Homeless Veterans Stand Down helps vets before cold

Homeless Veterans Stand Down helps...

PUEBLO, Colo. - Melvin Salazar is a Gulf War veteran who served for 12 years.  He is now homeless and living on the streets of Pueblo.
"I told them I was tired of being in the cold, and I think hopefully they can help me out," Salazar said.
Salazar and many other people attended Pueblo's Homeless Veteran Stand Down. 
It was an opportunity for homeless veterans to get supplies for the quickly approaching cold weather.
"They get sleeping bags, we have some duffel bags for them, winter coats, boots and tennis shoes," said Pueblo County Veterans Service officer Rudy Sabedra.

Sabedra said they try and do as much homeless outreach as possible. 

"There are a number of, about 22, agencies here from the employment office, Social Security, department of social services, just a number of resources that they can turn to to try and get them off the street," Sabedra said.

Salazar said he is using this help to turn his life around.

"I want to get back my health again. I'm trying to quit a lot of stuff too," Salazar said.

He also hopes to get back to the way things were when he got out of the service.
"I said to myself, it's time for you to do what you've got to do. The VA is right there, they can help you out and they're pushing me and I'm pushing myself," Salazar said.

There is another 'Homeless Stand Down' event for homeless veterans in Colorado Springs on October 17.

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