Veteran-assistance event held in Brentwood

The 4th annual Veterans Stand Down was held in Suffolk Friday to help the many homeless and jobless Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who have come home.

Thousands of veterans received free health care, clothing, food and job placement services at the Brentwood event. The event gets its name from a military term referring to a time of rest from combat operations.

?My previous employer went bankrupt. I lost my insurance and I can't afford the medication,? says Vietnam veteran Clifford Rudolph, of Riverhead. ?So, I was looking for a little help.?

There are 12,180 unemployed and 2,000 homeless veterans on Long Island. Nassau will host a similar event in July.

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