YAKIMA, Wash -- Over 700 veterans were on hand at the Yakima Valley Community College for the Veterans Benefits Assistance Fair and Stand down.
The event was organized by the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs and the Yakima Valley Veterans Coalition. It provides job help, medical check ups, financial advise, a warm meal and other services to veterans.
Like many veterans, when Carlos Reyes returned from Vietnam in 1967, he faced a difficult readjustment. He says many Vietnam veterans were discriminated against, stereotyped as a drug addicts and called a baby killers.
"During the time I came back from Vietnam, there were hardly any services available," said Reyes. "Especially towards your readjustment. Kind of had to do it on our own."
Now as a counselor for veterans, it's his job to provide the help he didn't get. Today he was one of many who gave their time to help.