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VA makes 'Stand Down Against Homelessness' a one-day event

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

More than 1,700 homeless veterans, and others in need, are expected to fill lines at Armory Park in North Charleston Friday morning for the 15th annual Stand Down Against Homelessness.

This year, it's a one day only event and will go from 8 am-2 pm.

Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is partnering with Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina to help those who've had a rocky past get back on their feet.

The event will offer medical and dental screenings and assistance, clothing, food, haircuts, legal counseling and much more.

Officials decided to make this year's event one day, as opposed to two, like previous years, because in the past they've seen attendance drop the second day.

Armory Park is located at 5000 Lackawanna Blvd, North Charleston, SC 29405.

"Homelessness really is a problem in the Charleston area," said spokeswoman with the VA Medical Center Tonya Lobbestael. "You know, unfortunately it's a problem that we have seen grow some over the years. But, we have a number of services with the VA to really help eradicate it, especially amongst the veteran population as does different community work organizations."

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