Serving those who have served our country

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Today the community came together to provide much needed relief for our veterans.

At Legion Post 104 you’ll find quite a crowd. From knitters to hair stylists and even a therapy dog. They’re all here for one reason.

“It’s very important to take care of your veterans,” said veteran Joshua Bosell.

Giving back to local veterans like Bosell.

“Everyone is going to walk out of here with something,” said Wabash Valley Stand Down Committee Chairman, Martina Hull.

Today marked the third annual Wabash Valley Stand Down. It’s a collaborative effort between local agencies to make sure every veteran and their families are taken care of and supported.

“As a veteran, we are here to help you, we are here to serve you, we are here to be accessible and given whatever services you need, we’re here to do that,” said Hull.

Volunteers handed out hygiene kits. Other organizations like Reach Services and the Hamilton Center provided mental health counseling.

Some kids even made artwork that read ‘Thank you’ for the veterans.

“It’s a great thing from the community for the veterans, it’s about to be winter time, they could use a lot of stuff for winter I’m sure,” said Bosell.

A group of women knitted hats, gloves and scarves to gear up for the cold weather. The veterans who are homeless received backpacks stuffed with winter gear.

“You never know what these guys are facing or why so we try and capture the whole wellness of a veteran in one place at one time if we can,” said Hull.

And if they can’t, the organizers give the veterans cellphones so they can follow up with them.

“It’s great to see the community outreach,” said Bosell.

So whether a veteran is looking for housing, or simply wanting a book and haircut, the community is there to serve them.

Just as they have served our country.

For temporary housing assistance, mental health counseling or other questions regarding veterans’ outreach, contact Martina Hull at mthompson@intecare.org.