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Stockton Reaches Out to Homeless Veterans

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, September 28, 2012

About 150 veterans, many of them homeless, gathered in downtown Stockton today, not looking for a handout, but needing help.

"Stand Down" helped the vets connect with volunteers who provided food, veteran's aid, clothes, medical and dental services.

Army vet Herbert Chappell came for dental health.

Chappel:  "I'm here for one purpose and that's if they can get me somebody to pull th is tooth out back here because it's caused me to have a gum disease and if they can help me do that I'm going to be a happy camper and on my way."

Superior Court Judge Barbara Kronlund started the Stockton "Stand Down" 4 years ago.

Kronland:"Seeing younger ones from Iraq and Afghanistan and more women and I think we're seeing more with severe injuries."

And that includes amputees and vets with brain injuries.

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