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Jacksonville hosts 3rd Annual Veterans Stand Down

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Veteran homelessness is a growing problem in our country. 

Tuesday, more than 50 service organizations gathered in Jacksonville for the 3rd Annual Veterans Stand Down to help veterans in need.

One of the major points of the stand down is to combat veteran homelessness. Volunteers from Swansboro's First Baptist Church recycled plastic grocery bags to make sleeping mats for the homeless.

Velma Sidberry says she's been crocheting since she was seven years old and is more than happy to do something she likes, to help people in need.

"It's so gratifying to me. I am so appreciative to be able to help somebody, maybe sleep better at night," said Sidberry.

Army veteran Robert Dennis says he doesn't consider himself homeless because he lives in the woods by choice. 

"We're living in an old school house. we've got a wood burner there. got the tent up in there and furniture. it's pretty much like a home now," said Dennis.

He says, at the stand down, he was able to get some much needed supplies to help him stay warm.

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