They serve out of love, protecting our freedom and our borders.
Now Lansing is giving back, raising money and awareness for our homeless veterans.
There are more than 14,000 homeless veterans in Michigan. On Wednesday, some of those veterans received free services like haircuts, health screenings, job assistance, clothing, and a hot meal.
It was all part of the “Stand Down” event in Downtown Lansing at the Adado-Riverfront Park.
Chene Farsetti, a veteran with the U.S. Air Force says, “people take for granted that we have to fight for our freedom, they take freedom for granted and that can be a dangerous area right there.”
Farsetti says events like this show that hundreds of people do care, and that it’s a sign of appreciation.
“A lot of the guys are homeless because of the economy, they’ve lost homes because they can’t find jobs, the list goes on and on.”
Patrick Patterson, Executive Vice President of Volunteers of America Michigan, says, “veterans really pay a price for their service. When they are deployed they are seperated from their families, they are unemployed from civilian work.”
Even with the challenges veterans face, Farsetti says he’s proud to have been a member of the Air Force.
“It’s a life changing experience, it’s the best way I can put it. For me personally, it was one of the best choices i’m made in my life.”
Farsetti says it’s a good feeling to be a part of today’s event and see that people appreciate the service done by veterans.