Veterans stand down in Tri-Cities - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Veterans stand down in Tri-Cities

Posted: Updated:

KENNEWICK, WA- Several organizations in the Mid-Columbia are concerned about the growing number of veterans returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Worksource Columbia Basin hosted today's Stand Down and Veterans Benefits Fair.

Jason Alves with Vet-Corps WSU Tri-Cities says national trends show many young Iraq and Afghanistan veterans will end up homeless because they can't make the transition back to civilian life.

"When you got that many people there's a lot of opportunity for somebody to fall through the cracks. That's why there are events like this, for people who haven't had the opportunity to necessarily get their feet underneath them and find a job or go to school or really get everything together."

Alves says many veterans are among the nearly one thousand people in the Mid Columbia considered homeless.

About 40 agencies set up booths at the fair and stand down, offering medical screenings, and other services for veterans.