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Veterans' Stand Down Resurfaces In New Venue After A Pandemic Hiatus

Tom Flanigan
Stand Down offerings included a full-service barber shop on the mezzanine level of FAMU's Lawson Center

Leon County's annual Homeless Veterans' Stand Down was back on Friday and Saturday at FAMU's Lawson Center. About 60 veterans' service organization were on hand to provide a wide range of cost-free offerings.
Those organizations included the Veterans' Success Center at Tallahassee Community College, headed by Danny James.

"And it's not just for veterans; but veteran dependents as well," he noted.

Colleen Mullen was there with an entire team from Legal Services of North Florida to provide a long list of services.

"Like help people with paternity or divorce actions. We also do landlord/tenant eviction claims. We do foreclosure issues. We do Social Security issues. A lot of homeless veterans have those."

And Stand Down prime organizer Washington Sanchez was almost overcome with the number of providers who showed up.

"We have got people who've come here to help us as a community do for our veterans what they can't do for themselves."

And, even though the Stand Down is over, all the organizations that took part are still working every day to help homeless veterans and others who need the help.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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