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Stand Down 2019 serves veterans

About 1,100 veterans took part in Stand Down 2019, organized by the state Department of Veterans Affairs.  Commissioner Tom Saadi says they had 225 volunteers, many of whom are veterans, helping out at the event.  More than 120 federal and state agencies, community-based organizations, private businesses, and veterans' organizations spent Friday providing services to Connecticut veterans.  Those services included free workforce assistance, employment guidance, legal aid, housing referrals, and medical, dental and mental health screenings.  Veterans also had access to donated items like business clothing, new shoes and winter jackets.  More than 200,000 veterans in Connecticut were eligible to participate in the event.  Saadi says the attendees run the full age and service spectrum.  Some are first time attendees, while others see the event as a chance to reconnect each year with their fellow service members.