BOISE -- A few hundred homeless veterans are getting a helping hand heading into the winter season.

The Boise Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Department of Labor 'VETS' program, Boise Vet Center, and the Idaho Division of Veteran Services held the stand down event today.

The goal was to reach out to homeless veterans, and those who are at risk of becoming homeless to help them out.

Josh Callihan of the Veterans Affairs office said, the different stuff we have going on here today like haircuts free haircuts, free food, free showers, free hygiene kits, with toothbrushes, soaps things like that. Free military clothing, we're giving away surplus, boots backpacks things like that. We also have some civilian clothing which was donated to us.

They also did medical screenings, and helped veterans get in touch with organizations to get more benefits.

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