Hawaiian veterans receive assistance from local charity

Veterans receive assistance from local charity

Catholic Charities Hawaii hosted a resource fair in Honolulu on Tuesday called "Stand Down for O'ahu." A wide range of programs was available to the 400 homeless veterans who sleep on the streets or in temporary shelters each night in Honolulu.

Of the approximately 1,100 veterans who experienced homelessness in Hawaii last year, about 5 percent were women, according to U.S. Vets, which provides job assistance, counseling and drug- and alcohol-free housing at 11 facilities in six states and the District of Columbia.

Programs at the "Stand Down for O'ahu" event included free haircuts from students of the Hawaii Institute of Hair Design. Kalihi-Palama Health Center provided medical screenings for homeless vets, while Aloha Medical Mission offered dental screenings and the VA administered flu shots, officials said. Other programs include initiatives to house veterans and families, transitional housing for female veterans, assistance with job acquisition, and drug and alcohol abuse recovery assistance.