Community veterans stand down and distribute food, Princeton 2022

PRINCETON, West Virginia (WVVA) – Hundreds of veterans lined up in their cars to receive necessities and appreciation at this year’s annual Stand Down and Food Distribution event in Princeton.

Supplies distributed included toiletries, clothing and other essentials.

10% of West Virginia’s homeless population identifies as a veteran.

“One of the main goals is also to raise awareness of our homeless veterans. So that’s what the Stand Down is really supposed to do. To raise awareness of that. We believe that’s an oxymoron to have the words homeless and veteran next to each other,” said Omar J. Aboulhosn, one of the event organizers.

A young volunteer had kind words for those who serve.

“Thank you for serving our country so that we can have free land.” says Aiden Neal.

Veterans also received a homemade breakfast.

We had a man who served in the Korean War how he felt appreciated for his service.

“Oh, I tell you I feel honoured. Sometimes I go to Walmart or a store and a young child, maybe 10 or 12 years old, greets me and says, “Thanks for serving.” I said, ‘For you, I would do it again.’ We are in the best county on Earth. said Curtis Gillespie.

The event also hosted nonprofit organizations that provide resources to improve the lives of veterans as well as a performance by the Fork Union Military Color Guard.

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