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Local veterans struggling to make ends meet got a helping hand this weekend.

"For some of them this is one of the best times. I had a veteran tell me earlier this is like Christmas for him,” said Kimberly Neal, organizer of the Des Moines Homeless Veterans Stand Down.

The 19th annual Homeless Veterans Stand Down took place on the state capitol grounds.

Legal advice, meals, clothing, haircuts, and help finding work was available to veterans who are homeless or are struggling.

Douglas Donaldson has been attending the event for six years.

He says he has a place to live, but veterans like him can use a little extra support.

"This is very important to all the veterans. It helps us out when we need it. If we have no place to go, we can find places through here,” said Donaldson.

The Homeless Veterans Stand Down is held on the second week of September each year.

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