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Homeless veterans 'stand down' at VA event

Photographer John Moore chose to document the struggles of American veterans by attending the annual Department of Veterans Affairs "Stand Down" event in Denver.  Moore's work is featured regularly in the blog; one recent post was "Iraq war veteran deals with effects of PTSD, brain trauma"

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Homeless U.S. Army veteran and unemployed carpenter Steven Wise (R), receives a dental checkup at a "Stand Down" event hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs on November 3 in Denver, Colorado. A week ahead of Veterans Day, more than 500 homeless veterans were expected to attend the event, where they received free clothing, medical care, employment assistance and were able to see a judge to resolve legal issues, among other services. Organizers say the homeless veterans population has surged in recent years with the high national unemployment rate. Stand Down is a military term that means a temporary stop of offensive military action.


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Homeless U.S. military veterans stand in line to receive free services at a "Stand Down" event hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs on November 3 in Denver, Colorado.

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Homeless U.S. military veterans stand in freezing temperatures to receive free clothing and medical care during a "Stand Down" event hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs on November 3 in Denver, Colorado.

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Homeless U.S. military veterans salute the flag during the Pledge of Allegiance at a "Stand Down" event hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs on November 3 in Denver, Colorado.

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Homeless U.S. Air Force veteran Steven Turachak checks his repaired glasses at a "Stand Down" event hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs on November 3 in Denver, Colorado.

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A judge hears a homeless veteran's case at a makeshift Denver city and county court set up at a veterans "Stand Down" event hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs on November 3 in Denver, Colorado.

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Homeless Iraq War veteran Patrick Dewitt waits in line to receive free services at a "Stand Down" event hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs on November 3 in Denver, Colorado.

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Homeless U.S. Navy veteran Wayne Hamilton looks for his size while collecting free clothing at a "Stand Down" event hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs on November 3 in Denver, Colorado.

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Homeless U.S. military veterans eat a free lunch at a "Stand Down" event hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs on November 3 in Denver, Colorado.