Posted: Jun 15, 2013 5:43 PM by Keele Smith - KBZK News
Local veteran groups held the third annual Stand Down event to help those in need.
Joe Kellerman served in both the Army and National Guard.
He's been to all three Stand Downs in Bozeman and says he's really excited about what he got today.
"For this Memorial Day, I tried to wear my uniform, and you notice it shrunk," Kellerman said. "So this time, I was proud to get a new jacket."
Veterans can pick up needed items like backpacks and sleeping bags free of charge. But the greatest demand is for clothing items, like new socks and shoes.
Organizers say the event is especially helpful for older veterans who don't have access to new clothes.
But they offer more than just material goods.
Free haircuts, checkups and hamburgers are also available.
One of the event organizers Jay Kneifel says the Stand Down is growing, more veterans are showing up to the event every year.
"The first year we saw maybe 350 or so. Last year I think we were over 500," Kneifel said. "This year I don't know what the count is yet but it was a full house this morning"
After veterans have the chance and get what they need, the Stand Down is open to the public.
Although the event only happens once a year, Kellerman is already thinking about the next one.
"I look forward too to next year. By that time, my socks be worn out again."
The Stand Down in Bozeman is held every year in June.