The Duncan Banner

May 16, 2013

Veterans hope to reach out to homeless peers

By The Banner Staff
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Local veterans will be heading to Lawton Friday in hopes of connecting and helping homeless veterans.

It is the first Stand Down for Homeless Vets and will take place with a 6:30 a.m. breakfast and an 11:30 a.m. lunch, at Centenary United Methodist Church at 704 W D.

Larry Davidson, commander of American Legion Post 55 in Duncan, is excited that Stephens County is being included in the event, which aims to provide opportunities and assistance to homeless veterans.

Services to help the homeless veterans include the meals, showers and toiletries, shelter and housing assistance, helping them obtain veteran benefits, employee assistance, Social Security, dental screening, medical screening and referrals, mental health counseling, and substance and alcohol abuse treatment information.

“Our main purpose is to help the veterans,” Davidson said.

There will be 16 counties participating in the event, Davidson said.

Duncan’s American Legion Post 55 is working with all the veteran organizations in Duncan because all of the organizations see the need to help. Davidson said Post 55 also has one service veteran meeting with various veterans one day a week. The goal is to get at least five veterans to connect with homeless and struggling vets.

For information, Davidson can be reached on his home number at 580-255-4697, his cell phone at 467-6364 or by email at larryedavidson@att.net. Other contact numbers include 580-678-0232 in Lawton, and 405-546-3195.