ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Dozens of local veterans are getting help thanks to several generous organizations.
More than 6% of veterans are unemployed nationwide according to the Bureau of Labor statistics, but organizers of this year's Stand Down event at the Verdi Club in Rockford are trying to decrease that percentage.
Several booths were set up to help unemployed veterans looking for work. Other necessities like warm plates of food, haircuts, toiletries, and haircuts were also provided.
It was a way to give back to those who served our country and now need a helping hand, and this time, it was the vets calling the volunteers heroes.
“Unsung heroes are the ones who do all this work to get all this going and I think it’s outstanding,” said Richard Jenkins, a disabled veteran.
There’s also a veteran’s drop in center that’s open Monday through Friday from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. The center gives veterans access to computers, massage therapy, a meal, and more. The facility is located on 413 North Court Street. All you need to show is your military ID.
The event cost around $4,000 and veterans were given free rides on the transit in conjunction with the stand down, helping to bring more vets in.