EUGENE, Ore. – Lane County residents and veterans came together on Friday to give back to those who have served our country.
Lane County Stand Down is the largest of its kind in Oregon, organizers said.
"I feel that with my being so fortunate that I wanted to give back," veteran Floyd Bard said.
Bard now serves other vets by sitting on the board of the Lane County Stand Down.
At the event, veterans were invited to receive services such as haircuts, flu shots and even career advice
“It's important for me and does a lot for people who are veterans on our committee to give back … by putting on an event like this -- a one-day event that gives so much back to our veterans," Bard said.
Bard described the feelings veterans have when they return home from war.
"You feel alone,” Bard said. “You feel like you're on a desolate island. You feel like you don't have any support. You feel like no one would understand you."
He said the feelings dissolve in the presence of other vets who just get it.
“This is hard for some of these veterans, especially those who are homeless, to bring up their past and what they did for our country," Bard said.
He said their service to our country takes away a lot but together they rebuild every day.
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