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Suffolk County Community College Hosts Veterans Stand Down For Vets In Need

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Sign for Veterans Stand Down at Suffolk County Community College - Brentwood, NY - Apr 29, 2011 (credit: Sophia Hall / WCBS 880)

Sign for Veterans Stand Down at Suffolk County Community College – Brentwood, NY – Apr 29, 2011 (credit: Sophia Hall / WCBS 880)

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BRENTWOOD, NY (WCBS 880) - Veterans of all ages lined up in Brentwood, Long Island on Friday morning to get some much-needed assistance at Stand Down at Suffolk County Community College.

WCBS 880′s Sophia Hall: Even Those Who Served In Iraq And Afghanistan Need Help

One veteran said he has been hit hard financially the past few months.

“I’m looking for housing and maybe some clothing, something to help out,” he said.

Organizer Frank Diaversa said there are many services available, including helping to get the homeless veterans off the streets, along with health services and food.

“There’s over 40 agencies here today. There’s a variety… Social Security, the VA – Veterans Administration,” he told WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall.

He said he has spoken to a lot of men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

“A lot of them suffer from P.T.S.D. – post traumatic stress disorder – and they need to go to the VA medical center to get help,” he said.

For more information on Veterans Stand Down, click here.

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