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Serving those who served: Dubuque organizations host veterans stand-down

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Just five months ago, Vietnam veteran Rickey Droddy was on the verge of homelessness.

"I just went in to ask for a little help, because I didn't want me and my wife to be on the streets homeless. The veterans helped me pick that up and I appreciate all the help Uncle Sam can do for me," Droddy said.

Now he's been in a fully furnished apartment for five months, and is no longer worried about ending up on the streets.

He was one of many to attend an event in Dubuque Thursday called "There's no place like home", hosted by Hillcrest Family Services and IowaWorks.

More than 20 organizations were on hand to help veterans, homeless veterans and any other homeless people get access to the resources they need.

People attending were able to get flu shots, eat a hot meal, and even get a hair cut.

Droddy says veterans have a hard time asking for help, but if they do, resources are available.

"A lot of people, to me, I look at, and they want a hand out. This is not a hand out. This is trying to help you get started, back on your feet, and hold your head up that you're American," he said.

This was the first event of its kind in Dubuque. Many similar events happen throughout Iowa and the rest of the country each year.

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