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Nearly 500 homeless veterans get help at annual Stand Down event in Denver

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DENVER — Organizers say nearly 500 veterans have taken advantage of services ranging from haircuts to help resolving court cases at Denver's annual Homeless Veterans Stand Down.

The Stand Down was held Thursday.

About 100 of the veterans worked with Denver County Court to resolve minor offenses. Open cases can make it harder for people to get apartments and jobs.

Other services included free medical screenings, flu shots, glasses, hot meals, clothing and toiletries.

Counselors also offered help with getting veterans benefits.

A survey found Colorado has about 750 homeless veterans, with about 40 percent of them in Denver.

The Stand Down takes its name from the military term for temporarily stopping military action to focus on one issue.

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