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(06/03/14) - There are many resources available to Veterans here in Mid-Michigan once they return from service.
The problem is that many of those military men and women don't know that help is available.
"Rhere's just not jobs out there right now, so it's hard," said Anthony Ullery, veteran.
Philip Larson gets it.
"When I got out, I was an aircraft armor man, so I worked on planes, loading bombs and weapons on aircraft. There isn't a big market for that in the civilian world," he said.
Larson is here to help his fellow veterans, representing public schools and colleges across the state, that will help them get an education.
"How to use their benefits, what kind of credits they can get, what kind of majors are out there," Larson said.
"Stand Down" is designed to be a one-stop-shopping event for veterans.
Housing for homeless veterans, VA Health care, ID cards, employment and education - nearly 7,000 Veterans in Genessee County can find it all here.
Organizers are hoping hundreds will pack into the Riverbank Park Amphitheater and leave with a better understanding of their benefits.
"They are not aware of emergency housing benefits, they are aware of education benefits, but what type of education benefits that they qualify for," said Mirium Marks-McKeowm, Community Veterans Outreach.
"I'm finding out information I had no clue about," Ullery said.
And taking home more than a bag full of pamphlets - but peace of mind.
"I'm going to leave here feeling pretty good, and that I'm not alone and there are people that can help us out," Ullery said.
The "stand Down" event is a collaboration between government agencies and community organizations here in Genesee county.