggling with homelessness in Colorado Springs are prepared for winter.

During Tuesday's Stand Down for Colorado's Homeless Veterans, the El Paso County Coalition for Homeless Veterans wanted to make sure unhoused veterans are properly equipped with coats, fresh socks, and blankets.

"We want to do everything we can to make sure if they're not ready, they got what they need for the wintertime," said Michael Schriever with the U.S. Space Force.

While Tuesday's event might be over, the help doesn't end there.

Throughout the rest of the year, the El Paso County Coalition is working to address homelessness. They're using grants from the state to pay rent bills and get veterans that are in transition into temporary housing.

For more information on the Homeless Veterans Coalition, click here.

The annual Stand Down for Homeless Veterans event has been around since 1998.  

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