Homeless, not hopeless: 'My community truly loves their veterans'

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Marine Corps veteran Reagan Clark arrived in Lane County 8 months ago, homeless and without much hope.

But thanks to a veterans housing voucher program, he's doing much better.

"It's great to have a roof over your head, and I think it's something that we should strive to do for all veterans," Clark said.

That's the spirit of the Lane County Stand Down, an event where veterans could get a free haricut, some clothing and information about services and programs available to men and women who have served their country available from 64 veteran and social service agencies.

"We'll offer them housing assistance, educational assistance, lots of medical and dental assistance," said Darryl Hastings, president of Lane County Stand Down.

For Hastings, the Stand Down is very personal.

Nine years ago, the Navy vet came to this very event.

"I was homeless," he said. "I had to have quadruple bypass surgery. It cost me zero through the VA, so I'm here trying to pay back what they gave to me. That's the payback for me is to see that my community truly loves their veterans."