NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) – Forty different organizations came together in New Bern at a Veterans Stand Down event to help struggling veterans.
Michael Bryant, a Korean War veteran who attended the event, has been searching for a job.
“Without a job, looking for a job; spirits got down, but I’m going to keep on fighting,” said Bryant.
Bryant said the event, which offered free haircuts and clothing, was priceless.
“It was a great day; brought my spirits up,” Bryant said. “Spirits been down a little bit.”
Many veterans were on hand to help their less fortunate comrades, including the American Legion, the VA, and the Patriot Guard Riders. Edward Faude, southeastern district captain of the Patriot Guard Riders, said the event can be therapeutic for veterans.
“I’m a veteran, and most of the guys that ride are veterans,” Faude said. “A lot of our guys, this is their way to self-medicate, if you will: by talking to these guys and helping them through their problems.”
Event organizers also made sure the veterans didn’t go home empty-handed.
“We got a nice dinner,” Bryant said. “They haven’t forgot us.”
Organizers said this was their largest event so far, with almost 200 veterans from Carteret, Craven and Pamlico counties.