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'We need to provide as many services as we can for everyone that has served our country'

Floyd Bard said he hopes to reach up to 700 veterans through the Stand Down this year October 5.

EUGENE, Ore. - Coming this fall is the 19th annual Lane County Veterans Stand Down.

The event at the Lane Events Center helps local veterans get the services they need.

The event is sponsored by a local non-profit and provides free meals and services, mostly to veterans who are homeless.

Free services include haircuts, job counseling, mental health, free dental work, and help in finding housing.

Organizers want to reach out to more vets this year.

"I don't care if they are veterans that are homeless or under-served, we need to provide as many services as we can for everyone that has served our country," said Floyd Bard, the event chairman.

"That's the big thing with vets is a lot of vets feel that they are alone," said Mike Greenman, an Army veteran who served in Afghanistan. "It's the brotherhood, the sisterhood, the camaraderie that, that's the biggest thing for us is to get us together."

Bard said he hopes to reach up to 700 veterans through the Stand Down this year October 5.

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