MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - There are more than 26,000 veterans in Horry County, and the community is standing behind that group of men and women who fight for our county.
More than 100 volunteers and 40 agencies have joined forces here to offer all different services to veterans in need at the Myrtle Beach Stand Down for Veterans.
The event is about serving those who serve our country, giving local veterans the help they deserve.
"I can't say enough about this community, we keep on asking and asking and asking and they keep on delivering," said Kris Tourtellotte with the Veterans Welcome Home and Resource Center.
This is the second year the Veterans Welcome Home Center, AARP, the VA, along with dozens of agencies, are making this happen, and organizers say they plan to do so for years to come.
"This is a way we can thank them and help them and get them to where they need to go," Patrick Cobb with AARP said. "It's an opportunity to fill the red white and blue spirit here, and it's very much alive."
Stand Down has many purposes, but the main goal is to end veteran homelessness, once and for all, by providing the vets with what they need, to help get them on their feet.
Today, the men and women got a chance to grab hot meals, haircuts, clothes and personal items, as well as resources for jobs, housing assistance and even health screenings.
"I'm just so appreciative that people take their free time you know to help the veterans, it just means a lot. It keeps me encouraged to know that somebody really does care," U.S. Army Vet Elgin Cohen said.
Helping veterans doesn't have to stop here today, there are plenty of ways you can give back. Some local veterans agencies you can reach out to are:
and the Veterans Housing Development