Groups unite to help homeless veterans in Chatham County

Groups unite to help homeless veterans in Chatham County

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The ninth annual Stand Down for Homelessness resource and job fair kicked off Tuesday morning.

More than 40 organizations are coming together to help homeless veterans in Chatham County.

The social service agencies will provide information on a variety of services such as housing options, job resources, resume writing tips, substance abuse treatment, income tax assistance, and accesses to social security and VA benefits. Volunteers are offering free medical screenings, hair cuts, job counseling and information on VA benefits.

"I have post traumatic stress syndrome and I am having a problem finding employment now," said Vietnam veteran Ellwood Pegram.

"It is an opportunity to connect with a different agencies, that can provide assistance to them," said Nick Pecone, vice president of Workforce Development at Goodwill Industries. "Some agencies can do enrollment on spot and others can give information on how they can get services. We also provide a hot meal."

This year a second day has been added to offer job fair sponsored in part by U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, 1st District of Georgia. In 2011, 344 veterans experience homelessness in Chatham county in, according to statistics released by the Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless.

Stand Down for Homelessness will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Savannah Civic Center.

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