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Jacksonville event to provide warm clothes for homeless veterans

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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. -

Homeless veterans are getting a helping hand to keep them warm during the winter.

On Wednesday the Onslow County Career Center will host a cold weather event in Jacksonville.

Homeless and indigent veterans can come by and pick up free coats, socks, and other clothes, both new and used.

The event will be at the Disabled American Veterans building from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Members of the VA hospital in Fayetteville will come to Jacksonville to give out the new clothes.

Event organizers say there are many reasons veterans become homeless.

"No job, could be mental health, family… the one thing that we're seeing is like, mental health issues," said Kelley Hamilton, a disabled veterans employment consultant.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is partnering with the career center for the event. They're accepting donations of socks, said Hamilton.

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